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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.
There's a wealth of textual information associated with photos in your Organizer. Everything from file names to keyword tags, to dates, to camera make. The new Text Search feature in Element 7 let's you take advantage of this information to find the photos that you want. The new Text Search box is up here at the top left of the Organizer, it says Search in it. You can use this feature to search all kinds of textual information. For example, if I type the word Guitar in here, Elements goes out and finds all of the photos of Guitars that I have in my Organizer. What it has found is actually the file name of these particular photos.
If I go up to the View menu, and I choose Show File Names, you will see that they all are labeled Guitar. But I didn't have this specifically tell Elements to go look only at file names. And you'll notice that the program found everything that has the word Guitar in it even if the full word is Guitar Plural or Guitar3 or Guitar4 and so on. So it's a really smart feature. Similarly, I could search by a date so I know I have some photos that I took on 07/06/2008 and when I typed that in, it's a really quick way of finding photos by date. There are other ways by date in Elements as we'll learn. But this is the fastest of all. You can also use searches with conjunctions here. If I do another search I'm going to click Show All to get all my photos back, and now I'm going to come in the Text Search box and type 2008 with the conjunction and then my daughter's name Kate, and it shows me all photos that have the word Kate either in the file name or in the keyword tag that I have created here in the Keyword Tags palette. If I look under the Family sub category and under the Kids subcategory, there you'll see I do have that keyword tag and I had applied it to some of these photos. So here for example, keyword tag Kate, Kate is also in the file name, and this only shows me Kate photos taken in the year 2008.
Another nice feature of the Text Search is that you can save your search as a Smart Album. As we learned in another movie, Smart Album are like saved searches. So for example, if I wanted to save this search as a Smart Album, I would be come up to the Options menu here, and choose Save Search Criteria as Smart Album. Here it tells me exactly what the criteria are all items matching both 2008 and Kate, and then I'm going to come down here and type in Kate 2008 as the name of my Smart Album and click OK. And that Smart Album now lives here in the Album palette.
Let's say I was looking at the different album for a while like the Kayaking album. If I then wanted to go back and see the results of the Saved Search for Kate 2008, I could come up here and as I add new photos to my Photo Browser, if there are any that have Kate in any of the textual data and the year 2008, they will be automatically added to the Saved Search. So as you can see the new Text Search is a powerful feature and probably the fastest way to find photos inside of the Organizer. You don't have to bother going to the keyword tags palette to search by tag or to the albums palettes to search by albums. You simply can type your criteria into the text search box and quickly get your results. What a time saver.
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