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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili walks you through importing, organizing, and finding your photos using the Organizer in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. The course covers importing photos from your camera and computer; reviewing and evaluating photos; tagging images with ratings, keywords, people, and places; working with files and folders; and creating and organizing albums. Jan also shows how to find images with metadata and in the timeline, and how to apply instant photo fixes and Quick Edit image adjustments.
The whole purpose of adding keywords to your photos is so that you can use keywords to search and find particular photos later. You can use keywords to search within an entire Catalog, or within an album or folder. In this case, I've selected a folder. There are a couple of ways to search by keyword. One way is to do it from the Tags panel. Here in my Tags panel, you can see the keywords that I created and applied to photos in the preceding two movies. Now, if I want to search on one of these keywords, I'll just hover over that keyword, for example, the keyword Fruit.
That brings up an arrow to the right of the keyword, and if I click that arrow, I can see just the photos that have the keyword Fruit on them. Now this photo has more than the keyword Fruit. It has both the keywords Fruit and Wine, but it comes up in response to this search. I'm going to click Clear to clear this search and instead, I'll hover over the keyword Wine and click the arrow to the right of that, and that brings up all the photos that you see here. I'll Zoom Out a little so you can see them all, including that photo that has both the keyword Fruit and the keyword Wine.
So you can see the advantage of adding multiple keywords to the same photo. It gives you more of a chance of finding that photo later. Now, let's say that I want to search a whole category of keywords. I'll Clear this search and I'll come back to my Tags panel, and this time I'll hover over a Category, the category Food. And I'll click the arrow to the right of that, and that returns all of the photos in this folder that have either the keyword Fruit or Wine. I'll Clear that search. Now, you may have noticed that this table dropped down at the top of my Grid.
This is the Advanced Search table. This will appear whenever you search by keyword the way I just showed you, or-- let me close this by clicking the X-- it will appear if you go up to the Find menu and choose Using Advanced Search. Advanced Search is a really powerful way to search by keyword. Because it allows you to cu stomize a search with multiple keywords. Here you see the Keywords column which lists all of the keywords and categories that I have in my Tags panel. So that we can see more here, I'm going to click the arrow to the left of the Food category, and now you can see the tags in that category.
From here, if I want to see all of the photos with the keyword tag Wine, I'll click the checkbox to the left of Wine. If I want to see the photos that have both the keyword Wine and the keyword Fruit, I'll also check the box to the left of Fruit. If I want to see all the photos with the keyword Fruit but not Wine, I'll uncheck Wine and only Fruit is checked, and here we have only the photos that have the keyword Fruit. Notice that there are other columns here for People, Places, and Events. You can use items in those three columns to narrow your keyword search even more.
But first, you have to apply People, Places, or Events items to the photos in a Catalog, as I'll show you how to do in the next chapters. When I'm done with my keyword search, I can clear the search by clicking this button or by clicking the X on the Advanced Search panel, like this; and that takes me back to all the photos in this folder or in my entire Catalog. So I think now you can see how useful keywords can be. As long as you're consistent about keyword tagging all your photos, you'll be able to find just the photo you're looking for later.
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