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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.
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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