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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
Now I would like to show you how to import images on to your drive using the Adobe Photo Downloader. You can access the images from your media card by connecting the digital camera with the card inserted in it to an open USB port on your computer or by connecting a USB card reader that is specific to the type of media card you're using, such as Compact Flash or SD. After you connect the camera or card reader to your computer you can access the images from your media card using the Adobe Photo Downloader. I currently have my digital camera already connected to this computer. Now I would like to download the images from the media card on to my drive. I'm going to do so from the Bridge application, which I currently already have launched.
You can see it here on my screen and what I would like to do is go under the File menu and choose Get Photos from Camera. We will go ahead and choose that option and when we do you will see this warning dialog box saying, "Do you want Photo Downloader to automatically launch whenever a camera or a card reader is connected?" and this option can be changed later via preferences. So this is good information to know; what this means is, if we choose to do this by clicking on Yes button, that any time we hook up our camera to the computer that we will be using Elements and Adobe Bridge in order to download our images.
And that is what I suggest you do. It is possible that you may have some other applications installed on your computer that allow you do the very exact same thing only not using Elements or Bridge. So if you have your preferences set up on your computer to use another application then I would recommended saying No to those preferences in those applications and say Yes here. And that's what we're going to do, we're actually going to click on the Yes button and here we have the Adobe Bridge Photo Downloader dialog box. You can see here, up at the top, it says Get Photos From and it is recognizing my camera, which is currently hooked up to the computer.
It is a Canon EOS Digital Rebel Xti. You can click in here and you could see this is the only one hooked up, that's the only one that's appearing and that is okay. This is the one that we're going to work with. Right so it is already telling us what is seeing on the card that's inserted in the camera and hooked up to the computer, 17 files and they total up to 56 MB of file space. It's giving us the date on which they were shot and we have these settings down here. Location, this is where you're choosing to save the files on your system.
Currently, it's defaulting to your Pictures folder and that is actually not a bad place to store your pictures, but it's entirely up to you where you want to store your images and how you want to categorize them. I do recommend that every time you import images that you save them into a subfolder inside of the Pictures folder. You can choose to name the folder however you like; if you want to, you can click the Choose button, choose a different location. It could be your Desktop, it could be your Documents folder, it could be anywhere you would like on your drive. I think that Pictures is probably the most obvious and best place to choose. I'm going to go ahead and click Cancel here.
All right, you can also choose to create other subfolders based on Date, Shot Date, or Today's Date. You can also choose a custom name if you would like to, maybe name it Date and Event. Maybe it's the day that you took the shots and the type of the content that is in the images themselves; maybe pictures from a birthday party or any other kind of event. I just have some pictures in here of the harbor over here at the hotel where I'm actually staying and if I wanted to I could name these Harbor Shots and then maybe today's date, that's a one way to do it if you're going to custom name.
Hey! I'm actually going to just keep it the way it's set now just by Shot Date, but I wanted to mention that you're not limited to just this option; if you want to you can actually type in any name you want for the sub folder. We can also choose to rename the files. If you don't rename the files they are going to stay named exactly the way your camera chooses to name them. That may or may not be a good thing. I think when you're trying to locate images later, it makes more sense if you name them by Shot Date or if you choose Custom Name, again, like we did with the Create Subfolders or like you can with the Create Subfolders option. Or include both, Shot Date and Custom Name. Let me just go ahead and just choose that and I can enter the custom name in here, maybe something like harbor. And then of course, it will have a number after each shot indicating the serial of each one.
All right, I want to show you also that we can choose to work with an Advanced dialog box by clicking the Advanced Dialog button in the lower left corner. The advantage to working with this dialog box is that you can choose specific images that you want to download from the card. All right, now, this is especially helpful if you're the kind of person that downloads images from a card and then leaves them on the card and then takes more images using the camera and then when you want to download the new images that you have taken, but you don't want to download duplicated of the other images that are still on the card. You can, of course, turn off those images. So if I wanted to I could go here and uncheck the ones that I don't want to download.
So that's one of the benefits to using this feature. Of course, you can always check all or uncheck all; I'm going to go ahead and check all again and that places check marks into all of the check boxes. We can now download all of these images at once. All right, over here, we have Advanced Options. We can open Adobe Bridge as soon as we're downloading the images and I recommend that you keep that turned on because then you can preview all the images in Bridge, decide which ones that you may want to work with in Elements. You could also convert to DNG that's a different file format; that's a standard format that is something you may want to consider doing when you're working with Camera Raw files and we will be talking about those in much greater detail in a much later movie. You can also save copies if you like by clicking on this option and, of course, you can choose their location as well. I'm not going to do that.
You can also apply metadata by using a Metadata Template. This is information that's stored inside of the file having to do with the camera setup and how the image was taken. You can set up a template inside of Bridge to use, but in this instance we're just going to stick with the basic Metadata Template. Hey! You can also enter in Author information, we will put in my name and Copyright you can type in 2008 something like that if you have any other company name you want to throw in there you can, but generally just the year is fine.
Click Get Photos and when you do that it is going to go through and download the images in to the location that you specified in the top of the dialog box, and there it is going through bringing all of those images in and there they are, because we had the Open Adobe Bridge option turned on we're now viewing those images. It's going through and caching the preview, because I have it set to a high quality preview preference. So you can actually see these looking really, really nice inside of Adobe Bridge. So basically that is all you need to do in order to import your images using the Adobe Photo Downloader. As soon as you have your camera hooked up if you turn on the preference to automatically launch the Downloader it should appear, you can set up all of your options inside of the dialog box and then click Download.
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