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Keyword tagging

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Video: Keyword tagging

I think that keyword tags are one of the best ways to find a particular image. You can apply multiple keyword tags to one photo so you have more than one way to find that photo. Let's see how to work with tags here in the Media view of the Organizer. First I want to access the Tags panel. To do that, I'll go down to the taskbar at the bottom of Media view and I'll click the Tags/Info icon here. In the Tags panel, you can see some people tags that were automatically created for me in the lesson on People Recognition earlier in the course.

Keyword tagging

I think that keyword tags are one of the best ways to find a particular image. You can apply multiple keyword tags to one photo so you have more than one way to find that photo. Let's see how to work with tags here in the Media view of the Organizer. First I want to access the Tags panel. To do that, I'll go down to the taskbar at the bottom of Media view and I'll click the Tags/Info icon here. In the Tags panel, you can see some people tags that were automatically created for me in the lesson on People Recognition earlier in the course.

And then up here is another category of Keyword tags. These are the tags that ship with the program. If I click the arrow to the left of one of these keyword tag categories, you can see the tags it contains. So, how do you apply keyword tags to images? There are a couple of ways. One way is to select items to which you want to apply a tag and then drag the items onto the tag in the Tags panel. So I might click this photo and hold the Ctrl key--that's Command key on the Mac--and click this one and then click and drag either of the two on to the portrait keyword tag, because these photos are in the portrait orientation.

And then I'll select all the landscape orientation photos. I'll click on this one. I'll hold the Shift key and click on this one to select all in between. Then I'll hold the Ctrl key, or the Command key on the Mac. I'll click on this one and with the Ctrl or Command key still held down, I'll just click on these other landscape photos. Now this time, instead of dragging the photos onto the tag, I am going to drag the tag onto the photos; that works as well. So I click on the landscape tag in the Tags panel and drag it onto any one of these photos.

Then I am going to click off of those photos to deselect them. Now if I click on one of these landscape photos, down here in the Image Tags panel, you can see that it contains the Landscape tag. And if I click on one of the portrait tags, it contains the Portrait tag. As I said, one photo can have multiple tags. So I am going to select a couple of photos with cool colors. This blue photo, I'll hold the Ctrl or Command key and click on this photo too, and this one, and then I will drag all of those onto the Cool Colors tag.

So far, I've been using just the tags that come with the program, but you can create your own keyword tags too. To do that, I am going to click the Plus icon here on the Keyword Tag panel and I'll choose New Keyword Tag. I like to make a tag for photos that have patterns in them. I'll name this tag pattern, and I'll put it in the Category of Photography. I'll click OK and there is my new Pattern tag indented under the Photography category. I'll select a few photos that have patterns in them, holding the Ctrl or Command key.

And I'll drag those onto the pattern tag. Now let's take a look at how to use keyword tags to find particular photos. Let's say that I want to see all photos to which I've applied the landscape orientation tag. I'll hover over that tag in the Tags panel, and I'll click the arrow that appears to the right of that tag. And now I can see just the photos with landscape orientation, not the ones in the portrait orientation. If I want to fine-tune this further, I'll come up to this arrow and click to open up the advanced search.

Here in the Keywords column, you can see that the Landscape keyword tag is checked, which means that it's being applied to limit the photos I can see to just those that have the Landscape tag. I am going to scroll up so I can access the Cool Colors tag as well. I'll check that, and now I'm looking at just photos that have both the Landscape tag and the Cool Colors tag, as you can see, when I select one of these and look down here in the Image Tags panel. And now that I've located these photos, I could select a photo here and open it in the Editor.

I could include it in Places. I can open Instant Fix and apply a Photo Fix and basically do anything that I can do to a thumbnail from Media view to a photo that I've located using keyword tags. So you can see how powerful keyword tags are, as yet another way to organize and find your photos in the Organizer.

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Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 11

39 video lessons · 6304 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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