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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
There's a lot of information in the form of text that's associated with files that are in your Organizer's photo browser. Everything from file names to keyword tags to dates. The Text Search feature in Elements 8 lets you take advantage of all this textual information to help you find photos that you're after. All of this takes place here in the Text Search box at the top left corner of the Organizer. Let's see how this works by clicking in that box and I'm just going to type a word guitar. Elements goes out and finds all of the photos in the current catalog with the word guitar in the titles, or in any of the text associated with the files.
It looks like in this case guitar was in the title of all the files that Elements found. And you'll notice Elements found everything that has the word guitar in it, even if the full word is guitars like this or guitar1 or guitar2 or guitar3. So this really a smart search feature. Another thing that you can do with the text search is to quickly search by date. So if I know that I took some photos on a particular day, say July 19, 2009, I can come up to this Text field, I'll select the text in the field there, and I'll just type over it, 7/19/2009, and there in the Photo Browser are all the photos I took on that date.
There is new feature in the Text Search field in Elements 8 and that is the ability to limit the text that's searched to just a keyword tag. So for example, I'm going to highlight 7/19/2009 so I can type over it. And I'm going to type boulder. That brings up all of the photos that you see here including this photo right at the bottom whose title is boulder.jpg. The other thumbnails that you see here don't include were boulder in their titles, but rather they are tagged with a keyword tag like this one with the word boulder in the keyword.
So let's say that I don't want this file to be in the mix. I just want the files with the keyword boulder. What I can do is start typing the word boulder, and as soon as I do the Text Search box suggests keywords that start with the letter I typed including the boulder keyword that I created in an earlier movie. So I'm going to click on that boulder keyword and now I see only the files that contain the keyword boulder and not that one file that had boulder in its file name. Another thing you can do in the Text Search field is do conjunctive searches.
So I can search for everything that has tag 'boulder' and then I can continue to type here. I'll type space and the word 'and' and another space and I'll type the year 2007. Now what I see here is all of the photos with the keyword tag boulder that were taken in 2007. Another nice feature of the Text Search is that you can save your search as a Smart Album. You may remember in the movie on Smart Albums that I mentioned that a Smart Album is just like a saved search. Well it goes the other way too.
So here I've typed my search criteria into the Text Search field. To save that search as a Smart album, an album that automatically updates itself, I can go to the Options menu right here at the top of the Organizer and choose Save Search Criteria As Smart Album. Here in the Create Smart Album dialog box, I can see the criteria that are going to define the Smart Album. I'll give the Smart Album a name, I'll call it boulder 2007, and I'll click OK.
So there's my Smart Album over here in the Albums panel. Now let's say that I was looking at some other files. Maybe I'm looking at the content of the kayaking album and then I decide that I need to access all the files that are tagged with the keyword tag boulder that I took in 2007. I can just go up and click on this Smart Album, which I created by saving my Text Search. And here in the Photo Browser, I now can see just those files. So as you can see the text search is a powerful feature and probably the fastest way to find photos inside of the Organizer if you structure your query correctly.
You don't have to bother going to the Keyword Tags panel to search by tag for example. You don't have to bother going to the Date Search features to search by date. You simply have to type your criteria into the Text Search box and quickly get your results.
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