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Organizing in full-screen mode

From: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Organizing in full-screen mode

Sometimes when you're organizing your photos, it would be nice if the interface just kind of got outta your way and let you focus on one image at a time. That's exactly what the Full screen mode does, it hides the Elements 10 Organizer interface but still provides valuable tools that allow you to tag your photos, and even make basic edits. Let me show you what I mean. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. And I'm going to select the range of photos here. So, I think I'll select the Sunrise shots that I have here.

Organizing in full-screen mode

Sometimes when you're organizing your photos, it would be nice if the interface just kind of got outta your way and let you focus on one image at a time. That's exactly what the Full screen mode does, it hides the Elements 10 Organizer interface but still provides valuable tools that allow you to tag your photos, and even make basic edits. Let me show you what I mean. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. And I'm going to select the range of photos here. So, I think I'll select the Sunrise shots that I have here.

Those are just a group of about ten or 12 images that I have here. To view these images in Full screen mode, what I'm going to do is come up here and click on the View Edit Organize in Full screen mode button. You can actually access this by pressing Cmd F11 on Mac, or Ctrl F11 on Windows as well. So I'll go ahead and click that button, and you'll see that it goes into Full screen mode. And you might have noticed those two panels along the left hand side that appeared but then, kind of slide out of your way as you paused. So if I move my cursor to the left, you'll notice that at the top I have a Quick Edit button.

And this is where I can make a lot of basic edits. I can even apply tags to this image. So I can apply star ratings here, and if I need it to I can rotate my images, you know, left or counterclockwise or clockwise to fix those photos. And I can even trash the image if I need to or print it, as well as make basic edits up here in the middle section. Now the area that I really want to focus on now, is down here in the other panel which is called the Quick Organize button.

The Quick Organize button, as its name implies, allows you to easily apply albums and tags to your images as well. And let me just point out, that if you move your cursor down towards the middle, these displays just start to appear. So if I click on this first button, It's going to show me a film strip on the right side of all the other images that I have selected. I'll go ahead and turn that off. Then if I click on the next button, that will toggle the display of the Quick Edit panel or the next panel will toggle the display of the Quick Organize panel. So we'll focus on the Quick Organize panel here. To prevent this panel from accidentally disappearing again, or, or sliding out of my way, I'm going to click on this little Pushpin button, and that will basically make it stick.

So that no matter where I put my cursor, It's always going to be there. So what I'm going to do here is, you could see that at the top we have the albums that I've created inside of Photo Shop Elements. And in addition to this, you could see that the Creative Sunrise album is white or brighter than the other ones. The other ones are kind of grayed out a little bit. And that's Photoshop Element's way of telling you that the creative sunrise album, is applied to this image. If I were to click it, I'm going to unapply that album to this image.

So you see how this works. So I'll apply that, and you know what, this was my beach vacation, so I'm going to go ahead and click on that album as well. So I've now applied both of those albums to this image. Another great feature of the Full screen mode is this Tag Cloud down here. And what this Tag Cloud is showing you, you'll notice that some of the text is bigger than others. And the way the Tag Cloud works, is that the more often a keyword is used, the bigger that keyword is going to appear, in the Tag Cloud. Now, I really don't have any of these keyword tags applied to this image. So, I'm actually going to click on the Ocean City tag, to apply it to this image.

If you wanted to add your own, which I might come down here, in the Tag Media section, simply type in here Creative. Press Enter. You'll notice that that new Keyword Tag has now been inserted into the Tag Cloud. So I'm going to hit the right arrow on my keyboard to go to the next image. Or you can come down here, and click on the right arrow right here. That'll take me to my next image. And I would call this one a creative shot as well, so I'll go ahead and click that. And this was my beach vacation.

Go ahead and go to the next image. Once again, creative beach vacation. And you can continue going through these images, in a very fast and efficient way. You can continue applying these keywords. I'm going to click on the Pushpin here, to let that slide back out of the way. And the other nice thing about this, is that when an image is displayed, you can also click this Eye button, to show more info about this image. And that'll show you all the metadata, the tags applied, as well as the history, far as when was imported, when was modified, so on and so forth. So go ahead and close that.

You also have the ability here to determine transitions for the slideshow. We can actually click on this Play button, to display this as a slideshow. I'll show you real quickly how to do that. I'm going to click on the Wrench Icon. You can choose Background music to play. I'm going to go ahead and choose one of these songs that are automatically available to us. We can choose to play the captions, we can choose to specify the page duration, and you can see that we have several other options available down here. So, I'm going to go ahead and click OK, and then we'll just play a few seconds of this slide show.

And if you wanted to specify transitions, you could click on this button and choose Classic, you can choose Fade In and Fade Out. I'm going to go with Pan and Zoom. Go ahead and click OK, and then I'm going to click the Play button. (music playing) To exit out of the slideshow, you simply hit Escape on your keyboard, and that takes you back to the Fullscreen mode. To get out of Full screen mode, simply hit the Escape key on your keyboard once again, and you're returned to the Organizer.

As you can see, tagging your photos in Full screen mode allows you to focus on your images, and provides an intuitive way to apply tags to those photos as well.

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