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Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 11

Importing photos from your computer


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Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 11

with Jan Kabili

Video: Importing photos from your computer

You probably have lots of digital photos from past shoots already. Elements can organize and keep track of those existing photos whether they are located on your computers internal drive or on an external drive. In this movie, I'll show you how to bring into an Elements catalog, information about existing photos. The steps I'll show you here are similar to those that we used in the last movie to import the exercise files for this course. But I want to make sure you know how to do this with your own photos too. Here, I've got my personal catalog open, and as you can see I've already imported some photos.
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  1. 9m 19s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. What is Elements?
      2m 36s
    3. Getting acquainted with Elements workspaces
      5m 45s
  2. 19m 37s
    1. Working with catalogs
      4m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      3m 41s
    3. Importing photos from your computer
      2m 49s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      4m 50s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      3m 55s
  3. 11m 9s
    1. Cropping in Photo Fix
      4m 52s
    2. Applying one-click adjustments in Photo Fix
      4m 27s
    3. Fixing red-eye in Photo Fix
      1m 50s
  4. 27m 6s
    1. Working in Quick Edit
      6m 8s
    2. Adjusting lighting
      3m 41s
    3. Adjusting color
      4m 4s
    4. Making selective adjustments
      4m 33s
    5. Retouching with the Healing Brush tools
      4m 53s
    6. Saving edited images
      3m 47s
  5. 8m 46s
    1. Working in Guided Edit
      2m 56s
    2. Correcting skin tones in Guided Edit
      2m 44s
    3. Applying a vignette in Guided Edit
      3m 6s
  6. 32m 46s
    1. Touring the Expert Edit interface
      4m 49s
    2. Working with layers
      8m 55s
    3. Working with selections
      6m 18s
    4. Improving photos with adjustment layers
      5m 37s
    5. Editing automatically with actions
      2m 34s
    6. Adding text
      4m 33s
  7. 36m 37s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      4m 30s
    2. Managing files and folders
      4m 35s
    3. Organizing using People
      8m 43s
    4. Organizing using Places
      5m 1s
    5. Organizing using Events
      3m 28s
    6. Keyword tagging
      4m 12s
    7. Grouping photos into albums
      6m 8s
  8. 10m 1s
    1. Making a photo creation
      7m 39s
    2. Outputting a photo creation
      2m 22s
  9. 11m 6s
    1. Sending photos by email
      4m 49s
    2. Sharing photos to Facebook
      3m 9s
    3. Exporting photos
      3m 8s
  10. 21s
    1. Goodbye
      21s

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Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 11
2h 46m Beginner Sep 25, 2012

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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili explores what you need to know to start using Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 to edit, organize, and share your photos.

The course begins with a look at how to import your photos into Elements, and then dives right into editing photos with the Photo Fix, Quick Edit, and Guided Edit workspaces. Jan also introduces the Expert Edit workspace, which provides tools for making selections, retouching, compositing, adding text, and more. Finally, the course reviews the Elements 11 sharing features, including crafting photo creations like greeting cards, emailing photos, and sharing photos on Facebook.

Topics include:
  • What is Elements?
  • Working with catalogs
  • Importing photos from your computer, camera, or iPhoto
  • Applying one-click photo adjustments in the Organizer
  • Using Quick Edit and Guided Edit in the Editor
  • Retouching with the Healing Brush tools
  • Correcting skin tones
  • Editing automatically with actions
  • Organizing photos by people, places, or events
  • Sharing photos by email and on Facebook
Subjects:
Photography Photo Management Retouching Sharing Photos
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Importing photos from your computer

You probably have lots of digital photos from past shoots already. Elements can organize and keep track of those existing photos whether they are located on your computers internal drive or on an external drive. In this movie, I'll show you how to bring into an Elements catalog, information about existing photos. The steps I'll show you here are similar to those that we used in the last movie to import the exercise files for this course. But I want to make sure you know how to do this with your own photos too. Here, I've got my personal catalog open, and as you can see I've already imported some photos.

I'd like to import some more, but before I do import existing photos into an Elements catalog, I take the time to organize them outside of Elements in my file system, and that will make them easier to handle here in the organizer, where they'll appear over here in My Folders area. So, I'm going to go out to my hard drive and here you can see that in my Pictures library, I have a folder called my photos, and inside that folder, I have subfolders for each shoot. I usually name my subfolders with the year, and the month, sometimes, the day, and a word or two about the subject matter like this. Mostly, I try to be consistent, and I try to make sure that all my photos are on the same drive.

Now, all of that is optional. I could still import photos into Elements, if I didn't do any of that. But I found that it is worth the extra effort, because folders are more useful inside Elements if they're organized out in your file system. So, now I'm going to go back to Elements, and I'm going to import this folder, the one of photos taken in Italy. Back in the organizer, I'll go to the Import button at the top left, I'll click and I'm going to choose From Files and Folders. In the Window that opens, I'll navigate to the photos that I want to bring into Elements. I could burrow down and select individual photos from inside one of these folders, but I want to bring in this whole Italy folder.

So, I'll just click on it, to select it. I'm going to leave all of these options at the defaults. And then, I'm going to come over here and I'll make sure that the File Type includes photos. I just leave that at the default of Media Files. And then, I'll click Get Media. Elements, tells me how many items it's imported, and it displays a thumbnail of each of the imported photos here in my Organizer. Here you can see that I'm looking only at the Last photos that I imported. If I want to see all the photos in this catalog, I'll go over here to the left and click the Back button.

And now, if I scroll down, I'll see the existing photos, and the additional photos that I just imported from my drive. Now to remind you, again, that what I just did, didn't really import any photos to Elements in the traditional sense of that word. Elements isn't ingesting or moving the actual photos; the actual photos are out there in My Pictures folder where I normally keep them, in this catalog, created a thumbnail sized preview of each photo to display here, and created a link to each photo in its actual location. With all your existing files organized in your files system and imported into Elements, you are set up to import new photos from your camera.

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