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Organizing albums

From: Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 01 Importing and Organizing Photos

Video: Organizing albums

There's not an endless amount of room in the Albums panel to keep growing your list of albums. So if you find that your list of albums is getting too long, you may want to make some categories to tidy up your Albums panel. To make an Album category, I'll click the arrow to the right of the + symbol in Albums panel in the column on the left side of the Organizer, and I'll choose New Album Category. Here, I'll give the album category a name. I'll call this Books, and I'll click okay. And now I have a category Books, and I can drag my Autumn book from where it is in the Albums panel, down on top of the Books category, and that indents the Autumn book in that category.

Organizing albums

There's not an endless amount of room in the Albums panel to keep growing your list of albums. So if you find that your list of albums is getting too long, you may want to make some categories to tidy up your Albums panel. To make an Album category, I'll click the arrow to the right of the + symbol in Albums panel in the column on the left side of the Organizer, and I'll choose New Album Category. Here, I'll give the album category a name. I'll call this Books, and I'll click okay. And now I have a category Books, and I can drag my Autumn book from where it is in the Albums panel, down on top of the Books category, and that indents the Autumn book in that category.

Now if I make new albums for additional books that I'm planning, I can put them right into that category. So I'll click the arrow to the right of the + symbol and I'll choose to make a new album for a book about winter. Over in the column on the right, I'll name this album Winter Book and from the Category drop-down, I'll choose Books. I could put content in this album now or I can do that later by editing the album, so I'll just click okay. So now I've got two books inside of my Books category.

I can even have subcategories. So if I'm planning to make a couple of books about seasons and then maybe books about other subjects, I'll make a subcategory for my Seasons books. I'll click the arrow next to the + symbol and I'll choose New Album category. I'll call this one Seasons Books. And from this drop-down, I'll make sure it's in the Parent Album category Books, and click okay. And then I'll drag my Winter Book and my Autumn Book on top of the Seasons Books subcategory; and then I can collapse either that Seasons Books subcategory or the Books category, and that tidies up my Albums panel.

I could do the same for the slide shows that I'm planning as well. Now when you're finished with an album, you may want to delete it from the Albums panel to make some room there. For example, if I am done with the Colorado slideshow and I no longer need that album, I'll just select that album by clicking on it in the Albums panel. I'll right-click on that album and I'll choose Delete. And this message tells me that if I delete this album, I don't have to worry because the photos or the media that's in this album will not be deleted from my Catalog or from my hard drive. I'll click okay and the album is gone, but the photos that are in that album are still there in this folder on my hard drive where they always were.

So those are some ways that you can organize your Albums panel to tidy it up, and make it more useful.

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  1. 18m 57s
    1. Welcome
      46s
    2. What is the Organizer?
      3m 1s
    3. Touring the Organizer
      4m 29s
    4. Moving between Organizer and Editor
      4m 55s
    5. Working with catalogs
      5m 46s
  2. 21m 4s
    1. Importing the exercise files
      2m 50s
    2. Importing photos from your computer
      4m 37s
    3. Importing photos from your camera
      7m 56s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 25s
    1. Viewing photos
      3m 37s
    2. Displaying photo names and dates
      1m 0s
    3. Adjusting photo dates and times
      3m 33s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 41s
    5. Rating photos
      5m 6s
    6. Viewing metadata in the Information panel
      3m 13s
    7. Adding photo captions
      1m 45s
    8. Hiding and showing photos
      2m 54s
    9. Stacking related photos
      5m 8s
    10. Applying instant photo fixes
      4m 28s
  4. 19m 43s
    1. Viewing a simple slideshow
      4m 51s
    2. Comparing photos side by side
      4m 30s
    3. Applying Quick Edit options
      5m 36s
    4. Applying Quick Organize options
      4m 46s
  5. 27m 30s
    1. Using the Folders panel
      7m 19s
    2. Moving and renaming files
      3m 38s
    3. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 14s
    4. Moving and renaming folders
      3m 48s
    5. Deleting files and folders
      4m 2s
    6. Using a watch folder to import new files (Windows only)
      4m 29s
  6. 10m 14s
    1. Creating albums
      5m 53s
    2. Organizing albums
      2m 38s
    3. Making instant albums from folders
      1m 43s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Creating and organizing keyword tags
      6m 38s
    2. Applying keyword tags
      4m 59s
    3. Finding photos by keyword and Advanced Search
      3m 19s
  8. 23m 3s
    1. Identifying people automatically
      5m 55s
    2. Identifying people manually
      3m 1s
    3. Viewing people
      3m 47s
    4. Grouping people
      3m 10s
    5. Working with people tags
      7m 10s
  9. 9m 13s
    1. Creating events manually
      6m 48s
    2. Creating Smart Events
      2m 25s
  10. 9m 52s
    1. Viewing mapped photos by location
      5m 47s
    2. Adding location data to photos
      4m 5s
  11. 22m 2s
    1. Using the Find menu
      3m 36s
    2. Finding photos by metadata
      5m 31s
    3. Saving smart searches
      5m 3s
    4. Finding photos by visual similarity
      5m 56s
    5. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 56s
  12. 3m 22s
    1. Don't forget to back up
      2m 16s
    2. Next steps
      1m 6s

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