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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili walks you through importing, organizing, and finding your photos using the Organizer in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. The course covers importing photos from your camera and computer; reviewing and evaluating photos; tagging images with ratings, keywords, people, and places; working with files and folders; and creating and organizing albums. Jan also shows how to find images with metadata and in the timeline, and how to apply instant photo fixes and Quick Edit image adjustments.
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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