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Fixing missing photos

From: Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 12

Video: Fixing missing photos

In the last movie, I explained that if you're going to move or perhaps, rename a file or a folder, it's best to do that from inside of your organizer. If you've already imported those photos into your organizer catalog. But from time to time, we all make the mistake of going out to our operating systems or hard drives and renaming and moving files. If you happen to do that, the result will be that the link between the affected photos and your organizer will break. So, I want to show you what that looks like and show you how to fix that problem if it happens to you.

Fixing missing photos

In the last movie, I explained that if you're going to move or perhaps, rename a file or a folder, it's best to do that from inside of your organizer. If you've already imported those photos into your organizer catalog. But from time to time, we all make the mistake of going out to our operating systems or hard drives and renaming and moving files. If you happen to do that, the result will be that the link between the affected photos and your organizer will break. So, I want to show you what that looks like and show you how to fix that problem if it happens to you.

So, here I have a sub folder called Paris, which you can see in the Folders panel in my organizer. And here you can see the two photos that are in that sub folder. Now let's say I am working on my hard drive not in Elements and I happen to take this photo of the Eiffel Tower and move it out of this sub folder. So I'll do that now on my harddrive, I will go into my exercise files and I'll navigate to that Paris subfolder. I'll find the photo of the Eiffel Tower, and let's just say that I moved that on to my desktop.

So, it's no longer in the Paris folder where Element's organizer thinks it is. Now, I'm going to go back to the organizer. At first, everything looks fine in the organizer. When I have the Paris folder selected, I see the photo of the Eiffel Tower. But, if I try to work with that photo, even do something as simple as move the zoom slider. I'll see a question mark on the top left of that photo and that question mark means that the link is broken between this photo and the organizer, because the organizer is looking for this folder inside the Paris folder, and it's no longer there.

The actual photo is on my desktop. So if you run into this situation, what's the solution? Well, sometimes all you have to do is double-click a missing photo and Elements will very quickly go out to your hard drive and look for it by name. And if it can, it will find it and reconnect. Sometimes that happens in a blink of an eye, even before you can see any dialog box. But sometimes that doesn't work, so if that doesn't work, here's what I suggest you do. Select the missing photo or if there's more than one missing photo, the multiple missing photos, and then go up to the File>Reconnect.

And here you can choose to connect just the selected files, or all missing files. I'll go with missing file. Now you may have seen a dialogue box appear and disappear really quickly. That box said that Elements was looking for the missing file and it found it just that fast. And now the question mark is gone from the top left of this photo. Now watch what happens if I click off of the Paris folder and onto another folder and then back to the Paris folder. Now, the photo of the Eiffel Tower doesn't appear here. That's because that photo is not located in this folder and Elements now knows that.

What it's done is relink itself to that photo where it actually lives on my hard drive which happens to be on my desktop. That's where I put it when I was working outside of Elements. And if you look closely at the Folders panel you'll notice that the desktop folder now has the icon on its folder indicating that there's one or more photos on the desktop that are included in this Organizer catalog. And if I click on the desktop folder in the Folders panel, there you'll see the Eiffel Tower photo. So Elements has found it and relinked to it in its actual physical location on the desktop.

Well now what I want to do is put this photo back where it belongs in the Paris folder and I'll move it as I should have done in the first place from inside of the organizer. I already showed you how to do that. I'll just select the photo. And then I'll click and drag the photo onto the Paris folder in the Folders panel in the organizer. And that moves it off the desktop. So the little scene icon is now gone from the desktop folder and I put it back into the Paris folder. So when I click on the Paris folder in the organizer, there's the Eiffel tower photo.

It doesn't have a question mark because it's been linked back to this catalog and the organizer knows where it is. So that's how to solve the problem. If you happen to move or rename a file or a folder outside of Element's organizer.

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