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Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 provides some powerful tools to help you do everything from managing and organizing your photos, to optimizing your images and making basic adjustments, to sharing your final results and making great prints. In this introduction to Photoshop Elements, Chad Chelius walks you through the new features introduced in Photoshop Elements 10, including tools to improve searching for photos and dealing with duplicates and new effects like Depth of Field and the Orton effect. Along the way, discover how to add special effects to your photos, tag images both by keyword and with the people recognition feature, and correct common problems like underexposure, overexposure, and color casts.
Photos can be imported from a variety of different locations including a harddrive, a CD or DVD, and even a scanner. The most common source of your photos will probably be the storage card from your digital camera. To get started working with Photoshop Elements 10 and to ensure that you can follow along with the video, we'll be importing photos from a folder on our computer. You'll notice that on my desktop, I have the Project Files folder for this video and I'm beginning with the Welcome screen open on my computer.
So I'm going to start by clicking the Organize button. And this is going to open the Elements Organizer 10. Now, when I first launch the Adobe Elements 10 Organizer, it's going to display this Backup Synchronization Preferences dialog asking me if I automatically want to synchronize my photos with Photoshop.com. For now, I'm going to leave this turned off, so I'm going to go ahead and click the No button. And then I'll go ahead and click Done or we can actually click Remind me later, which ever you prefer. So for now I'm going to go ahead and click Done.
And then we can see that we're beginning with the Elements 10 Organizer. So right now there's no photos in the organizer. And this is really where all of the organization of your photos takes place. And it's also where we begin importing photos and managing them. So to get started, I'm going to come up here to the File menu. Get Photos and Videos and you'll notice that I have three different choices here. I can choose from a Camera or Card Reader, which is going to be one of the most common methods you'll be using to import images into the Elements 10 Organizer.
We can Choose from files and folders and we can also Choose by searching. Which will search my hard drive for photos that it thinks I would like to include in my organizer. So I'm going to start by choosing from files and folders because we want to use the lesson files or Project files for this video. And I'm going to navigate to my desktop. And I'm going to Choose the Project files folder, and in the Enable drop-down menu, you can see that it allows me to also specify which file types I want to be able to import.
So, because I'm focusing mainly on my media files, again, photos, videos, and audio, I'm going to leave that set to the default. If you have subfolders within this Project files folder you can also Choose get photos from subfolders. So if I had subdirectories or subfolders within this list it would include all of those images as well. A couple of options to pay attention to. When you're importing your photos, we can turn on this automatically fixed red eyes check box.
Which will try to detect any photos that I'm importing that contain the common problem, that is the red eye that you see in many photos. I'm going to leave that off for now, and then you can also turn on automatically suggest photo stacks. And what this will do is try to detect images that are very similar in nature, and stack them together for easier organization. Once again, I'm going to leave both of these unchecked at this point, and I'm going to click the Get Media button. Now, what Photoshop Elements Organizer is going to do, is it's going to import all of those images into my organizer.
And you can see that this dialog is telling you that in this resulting Window, only items that have been imported are appearing. Now in this particular case, it's all the same. The photos that we see in this Window is going to be the same as all of our images because this is the first import that we've performed. But the reason this dialog box appears is so that when you import your next batch of photos, you may see that those photos are not being listed in this main screen.
And that's only because that by default, only your last import is shown by default, but we can certainly change that. So if we click the OK button, you'll see that in your Organizer, we can scroll through here, and we can see all of the images that have been imported into the Elements 10 Organizer. And now we can start working with and managing these photos. Importing photos into the Adobe Elements 10 Organizer isn't very difficult, as you can see, and it's the starting point to getting the most out of Photoshop Elements 10 when working with and organizing your own images.
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