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Importing and using the exercise files

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Video: 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.

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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Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 11

39 video lessons · 6422 viewers

Jan Kabili
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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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