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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
Another way to organize view and share photos is by location, using a map in the Organizer. To access the map, I'm going to go to the top of the Organizer to the Window menu and I'll choose Show Map. And by the way, the Show Map command has moved from where it was in previous versions of Elements in the Display menu over here to the Window menu. To allocate more room to this map, I'm going to close the task pane on the right. By moving my mouse over the border between the task pane and the Photo Browser and clicking and then I'll move to the border between the map and this list of files, and I'll click on that border and drag to the right.
I can view this map in standard Map View like this or I can come down to this button and I can change it to Satellite to see a Satellite View or Hybrid to see the Satellite View with the map superimposed on it. I'm going to zoom in on New Mexico, which is where I took the photos that you see on the right in the Photo Browser. I will get the Zoom In tool right here and then I'll click on New Mexico several times. A quick way to add photos to the map is to drag-and-drop them from the Photo Browser on the right onto the map.
So, I'll go to the Photo Browser and I'm going to click on a couple of the files in the 04_05 folder. I will click on this first one and then I'll hold the Ctrl key and click on these two. And from any one of those selected files I can click-and-drag onto the map and I'll drop these on top of Albuquerque. That adds a pin that represents these three photos. I'm going to go back to the Photo Browser, and click in a blank area to deselect those. And I want to place this photo on the map over Santa Fe.
So, I need to pan the map to that area of New Mexico. To do that I'll go to the bottom of the map and select the Hand tool and then I'll click-and-drag in the map, until I see Santa Fe right here. Now I'll go back to the Photo Browser and this time, instead of dragging-and-dropping, I'll show you another way to place photos on the map. I'm going to right-click on this photo and from the contextual menu, I'm going to choose Place on Map. In this window I'll type an address. I don't have the exact address, but I know the street on which I took this photo, which was St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe.
And I'll click Find. And then Elements suggests several different addresses and I can choose the one I think is right. So, I'll choose this one and I'll click OK, and sets a pin right there on St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe. And it also zooms in so I can see that location better. Once I've set pins on the map, I can view the photos at each location by moving my mouse over a pin and clicking. So, here I see a thumbnail of the photo that I pinned to St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe.
I can close this thumbnail by clicking this X. I'm going to zoom out a bit, so that I can see the Albuquerque pin, by selecting the Zoom Out tool and clicking a couple of times, and there is the pin that I set at Santa Fe. I'm going to click-off of the Zoom tool. I'll select Hand tool instead and then I'm going to come over that pin and I'm going to click and in this box, I see three thumbnails representing the three photos that I pinned to this location.
And I can click on these small thumbnails to cycle through them in a larger thumbnail here. And then I'll close that thumbnail box to show you something else about this map. Let's say I was working in the Photo Browser over here and I had scrolled up and I was working with some other photos. If I want to see the photos that I pinned to the map here in the Photo Browser, I can go to the bottom of the map and check Limit Search to Map Area. And that causes Elements to find those photos in the Photo Browser that are located in the currently displayed area of the map.
Now let's say that I was looking at a different area of the map. So, I'm going to take the Hand tool and I'm just going to click-and-drag to move the map down a little bit and I'm going to uncheck Limit Search to Map Area. If I want to see the area of the map where a particular photo is located, I can go to that photo and I can right-click on the photo and from the contextual menu I'll choose Show on Map. And that moved the map to Santa Fe, where I took this photo. And then I could look at the photo, as I showed you before, by clicking on that Santa Fe pin.
I can also share this map with all of the photos that I've pinned to it by going down to the Share button, and choosing a Share option. So, using Map View to locate your photos is a really fun way to see where you've been and what you shot there and it's also a nice way to share your experience with your friends.
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