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Hiding and showing photos

From: Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 01 Importing and Organizing Photos

Video: Hiding and showing photos

When you're evaluating lots of files in Media view, it can help to reduce the clutter on your screen to temporarily hide those photos that you're really not interested in, perhaps those that you have identified as rejects. You may not be ready to delete those files from your hard drive altogether because you may change your mind about them later or find a use for them, but you can hide them temporarily like this. I'll start by selecting the files that I would like to hide. Here are a couple that I really don't care for. This one, and I'll hold the Ctrl key or the Cmd key on a Mac, and select this one, too.

Hiding and showing photos

When you're evaluating lots of files in Media view, it can help to reduce the clutter on your screen to temporarily hide those photos that you're really not interested in, perhaps those that you have identified as rejects. You may not be ready to delete those files from your hard drive altogether because you may change your mind about them later or find a use for them, but you can hide them temporarily like this. I'll start by selecting the files that I would like to hide. Here are a couple that I really don't care for. This one, and I'll hold the Ctrl key or the Cmd key on a Mac, and select this one, too.

And then, I'll go up to the Edit menu and down to Visibility. Notice in this menu that there are two sections. The first section is used to mark files as either Hidden or Visible, the second section determines what will happen to those files that are marked as Hidden. By default, this is set to Hide Hidden Files. So as soon as I choose to mark these two selected files as Hidden, they will be hidden, they will disappear from the Media view. I'll go ahead and choose Mark As Hidden.

And indeed, those two files do disappear from view. But they're not deleted from my hard drive, and they're still included in the Organizer. So, if I mark them as Visible, they'll once again appear here in Media view of the Organizer. Let's say that I want to go back and see all the files that I've hidden to re-evaluate them to see if there are any that are worth bringing back into view. To do that, I'll go to the Edit menu and I'll go down to Visibility; and I'll choose to Show Only Hidden Files. And that shows me just those two files that I've marked as Hidden.

At the bottom-left of each one of those photos, there's a little eye icon that indicates that that photo has been marked as a Hidden file. Upon re-evaluating these files, I think I actually like this photo and I'd like to bring it back into my Media view in the Organizer. So, I'll select this photo and once again I'll go to the Edit menu and down to Visibility, and I'm going to choose to mark this particular file as Visible. I'll leave the other one hidden. So I'll choose Mark As Visible, and that file disappears from this view of just the hidden files.

Now I want to go back and see all the photos in this folder except for this one that I've hidden. So once again, I'll go up to the Edit menu and down to Visibility. And this time, I don't want to Show All Files because that would include the hidden file; I want to choose Hide Hidden Files. And now, I have a view of all of the files in this folder except for that one file that remains hidden. But you could do the same thing in your entire Catalog, if instead of choosing just one folder, you click on All Media and go though the process in your Catalog.

I think that menu can be a little confusing, but once you figure it out I think it will help you to reduce the clutter on your on screen so that you can work with your best files, moving your rejects out of the way temporarily.

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  1. 18m 57s
    1. Welcome
      46s
    2. What is the Organizer?
      3m 1s
    3. Touring the Organizer
      4m 29s
    4. Moving between Organizer and Editor
      4m 55s
    5. Working with catalogs
      5m 46s
  2. 21m 4s
    1. Importing the exercise files
      2m 50s
    2. Importing photos from your computer
      4m 37s
    3. Importing photos from your camera
      7m 56s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 25s
    1. Viewing photos
      3m 37s
    2. Displaying photo names and dates
      1m 0s
    3. Adjusting photo dates and times
      3m 33s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 41s
    5. Rating photos
      5m 6s
    6. Viewing metadata in the Information panel
      3m 13s
    7. Adding photo captions
      1m 45s
    8. Hiding and showing photos
      2m 54s
    9. Stacking related photos
      5m 8s
    10. Applying instant photo fixes
      4m 28s
  4. 19m 43s
    1. Viewing a simple slideshow
      4m 51s
    2. Comparing photos side by side
      4m 30s
    3. Applying Quick Edit options
      5m 36s
    4. Applying Quick Organize options
      4m 46s
  5. 27m 30s
    1. Using the Folders panel
      7m 19s
    2. Moving and renaming files
      3m 38s
    3. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 14s
    4. Moving and renaming folders
      3m 48s
    5. Deleting files and folders
      4m 2s
    6. Using a watch folder to import new files (Windows only)
      4m 29s
  6. 10m 14s
    1. Creating albums
      5m 53s
    2. Organizing albums
      2m 38s
    3. Making instant albums from folders
      1m 43s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Creating and organizing keyword tags
      6m 38s
    2. Applying keyword tags
      4m 59s
    3. Finding photos by keyword and Advanced Search
      3m 19s
  8. 23m 3s
    1. Identifying people automatically
      5m 55s
    2. Identifying people manually
      3m 1s
    3. Viewing people
      3m 47s
    4. Grouping people
      3m 10s
    5. Working with people tags
      7m 10s
  9. 9m 13s
    1. Creating events manually
      6m 48s
    2. Creating Smart Events
      2m 25s
  10. 9m 52s
    1. Viewing mapped photos by location
      5m 47s
    2. Adding location data to photos
      4m 5s
  11. 22m 2s
    1. Using the Find menu
      3m 36s
    2. Finding photos by metadata
      5m 31s
    3. Saving smart searches
      5m 3s
    4. Finding photos by visual similarity
      5m 56s
    5. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 56s
  12. 3m 22s
    1. Don't forget to back up
      2m 16s
    2. Next steps
      1m 6s

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