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In this course, author Jan Kabili introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, the less expensive version of Photoshop that’s ideal for casual photographers who want to achieve professional results. The course covers importing, organizing, and finding photos with the Organizer. It explains how and when to use each of the editing workspaces—from the simple Quick Fix and Guided Edit workspaces to the Full Edit workspace for enhancing your photos—including making photo corrections, retouching, compositing images, and adding text. The final chapter offers creative ways to share photos with Elements, including print projects like greeting cards, calendars, and books, emailing photos, and posting them on Facebook and Flickr.
Organizing keyword tags into categories and subcategories in the Keyword Tags panel will make those tags easier to keep track of, particularly as your list of tags grows. The Keyword Tags panel comes with these four default categories: People, Places, Events, and Other. I'm going to expand the Places category and the Other category, so you can see that I already have some keyword tags in those two categories. I created and applied those two keyword tags, Car and Colorado, in the last movie.
Now, you don't have to use the default categories for your keyword tags; you can create your own. So let's say I'd like to have another category of keyword tags for the content of photos. I'm going to create a new category by clicking the green plus icon at the top of the Keyword Tags panel and choosing New Category and in the dialog box that opens, I'll type a Category Name, Content. I'll choose an icon for this category-- I'm going to click on this purple icon-- and if I wanted to, I could also choose a color for the tags that I'll put inside this category, by clicking Choose Color, clicking on purple in the Hue slider here and then choosing a shade of purple over here, and clicking OK.
I'll click OK again to close this dialog box, and I now have a new category, Content, in my Keyword Tags panel. I don't have any keywords tags in that category yet, but I could make new keywords tags and put them in that category the same way that I showed you in the last movie. I can also make subcategories, which will make my hierarchy of tags even deeper. So, here I have a Places category. If I want a subcategory for Europe, say, I can go to the plus symbol here and choose New Sub-Category. Here I'll type Europe and I'll click on the next menu and I'll choose the category in which I want the subcategory Europe to be located, and that's the Places category, and then I'll click OK. And here you can see my new subcategory inside of Places, and I can put keyword tags inside that Europe subcategory.
Now I live in Colorado and I shoot in lots of different towns in Colorado, so I'd like to be more specific about my shooting locations than just Colorado. I'd like to have some keyword tags for towns in Colorado and I'd like to put those keyword tags inside of a subcategory Colorado. Well, currently, Colorado is a keyword tag, not a subcategory, but I can change it to a subcategory this way. I'll select the Colorado keyword tag, then I'll right-click or Ctrl+Click on it and I'll choose Change Colorado keyword tag to a subcategory.
Now I can make a brand-new keyword tag inside that subcategory by going back to the green plus icon and choosing New Keyword Tag. The name of this keyword tag is going to be Grand Lake, which is a town in Colorado, and I'll make sure that the Category menu here is set to Colorado and I'll click OK. And here you can see my new Grand Lake tag inside the Colorado subcategory. To apply that tag to some of these photos, I'll select the photos I took in Grand Lake, clicking on one, holding the Ctrl key--that's the Command key on a Mac--as I click on these other nonadjacent photos here in the Media Browser, and then dragging the Grand Lake tag onto any one of the selected photos. And that will apply the Grand Lake tag to each of these photos in addition to the Colorado tag.
One other thing that I can do in the Keyword Tags panel is move keyword tags between categories and subcategories. So for example, here I have the Car keyword tag that is currently in my Other category. I'd rather that keyword tag be in the Content category. So I'll click on the Car keyword tag, and then I'll click and drag it on top of the Content category. That moves the Car keyword tag in the Keyword Tags panel. It changes its color to purple. And if you look at that keyword tag out here underneath the individual photos, you can see that the color of this Keyword Tag icon has changed from orange to purple out here too.
So, that's how you can use categories and subcategories to organize your growing list of keyword tags in the Organizer's Keyword Tags panel.
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