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Hiding photos

From: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Hiding photos

As you're organizing your photos, you'll encounter photos that you may not want but you can't convince yourself that you want to delete them either. The Elements 10 Organizer really fits the bill here, as it allows you to hide photos so that they aren't visable within the Media Browser. But they're still available if you decide that you need them later on. Let me show you what I mean. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. And I've scrolled down in my media browser, to find this image here, called IMG_0520.jpg.

Hiding photos

As you're organizing your photos, you'll encounter photos that you may not want but you can't convince yourself that you want to delete them either. The Elements 10 Organizer really fits the bill here, as it allows you to hide photos so that they aren't visable within the Media Browser. But they're still available if you decide that you need them later on. Let me show you what I mean. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. And I've scrolled down in my media browser, to find this image here, called IMG_0520.jpg.

Now, this is a nice enough image, but I really don't know when I would use it in my travels. So, I think I want to hide it. And that way, I can focus on the rest of my images without having to deal with this image in my Media Browser. So with this image selected, I'm going to come up here to the Edit menu, and I'm going to come down to Visibility, and I'm going to choose Mark As Hidden. When I do that, you're going to notice that that image disappears from the Media Browser. Let's go ahead and scroll down a little bit further, and we're going to do this to a couple more images. So, here's an image of the cliffs in Colorado.

And again, not a really great image. We can double-click on it to see it a little bit better. But I think I don't want to use this inside of Photoshop Elements. So, I'm going to go back to the Thumbnail View. And with this selected, I'm going to go to the Edit menu, Visibility and choose Mark As Hidden. Now that one's not in the Media Browser, so I can move on here. And let's see, let's do one more. here's one, the IMG_0506.jpg. And again, it's a nice enough image, but I really don't know when I would use this image.

So, this time I'm going to hide the image, just like I did before. But instead of going up the Edit menu, I'm going to right-click on the image. Or if you don't have two button mouse, you can Crtl+click on the image. And I'm going to choose Visibility > Mark As Hidden. Now, once again, we've hidden that image and it's no longer visible. Actually, all three of those images are no longer visible in the Media Browser. But how can I view those images should I want to look at them later on? Well, that's easy enough to do. If we come up here to our View menu, we have a Hidden Files submenu. And you can see that currently, the Hide Hidden Files option is chosen. Now we have three different options in here.

What I can do is I can choose Show Only Hidden Files. And now in the Media Browser, you can see that all three of the images that I've hidden are now being displayed in the Media Browser. And if you look closely, you'll see a small thumbnail in the lower left corner. And it's basically a closed eye, which is indicating that this image is hidden. Now, the reason that eye is there is because we have another option up here under the View menu, which is under the Hidden Files sub menu, and that is Show All Files. And the reason that that icon is there, we're going to scroll down so I can see one of those images.

Is so that when I'm viewing all of these images, and I come upon an image that is hidden, you will see that icon in the lower left-hand corner. And now, if I scroll down in my Media Browser, you can see here's one of my images that is flagged as hidden. And it's indicated by a closed eye in the lower left-hand corner. And if I continue scrolling through here, here's another one. And of course, the other one will be down a little bit further as well. So anyway, I can come back up here to the View menu under Hidden Files. And the default view is Hide Hidden Files.

So, when I choose that option, all of those hidden files will be hidden from view. But if I ever need to access those hidden files in the future, I can simple do so from the View menu under the Hidden Files submenu. As you can see, there's certainly value in the ability to hide a photo without deleting it. It gets it out of your way for the time being, but gives you peace of mind that the photos are still available should you ever decide that you need them in the future.

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