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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
If you're a Premium Member of the lynda.com Online Training Library or if you are watching this course on a DVD, you have access to the exercise files that come with this course. The exercise files are photographs that I use to demonstrate techniques in the movies in the course. If you're going to use the exercise files to work along with me, please first follow these instructions for bringing the exercise files into Elements Organizer and for setting your Organizer to display the exercise files in Folder Location view. If you don't have the exercise files, you can follow along using your own photographs which you can also bring into your organizer like this if you wish.
Start by downloading the exercise files to your desktop. Then in the Elements Organizer, take a look at the very bottom-left of the screen down here to make sure that you're in the PSE9 Ex Files catalog, that I've recommended that you create in the last movie called Working with Catalogs. That will keep the exercise files from getting mixed in with your personal files in the default catalog; the one called My Catalog. You'll bring the exercise files into this PSE9 Ex Files Organizer catalog the same way that you would bring any files on your computer into the Organizer.
That is, to go up to the File menu, and down to Get Photos and Videos and over to From Files and Folders. In the dialog box that opens, navigate to your desktop and there select the Exercise Files folder. Go down to the Options in the dialog box and make sure that there is a check mark next to Get Photos From Subfolders or you won't import the exercise files because they're all in subfolders. You can leave Automatically Fix Red Eyes and Automatically Suggest Photo Stacks unchecked.
By the way if you're on a Mac, you won't have this option to automatically suggest photo stacks. On the Mac, go to the Enable menu, on the PC, go to this menu over on the right and leave it set to Media Files (photos, video and audio) and then click the Get Media button to import the exercise files. It may take Elements a minute to bring in all the exercise files. When it's done, you'll see an alert like this about Keyword Tags. You don't need to bring in any Keyword Tags, so leave everything here unchecked, and click OK to dismiss this alert.
Next, you'll see this alert saying that the items in the main window are those you just imported. It mentioned seeing the rest of the catalog, but you don't have any other photos in this catalog yet, so there's no need to follow the instruction to show all. All you have to do here is click OK to dismiss this alert. Now in the Media browser, you should see a Thumbnail Preview of each of the exercise files organized by date. Keep in mind that these are just thumbnail copies of your files, the actual exercise files are still in a folder on your desktop, the Organizer is just linking to those files.
By default, the Organizer displays all the thumbnails in the Media browser like this. This view of all the thumbnails is called Thumbnail View. For purposes of this course, it's best to change the way your Organizer displays thumbnails from this Thumbnail view to another view, one called Folder Location View. In that view, the thumbnails are organized folder by folder, and that's best for this course because the exercise files are also organized by folder. So that will make it easier for you to find them. To switch to Folder Location View, go to the Display menu at the top-right of the Organizer and from there, choose Folder Location.
In Folder Location View, you'll see this column on the left labeled Folders which displays a hierarchy of the folders, and subfolders on your computer. At this point, the first of the exercise files subfolders that contains an exercise file which happens to be folder 01_08 is probably highlighted in your Folders panel, and the contents of that subfolder are visible over here n the Media browser. If you have a different subfolder highlighted at this point, don't worry about it. By the way, the little Blue Card icons to the left of some of the folders indicate that these are subfolders that contain files that you've imported into the Organizer.
When you're ready to access the files for a particular movie in the course, go to this Folders column and use the icons; the Plus or Minus signs or the little arrows on the sides of the folders and subfolders to navigate to your desktop, and then your exercise files, and then to the chapter whose files you want to access. Open that Chapter folder and click on the subfolder that contains the files that you need. You'll see a thumbnail of all of the files in that folder over here in the Media browser.
Some of the movies begin here in the Organizer, other movies later in the course begin with a file already opened in the full edit workspace, or one of the other workspaces. In that case, you'll open the file from the Organizer into that workspace to follow along. I will show you how to open a file from the Organizer into different workspaces as we go. So now you're all set up to use the exercise files or your own photographs as you work through the movies in this course. Again, I suggest you stay in Folder Location View as you do that, because it will be easier for you to find an access to the exercise files.
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