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The first step in using the Organizer is to bring your photos and other media files into an Organizer catalog. In this movie, I'll show you how to do that when you're working with files that are on your hard drive, or even on an external hard drive. Specifically, we'll be bringing in the exercise files for this course into the new catalog that I showed you how to create in the last movie, the catalog called PSE8 Ex Files, as you can see down here at the bottom-left of my screen. If that isn't the catalog that you see there, then open the Catalog Manager as I showed you how to do earlier, and select the PSE8 Ex Files catalog.
Another thing to do before we get started importing the exercise files is to make sure that your exercise files are on your Desktop. If they're not, move them there or copy then them there from a DVD if you're using a DVD. I'm going to go to the top of the Organizer, up to the File menu to Get Photos and Videos, and then over to From Files and Folders, and then I'll release my mouse. That opens this dialog box where I'm going to navigate to my desktop and then I'm going to select the exercise files folder.
I'm going to leave all of the settings at their defaults. In other words, all of this as unchecked, except for Get Photos from Subfolders, which I'll leave checked in order to bring in all the files from the subfolders in the exercise files folder. And then, I'm going to click Get Media. I can see Elements bringing in all the files from my exercise files folder. When it's done, it shows me this message that says that the only items I'm currently looking at in the Organizer are those that I've just imported. What that means is that if there were other files that I had imported earlier into this catalog, they wouldn't be visible now.
But there aren't any such files, so I'm just going to click OK here. Now, I can see small thumbnails of each file in my exercise files folder here in the Organizer's Photo Browser. If I go to the scrollbar on the right and drag, I can see that there are many more files here. I'll scroll back up to the top. Now one thing I want to stress is that it's important to understand that Elements did not just move files from one location to another. Instead it left the files where they were, but it did take note of where all these files are located.
It made a small thumbnail copy of each image, which you see here, and importantly, it kept track of other information or metadata about the files. We'll be using these files throughout this course. In the next movie, I'm going to show you another way to arrange them here in the Photo Browser for use in the course. So please do listen to that movie. Keep in mind that the method of importing that I've shown you in this movie is useful not just for the exercise files for this course, but for any photos and other recognized media files that you have on your hard drive and that you want to get into a catalog in Elements Organizer.
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