Importing and using the exercise files
Video: Importing and using the exercise filesWhether you're using the official exercise files for this course or some of your own photos to follow along with me-- which is perfectly okay--this movie will explain how to import those files into an Elements catalog and how to access them during the course. First, put the exercise files--or your own practice files--on your desktop for easy access. Next, make sure you've created a new catalog for these course files. I walked you through how to do that using the File > Manage Catalogs command in the last movie. You know, I usually recommend that Elements users stick with one catalog, but having a second separate catalog for just the course files will keep your personal catalog clean and make it easier to access the course files.
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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.
- 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
Importing and using the exercise files
Whether you're using the official exercise files for this course or some of your own photos to follow along with me-- which is perfectly okay--this movie will explain how to import those files into an Elements catalog and how to access them during the course. First, put the exercise files--or your own practice files--on your desktop for easy access. Next, make sure you've created a new catalog for these course files. I walked you through how to do that using the File > Manage Catalogs command in the last movie. You know, I usually recommend that Elements users stick with one catalog, but having a second separate catalog for just the course files will keep your personal catalog clean and make it easier to access the course files.
So here's my new empty Ex Files catalog. To import the exercise files I'll click the Import button here and I'll choose From Files and Folders. I'll navigate to my Desktop and there is the exercise files folder that I put there. I'll select that folder. Then I'll come down to the options. I want to make sure that Get Photos From Subfolders is checked. That's important. The other boxes can remain unchecked and the other settings should stay at their defaults. On a Mac this window looks a little different, but it has the same options. Now I'm going to click Get Media.
If you see a message like this about Keyword Tags, you can just ignore it and click OK leaving all those boxes unchecked. Now in the Organizer's grid you'll see all the photos that you just imported. In other words, all the exercise files, and it is labeled Last Import up here. I'm going to click the Back button and that takes me back to see all the media in this catalog. So down at the bottom of the Organizer in the Task pane is the Zoom slider. You can use that to zoom back to see more of the exercise files. If you want to see the names of individual exercise files under these thumbnails like I have here, then go up to the View menu and enable both Details and File Names.
So that's how to import the exercise files. Now how do you access particular exercise files during the course? We're going to do that through the My Folders panel over here on the left. You can expand the My Folders panel by clicking the arrow to the left of it and by default it will show all of the folders that you've brought into this catalog that have some files in them. In other words, all the folders that have exercise files for the movies in the course. This default view of the folders is a flat view. In other words, you don't see any of the parent folders, the chapter folders; you just see the folders that correspond to individual movies.
With 02-01 being the first movie in the second chapter, 02-02 is the second movie in the second chapter; 05-05 is the fifth movie in the fifth chapter, and so on. I'll scroll down and let's say that I click on this folder, then over here in the grid I see just the exercise file photos that are in that particular folder. If you like, you can see a hierarchical view of these folders rather than this flat view by scrolling back to the top of the folder list and clicking this yellow symbol to the right of My Folders.
Then you may need to make this column wider so that you can read the entire file names. To do that just hover over the border between the column on the left and the grid, and when you see this icon you can click-and-drag to the right to make the column on the left wider. Finally, if a movie takes place not in the Organizer, but in one of the Editor's workspaces then select the files that you see in the grid by clicking on one, holding the Ctrl key, that's the Command key on a Mac, and clicking on the others, and then open those into the Editor by clicking the Editor button in the Task pane at the bottom of the Organizer.
When the Editor opens you can click on the tab at the top of the Editor that will take you to the Editor workspace that I'm covering in that particular movie. So that's how to import and use the exercise files or your own practice files during this course.
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