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Getting photos from a digital camera

From: Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Getting photos from a digital camera

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.

Getting photos from a digital camera

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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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

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  1. 9m 23s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      6m 59s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 30s
  2. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding the Organizer's catalog system
      3m 17s
    2. Getting photos from files and folders
      5m 41s
    3. Getting photos from a digital camera
      7m 27s
    4. Getting photos from offline media
      3m 7s
    5. Getting photos from a scanner
      3m 2s
  3. 35m 0s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 30s
    2. Viewing photos
      2m 19s
    3. Selecting photos
      1m 52s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 7s
    5. Renaming photos
      1m 57s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      1m 56s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 50s
    8. Stacking photos
      7m 33s
    9. Moving files
      4m 1s
    10. Backing up
      2m 55s
  4. 31m 50s
    1. Tagging photos
      8m 38s
    2. Finding photos by tags
      3m 57s
    3. Tagging face photos
      3m 1s
    4. Using albums and Smart Albums
      7m 43s
    5. Finding photos with Text Search
      3m 34s
    6. Finding photos from the Find menu
      2m 57s
    7. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 0s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      5m 28s
    2. Comparing photos
      4m 9s
    3. Using Date view
      2m 54s
    4. Using Map view
      3m 56s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
      7m 58s
    2. Semi-automatically fixing photos with Quick Fix
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Guided Edit mode
      4m 33s
    4. Fixing group shots automatically
      3m 44s
    5. Removing stray content with the Scene Cleaner
      6m 9s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      4m 46s
    2. Opening a file
      2m 6s
    3. Creating a blank file
      4m 36s
    4. Using tools
      8m 5s
    5. Setting Edit preferences
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting Color settings
      5m 18s
    7. Using the Undo History command
      3m 48s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 7s
    9. Resizing photos and adjusting resolution
      8m 23s
    10. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 24s
    11. Saving files
      6m 37s
  8. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 38s
    2. Working in the Layers palette
      4m 4s
    3. Using layer masks
      4m 54s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Understanding selections
      1m 15s
    2. Manual selection tools
      6m 20s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 25s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 50s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Straightening and cropping
      2m 46s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment
      2m 41s
    3. Adjusting with Levels
      5m 0s
    4. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 14s
    5. Using Color Curves
      4m 44s
    6. Removing a color cast
      4m 9s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 20s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      2m 47s
    9. Sharpening photos
      6m 27s
    10. Editing raw photos
      6m 45s
  11. 25m 21s
    1. Using the new Smart Brush tool
      5m 50s
    2. Using the Smart Brush Detail tool
      3m 13s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 58s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content
      2m 9s
    6. Using the Red Eye tool
      1m 11s
    7. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
      1m 48s
    8. Using the Blue Skies Tool
      1m 28s
    9. Using the Black/White tool
      1m 13s
    10. Converting color to black and white
      2m 40s
  12. 22m 10s
    1. Applying filters
      6m 21s
    2. Applying effects
      3m 53s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 13s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 49s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      1m 54s
  13. 7m 34s
    1. Creating text
      4m 6s
    2. Editing text
      1m 58s
    3. Warping text
      1m 30s
  14. 38m 38s
    1. Making a photo book
      10m 0s
    2. Making a photo collage
      8m 10s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      10m 11s
    4. Making a panorama
      3m 50s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      4m 6s
    6. Using automated actions
      2m 21s
  15. 9m 50s
    1. Using email and Photo Mail
      4m 42s
    2. Printing your photos
      2m 55s
    3. Using Quick Share
      2m 13s
  16. 19m 17s
    1. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 33s
    2. Viewing and sharing your photos online
      6m 0s
    3. Backing up and synchronizing albums online
      6m 28s
    4. Accessing ongoing inspiration from Adobe.com
      3m 16s
  17. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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