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When you shot new photos with your digital camera and you want to include them in your organizer. The process for importing is slightly different than the process for importing photos that are already on your hard drive. That's because the organizer will not only make a record of your new photos in the catalogue but it also will offload those photos from your camera or your camera's memory card into your computer for you. And that means you don't have to use third party software or the software that came with your camera to get the photos from your camera into your computer. The first step is to take the memory card out of your camera and put it into a USB memory card reader that's connected to your computer.
If you're on Windows when you do that, you'll see a window that may look something like this. I suggest that you close that window because we're going to use elements organizer rather than the operating system to do the work for us. If you're on the Mac, iPhoto may open and offer to import the photos for you. Again I suggest you close iPhoto so that you can use Elements instead. By the way there are not exercise files for this movie because I'm using a card from my own camera. If you're following along you can use a card from your camera to practice.
To start the process I'll go over to the Import button at the top left of the organizer and I'll choose to Import from camera or card reader. That opens the photo downloader to a standard view. There's also an advance view of the photo downloader that offers more bells and whistles. If you want to explore that you can by clicking Advanced Dialog, but I'm going to stick with the simple view. I'll start at the top of this window and just work my way down through the fields. First I'll choose the source from which I'm importing the photos. I'll click this menu and I'll look for the drive for my camera or card reader.
By the way if you don't see your camera or card reader there then try clicking refresh list. The photo downloader now tells me how many files there are on this card and it shows the thumbnail of the first photo on the card. Next I'll go to the location field, here I'm going to choose the folder on my hard drive into which I want to import these photos. I'll click the Browse button and I'll browse to my pictures folder. Here I could select one of the existing folders or I could make a new folder. And by the way if you're on the Mac this window may look slightly different, but it has all of the same important fields.
I'm going to put these photos in my France folder. So, I'll select that folder and then I'll click the Select Folder button. Now if I wish, I can have Elements create subfolders for these photos by the date on which they were shot or any of the other parameters in this menu. Or I can just click None. Or I can make a subfolder with a custom name. I'll use Custom Name and then I'm going to type the year. The month and if I know it I can type the day too and then I'll type a word or two about the content of the shoot.
Something that's meaningful to me. In the next section I could choose to rename the files rather than have them keep the names that my digital camera gives them, but I found that it's a good idea not to rename files upon import. Because I want to make sure that I have all the originals in my computer before I do any renaming. So I will leave this menu set to its default of do not rename files and then I come down to the delete options. I think it's important to leave this menu set to after copying do not deleting originals, so there just in case there is a problem importing the photos.
I'll still have the originals on my camera's memory card, I'm going to leave automatic download unchecked. If that were checked, then plugging in my memory card would automatically start the process of downloading the photos and I'd rather go through these options every time. Then I'm going to come down and click the Get Media button. And that starts the process of copying each of the photos off of my memory card into my computer in the location that I specified. Which you can see in this path and making a record of each of those files in my elements organizer catalog.
When the import is finished the downloader closes and back in the media browser in my organizer. I'll see a thumbnail of each of the photos that was just imported from my camera's card reader into my computer included here in the organizer. And you can see that these are just the photos from the last import. If I want to go back and see all the photos in my media browser I'll click the Back button here. So that's how to use the organizer's import features to bring photos into your computer from your camera and to include those photos in your organizer catalog.
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