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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.
If you're anything like me, you may think that your photos by the dates on which they were taken. If you're looking for a photo by date in the Organizer's Photo Browser, the Timeline View can help you. To show you the Timeline I'm first going to go to the Display menu on the right side of the Organizer, and I'm going to switch from the folder location view that we've been using to thumbnail view, the default view of the Photo Browser. Then I'm going to go over to the Window menu and I'm going to enable the Timeline. The Timeline is what it sounds like.
It's a Timeline of dates that ranges from the oldest photographs in the current catalog to the newest. The light gray vertical bars all along the Timeline represent months in which you took photographs or created any media files that are in your Organizer catalog. This Timeline comes in really handy when you have a general idea of the date on which you took a photo but you are not exactly sure what that date was. So for example I know generally that I was in Santa Fe in the winter of 2005.
So if I were looking for photos from that trip, I would come way over here in the Timeline to maybe March of 2005, click on that light vertical bar, and see what photos there are here in the Photo Browser from that date. The Photo Browser took me directly to the very first photo that I took in the year 2005, which is right here, and it is a photo that I took in Santa Fe, as are these other photos from March of 2005. Now if you want to limit your search to a particular period of time you can use the sliders on either side of the Timeline.
So for example if I want to see only photos taken in the year 2005, I'll leave the arrows on the left where they are, but I'll come over to these arrows here on the right and I'll move them to set the end of that date range, and I'll move them all the way down here. So now in the Photo Browser I see only photo thumbnails of photos that I took in 2005. So the Timeline can come in handy when you have a general idea of when you've taken some photos and you just want to get right to that time period.
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