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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili explores what you need to know to start using Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 to edit, organize, and share your photos.
The course begins with a look at how to import your photos into Elements, and then dives right into editing photos with the Photo Fix, Quick Edit, and Guided Edit workspaces. Jan also introduces the Expert Edit workspace, which provides tools for making selections, retouching, compositing, adding text, and more. Finally, the course reviews the Elements 11 sharing features, including crafting photo creations like greeting cards, emailing photos, and sharing photos on Facebook.
Another way that we tend to think of our photos is by the events at which they were taken. In the Organizer you can use the Events view to quickly find photos by reference to those events. You can use Events with all the photos in a catalog or with a selected number of photos, like those in the folder that I've selected over here in the Folder list in Media view. I'm going to take these photos into Events view by clicking the Events button at the top of the Organizer. Here in Events view, there are two ways to organize photos by event: either manually or using Smart Events.
Let's start manually. So I'll leave this toggle set to Events, and then I'll come down to the bottom of Events view and I'll click Add Event. That takes me back to see all of the photos in the selected source. I'm going to zoom out a little so I can see them all here, and I'm going to select the last six photos, clicking on one and then holding the Shift key and clicking on the last. These were all taken in a town called L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue on the 6th of May, 2012. So over here, I'm going to go to the Add New Event column which appeared and I'll call these Isle Sur La Sorgue market.
I'll click on Start Date, I'll choose May 6, and the End Date is also May 6. I could add a description; I'm just going to leave that for now, and then I'm going to drag all six selected photos over here into the Media Bin, and then I'll click Done. Now here in Events view, those six photos appear in a stack, which Elements calls an event. If I move my mouse across that stack, I can flip through all six photos, or if I double-click that stack, I can see each of the photos in that event here in a grid view.
The name of the event is up here. I could select one or more photos here and use the buttons in the taskbar to perform the same kind of tasks that I've showed you earlier in Media view, like opening one or more photos into the Editor, or opening the Instant Fix panel to apply some photo fixes here in the Organizer. I'm going to click the Back button to show you another way to use the Events view, and that is with Smart Events. I'll move this toggle from Events to Smart Events, and that shows me a different view of events, events that the Organizer creates automatically based on the date and time of the photos in the selected source.
So in this view, I see three events: photos taken on the 16th of May, photos taken on the 10th of May, and photos taken on the 6th of May, the same ones that I saw when the toggle was set to Events. And I can double-click any of these events to see the photos in that event here in Grid view. I'll click the Back button. I can fine-tune the Smart Event view by clicking the Time radio button and then dragging the Time slider over to the right. And now those six photos that were taken on the 6th of May are divided by time.
Here are the ones taken between 2:42 and 3 o'clock in the afternoon, and here are the ones taken between 12:44 and 12:56 the same day. The photos in these other groups were taken too close together to qualify as a separate event by time. So that's how to take advantage of Smart Events or manually created events as one more way to locate your photos here in the Elements Organizer.
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