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Importing photos from a camera or card reader

From: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Importing photos from a camera or card reader

The most common method that you'll be using to import photos into the Elements 10 Organizer, will be from your digital camera or a card reader. In this video, I'll show you how to use the Elements 10 Organizer to do just that. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my screen. And what I've done is I've put some photos onto my digital camera, and I'll be importing those photos into the Organizer. Now, you will not be able to follow along exactly as I am, but what you can do is insert the digital card reader or plug in your digital camera and follow along with your own images. So, I'm going to begin by plugging my digital camera into my computer. And what I'll do is go to the File menu and choose Get Photos and Video From Camera or Card Reader.

Importing photos from a camera or card reader

The most common method that you'll be using to import photos into the Elements 10 Organizer, will be from your digital camera or a card reader. In this video, I'll show you how to use the Elements 10 Organizer to do just that. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my screen. And what I've done is I've put some photos onto my digital camera, and I'll be importing those photos into the Organizer. Now, you will not be able to follow along exactly as I am, but what you can do is insert the digital card reader or plug in your digital camera and follow along with your own images. So, I'm going to begin by plugging my digital camera into my computer. And what I'll do is go to the File menu and choose Get Photos and Video From Camera or Card Reader.

And what Photoshop Elements is going to do is launch the Photo Downloader. And this allows me to import photos from a selected device. So, at the top here, in this drop down menu, I'm going to choose the digital camera that I'm plugged into my computer. So, I'm going to select this device, and if you don't see your device in this list, you can choose Refresh List. So, I'm going to go ahead and choose EOS Digital, that's the digital camera that I have plugged in here, and then I'm also going to choose a location.

Now, by default Photoshop Elements is going to put my images in My Pictures folder. And that's probably a good location for these images. But I should also point out that when you import files from a folder, those files remain at their source location, and they're not copied to the Pictures folder. So, you need to keep that in mind whenever you're copying files from a folder, to make sure that you put em in a location where they can stay there, and you won't have to reorganize them later, even though it is possible to do.

So, I am going to leave my location set to the Pictures folder. but if I wanted to change that, I could click the Choose button, and do so then. I can also let Photoshop Elements 10 create subfolders based on the shot date and based on different parameters that I can choose. And this is simply going to create subfolders based on these parameters. So, I'm going to leave these set to the default. I'm going to let it set to the current date configuration that is set here.

And I can also allow the Photo Downloader to rename my files. So again, you can rename them based on custom names, shot date, custom date. And you can even go in here, and you can get more specific, such as Advanced Rename, which allows you to create a custom configuration for renaming your files. Now, I'm going to click Cancel because I don't believe in renaming my files in any particular way because there's a much more advantageous way of locating the images and finding them. But for now, I'm going to leave this set to Do Not Rename Files. Then finally down at the bottom, under the Delete Options, we can say that after copying these files and verifying them, to go ahead and delete the original. The other options are after copying do not delete those originals from my digital camera.

Or after copying go ahead and delete them without verifying them. I'm going to leave the Default chosen, but I just want to also point out, that if we click on this Advanced dialog button, we're going to get a slightly larger window, and this is going to allow me to specify additional parameters. So, for one, I can see a preview of my images and I can choose which ones I would like to import at this time. You can also see all of your properties that we saw in the previous dialog that is located in here.

But we also have a couple more options that are available, that are helpful when we're importing our images. So, for example, Preserve Current File name in XMP. XMP stands for Extensible Metadata Platform. And what this is, is it's metadata or information that get's embedded into the file. And this can be very powerful, especially if we're renaming our files. We can rename the files but then keep the original name in the metadata of the image.

Very, very powerful. We can also choose to Automatically Fix Red-eyes in the images. I'm going to leave that turned off. We can also Automatically Suggest Photo Stacks. Again, I'm going to turn that one off for now as well. And then, this option, Make Group Custom Name A Tag is only going to be applied if I've created customs groups, and we're not going to go over that at this point in time. So, I'll turn that off. I can also import these images into an album. Once again, we haven't done that yet but we can create albums in which to organize these photos. And here again, is our options for what to do after we import. Finally, down here at the bottom, we can apply a template to the metadata of these images.

So, for example, we can choose None, which won't provide any options. We can also choose Basic Metadata, and this would allow me to enter information about these images, such as the creator and copyright. So, I'm just going to go ahead and enter my name in here, and for copyright, I'll type 2011 Chad Chelius. So, once I'm finished, I'm going to go ahead and click the OK button, and that's going to start importing these images from my digital camera. Once the Photo Downloader is finished importing my photos, you can see that I get a dialog indicating that the copy was successful.

So, I'm going to go ahead and click Yes to show the files in my Media Browser. I'm going to click Yes, and you'll see that now, inside of the Elements 10 Organizer, that only the items, again, that I imported are being displayed right now. That does not in any way mean that I lost my original images, it only means that the new images are the ones displayed. So, I'll go ahead and click OK. Finally, I get one more dialog asking me if I want to delete the images from my digital camera. I'm going to go ahead and click Yes, and I'm going to ahead and let it remove those images, and it confirms that as well.

So, I'll click OK. And once again, we can see that in the Elements 10 Organizer. We only have the ten images that we imported from the digital camera. Now, if I go ahead and click the Show All button at the top of my screen here, that will in turn show all of my images. So, using the features built into the Elements 10 Organizer, you can import images directly from your digital camera or an attached card reader, and have your photos at your fingertips ready for whatever you have planned for them.

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