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When you first launch the Elements Organizer you might wonder where your pictures are. And that's because by default you can't see any pictures within the Elements Organizer. Because it's not simply a browser but rather a database, a catalog that allows you to manage your images very efficiently. And so to start working with images in the Elements Organizer, you first need to import them in the catalog. This is not making a copy of your photos. Its simply making a reference to those photos, so that they can be managed within the Organizer. To get started with the import, I'll choose File > Get Photos and Videos, and then From Files and Folders.
If my images were still on the digital media card in my camera, then I could use the From Camera or Card Reader option. But in this case I've already have the images on my hard drive, so I'll choose the From Files and Folders option and that will bring up the Get Photos and Videos dialog. Here I can navigate to and select the folder that contains the images I'd like to import. In this case I have a folder called Assets, that contains several additional folders with images inside of those sub folders. So, I want to import everything inside of this entire folder structure, therefore I'll choose the Assets folder, and then make sure the Get Photos from Sub folders check box is turned on. So, I'll select the assets folder, and then make sure the Get Photos from Sub-Folders check box is turned on.
I can then simply click the Get Media button, and all of the images in the Assets folder and All Sub-Folders will be imported into my Organizer catalog. With all of the images imported, I can now browse through the images and look for those that I'm particularly interested in. In this particular case though, keep in mind that the images were organized into sub-folders. At the moment, I'm seeing all of the images that I imported. That's not necessarily all of the images that I have in my catalog.
In this case it is, because these are the only images I've imported into the catalog to date. But if I had already had previous images in my catalog, at this moment I would only be viewing the imported images from that recent import operation. If I want to see all of the images, I can simply click the Show All button at the top bar. Because these images are organized into folders though, I'd like to view the images based on that folder structure. So, from the display popup at the top right of the Organizer, I'm going to choose folder location.
This will give me a navigation bar over on the left-hand side, where I can choose which folder I'd like to view images from. In some cases, you'll want to simply browse all images, and so you'll want to use the Thumbnails display. But very often you might be looking for images that are contained in a particular folder, and this folder view makes that very very easy. And of course, I can go back to my Full Thumbnail display, simply by choosing Display and then Thumbnail view. And that will show me all of the images that are currently in my catalog, unless I've specified a filter or performed a search for example.
As you can see, it's quite simple to import images into the catalog and then you can use the catalog as the basis of organizing your images. And even applying some basic optimization to them. By using the Organizer as command central for managing your images, you'll always be able to find the images you need, and make them look their best.
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