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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
A cool way to organize and share your photos is to map them to the location where they were taken. Mac users, this is a Windows-only feature so you may want to skip to the next movie. In the Organizer, I'm still working in Folder Location View, but I could do this if I were working in Thumbnail View also. I'm going to open a map here in the Organizer, by going up to the Window menu and choosing Show Map. That adds this map to the left side of the Organizer. Now, I like allocate more space to the map. So I'm going to close the Task pane on the right and then I'm going to click and drag over the borders between the other columns in order to rearrange them so there's more room for the map.
So I'll click on the border to the left of the Task pane to collapse the Task pane and then I'll move my mouse over this border and I'm going to drag it to the right and I will move my mouse over this border and I'll drag it to the right. Notice that there is a cluster of red pins around the Bay area here in California. That represents the location of some photos that are in my catalog. These were taken with a GPS enabled camera and iPhone camera and Elements was able to use the information that the camera embedded in the photos to locate the photos on this map and place these red pins here automatically.
When you see a cluster of pins like this, as opposed to just one pin, it means that there's more than one photo at that location. Once a pin is placed, either automatically like these were or manually as I will show you how to do in a minute, you can view the photos on the map. I want to make sure that I don't have a Zoom tool selected. When I do that, they also just zoom in and out on the map. So I'll go down to this Navigation area here, where there is a Zoom In tool, a Zoom Out tool, and a Hand tool. The Hand tool is used to move the map around the Window.
I am going to select that one and then I can come in and click and drag to move that map around. I can also move my mouse over that cluster of pins and click and that brings up this little Photo Viewer. Here I can click on these very small thumbnails at the bottom to switch out the view of the photo here. So, this is a way that I can go anywhere where I see a pin on my map and see what photos they took there, which is a fun way to view your travel photos by location. There is an arrow here and that means that there are few more photos in this location.
So I will click the arrow and then I can continue to click on these thumbnails to see a bit larger view here in the Viewer. To close the Viewer, I will click the X on the top-right of the Viewer. I'd like to get a more specific idea of where these photos are located. So I'm going to use the Zoom In tool to zoom in closer to the Bay area in San Francisco. With that tool, I don't want to click right on the red pins but just near them and each time I click, the map zooms in a little closer. Now that I am zoomed in, I can see that those pins aren't exactly right next to each other at all.
There's one here in North Beach where I took one photo and then there's another pin here in Chinatown where I took a couple of photos right next to one another. As I said, these pins were placed here automatically using the information that was embedded into my photos by my camera. But what if you have a camera that doesn't have the ability to embed information about your shooting location in the photos? Well, you can still map them here, but you have to do that manually. One way to manually map a photo is to drag it from the Media Browser onto the map.
For example, I'll go over to my Media Browser and I'm going to scroll down to find this photo that isn't yet on the map and that I didn't take with the iPhone. I am going to click on that thumbnail and I'm going to drag it onto the map and I will release my mouse to place a pin there. And if I click on that pin, you can see the thumbnail of that photo. Now I didn't happen to drop it in exactly the right location, so I'm going to go down to the Navigation area and select this tool; the Move tool. With the Move tool, I can click on that pin and I can drag the pin around on the map.
I think I took this photo just about here, so I'll put the pin there. Another way to place a pin on the map is to type its address into Map view. To show you that, I'm going to scroll up in the Media Browser to find this photo of the Castro Theatre. The Castro Theatre is on Castro Street which may be enough information to locate it on this map. I am going to right click on the Castro Theatre thumbnail in the Media Browser and from the menu that pops up, I am going to choose Place on Map. That opens this box where I can type an address.
Let's see if Castro Street is enough information to locate the theater. I will click Find and Elements thinks that this location is in San Francisco, California. That's correct. So with that selected, I am going to click OK and that drops a pin here on Castro Street. If I knew the exact street address, I could have gotten even closer to the right location for the theater, but I will leave it here for now. One of the nice things about this map is I can view it in different ways. Right now, I'm looking at the Standard Map view, but if I go down to the Map menu at the bottom-right of the map and click, I can choose an Aerial view by selecting Satellite or I can see a Hybrid view that is the Aerial view with the Map view overlaid.
This is really my favorite view. Now, once the photo is pinned to this map, either automatically or manually, I can find where the photo is on the map by using the media browser. I'll go back over to the Media Browser and I am going to scroll down to this photo that I took not in San Francisco but rather in Carmel, California. I will right-click or Ctrl+click with a one-button mouse on that thumbnail in the Media Browser and I'll ask Elements to show me where that photo is on the map. Here in the map, Elements went right to Carmel, California, and there is the pin for this particular photo that was added there automatically, based on the location information in the photo.
If I get the Hand tool and I click on that pin, you can see a Thumbnail of the photo. I will close that by clicking the X. Another thing I can do with the map is to use the map to locate a particular photo in my Media Browser. So let's say that I want to select a photo of Chinatown in the Media Browser. Assume that I have a lot of photos in my Media Browser; the easiest way to find one is sometimes to locate it on this map. To do that, I am going to zoom out so that I can get to San Francisco more easily. So I'll get the Zoom Out tool down here and then I'll click several times on the map.
I am zoomed way in so that the only pins that I can see on the map are these two pins that are in Chinatown. Now I'm going to go down to the bottom- left of the map and put a check mark in the box to limit the search to this map area. Now, over here in the Media Browser, I can see just the photos that I took in Chinatown. So I could select and work on one of these photos. So the Map feature in Elements Organizer for Windows is a useful way to find and view your photos. You can also use it to share your travel photos based on location by going down to the Share button here and clicking.
You'll find that Map View is especially handy if you shoot with a GPS enabled camera or camera phone which takes photos that are automatically pinned to the Organizer's map.
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