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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.
Your most common source of digital photos will probably be your digital camera. This movie covers how to get photos from a camera or a card reader into your computer and indexed in the Elements Organizer. I recommend that if you have a choice between a camera and a card reader, you use the card reader. There are two reasons for this. First, if you do try to download from your digital camera, it's possible that Elements may not recognize that particular camera unless you have installed its drivers, and that's just one more thing to do.
Second there is always a slight chance of damaging photo originals when you download from a camera should your camera battery happen to die in the middle of transferring from the camera to the computer. So I try to avoid going directly from camera to computer when I can. Instead I use this very inexpensive USB card reader. It plugs directly into the USB port on my computer with no need for a power source and you can get that at any camera store. I'm going to plug that USB card reader in now. When Windows recognizes your USB card reader it opens a windows dialog box that you see here asking you to choose what to do with these pictures or if you don't have a Auto Play set up on your computer, go to the File menu in the Organizer and choose Get Photos and Videos from camera or card reader.
Notice that there is a choice here that says, Organize and Edit using Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0. Go ahead and choose that and that opens the Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 Photo Downloader. In past versions the Adobe Photo Downloader would appear automatically when you plugged in your card reader and that got to be a problem for some people because sometimes that window would pop up when you attached other devices as well that didn't have pictures on them. So a nice change in this version is that the Photo Downloader doesn't appear until after you make your choice in the Windows dialog box.
The Photo Downloader is a separate program that's installed when you install Elements. It comes in two flavors: Basic, which you see here, and an Advanced dialog down here. Let's walk through the features of the basic Photo Downloader. You can see in the first field that my card reader is automatically named as the source of my photos. So there is nothing to do there. In the next field Location you can choose exactly where you want the Downloader to put the photos that it's taking off the card. I'm just going to leave that set to its default, which is subfolder inside of the Pictures folder. If you want you can choose the names of those subfolders from the choices in this menu. You can use the date that the pictures were shot, which comes from the date that your camera adds to the photo files, or if you click here you see that you can choose today's date as well, and the rest of these choices are mostly just different configurations of date except for this one Custom Name. I'm going to choose that to show you that you can then type in any Custom Name. For example, I could type in Dog because these are photos of my dog and all the photos will then go into a subfolder named Dog.
In the next field you can choose to rename your files if you want to and many people like to do this. If you click on this menu, you can choose file names for your photos that either start with today's date, the date that photos were shot or again, a custom name. I'm actually not going to make that choice. I prefer not to rename my files when I bring them in from my card reader a camera and this is the reason. If you do change the name of the files and then you forget that you've already downloaded them and you download them again, you will get two copies of the files in your computer.
If you leave the names of the photos as they originally were then Elements won't mistakenly download a second copy of your files. If you do decide to change the file names here, I suggest that you also check Preserve Current Filename in XMP that will cause Elements to remember the original filename as it came out of your camera. The next field asks whether you want to delete the original photos from the card or camera after they are copied into your computer. I always leave this as it set by default to After Copying, Do Not Delete Originals. It would really be a shame to delete your originals before you're absolutely sure that all the photos where safely inside your computer. I prefer to put the card back into my camera and use the camera menus to delete the photos only after I've got the photo safely in my computer.
I also never check Automatic Download here. That would start the Photo Downloader bringing in photos automatically without asking you to fill out all these fields and I like to do things manually just in case I want to make a different choice next time. This is all you have to do before you click Get Photos. But before you take that step let's click on the Advanced Dialog button to see what's there. As you can see you get a lot more options here in the Photo Downloader Advanced Dialog. I actually don't make use of most of these options. But there is one that I really like and that I wanted to show you. Here you can see a thumbnail of every single photo that is on your card or in you camera before it's imported and you can choose which of these to download and which not to.
So that I can choose only the photos that I want, I'm going to come down here where it says Uncheck All, because by default all photos are checked to be downloaded. I click that button, and then I'm just going to come in and put a check mark next to the photos that I want. So I'm only going to take those photos that have my dog in them. I'm not that interested in this scenery here and I'll scroll down, let see what else we have, there are some cute ones, and this way you can be selective about exactly what it comes in to your computer. You don't have to take every last shot particularly those that may not have come out the way that you like them.
Here I see at the end of the rolls some mystery shots of a ruler against a wall. I have no idea who took those and I certainly don't want those in my computer. Se we won't check those but we will check these other photos of the Dog. Over on the right you welcome to look through these settings, the only other one I would bring to your attention is right here at the bottom in the Metadata area. Metadata is information about your photos. You can add to the Metadata copyright information. That information won't be visible on the face of the photo but it will be carried along with the file as you move it from device to device. So I'm going to type in here that I'm the photographer and that year in which I took the pictures and now I'm going to click Get Photos.
When the photos are brought into your computer you see this message and it explains something really important that the files have been copied from your camera or card reader into your computer. However they have not yet been indexed by Photoshop Elements in a catalog. So the next step is to click OK to have to that happen, those are two separate steps. Now we get a message telling us that the only files that we can see in the Photo Browser are those that we just imported. All that means is that we can't see the other photos that are in our other Exercise Files folders here. So I'll click OK and as you can see I have all my photos of my Dog imported into my computer and indexed in Photoshop Elements. If I wanted to see the rest of my photos I go to the top of the screen and I click this Show All button.
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