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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan 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.
Another powerful way to use Bridge to find particular photos in your growing photo collection is to use the Find menu. Before I show you how to use that, I'm going to set up some keywords and some ratings for some photos using techniques that I've already shown you in earlier movies in this chapter. I am going to select some images here. I'll start with this car. I'll hold the Shift key and I'll click on the last image, and then I'm going to keyword those images, put the place in which they were taken, which is Boulder, by going over to the Keywords panel and clicking in the box to the left of Boulder.
And then I'll click on a blank area of the Content panel to deselect. Next, I'm going to rate my favorite images with five stars. I'll click on one thumbnail. I'll hold down the Command key and click on others that I particularly like. And then I go up to the Label menu and I'll choose the five star rating, and then I'll click in a blank area of the Content panel. Now I'm going to use the Find command by going up to the Edit menu and down to Find. In the Source field of the Find command, I can tell Elements where I want it to look when it's finding images that meet the parameters of the query I'm about to set up.
Right now, it's set to just look in this single folder, the 04_04 Exercise Files folder. But if I click here, I could choose to have it look at my entire hard-drive or I could choose Browse and select just a particular folder. I'm going to leave that at 04_04. In the Criteria area, I can set up the parameters for my search query using the three menus here. The first menu offers lots of different parameters by which I could search, everything from Date Created to the dimensions of photos, to the titles of files, to metadata about the way that I shot the photo.
Like whether I used Flash, or the Focal Length of my lens, or the camera model, or even the Serial Number of a particular camera, so that I could see just photos shot with that camera. I'm going to set up a search query that includes only photos with particular keywords. So I'll go ahead and select Keywords from this menu, and then I'll go the next menu, and here I'll choose a conjunction. So I want photos with keywords that contain and then I'll type in whatever text I want. So I would like to see photos with keywords that contain Boulder.
So that's one sentence in my query. I'm looking for photos with the keywords that contain the word Boulder in the keyword. Then I'm going to click the Plus sign, right here, to add another sentence to this query. I'd also like to limit the search to photos that have a five star rating. So from the first menu, I'm going to choose Rating, and I'll leave the conjunction at equals. And then from the third menu I'll choose five-stars. So if I were to read this like a sentence it would say, "Show me photos with a rating that equals five stars." And I'm going to add yet a third sentence to this query by clicking the Plus sign here.
I'd like to see just files that are in the JPEG format. So I'll click on this menu, and I'll choose Document Type ,and then I'll leave the conjunction set to equals, and from the third menu in this sentence, I'll scroll down to JPEG file. Next, I'll go to the Results section of the Find dialog box, and this is important. If I leave this set to match if any criteria are met, I'll get lots more files than I want. I'm going to get all JPEGs in this folder, and all photos with ratings of five stars and all photos that have the keyword Boulder.
But I just want photos that intersect those three criteria. In other words, I just want to see five star JPEGs that have the keyword Boulder. So I'm going to change Match from if any criteria are met to If all criteria are met. And I'll tell you if you set up a search and you get results that don't seem right to you, it's usually because you haven't set the Match parameter correctly. Now there are no sub-folders involved in the 04_04 folder, but it doesn't hurt to leave Include All Subfolders checked, but I'm going to uncheck Include Non-indexed files in order to ensure that the search is as fast as possible, and then I'm going to click Find.
And in just a moment, Elements returns this response to my search query. It's showing me those images that are JPEGs that have five stars and that contain the keyword Boulder. So the Find command can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. Either way, it's a really powerful way for finding photos by lots of different parameters here in Adobe Bridge CS4.
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