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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also 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.
Earlier I showed you how to make a regular album in the Organizer, this kayaking album, into which I manually dragged photos from the Photo Browser. There is another kind of album that you can make in Elements and that's called a Smart Album. A Smart Album is one that automatically fills itself based on rules that you set up. You might think of a Smart Album as a kind of a saved search that automatically updates itself as you add new photos that meet the rules you set up. In this movie, I'll show you how to make a Smart Album that automatically updates to include all photos that bear a particular Keyword Tag and have a high star rating.
In other words, this Smart Album is going to contain photos on a particular subject that I think are my best photos from that group. I'm going to start by creating a new Keyword Tag just as I have shown you how to do it in earlier movies. I would go to the Keyword Tags panel and I'll click in his text field and I'm going to type Ventura and then I'm going to come into the Photo Browser and here in folder 0308, I'm going to select the photos that I took in Ventura. I will click on the first of those and I'll hold down the Shift key and I'll click on the last of those.
And then back in the Keyword Tags panel, I'm going to click apply to apply that new Ventura Tag to each one of the four photos as you can see here and then I'll go over to the Keyword Tags panel where my Ventura tag has been created by default in the Other category. Because Ventura is a place, I'm going to click on that tag and drag it up to the places category and release my mouse. I'm also going to give star ratings to a couple of the photos that also have the Ventura Keyword Tag.
I'll click off of all of these photo thumbnails to deselect them and then I'm going to come up to this first photo and I'm going to give it five stars by clicking on the fifth star here underneath the photo thumbnail. I'll do the same with this photo over here, as I've already showed you how to do in another movie. The Smart Album that I'm going to make is going to contain all of the photos that have the Keyword Tag Ventura and to which I've given five stars, my favorites. I'll go to the Albums panel to create that Smart Album and I'll move up to the Plus sign and click the arrow next to the Plus sign and choose New Smart Album.
Here in the New Smart Album dialog box I'll give this album a name by typing in the Name field. I'm going to call this Ventura Favorites. Then I'll move down to the Search Criteria where I set up the rules for the Smart Album. Notice that that there are three menus here. I'm going to click on the first menu and from that menu I'm going to choose Keyword Tags. I'll leave the conjunction and Include and then I'll click on the last menu, which shows all of the Keyword Tags that I have in my Keyword Tags panel.
From there I'm going to choose the Ventura Keyword Tag in the Places category. So, if you read this rule as a sentence from left to right, it would say put in this Smart Album all photos that are tagged with Keyword Tags that include the word Ventura. Now I'm going to add a second part to this rule by clicking the Plus sign here on the right side of this dialog box. For the second part of the rule, I'll go to the menu on the left and I'll change that from File Name to Rating.
I'll leave the conjunction at Is and I'll change this last menu from zero to five. So, reading this part of the rule it says make sure that all the photos in this Smart Album have a rating that is five stars. I also want to come up to this area, where I'm going to specify that both parts of this rule have to be met, so I want to change this from or to and by clicking right here. Now that I'm all done setting up the rules that will govern the Smart Album, I'm going to click OK and that causes Elements to go out and find all the photos that have the Keyword Tag Ventura and that have a rating of five stars.
And you can see the results, these two items right here in the photo browser. In a sense the Smart Album is acting as a saved search. It's going to stay put over here in the Albums panel right here, unless and until I delete it. And if I add any more Ventura photos with five stars to my catalog, those will automatically show up in this Smart Album. Let me show you how that works. In the Photo Browser, I'm going to click Show All and that brings back all of the photo thumbnails.
I have a couple more Ventura pictures here in the 0308 folder and I'm going to give one of those five stars by going down to the stars underneath the photo thumbnail and clicking on the fifth star. Now when I go over to the Albums panel and I click on my Ventura Favorites Smart Album, the Organizer shows me all of the photos that are now in the Ventura Favorite Smart Album and that includes this new third photo that's tagged with the Ventura Keyword Tag and that also now has five stars.
I use Smart Albums a lot in Elements. One of the things I use them for is to find all photos with a keyword for each one of my children's names, so that each one has his or her own Smart Album and as I import additional pictures of each child and add Keyword Tags to those pictures, the pictures automatically show up in the appropriate Smart Album. I also use Smart Albums to keep track of which camera I've taken my photos with. Let me show you how I do that. I'm going to go back to the Albums panel in the Task pane and at the top of the albums panel, I'll click the arrow to the right of the green plus sign and I'll choose New Smart Album.
In the New Smart Album dialog box, I'll give this Smart Album a name. I'll call this one Canon camera and I'm going to set just one rule here in the Search Criteria area. I am going to go to the first menu and I'm going to choose Camera Make. I'll leave the conjunction at Contains and then I'll go to this empty field here and I'm going to type Canon. Now this Smart Album is set up to show me all the photos in the current catalog that I took with the camera of the Make Canon.
I'll click OK, and in just a moment Elements has made a New Smart Album here in the Albums panel, the Canon camera album and in the Photo Browser, I can scroll down to see all of the photos I've taken up with my Canon camera. I happen to have more than one camera. I have a point-and-shoot, I have another SLR that's a Nikon and I have my iPhone. I could make a separate Smart Album for each one of those in order to quickly access thumbnails for the photos taken with the different kinds of cameras, right here in Elements Organizer.
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