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Importing and using the exercise files

From: Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

Video: Importing and using the exercise files

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.

Importing and using the exercise files

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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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

120 video lessons · 15431 viewers

Jan Kabili
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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
      52s
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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