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Finding photos with Text Search

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Finding photos with Text Search

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.

Finding photos with Text Search

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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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

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  1. 10m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
    3. Launching the Welcome screen
      3m 12s
    4. Touring Elements
      4m 20s
  2. 29m 45s
    1. Working with catalogs
      3m 16s
    2. Getting photos from your hard drive
      2m 49s
    3. Changing thumbnail display options
      4m 35s
    4. Getting photos from a camera or card
      9m 43s
    5. Getting photos from a CD/DVD or an external drive
      4m 46s
    6. Getting photos from a scanner
      4m 36s
  3. 43m 15s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 44s
    2. Viewing photos
      5m 11s
    3. Selecting photos
      2m 58s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 39s
    5. Renaming photos
      2m 7s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      2m 0s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      5m 24s
    8. Stacking photos
      8m 9s
    9. Moving files
      4m 43s
    10. Backing up catalogs
      4m 20s
  4. 52m 4s
    1. Applying keyword tags
      8m 33s
    2. Finding photos by keyword tags
      3m 41s
    3. Finding photos with the Keyword Tag Cloud
      1m 56s
    4. Applying Smart Tags
      4m 29s
    5. Automatically tagging people in photos
      7m 54s
    6. Applying star ratings
      2m 48s
    7. Organizing photos in albums
      4m 10s
    8. Organizing photos in Smart Albums
      6m 44s
    9. Finding photos with Text Search
      4m 31s
    10. Finding photos from the Find menu
      5m 10s
    11. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 8s
  5. 29m 18s
    1. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      11m 12s
    2. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 10s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 22s
    4. Using Date View
      3m 41s
    5. Mapping photos
      4m 53s
  6. 56m 46s
    1. Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer
      8m 22s
    2. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      6m 12s
    3. Applying Quick Fix controls
      11m 10s
    4. Using Quick Fix tools
      11m 2s
    5. Working in Guided Edit in the Editor
      4m 45s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      5m 57s
    7. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      9m 18s
  7. 1h 12m
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    2. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 57s
    4. Using tools
      6m 11s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      4m 22s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 18s
    7. Using Undo History
      5m 56s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 30s
    9. Creating a blank file
      5m 58s
    10. Photo resizing and resolution
      9m 59s
    11. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 8s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 49s
    13. Saving files
      7m 47s
  8. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 28s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      4m 51s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      9m 17s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Understanding selections
      2m 27s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 6s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 27s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 54s
  10. 1h 0m
    1. Cropping and straightening
      3m 49s
    2. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      2m 54s
    3. Applying adjustment layers
      7m 53s
    4. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    5. Merging multiple exposures
      6m 33s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 54s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      3m 39s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 21s
    9. Correcting skin tone
      2m 34s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      4m 4s
    11. Sharpening photos
      7m 42s
    12. Working with raw photos
      9m 52s
  11. 24m 50s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      7m 52s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      4m 26s
    3. Dodging and burning
      2m 18s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      5m 17s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 41s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 16s
  12. 31m 3s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 8s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 16s
    3. Running automated actions
      1m 51s
    4. Using layer styles
      6m 6s
    5. Using shapes
      8m 12s
    6. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      3m 13s
    7. Converting color to black and white
      3m 17s
  13. 9m 29s
    1. Creating text
      5m 8s
    2. Editing text
      2m 59s
    3. Warping text
      1m 22s
  14. 38m 50s
    1. Making a photo book
      8m 26s
    2. Making a photo collage
      9m 0s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      11m 25s
    4. Stitching a photo panorama
      4m 3s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      5m 56s
  15. 33m 54s
    1. Printing photos
      2m 58s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages
      4m 58s
    3. Sending photos by email and Photo Mail
      5m 57s
    4. Burning photos to CD/DVD
      1m 17s
    5. Ordering prints and books
      1m 59s
    6. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 15s
    7. Sharing photos online at Photoshop.com
      7m 40s
    8. Backing up and synchronizing online
      3m 40s
    9. Getting inspiration from Adobe.com
      2m 10s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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