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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.
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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