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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.
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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