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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

with Ted LoCascio

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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.
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 20s
  2. 12m 1s
    1. Understanding Photoshop Elements
      2m 10s
    2. Using the Welcome screen
      2m 33s
    3. Importing photos from a digital camera
      7m 18s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Viewing and selecting images
      2m 1s
    2. Creating and saving a custom workspace
      5m 29s
    3. Rotating images in Bridge
      3m 20s
    4. Renaming images in Bridge
      5m 34s
    5. Adding keywords to images
      7m 38s
    6. Applying ratings to images
      5m 17s
    7. Labeling images
      5m 17s
    8. Searching for images
      6m 38s
    9. Creating Collections
      2m 50s
    10. Sorting images with the Filter panel
      6m 36s
    11. Using image stacks
      7m 2s
    12. Hiding images
      4m 6s
  4. 31m 55s
    1. Opening images from Bridge
      2m 24s
    2. Working with palettes and the Palette Bin
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Project Bin
      6m 44s
    4. Zooming and scrolling
      8m 1s
    5. Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo
      5m 3s
    6. Saving versions
      4m 50s
  5. 49m 38s
    1. Opening and viewing images in the Quick Fix mode
      6m 8s
    2. Understanding Auto Color and making tonal adjustments
      8m 50s
    3. Using the Lighting sliders
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Color sliders
      7m 1s
    5. Applying Auto Red Eye Fix
      3m 31s
    6. Applying Auto Sharpen
      4m 25s
    7. Using the Guided Edit mode
      6m 19s
    8. Processing multiple files
      8m 5s
  6. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding image resolution
      3m 23s
    2. Resizing images
      6m 59s
  7. 17m 8s
    1. Applying Auto Crop and Auto Straighten
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Straighten and Crop tools
      4m 10s
    3. Changing the canvas size
      6m 36s
  8. 30m 32s
    1. Why make selections?
      6m 3s
    2. Using the Quick Selection tool
      8m 37s
    3. Using Refine Edge
      7m 15s
    4. Saving and loading selections
      8m 37s
  9. 25m 58s
    1. Working with the Layers palette
      9m 45s
    2. Using adjustment layers and masks
      8m 37s
    3. Applying transparency and blend mode adjustments
      7m 36s
  10. 40m 56s
    1. Removing a color cast
      5m 53s
    2. Correcting skin tone
      3m 38s
    3. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Balancing contrast and color with Levels adjustments
      7m 10s
    5. Correcting dark or light areas with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      5m 17s
    6. Improving images with Color Curves adjustments
      5m 55s
    7. Converting color images to black and white
      6m 26s
  11. 54m 14s
    1. Using the Red-Eye Removal tool
      8m 1s
    2. Using the healing tools
      7m 42s
    3. Whitening teeth and eyes
      6m 20s
    4. Cloning to remove contents
      8m 14s
    5. Adjusting perspective and correcting camera distortion
      6m 10s
    6. Using Photomerge Group Shot
      6m 17s
    7. Using Photomerge Faces
      6m 4s
    8. Using Photomerge Panorama
      5m 26s
  12. 16m 1s
    1. Creating a clipping mask
      7m 25s
    2. Creating collages with gradient blending
      8m 36s
  13. 22m 15s
    1. Reducing noise
      8m 7s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      7m 16s
    3. Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness
      6m 52s
  14. 17m 54s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw images from Bridge
      6m 37s
    3. Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw
      6m 23s
    4. Saving raw images
      3m 8s
  15. 40m 41s
    1. Painting with the Filter Gallery
      8m 7s
    2. Creating a pencil sketch
      7m 40s
    3. Customizing images
      7m 59s
    4. Adding artwork with the Content palette
      9m 39s
    5. Building and saving a multi-page photo creation
      7m 16s
  16. 37m 5s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a photo book
      9m 1s
    3. Creating a photo collage
      6m 58s
    4. Creating a greeting card
      6m 31s
    5. Creating a web photo gallery
      7m 37s
  17. 31m 6s
    1. Choosing color settings
      7m 1s
    2. Printing to an inkjet printer
      8m 13s
    3. Using Picture Package
      4m 33s
    4. Saving for the web
      5m 55s
    5. Attaching images to emails
      3m 6s
    6. Burning to CDs and DVDs
      2m 18s
  18. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training
8h 22m Beginner Sep 29, 2008

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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.

Topics include:
  • Identifying photos by name, keyword, rating, and label
  • Locating photos with searches, filters, collections, and stacks
  • Using automated red-eye correction and sharpening tools
  • Making detailed color and tone corrections
  • Using Photomerge on faces and groups
  • Working with filters, artwork, and other image customizations
  • Scrapbooking
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Ted LoCascio

Importing photos from a digital camera

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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