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Making albums

From: Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 12

Video: Making albums

An album is a virtual collection of photos. It gives you a chance to see in one place photos that may be located in different folders on your hard drive and therefore in different folders in the folders panel in your organizer. Here, for example, I have some photos that I took in Amancey, France. And I put them in different folders. These are the photos that I took in the village of Amancey. And here are some photos I took on the lake, outside the village. Now, what I'd like to do is start building up an album of my favorite photos, some of which are in this lake folder, and some in the village folder, and some may be elsewhere.

Making albums

An album is a virtual collection of photos. It gives you a chance to see in one place photos that may be located in different folders on your hard drive and therefore in different folders in the folders panel in your organizer. Here, for example, I have some photos that I took in Amancey, France. And I put them in different folders. These are the photos that I took in the village of Amancey. And here are some photos I took on the lake, outside the village. Now, what I'd like to do is start building up an album of my favorite photos, some of which are in this lake folder, and some in the village folder, and some may be elsewhere.

Now, to make a new album, I have to be in a different view of the folders panel than the heirarchical view, which you see here. To get back to the flat view, I need to click this double folder icon, and then I'll scroll up to the top of the panel bin on the left to get to the local albums panel. To make a new album here, I will click right on that green plus symbol, and that opens some options over in the panel bin on the right. Here, I am going to give my album a name. This is going to be an ongoing album of my favorite photos, so I will call this my favorites.

And then I'll select a couple of photos from the selected lake folder, that are among my favorite photos. I'll click on this photo, and I'll hold the control key on a PC or the command key on a Mac, I'll select this photo, and maybe this one too. And then I'll click on any one of those and I'll drag them all into the media bin in the column on the right. I'll click OK, and now in the local albums panel, you can see that I have a new album called, my favorites. If I want to see the contents of that album, I'll click on it here in the local albums panel.

And remember that putting this three photos into this album, has not moved them out of their folder, they're still there, so if I go back to the lake folder You can see that I have those three photos that have the little green album icon under them. And that tells me what album I've put these photos in. And I also have the fourth photo, one that I hadn't included in the album but is located in the lake folder. Now, let's say I want to add some more photos to the My Favorites album. I have some more favorites in the village folder down here at the bottom of the list of folders. So I'll select the village folder.

I'll click on those photos here that are my favorites. Maybe this one and I'll hold the control key or the command key on a Mac and select this one too. And then I'll scroll up and click on any one of the selected photos and drag into the my favorites album. Now when I click on the my favourites albums you can see that it includes not only those three shots of the lake, but also these two photos that I took of the town at night, one of the things I like about working with albums is that you can rearrange the order of photos in an album manually that's something that you can't do out in the media browser, so let's say that I wanted to see this photo first in my album, I could just click on it and drag it up to the beginning of the sequence of photos here in the album.

This ability to change the order of photos in an album makes an album a great way to collect photos for use in a project, like a photo book or a calendar, where sequencing really matters. If I change my mind about a photo and decide it really isn't one of my favorites, I can remove any photo from an album by right clicking the little icon underneath the photo, and choosing remove from my favorites album. I can also include the same photo in more than one album. So let's say that I'm planning to make a series of greeting cards with night photos on them.

I'm going to make a new album, by going to the plus symbol, and clicking there. I'll call this album Night Photos. And here, I can still see the photos that are in my Favorites album. I'm going to select those that are night photos, here and here. And I'm going to drag them into the media bin. So that they're going to be included in the night photos album too. I'll click OK, and you can see those two photos here in the my favorites album, and here in the night photos album. And again, putting these photos in these albums hasn't moved them from their original physical location on my hard drive, which is in this village folder.

So I think you can see how useful local albums can be for gathering photos that fall into a category like your favorite photos throughout your catalog or photos you're going to use in a particular project.

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