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Once you have your photo collection scanned on your hard drive, you will need to organize them because there's nothing harder than trying to find one specific photo especially if you have a lot of them. Photoshop Elements 9 has a built-in feature that can be your best friend when it comes to photo organization called Organizer. In the Edit workspace which we are in right now, the Organizer icon is located top right of the screen next to this icon that looks like a little six pane window. Click on it and you will enter the Organizer workspace.
You can either add your photos individually or by folder by going up to your File menu>Get Photos and Videos and From Files and Folders. It also gives you the option of getting them directly from your scanner which can be a big help if you're scanning in your photos. Select right now From Files and Folders, we will be working in Exercise Files Chapter 2 right now. Again, you can either bring them in individually or by folder. Right now we will take all the contents from this folder by selecting the top one, the Shift key, the bottom one and opening them all.
You may see this pop up that just tells you that the only items are the ones you just imported, it's no big just hit OK. Once your photos are in the Organizer, you'll want to separate them in the albums to make it even easier to find them later. To do that you go up to the green Plus sign right here, click the down arrow and select New Album. You want to name your album something that you can find later easily when you're looking for those specific photos.
If you have a lot of photos of your mother, name the photo album mom. If your grandmother is the subject name it grandma. We will name this one Family Photos and when you're done naming it go down to the bottom and click Done. Now you will need to get these photos into your album that you just named. I'll start by selecting one image and dragging and dropping it into the Family Photo album. You can also select multiple photos again, clicking one holding down your Shift key, going to the end of the ones you want and dragging and dropping them again into your Family Photo album.
You will notice, after you have dropped them into the album that there is a little green icon, a little folder all that's doing is telling you that they're in an album that will come in very handy when you're trying to find these. Now that they're in the photo album you can customize your views, you can make them bigger and smaller. However it makes it easier for you and you can also at any time go back and edit the album you just made by clicking on that album and going up here to this box with the pencil and renaming it whatever you want to do with it.
You can rate your photos by importance or that are more important for you to fix it at any time by giving them star rating. Let's give this one a star rating of four, you can give this one two, doesn't need much fixing and that will always be there so you'll know if you have a higher rating that's one it's more important for you to fix sooner. We can all use a little help when organizing our family photo collection. It just makes things easier when you're looking for that one specific photo or trying to decide where to start with your restoration projects.
The Photoshop Elements Organizer makes the organization process easier.
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