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Organizing photos in Collections


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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Organizing photos in Collections

There will be times when you want to access a group of images that share certain parameters, and you can do that by using Collections in Adobe Bridge. There are two kinds of collections. There are Manual collections and then there are Automatic collections that automatically update as you add files to your computer that contain particular parameters that you specify and those Automatic collections are called Smart Collections. First, let's take a look at Manual collections. I am going to go to the Collections panel here on the left side Adobe Bridge and I'm going to create a new Manual collection by going down to the bottom of that panel and clicking the icon with the Plus sign, the New Collection icon.
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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training
6h 41m Beginner Oct 13, 2009

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Finding photos by keywords, ratings, and filters
  • Fixing group shots and merging multiple exposures with Guided Edit
  • Correcting photos automatically in Quick Fix
  • Adding adjustment layers to correct color and lighting
  • Eliminating red-eye in portrait shots
  • Reducing digital noise
  • Preparing photos for the web
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Organizing photos in Collections

There will be times when you want to access a group of images that share certain parameters, and you can do that by using Collections in Adobe Bridge. There are two kinds of collections. There are Manual collections and then there are Automatic collections that automatically update as you add files to your computer that contain particular parameters that you specify and those Automatic collections are called Smart Collections. First, let's take a look at Manual collections. I am going to go to the Collections panel here on the left side Adobe Bridge and I'm going to create a new Manual collection by going down to the bottom of that panel and clicking the icon with the Plus sign, the New Collection icon.

That creates a new collection with the default title highlighted and instead of calling this New Collection, I am going to call this 'antique cars' and then press Enter on the keyboard. I am going to go up to the top of Adobe Bridge and click the back arrow to go back to the last view where I can see the thumbnails located inside the folder that I've selected in the Folders panel, the 04_05 Exercise Files folder. Right now there are no files in my brand-new antique cars collection, but I am going to put some in there by selecting some of these thumbnails and dragging them over to that collection.

So I'll click on the first photo of an antique car and then I'll hold down the Shift key and click on the last photo and then I can click and hold on any one of the selected photos and drag over on top of the antique cars collection and when I see this blue border around that collection, I'll release my mouse. Now I am going to click in a blank area of the Content panel. So let's say that sometime later I want to see all my photos of antique cars because I might want to work on some or all of those in Elements. To do that, I can just go to the Collections panel in Bridge and click once on the antique cars collection and that will show me thumbnails of all of the photos that I manually put into that Collection.

It's important to understand that when I put these photos into this collection, I did not move them on my hard drive. A collection is just a reference to these files whereever they were originally located on my drive and they could all be in different folders. It really doesn't matter. The important point to remember is that making a collection of thumbnails doesn't actually move the photos on my hard drive. I am going to click the back arrow again to go back to see all of the photos in the 04_05 folder and now I will show you how to make an automatically updating Smart Collection.

A Smart Collection is much like a saved search. In the last movie, I showed you how to construct a search using the Find command and you'll see that creating a Smart Collection is much like that. To make a Smart Collection, I'm going down to the bottom of the Collections panel and I am going to click the icon with the gear on it and that opens the Smart Collection window. Here I will first choose where I want Elements to look for photos to include in this collection and I'll leave this set to the 04_05 Folder. But if I were to click this menu, I could choose from any of these other options or I could browse to a particular folder.

Next, I will set up criteria for what we will basically be, as I said, a Saved Search or a Smart Collection. These are the criteria that I last set up using the Find menu. The Smart Collection dialog box shares those criteria with the Find command. I am going to eliminate these by clicking the minus symbol to the left of the last two and now I have just one set of criteria for this Smart Collection. Let's say that I'm planning to make some prints and so I want to include only photos from this folder that were taken with my good camera, my Nikon camera, as opposed to my iPhone.

I could come into the first menu here and set this to Model and then I'll leave the conjunction set to 'contains' and in the last field here I'm going to type 'Nikon'. I could add more criteria to this search by clicking the Plus button, as I showed you how to do when I was describing how to use the Find command, but I am going to keep this one simple. I will just leave it at this one set of criteria and so I don't have to worry about whether I'm matching all or any criteria. So I can leave that set to either of these.

There aren't any subfolders involved, but its okay to leave that checked and I'm going to leave Include Non-indexed Files unchecked to speed up the process of creating the Smart Collection and then I'll click Save. I also want to name this new Smart Collection. The name is currently highlighted so I am just going to type over that: 'print project' because that's what I'm going to use these photos for, and press Enter or Return. Now let's say that I want to add another parameter to this Smart Collection. I decide that I only want it to contain JPEGs, not PSD files.

And I do have some PSD files here that I made from some of the photos that I took with my Nikon. I can edit this Smart Collection by holding the Ctrl key, or right-clicking and choosing Edit. Now I am going to add another set of criteria by clicking the + symbol here and I'm going to go to this first menu in this next sentence of my search and I am going to choose Document Type. I will leave the conjunction set to equals and I'll change the last menu to JPEG file and then I will click Save.

And that changes the files that Bridge returns in response to this Smart Collection query. Now if I were to add another file to this folder that was in the JPEG format, it would automatically be added to the files that appear whenever I click on the print project Smart Collection now or sometime in the future when I'm using Bridge. The beauty of using a Smart Collection is that once I get it set up, I don't have to worry about manually updating it because it will be automatically updated with any files that meet the criteria of the Smart Collection.

And as with a regular collection, any of the files that appear here are not actually being moved on my hard drive to become a part of the Smart Collection. The Smart Collection is just a reference to these files wherever they live on my hard drive. So that's how you can use Manual Collections and Smart Collections to access a group of images all at once in Adobe Bridge CS4.

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Q: I have learned about keywords, but I need to learn more about IPTC and keywords. Specifically, when I add keywords (under the IPTC tab), must they be one word only?
A: A keyword can be more than one word.
 
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