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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
Not every photograph that you take will be a winner, but don't be so fast to delete the duds, because you could change your mind later and want to get the photo back. But if you've deleted the photo from the Organizer, it's a little bit difficult to find, but not impossible. Worse, if you delete the photo from your hard drive, not just from the Organizer, it may be gone completely unless you have a backup. So, instead I suggest that you use to Hide photos feature in the Organizer to hide unwanted photos from view temporarily. Let me show you how to do.
Notice that I'm working in the 02_07 folder, which contains these three photos of guitars. I'm going to zoom in a little bit to make those three photos bigger to fill my Photo Browser here. Now, let's say that I want to hide a couple of these photos from view. Maybe I want to see the vertical guitar here, but I'm not interested in seeing the horizontal guitars. To do that, I first have to select the thumbnails of the horizontal photos. So I'll click on one of the thumbnails, and then I'll hold down the Ctrl key, and click on the other to select them both.
Then I'm going to go up to the Edit menu at the top of the screen, and I'll go down to the Visibility menu and I'm going to choose Mark as Hidden, to mark those two horizontal photos as hidden. Now my Photo Browser has moved down. So I'm going to scroll back up till I see the 02_07 section here. And you'll notice that it's displaying only the vertical photo of the guitars, not those horizontal photos that I hit. Those two photos are temporarily invisible, but and this is the important part they're still on my computer, and Elements Organizer catalog is still keeping track of them, because of that I can change my mind at any time, about whether those two really are duds, and I could mark them as visible again to have them appear back here in the Organizer.
To do that I would first have to get them back into you to get them back in view. To get them back in view, I'm going to go back up to the Edit menu and down to Visibility again, and this time I'm going to choose Show All Files. Now all three of the guitar photos are back in this section. I need to scroll up a little bit, so you can see them all. And there they are. The only thing that's new is that the two horizontal photos have this cute little sleeping eye icon, which indicates that I mark them as hidden. Let's say that I want to get rid of that eye icon.
I no longer want them marked as hidden. To do that I'll select those two files clicking on one, and then control clicking on the other and then I'll go back to the Edit menu and, I'll go down to Visibility, and I'll mark these two as Visible. And then I click off, of the files, in a blank area of the Photo Browser. So that's how to use the Hide Visibility features in the Organizer. Now let's talk about deleting a photo from the Organizer. You remember that at the beginning of this movie, I suggested that using the hiding feature is often better than deleting a photo from the Organizer or from the hard drive, but there may be times when you do want to delete.
So, let me show you how to do that, but I do want you to think twice before using the Delete feature. So let's say that I decide I want to delete this vertical photo of the guitars from my Organizer catalog. I'll select the photo by clicking on it, and then I'll go back to the Edit menu and I'm going to choose Delete from catalog. You've seen this dialog box before, and you know that if you check Also delete selected item(s) from the hard disk Elements will not only delete this item from the Organizer catalog, but it will also completely delete the photo from your computer.
So you've got to be sure that that's what you want before you check this box. In this case, I'm going to leave that box unchecked, and I'm just going to click OK to delete from the catalog, but not from the hard drive. I'll scroll up a bit so you can see the contents of the 02_07 section again, and as you can see the vertical photo is no longer here. I just have the two horizontal photos. That's because Elements is no longer keeping track of the vertical photo. But that doesn't mean that that photo is gone forever, because if you remember, I chose not to delete it for my hard disk.
So, it would be possible to bring that photo back into this Organizer catalog. Let me show you how to do that. To bring back into the catalog, a file that I have deleted from the catalog, I'll go up to the File menu at the top of the screen, I'll go to Get Photos And Videos, and I'll choose From Files and Folders. In this dialog box I'll navigate to the chapter02 folder, which is inside the Exercise Files folder on my Desktop. I'm already right here in the chapter02 folder, and I'm looking for a file that's in the 02_07 subfolder.
So, I'll double-click that subfolder, and there is my vertical guitar image, guiatar3, I'll click once on that thumbnail to select that image, and then I'm going to click Get Media. In just a moment, I see the prompt that I see every time I import photos into Elements, telling me that the only items that I can see here are the ones or the one that I just imported. So, I'll click OK. And there is my vertical guitar photo. Now, if I want to see the other photos, I'll click the, Show All button here, and I have all three of my guitar photos back in this section of the Photo Browser.
But again please remember that rather than deleting files from the Organizer, and trying to bring them back manually, as I just did it's often easier to just use the hide photos feature, to temporarily hide photos from View in the Photo Browser, if your browser is getting too cluttered with unwanted photos.
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