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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
One of the important pieces of organizing information that Elements can keep track of is the date on which files were created. In the case of photographs, that's generally the date on which a photograph was taken, but sometimes Elements doesn't have that information to work with. For example, if you scan an old photograph like this one, then to date that comes into Elements is not the date the photo was taken but rather the date on which the photo was scanned, like this. Fortunately, you can change the date and time of any file that you've brought into Elements.
Let me show you how it's done. First, you want to make sure that you can see the date and time underneath the photo thumbnails, if you can't, go up to the View menu at the top of the screen and make sure that there's a check mark next to Details. Then you want to select the photo or photos whose dates you want to change, so I click on this photo to select it, or if I had multiple dates to change, I would select Multiple photos here in the media browser. If those photos were located in different folders, so that I couldn't see them all here in photo location view, I would go up to the Display menu and switch over to Thumbnail View, where I could access all of my photo thumbnails at once.
But I'm going to leave this at Folder Location view for now, and then I'm going to go out to the Edit menu and down to Adjust Date and Time. The best choice here is usually the first one, change to a specified date and time. I click OK, and then I get this dialog box where I can specify the correct date and time that this photo was taken. This was taken many years ago, so I do remember the year month and day, but I don't remember the time, that's okay, first I'll set the year, month, and day. The fastest way to change the year is to highlight it and then to type over with the correct year, 1964.
Then I'll go to the Month menu, and I'll click the arrow there. I think that this photo was taken on New Years Day, so I'll choose January, and then I'll go to the Day menu and I'll scroll up, and I'll choose 1. Now the truth is I have no idea what time this photo was taken. I could just take a guess, but since I don't know, I'll say, unknown, and then I'll click OK and that changes the date reported under the photo thumbnail to January 1, 1964, but with no time, because I chose Unknown in that dialog box, rather than set a specific time.
So that's how you can change the date and the time of one or more photos from here inside Elements Organizer.
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