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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
In addition to ratings and keywords, you can also choose to categorize your images in Bridge by applying colored labels. In the Bridge Preferences, you can define what each colored label signifies. I'm currently in Bridge and I'm viewing our catalog images here in the Content panel. These are in our exercise files. So what I would like to do is filter down what's being displayed in the Content panel. I'm going to do so using some ratings and some keywords that we applied in the ratings movie and in the keywords movie. Over here in the Filter panel, if you look down where it says Keywords, you'll notice that we have something that says Enzo year 1. This is a keyword tag that I created in the keywords movie. I would like to click on this in the Filter panel in order to only display images that were tagged with that keyword, which is over here in the Keywords panel, Enzo year 1.
Next thing I would like to do, as you will notice in here we have some ratings actually applied to these images, you can see the stars underneath. I just want to view the 5-star images, because that was my indication that these are the images within this group that I want to work with and create a project from. It could be any kind of project. It could be, let's say a web gallery or maybe it's a slideshow. I think what I would like to do actually, let's say, for instance, in this example, we have 13 images in here, but we actually want to just choose five of these images in order to create a single page photo collage. Let's say this is a photo collage that my wife would like to create. So she would like to choose five of these images.
We could choose 15, but it would be a very, very busy collage. It's probably better if we just choose five, the best of the best. What we can do is actually use labels to indicate which five of the 13 that we want to use in our photo collage that we can create in Elements. So to do this, we need to first set up our labels in the Bridge Preferences. I'm going to go under Bridge. I'm going to choose Preferences. Notice over here, we have these different panels, you maybe defaulting to General. It really depends on the last panel that you chose.
What we're going to do is make sure we click on Labels. Okay, and you'll see these in here. Now, what you're seeing in these fields may not match what I have in here. Okay but we're going to enter some different information. What the text in here indicates to you is entirely up to you. You can type in whatever you like in here and that's what the different colored labels are going to signify. Currently, I have for the green color, here it says Approved in here. I believe this is actually what it says in here by default. If you wanted to change this, you could type something else. I'm actually going to leave that, because I actually like that.
We could choose something else for say the color red, maybe something like Reject and maybe we could type in something here like Maybe for blue meaning that maybe we might want to use this in a project down the line. But green is definitely approved. Okay, yellow for second there, we could type something else there if we want. The idea here is that whatever you type in that's what the color is going to represent, when you apply the label to the image. Notice also over on the right, it shows the keyboard shortcut for applying these colored labels. So Command+8 would be the shortcut for an approved image. So let's click OK.
Now that we know what the colors mean to us and we have established that, we can go through here and select the images that we want to actually use in our collage. So let's say my wife is going through the images here and she likes this Christmas image and wants to include that. Under the Label menu, she can choose Approved and that color rises over the 5-star rating with green. You have got green color now over here. So that's the indication that we're definitely going to use this in our collage. Let's say she goes through a little bit further and she likes the Halloween image, this time we will use the keyboard shortcut, Command+8 in order to apply that label, maybe choose one of the headphones. Command+8, go further down, we have got three images selected now, we need two more. How about Command+8 for Enzo_in_baby_swing and then Enzo_in_stroller, Command+8, all right.
Now, let's say she accidentally adds a sixth one, forgetting, and let's say she loses count and also selects Enzo_in_ Bjorn here, Command+8. Then when I get in here, I realize -- oh wait a minute there are six images labeled, we said we were only going to use five. Well, we can go back in here under Label and we can choose No Label to actually remove it. So you're not stuck with these labels for ever. I think it's a good idea to use labels in addition to your ratings in order to indicate maybe which of these images you want to work with. That's one way to use labels. Okay it's just one example. You can really use labels however you like to indicate whatever you want. Okay, but I think in this scenario it actually works very well along with the 5-star rating system.
So now that I have established which of these 13 images are the ones that I want to use in my photo collage, using labels, I can go ahead and open those up in Elements and start building my collage using the Create tab. Okay, so what we have learned here is how we can select images, establish what the color labels are going to mean to us and then apply those labels to the images in order to complete our projects.
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