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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.
Not every photograph 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. If you have deleted the photo from the Organizer, it will be difficult to find. Even worse, if you delete the photo from your hard drive, it may be gone completely unless you have a backup. So instead, use the Hide Photos features in the Organizer to hide unwanted photos from view temporarily. Let me show you how to do that. I'm working in the 02_07-hiding folder here in the Chapter 02 Exercise Files folder.
I'm going to give myself a little more room to work by moving my mouse over the border, between this column and the Photo Browser, and dragging that border to the left. And then I'll go over to the right side to the border between the Photo Browser and the Task pane, and double-click to collapse that column. First let's see how to hide one or more photos from view in the Organizer. Let's say that I like this vertical photo of the guitars, but I'm not interested in seeing the horizontal photos. I'll click on one of the horizontal photos to select it. I'll hold down the Ctrl key on my keyboard and click the other, then I'm going to the Edit menu at the top of the screen, and I'm going to choose Visibility > Mark as Hidden.
Now if I scroll back down to the 02_07- hiding folder, you can see only one of the three photos they are in the Photo Browser; the other two are temporarily invisible but, and this is the important part, those two horizontal photos are still on my computer, and Elements' Organizer is still keeping track of them as part of this catalog. If at any time I would have changed my mind about whether those two are duds, I could mark them as visible again. To do that, I would first have to get them back in view, and to get them in view, I would again go up to the Edit menu, choose Visibility and this time I'm going to choose, Show All Files.
Alternatively, I could choose to Show Only the Hidden Files, but I want to see all my files, including that vertical guitar photo that I didn't make invisible. So I'll choose Show All Files and now all three photos are back here, except that the two that are hid have this cute little icon of a sleeping eye, indicating that they are marked as hidden. And now I want to set the visibility status back to normal for the next lesson, so I'm going to go to Edit, back to Visibility, and as you can see, the Visibility setting is still marked to Show All Files, that's what we call a sticky setting. So if we want things to work in the default manner, we will come back again and change Visibility to Hide Hidden Files.
Now again, if I scroll down to the 02_ 07 folder, those two files are hidden. Now you remember at the beginning of this movie I suggested that using the hiding feature is much better than deleting a photo from the Organizer, or from the hard drive, but you may want to know how to do that. So let me show you quickly, but I want you to think twice before using this feature. Let's say that we did want to actually delete the vertical photo from our Organizer. I'm going to select that photo, I'm going back to the Edit menu, and I'm going to choose Delete from Catalog.
This dialog box tells you that this item is now going to be deleted from the catalog, but if you just click OK at this point, it will remain on your computer, so you could bring it back into the catalog if you wished. There is a check box here, and if you check this box, then your item will actually be deleted from your hard disk, so be very careful that that's what you want to do, before checking this box. Now I'm going to click OK, and if I scroll up to where the 02_07 folder used to be, you'll see that it's not even showing up here in the Photo Browser, because there is nothing in it anymore that's visible.
Elements is no longer keeping track of that vertical photo, but that doesn't mean that it's gone for ever, because I chose not to delete it from my hard disk. So it would be possible to bring it back into the catalog, and let me show you how to do that. To bring that photo back, I'm going to go to the File menu, Get Photos and Videos, and go down to From Files and Folders. Then I'm going to my Desktop to navigate to my exercise files, and look inside the Chapter 02 folder, in the hiding subfolder, and there is that vertical photo guitar 3. I'm going to select it, and I'm going to click Get Photos. I'll OK at the prompt that we see every time we import photos into Elements.
So now in the Photo Browser we can see that vertical file which is now re-indexed in Elements' Organizer, but again, rather than deleting files from the Organizer and trying to bring them back in manually, I suggest you just use the Hide Photos feature to temporarily hide photos from the Photo Browser if it's getting too cluttered with unwanted photos. Hiding unwanted photos temporarily will give you more space to work and also the flexibility to get rejects back into the Organizer whenever you want to see them.
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