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Importing the exercise files

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

Video: Importing the exercise files

If you're a premium member of the lynda.com Library or if you're watching this course from a DVD, you have access to the exercise files that I prepared for the course and that I use as examples in the movies. Now, you don't have to have the exercise files to work along with me through this course. You can use your own photos. But if you do want to use the exercise files, I want to show you how to import them into an organizer catalog so that they're ready to use as we examine the organizer. You can see that I've put my exercise files out here on my desktop so that they're easy to access.

Importing the exercise files

If you're a premium member of the lynda.com Library or if you're watching this course from a DVD, you have access to the exercise files that I prepared for the course and that I use as examples in the movies. Now, you don't have to have the exercise files to work along with me through this course. You can use your own photos. But if you do want to use the exercise files, I want to show you how to import them into an organizer catalog so that they're ready to use as we examine the organizer. You can see that I've put my exercise files out here on my desktop so that they're easy to access.

Remember that if you've downloaded your exercise files, you'll need to extract them from the Zip file so that you can work with the actual files. I'm going to open my organizer. And you can see, if you look at the bottom right corner of my organizer, that I'm using the Exercise Files catalog that I suggested in the last movie that you make to keep your exercise files separate from your personal files. My Exercise Files catalog is currently blank and so I want to import the exercise files into this catalog.

To do that, I'll go to the Import button at the top left of the organizer, and I'll choose from Files and Folders. I'll navigate to my desktop and I'll select the Exercise Files folder. I'm going to leave all the options down here at their defaults. It's important that Get Photos from Subfolders is checked, and then I'll come down to the Get Media button and I'll click. And the organizer goes about importing all the exercise files into the organizer. When the import is finished, here at the top of the organizer, you'll see Last Import.

Click the Back button and that takes you back to the regular view of all the media in this catalog. Over here on the left side of the organizer, you'll see a column with an albums and a My Folders panel. If you don't see this column, then come down to the Taskbar at the bottom of the organizer and click the first button, which will read Show Panel. Make sure that the arrow to the left of My Folders is facing down, so that you have access to all the folders in the My Folders panel. As you work through the course, if you see that I've clicked on a folder in this panel, go ahead an click on it too, and that will display just the photos in that particular folder.

These folders correspond to the movies in the course for which there are exercise files; and there will be some movies that don't have any exercise files, so you won't see a folder here in the My Folders panel for those movies. Later in the course, I'll show you that the My Folders panel can be changed to show a hierarchical view, which you'll access by clicking this button. So there will be some movies later in the course where you'll see a folder selected here in the hierarchical folders view, and you can just select the folder here too. So that's a look at how to import the exercise files into the Exercise Files catalog in the organizer, and how to access specific folders of exercise files as we work through the course.

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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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