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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.
Another way of organizing your photos in the Organizer is to gather them into albums. You can use albums in addition to applying Keyword Tags, Star Ratings, Smart Tags or any other way that you are going to organize here. When you add photos to an album, the photos aren't actually moved on your drive. The album just keeps track of where they are and makes a virtual collection of the photos in the album so that you can easily access them altogether. You can use albums to collect photos into subject matter groups, like places you visited on vacation, members of your family or holidays.
You might also use albums to collect photos that you're going to use in a project like a slideshow or a photo book. To make an album, I'll go to the Albums panel, here in the Organize tab of the Task pane. To create a new album, I'll go to the arrow to the right of the green plus sign and click there and choose New Album. Here in the Album Details panel, I'll give the album a name. I'll type Kayaking in the Album Name field. I'm going to leave the Album Category at None because I haven't set up any categories in which to put similar albums and I'm going to uncheck Backup Synchronize.
That tells Elements not to try to back up this particular album online, or to try to synchronize it online as part of the photoshop.com online services that I'm going to cover later in this course. The next step is to drag some photo thumbnails into the Content tab of this Album Details panel. I'm going to go into my photo browser where I'm looking at the folder 0307 and I have a number of kayaking photos here. I'll select a couple of those by clicking on one and then holding the Control key and clicking on another and then another.
And then I'll click-and-hold-and-drag on any one of those selected thumbnails over into the Content tab of the Album Details panel. And then I released my mouse and I clicked off those three photo thumbnails in the Content panel. So that's now the content of this album. At this point maybe I'll decide that I want yet another photo in this album, so I can add one. I will just go back over to the photo browser click on another photo thumbnail and drag it into the Content tab. If I want to delete one of these photos, I can select it and then I can click this minus sign down here to remove that selected photo but I actually think, I'm going to leave all four photos here and now that I'm finished creating the album, I'll click Done.
Notice that now in the albums panel, there is a new Kayaking album and in the photo browser, each one of the photos that I included in that album has this green icon on it indicating that it's part of an album. So, what can I do with this album, what's the reason to have this album? Well, one thing this album does for me is to take me right to these particular pictures, no matter where I'm in the Organizer. So, I'm going to click-off of these thumbnails and I'm going to go to the scroll bar on the right side of the photo browser and I'm going to scroll up.
So, let's say that some day in the future, I'm looking at some other photos elsewhere in the Organizer like this and I decide that I'd like to see the photos that I've put into the kayaking album. All I have to do is click once on the kayaking album in the albums panel and that takes me immediately to the portion of the photo browser that contains those particular photos. It also closed the column on the left, showing me these particular photo thumbnails in Thumbnail view. So an album offers a quick way to find photos that are important to you.
Another nice thing about an album is that inside the album, I can rearrange the order of the photographs and this really is the only place in the photo browser that that can be done. So, for example, let's say that I want this vertical photo to be the first one in the album, all I have to do is click on that thumbnail and drag it over before the first photo at the album and release my mouse and that changes the order of the photos. Now let's say that I want to see all of the photos in my Organizer's photo browser again. To do that I'll go up to the Show All button right here and I'll click and that brings back the Organizer in Folder Location view.
So, that's how you can use albums to create a virtual collection of particular photos in your Organizer.
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