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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
As you go through the photos that you brought into your organizer catalog, you may find some that you just don't like, and that you rather not include in your collection of photos. You have three choices. You can either hide the thumbnail of those photos in your media browser, or you can delete those photos from your Organizer altogether, or and this is the most extreme choice, you can delete the photos from your organizer and from your hard drive at the same time. But remember that that last choice will delete the photos altogether, and so they will be gone completely unless you have backups of them.
Let me show you the difference between hiding and deleting photos in the organizer. Let's say that I really like the two horizontal photos that you see here, but I'm not sure about that vertical photo. I'm going to select that photo and I'll start off just hiding it. To do that I'll go up to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and down to Visibility. Notice in the submenu that Hide Hidden Files is selected by default. I'm also going to select Marked as Hidden. to mark this particular file is one that I want to hide.
Elements not only marked that file, it also hid it from view. Now let's says that later I decided I'd like to bring that photo back into view, so I can re-evaluate. It's still in the organizer, to bring it back into view, I have to go back to the Edit menu and go down to Visibility again, and this time I need to choose that I want to Show all Files, because I have to access this file in order to unmark it. So I'll choose Show all Files and the file re-appears with this little icon that marks it as one that is potentially hidden.
Now I need to unmark it, so with this file selected again, I'll go up to the Edit menu and down to Visibility, and I'll mark this as Visible, and that will remove that icon. So that's how to hide a file and unhide a file. Now let's say that I decide, you know, I really don't want this vertical photo in my photo collection, but I don't want to delete it from my drives altogether, because I might change my mind about it in the future. How can I delete this photo from this particular catalog in my organizer? I'll select it and then I go up to the Edit menu again and I'll choose Delete from Catalog.
Now here's where I need to be careful if I just click OK, the selected photograph will be deleted from the catalog, but it will remain on my hard drive. But if this is a photo that I want to get rid of completely, I can also choose to delete the selected item from the hard disk. I'm not going to do that now, because I do want the item to remain on my hard disk, I just wanted it to be removed from the catalog. So I'll click OK, and in just a moment that photo disappears from the catalog, but the photo is still on my hard drive out in my operating system.
So let's say that more time goes by and I decide, gee! I really wish that I had that vertical photo back in this catalog in my organizer. I can always bring it back using the same command that I showed you earlier to bring in any file that's on a hard drive. To do that I'll go up to the File menu and choose Get Photos and Videos, From Files and Folders. I'll navigate to the location of that file which is on my desktop in my Exercise Files Folder, in Chapter 2, in the subfolder 02_06 and there is that vertical photo which I'll select, and I'll click Get Media, just as I should you how to do in the first chapter in this course.
As usual, I get this alert that the only item that's currently visible in the media browser is the one that I just imported, so I'll click OK to dismiss that alert, and then in order to see the other two files that are in this folder, I'll go up to the Show All button and click. And now as at the beginning of this movie, I have all three of these photos back in my Organizer catalog. So if you don't want to see the thumbnail of a photo in your catalog, try hiding it or deleting it from the catalog, but think twice before you also delete the file from your hard drive, because you may lose it forever.
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