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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 are lots of ways to find photos in the Organizer. In addition to the Text Search field here, which I covered in an earlier movie, there is a Find menu at the top of the Organizer that offers lots of options for finding particular photos and media files in your Organizer catalog. You can find files by date, by text in the caption, by text in the filename and more. Let's take a look at a couple of these options. If I go to Find menu and choose Set Date Range, I first get this notice that I can't be in the Folder location view of the photo browser.
So I'm going to click Yes and that will switch me from folder location view to the default thumbnail view. That also brings up this dialog box where I can set a date range from a search. Let's say I'm looking for photos taken between the first and the last days of the year 2005. So there is a start date of January 1, 2005, and I'll set the end date for December 31st 2005 and I'll click OK. Now in the Photo Browser, Elements is displaying just the photos in this catalog that are within that particular date range.
To reset the date range to its default, I'll go back to the Find menu and I'll choose Clear Date Range. Back in the Find menu, I see that I can also search by filename. Let's say I want to find all photos with the word group in the filename. I'll type group in this field in the Find by Filename dialog box and click OK. Now in the Photo Browser I see just these four files each of which has group in its filename. I'm going to click Show All at the top of the Photo Browser to bring back the thumbnails of all of the images in this catalog.
And I'll go back to Find menu to see what else is there. Here is an interesting one. I can search by history or by actions taken on particular files. So I could search for files imported on a certain date, or e-mail it to somebody or print it on a date or export it on a date. I can also search by Media Type. You remember that I've explained in earlier movies that Elements Organizer can keep track not only a photographs, but also of small video clips, of audio, of projects that you create in Elements like photo books, PDFs as well as items that have audio captions.
So for example if I choose Audio here, and I click OK in this warning, I can see just the audio files that are in my catalog. Again I'll go back to Show All to bring back all of the thumbnails in this catalog. You may have heard the term metadata in conjunction with photography. Photographic metadata is information that comes along with a photograph from your digital camera. And that information gets appended to your photos here in Elements. From the Find menu I can search by different kinds of metadata from this option by details.
I'm going to click that option, and that opens the Find by Details dialog box, which looks a lot like the dialog box for creating Smart Albums that I covered in an earlier movie. Here I'll setup criteria for searching the metadata of my photographs and other media files. If I click this first menu I see all kinds of criteria by which I can search. Everything from Camera Make, and Camera Model, to Pixel Width and Height, File Size, the F-Stop that I use when I took a picture, the ISO Speed, the Focal Length of the lens, and even the Orientation of the photo, whether it's horizontal or vertical.
So being able to search through my files by this metadata details is very important and very useful. Let's do a quick metadata search. I would like to look for all of the photos that have a portrait or vertical orientation. So I'll choose Orientation is and then I'll leave this third menu at Portrait. I can save this search as a Smart album, a subject that I covered in an earlier movie. Basically a Smart Album is just a saved search that's self generating and that it keeps updating itself automatically, as I add new files to my Photo Browser that meet the criterion of this search.
In other words if I add anymore vertical photos to the photo browser they will be automatically added to the Smart Album that I'm going to create from this search. So I'll check Save This Search Criteria as Smart Album, and in the Name field I'll type a name for this smart album. I'll call it vertical photos, and then I'll click Search. The search results are displayed here in the Photo Browser, and as you can see Elements is now displaying only photos that are vertical. If you look over in the Albums panel in the Organize tab of the Task Pane, you'll see that there is now a vertical photos Smart Album.
So no matter what I'm doing in the Organizer, I can always bring back this display of all the vertical photos by clicking on this vertical photos Smart Album that I just made. So you can see that there is really is a lot available here in the Find menu. When you a little time, I suggest you come back to this menu and explore some of the other options offered here.
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