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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili walks you through importing, organizing, and finding your photos using the Organizer in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. The course covers importing photos from your camera and computer; reviewing and evaluating photos; tagging images with ratings, keywords, people, and places; working with files and folders; and creating and organizing albums. Jan also shows how to find images with metadata and in the timeline, and how to apply instant photo fixes and Quick Edit image adjustments.
One of the basic uses of the organizer is to give you a visual way to find photos that you want to edit in the editor, which is a separate part of Elements. So I wanted to take a minute to make sure you know how to move photos back and forth between the organizer and the editor. The first step is to select the photo or photos that you want to edit. If I want to edit just one photo, I'll click on it here in the grid in Media View. If I want to edit more than one photo, and those photos are contiguous or next to one another here in the grid in Media View, I'll hold the Shift key, and I'll click on another photo.
And that will select that other photo, and all in between as well. And so, if I were to go to the editor now, all of those photos would be open in the editor, ready for editing. If I click in a blank area of the grid, that will deselect everything. Now, I want to show you how to select photos that aren't next to one another in the grid, non-contiguous photos. I'll click on this photo of a leaf, and then I'll hold the Ctrl key on a PC-- that's the Cmd key on a Mac--and I'll click on this yellow photo of the tree.
So that's how to select non- contiguous photos in media view. Now I'm ready to open both photos into the editor. To do that, I'll go to the Taskbar at the bottom of the organizer, and there I'll click the editor button. That will launch the editor, which is a separate workspace, so it may take a moment to launch. When it does launch here in the photo bin, I can see both photos that I'd selected in the organizer; and in the document window, one of those photos is available for editing. So, let's say I make a change here in the editor.
I'll do something simple, clicking the Smart Fix button in the column on the right, and then clicking the Auto button. Now, at this point, I would usually save the image. So now let's say I'm done making changes to this photo. Now,I want to save the corrected version of this file. So, I'll go to the File menu, and I'll chose Save As. In the Save As window that opens, I can choose the destination for the corrected version of the file. If I'm going to save it back to same folder as the original, I have to make sure that I don't write over the original, unless that's my intention.
So, I'm going to leave the location set to the same folder as the original, and then I'm going to come down here and I'm going to make sure that Include in the Elements organizer is checked. That's important, because if this box isn't checked then, I would have to import the corrected version manually back into the organizer, using the Import from Files and Folders command. So I do make sure to check include in the Elements organizer. There's another check box here, Save in Version Set with the Original. This is completely optional. I'm going to go ahead and check that, and as I do, keep your eye on the file name here.
When I check Save in Version Set with the Original, that's telling Elements that I want to keep the original photo, and have a second photo--the edited version-- and that I want to put those together in a group or a stack, so that I know that they relate to one another. And the fact that the file name has automatically changed--Elements added the words edited1 to the original file name-- means that there's no chance I'll be saving over the original. I'm going to leave all the other options at the defaults, and I'll click save. I'll click okay at the JPEG options, and then to close this photo from the Editor, I'll click the X at the top right of the document editing window.
I'm going to leave the other photo open for a minute, and I'll jump back to the Organizer by going to the bottom of the Editor and clicking the Organizer button. There are two things to see here in the Organizer. First, here's the edited version of the photo that I just saved from the editor, and you can see that its name contains that edited1 suffix. The icon on this photo, and the arrow to the right of the photo, means that this corrected version is an aversion set--or a stack--with the original. If I want to see the original here on the face of the organizer, I can expand this stack by clicking this arrow.
So here is the original photo and here is the slightly edited version. I can either leave the stack open like this so I see both photos; or to save space in my organizer, I can click this arrow to collapse the two photos. They're both still here. They're just stacked one on top of the other in this version set. Another thing to notice in the organizer is that on the photo that's still open in the editor, there's a red band and a lock that indicates that this photo is open in the editor, and it will stop me from doing pretty much anything with this photo here in the organizer.
So, I want to go back to the editor to close the photo from the editor, and then this band and this lock will disappear in the organizer. So I'll go down to the bottom of the organizer and I'll click the Editor button, and here in the editor I'm just going to close this photo without working on it. I'll click the X at the top right of the document window. Because there are no photos left open in the editor, the editor closes and I'm back in the organizer. And as you can see, the band and the lock are now gone from this photo and I can work with it here in the organizer. So, that's a look at how to work with photos between the organizer and the editor.
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