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Getting photos from files and folders

From: Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Getting photos from files and folders

One of the first things that you are going to want to do when you use the Organizer is to instruct Elements to index your photos in a catalog. In this movie, I'm going to show you how to do that when you are working with files that are on your hard drive or that are on an external hard drive. I'm also going to show you how to index the exercise files for this course in the new catalog that we've created in the last movie which we called the PSE7 Ex Files catalog, as you see down here on the bottom left of your screen.

Getting photos from files and folders

One of the first things that you are going to want to do when you use the Organizer is to instruct Elements to index your photos in a catalog. In this movie, I'm going to show you how to do that when you are working with files that are on your hard drive or that are on an external hard drive. I'm also going to show you how to index the exercise files for this course in the new catalog that we've created in the last movie which we called the PSE7 Ex Files catalog, as you see down here on the bottom left of your screen.

Before we get started, make sure that your exercise files are on your desktop as I suggested in an earlier movie. I'm going to go at the top of the screen to the File menu and from there I'm going to choose Get Photos and Videos and I'm going to move over to the right to the next menu and choose From Files and Folders. From there I'm going to move to the left hand column in the Get Photos from Files and Folders dialog box and I'm going to click on Desktop because that's where my Exercise Files folder is located. I move to the central area of this dialog box and click on exercise files.

I'm going to make sure that Get Photos From Subfolder is checked in order to ensure that all the exercise files are indexed in this catalog and I'll leave the other boxes there unchecked and click Get Photos. I can see Elements bringing in all the photos from my Exercise Files folder. It's important to understand that Elements is not actually moving those files from their current location; instead it just keeping track of those files, taking note of where they are located, making a small thumbnail copy of each image and keeping track of other information about the files.

When Elements is done, it shows me this message that says that the only items I'm currently looking at are those that I've just imported. That just means that if there are other files that I had imported earlier in to this catalog, I wouldn't be seeing them here in front of me now. But there aren't any such files. So I'm just going to click OK and I now can see thumbnails of each file in my Exercise Files folder. If I go to the scroll bar on the right and drag I see that there are lots and lots of files here. We would be using these files through out this course. By default the Photo Browser area of the Organizer which is this area right here, displays the thumbnails of my exercise files with no information other than the date on which these photos were taken.

I'm going to scroll back up to the top, so you can see that these files are arranged in date order from newest file at the top and as you move down to older files. This is a useful way to look at your personal files, but for purposes of this course, it would be hard to find individual photos if we had the scroll up and down every time we were looking for a particular exercise file. So what we are going to do instead is just switch to a different view. To do that I'm going to the Display menu at the top of the screen, clicking and choosing the Folder location view instead of the default Thumbnail view.

Now in the Photo Browser, we see exercise files divided into sections by their movie name and their chapter name. So if I go, for example, to this bar at the top of the very first section I can see the paths to the Chapter_02 Exercise Files folder and then to the 02_02- viewing subfolder, which contains these four exercise files for that particular movie on viewing. Also if you look over at the left, you'll see that there is a new column there that we didn't see when we were looking at the photo Thumbnail view. I can't read what here, so I'm going to expand this column to the right.

By moving my mouse over the border between the column and the Photo Browser, clicking and holding and dragging, it doesn't matter exactly how far you drag. Now I can see that this column represents the hierarchy of folders on my hard drive. Yours will look slightly different because of course your user name isn't Jan Kabili, but whatever your user name is, go ahead and click on this symbol just to the left of your user name and then go down and click on the symbol to the left of Desktop because that's where the Exercise Files folder is located.

Then click on the symbol to the left of the Exercise Files folder and you'll see all of the chapters that contain exercise files. When you're looking for a particular file on a particular chapter as you work through this course, what you do is go to the symbol to the left of that chapter name. So, for example, if I'm looking for an exercise file in Chapter 02, I'll go to this symbol right here and click. Let me expand to this column little more, so you can read the names of these subfolders. Let say, I wanted to use an exercise file about renaming files. I would go to this subfolder 02_05_renaming, click on that title and now would change the exercise file thumbnails that appears in the Photo Browser on the right. We'll learn about how to open individual exercise files in a later movie.

So that's how we are going to access exercise files through out this course. But I don't want to give you the impression that I'm suggesting that you use the Folder Location view for your own personal files outside of this course. This simply makes it easier to locate the files, which are already in a folder based system. The beauty of using a Catalog system for your own files is that, Elements can keep track of every single one of your photos regardless of what folder you may have put it in. Now that you know how to get photos that are located in folders on your hard drive or on an external hard drive and tell the Organizer to keep track of those photos. You are ready to learn another way to bring in photos from the camera or a card reader, and that's going to be the subject of the next movie.

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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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