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When you start using Element's Organizer, you can include in the Organizer not only new photos from your camera, but all those existing photos that you already have on your hard drive. I've got some files here floating in my Pictures folder that I want to include in my Organizer catalog. It's not a bad idea to arrange existing photos in a simple file structure before importing them to the Organizer. That'll give you one more way to access them there. So I made a subfolder for these photos, and I named it with the date of the shoot and the place where I shot the pictures.
Your file structure may be different, but whatever it is, you should do it consistently. Then I'm going to select these photos and I'll drag them into that subfolder. And then I'll put that subfolder into my larger folder of the photos that I shot in 2011. So now I'm ready to import those photos into my Organizer. I will go to my Organizer, and here I'm in Thumbnail view, which is the default view. You can do this from Thumbnail view or from Folder Location view. I will go up to the File menu and I'll choose Get Photos and Videos, and I'll slide over and down to from Files and Folders.
You may recognize this as the same process that I showed you earlier for bringing the exercise files into your Organizer. But I want to make sure that you understand that this process applies to personal photos you have in your hard drive too. So I will select from Files and Folders, and in this window I'll navigate to the place where I put those photos. It was my Pictures folder and my 2011 folder, and here is the subfolder with those photos. I will select that subfolder and then I'll come down and I'll leave the File Type menu set to Media Files-- this is the Enable menu on the Mac.
For simplicity's sake, I'll leave all these options at their defaults, and then I'll just click Get Media. When Elements is finished importing these photos into my Organizer catalog, it reminds me that the only items I can see in the Media Browser right now are those that I just imported. There are lots more photos in this catalog, and if I want to see these photos in among those, I'll click OK and I'll go up here and click Show All. I'll scroll down in the Media Browser until I can see those photos.
And they're arranged among the other photos by date. So there's one here, one here and here, and another down here. Now I'm going to switch over to Folder Location view so you can see how they look there. I'll go up to the Display menu and I'll choose Folder Location. Here in the Folders panel on the left you can see my Pictures folder, my 2011 subfolder, and inside of that, the subfolder that I made for this particular set of files. And with that subfolder selected, you can see a thumbnail for each of the files here in the Media Browser, in Folder Location view.
So that's how to include photos that you already have on your hard drive in your Organizer catalog. So you can keep track of your existing photos, along with whatever new ones you bring in from your camera in the future.
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