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Finding photos with Text Search

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Video: Finding photos with Text Search

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.

Finding photos with Text Search

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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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

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  1. 9m 23s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      6m 59s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 30s
  2. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding the Organizer's catalog system
      3m 17s
    2. Getting photos from files and folders
      5m 41s
    3. Getting photos from a digital camera
      7m 27s
    4. Getting photos from offline media
      3m 7s
    5. Getting photos from a scanner
      3m 2s
  3. 35m 0s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 30s
    2. Viewing photos
      2m 19s
    3. Selecting photos
      1m 52s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 7s
    5. Renaming photos
      1m 57s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      1m 56s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 50s
    8. Stacking photos
      7m 33s
    9. Moving files
      4m 1s
    10. Backing up
      2m 55s
  4. 31m 50s
    1. Tagging photos
      8m 38s
    2. Finding photos by tags
      3m 57s
    3. Tagging face photos
      3m 1s
    4. Using albums and Smart Albums
      7m 43s
    5. Finding photos with Text Search
      3m 34s
    6. Finding photos from the Find menu
      2m 57s
    7. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 0s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      5m 28s
    2. Comparing photos
      4m 9s
    3. Using Date view
      2m 54s
    4. Using Map view
      3m 56s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
      7m 58s
    2. Semi-automatically fixing photos with Quick Fix
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Guided Edit mode
      4m 33s
    4. Fixing group shots automatically
      3m 44s
    5. Removing stray content with the Scene Cleaner
      6m 9s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      4m 46s
    2. Opening a file
      2m 6s
    3. Creating a blank file
      4m 36s
    4. Using tools
      8m 5s
    5. Setting Edit preferences
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting Color settings
      5m 18s
    7. Using the Undo History command
      3m 48s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 7s
    9. Resizing photos and adjusting resolution
      8m 23s
    10. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 24s
    11. Saving files
      6m 37s
  8. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 38s
    2. Working in the Layers palette
      4m 4s
    3. Using layer masks
      4m 54s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Understanding selections
      1m 15s
    2. Manual selection tools
      6m 20s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 25s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 50s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Straightening and cropping
      2m 46s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment
      2m 41s
    3. Adjusting with Levels
      5m 0s
    4. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 14s
    5. Using Color Curves
      4m 44s
    6. Removing a color cast
      4m 9s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 20s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      2m 47s
    9. Sharpening photos
      6m 27s
    10. Editing raw photos
      6m 45s
  11. 25m 21s
    1. Using the new Smart Brush tool
      5m 50s
    2. Using the Smart Brush Detail tool
      3m 13s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 58s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content
      2m 9s
    6. Using the Red Eye tool
      1m 11s
    7. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
      1m 48s
    8. Using the Blue Skies Tool
      1m 28s
    9. Using the Black/White tool
      1m 13s
    10. Converting color to black and white
      2m 40s
  12. 22m 10s
    1. Applying filters
      6m 21s
    2. Applying effects
      3m 53s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 13s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 49s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      1m 54s
  13. 7m 34s
    1. Creating text
      4m 6s
    2. Editing text
      1m 58s
    3. Warping text
      1m 30s
  14. 38m 38s
    1. Making a photo book
      10m 0s
    2. Making a photo collage
      8m 10s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      10m 11s
    4. Making a panorama
      3m 50s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      4m 6s
    6. Using automated actions
      2m 21s
  15. 9m 50s
    1. Using email and Photo Mail
      4m 42s
    2. Printing your photos
      2m 55s
    3. Using Quick Share
      2m 13s
  16. 19m 17s
    1. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 33s
    2. Viewing and sharing your photos online
      6m 0s
    3. Backing up and synchronizing albums online
      6m 28s
    4. Accessing ongoing inspiration from Adobe.com
      3m 16s
  17. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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