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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 are lots of ways to find your photos in the Organizer. In addition to the Text Search field, which we have covered in an earlier movie, there is a Find menu at the top of the screen that has all kinds of options in it for finding your photos. You can find your photos by date, by the text in the caption, by text in the filename and so on. Let's take a look at the couple of these options. If I go to Set Date Range, I get this message that I cannot be in the Folder Location view that you currently see. If I click Yes here, it takes me back to the default Thumbnail view and gets me this dialog box where I can set a date range between which I want to search for photos. So I'm going to look for photos between the last and first days of the year 2005 and click OK. I'll go back to the Find menu and I'm going to clear this date range.
Let's see how else we can search. We can search by file name. Let's say I want to find all photos with the word Group in the file name. Immediately we find those photos. I'll click Show All again to see all my photos. Back to the Find menu. Here's an interesting one, I can search by history, the dates on which I have imported or e-mailed or printed or exported photos. I can search by media type because, as I have mentioned, the Organizer can keep track of not only photos but also video clips and audio, projects, PDF, and items with audio captions.
You can also search the metadata of a photo. Metadata is a fancy word that means Information. When you take a photo, your camera appends lots of information to your file and other information gets appended to your photos here in Elements. If I select that I see a dialog box that looks almost exactly like the dialog box for creating Smart Albums that we have covered in another movie. I'll click the first menu here and I see all kinds of criteria by which I can search, everything from camera make to pixel width, to the shutter speed of the camera, to the ISO speed, the orientation of the photo and so on. Let's just do a quick one. We'll look for photos with orientation of portrait, which means vertical photos and I'm also going to save this search as a Smart Album.
And I'll called this vertical photos. And with this will do is we will create an album in the Album palette that is self-generating, it keeps updating itself automatically as I add new files to my Photo Browser. And it will keep track of all vertical photos in my Photo Browser. I'll click Search and there are other search results and you can see that indeed they are all vertical photos. And that search result is saved over here as a Smart Album in the Albums palette. And you can learn more about Smart Albums in another movie on albums. When you have a little time, come back to the Find menu and explore some of these other options. It really is one of the most complete and useful features in the Organizer.
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