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Identifying people automatically

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

Video: Identifying people automatically

Photos of the people in your life are often those that we value most. So it's great to have a People Recognition System in the Organizer that can recognize faces and identify individuals by name in your photos, with a little input from you. In this movie, we will see how to use People Recognition to quickly identify faces in lots of people photos at once. And then, in the next movie, we'll look at how to identify faces manually in single images. You can run People Recognition on your whole catalog, or as I'm going to do for this lesson, you can run it on just one folder by selecting that folder in the Folders Panel in Media view.

Identifying people automatically

Photos of the people in your life are often those that we value most. So it's great to have a People Recognition System in the Organizer that can recognize faces and identify individuals by name in your photos, with a little input from you. In this movie, we will see how to use People Recognition to quickly identify faces in lots of people photos at once. And then, in the next movie, we'll look at how to identify faces manually in single images. You can run People Recognition on your whole catalog, or as I'm going to do for this lesson, you can run it on just one folder by selecting that folder in the Folders Panel in Media view.

Now before you run People Recognition on photos, you want to check that your Media Analysis Preferences are at their defaults. Those are located on the PC under the Edit menu, and on the Mac under the Adobe Elements eleven Organizer menu. I'll go down to Preferences and to my Media Analysis Group of Preferences. You want to be sure that Analyze Photos For People Automatically is checked, and Analyze Media For Visual Search Automatically is checked. You can leave Analyze Media For Smart Tags Automatically unchecked, that's not relevant.

I'll Cancel out of here and there's one more thing that you should check before you run People Recognition, and that is that under the View menu, People Recognition is enabled. To start, I'll go down to the task bar at the bottom of Media view and I'll click Add People. This message asks if I want to run the People Recognition System on the currently displayed photos. The answer is yes, so I'll click Yes. At that point, you may see a small Analyzing Media window analyzing your photos for faces.

When it's done, that window will disappear. Next, you'll see a series of windows, perhaps this window, requesting information from you about the people in your photos. The order of the windows that you'll see and the questions asked in those windows will vary depending on how much information your Organizer already has about people that you frequently photograph. The more times you run People Recognition, the more information there will be in your Organizer's database. So the windows you see may not be exactly the ones that I'll show you here.

You'll often see this window, the one titled Label People, asking for the names of the people in particular photos. I'll move under the first thumbnail and I'll click Who Is This?, that opens this Text Editing field, where I can type this person's name-- this is Darla--and press Enter or Return on my keyboard. I'll do this for each of the photos in this window. This is Lulu, Lulu, Darla, and this is Susan.

By answering these questions, I'm helping the Organizer learn who the people are who appear in my photos. Notice that here, I can choose to download my Facebook friend's list so that my People Recognition System can use that information from Facebook to try to help identify people in my photos. If you click that button, you get an Authorization window like this. You can Continue; I'm just going to Cancel at this point. Now, when I'm done labelling the people in this window, I'll click Save. And that brought up another window with the same question about other photos in this group.

So I'll click in the Text Editing field under the first thumbnail. Now this time, the Organizer is suggesting who this photo might be based on the information that I just gave it. It knows Darla, Lulu, and Susan, and it's correct that this is Susan, so I'll select Susan here and I don't have to bother typing it. And this time, from its suggestions, Lulu is the correct answer, so I'll select Lulu. Now, the suggestions that appear under this photo aren't correct. This is someone new. This is Mary.

So instead of selecting one of those suggestions, I'll type Mary and I'll press Enter or Return. This is Susan so I'll select her, and this is Darla. And then, I'll click Save. One more time, I need to label these people. Now, these people we haven't seen before. These are Dad and Mom. So I'll click here and I'll type Dad, Mom, and I'll click Save again. The next windo w asks me, Which of these people would you like to label? This is what you see when elements see something in a photo that it thinks might be a face, but it's really not sure.

I can see that a couple of these obviously aren't people, this one and this one, so I'll just leave those. Now, this one, I'm not sure what it is. I can always double-click one of these thumbnails and that will open it in this Full Size view so I can see what it is. And now, I see that Elements thought that perhaps this part of the photo, the coconut, was a face. Probably because it's similar in shape and color to a face. But it's obviously not a face, so I'll just go back and ignore that one. Now this one is a face so I'll click it to indicate that this is a person that I do want to label, and I'll click Save.

And then, in the next screen, the Organizer asks me who that person is. Well, that's Dad. So, I'll click Who is this? and I'll type Dad. And here is someone new. Now, it's interesting that Elements is able to identify this as a person because this is a really blurry photo of a person. This happens to be Jamie, so I'll click Who is this? and type Jamie. And I'll click Save again. And now Elements tells me that I've labeled everyone in my selection. In other words everyone in the selected folder, so I'll click okay and I'm done identifying all those people, giving the Organizer the information that it needs to name the people in these photos.

Later in this chapter, we'll take a look at the results of identifying people with the People Recognition System, in People View and in the Keyword Tags panel. But first, let's see what to do if the Automatic People Recognition System misses some people in my photos.

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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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