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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.
One of the most powerful ways to find particular photos is using the By Details Metadata command here in the Find menu. And I really urge you to explore this command. It's one of my favorites because it offers so many options for searching and for fine-tuning a search. I'm going to choose Find By Details from this menu, and that opens the Find By Details Metadata window. Now don't be intimidated by all the text here. I think this feature really is intuitive to use. What you'll do is come down here and formulate a search query that's basically a sentence with three parts.
The first part of the sentence, you'll choose from the first drop-down menu. Here, you'll find a long list of criteria on which you can search for particular photos. Everything from Filename, to Keyword Tags, to the Rating you've given a photo, to the Camera Make and Model with which you've shot a photo. Or if I scroll down, by File Size, by the Author or Creator of the photo. Even by the Shutter Speed, the F-Stop, the ISO, the Focal Length, and whether the flash went off when the photo was taken.
I also like to search by File Type so I can quickly find just my JPEGs or just my Raw files. I also find it useful to search by Camera Make or Camera Model so that I can find just the photos that I've taken, say, with my SLR, as opposed to those I took with my iPhone. So to show you that, I'm going to come up here and choose as the first part of the search query that I'm formulating, Camera Model. The second part of the sentence or search query is the verb. You'll have different choices for the verb depending on what you chose from the first drop-down menu.
So because I chose Camera Model, my only choice is here are Contains or Doesn't Contain. I'll go with Contains. And because I chose Camera Model, I get a text box in which I can type any name that I want. I know that I shot some photos here with my Nikon D90. So I'll type D90 and then I'll perform the search by clicking the Search button. And in just a second, I can see just the photos in this catalog that were taken with a camera model that contains the words D90. But that's not all.
I can narrow this search down even further by going back to that same window. Now, I can do that either by going back to the Find menu and choosing By Details Metadata. Or I can go over to the Options drop- down menu on the right side of the search results and choose Modify Search Criteria. Either way opens the Find By Details Metadata box again with the last search that I did. And if I want to narrow this down, I'll click the + button to the right of that search and that opens up another set of fields that I can use to narrow down this search.
So this time I want to see just the photos taken with my D90 that are in portrait orientation. In other words, that are taller than they are wide. So I'll go to the first menu in this row and from that menu, I'm going to choose Orientation. I'll scroll down to find Orientation. I'll select it. And now this search query has changed. This time, I don't have a choice of verb; it's just set to Is. And the third part of this query is a drop-down menu rather than a text field.
Because I only have one of two choices here; the orientation can either be Portrait or a Landscape. I'll leave this set to Portrait--and this is very important and its something you might miss--I need to come up and examine these two radio buttons. If I leave this button set, which is the default, I won't be performing the search that I want. This is basically an OR search. And knowing what you're going to get from this search is really a matter of just saying all of this out loud. So, with OR selected here, I'll be searching for photos taken with the camera model whose name contains D90 or photos whose orientation is Portrait.
So that could include some photos taken with another camera, and that isn't what I want. I want an AND search, so I'm going to change this to AND. And now I'll be looking for photos whose camera model contains the word D90 and whose orientation is Portrait. I'll come down here and I'll click Search, and there are the results of this search. Applying multiple filters, I now can see just the photos taken with my D90 that are in Portrait orientation. I'll click the Back button this time to go back and see all the photos in the catalog.
Now you may be wondering why I didn't just use the Advanced Search, rather than By Details Metadata. And the reason is that the Advanced Search offers less options. We looked at Advanced Search earlier in the course when we were talking about searching by keyword tags and people tags, and that's when Advanced Search comes in most handy. Let me remind you, by choosing Find Using Advanced Search, and that opens this advance search table. Now you may have other entries in each of these columns; don't worry about that for now. What I want to point out here is that when you use Advanced Search, you can also search by combinations of criteria, but only four kinds of criteria: keywords, people, places and events.
And as I just showed you, using the Defined By Details Metadata option, you have many more options of the kind of criteria that you use and the combinations. So, when you want to search by keywords and then narrow that down to just particular people, places, or events, do use the Advanced Search. But when you want even more options, check out Find By Details Metadata and formulate your search there.
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