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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.
We often think about our photos by the people in them and so Adobe has included some really amazing people recognition technology in the Elements 11 Organizer. People Recognition learns the names of people that you photograph most and will try to group them to gather in People view here in the Organizer. It will also try to automatically keyword tag your photos with the names of the people in the photos. The more you run People Recognition the better it will get at recognizing the people that you often photograph. You can run People Recognition on your entire catalog or on a selection of photos like this folder that I've clicked on in the folders panel of the Organizer.
To run People Recognition on all the photos that you see here in the grid, I'm starting in the Organizer's Media view. I will go down to the taskbar at the bottom of the screen and here I will click Add People. This message is asking permission to run People Recognition on all these photos. I'll click Yes. That causes Elements to analyze these photos to see if they do contain people and if it knows the names of those people. If the system finds people it doesn't know it will open a series of Windows seeking more information about those people.
The order in which these windows will appear varies depending on your photos and how frequently you've run People Recognition. So the windows that we see in this lesson won't always appear in this particular order. But I think you will get the idea of how the system works. The first window that I got list people in these photos that Elements doesn't yet know, it's asking me to identify each one. So I'll do that that clicking "Who is this?" under a photo and typing the name of the person, that's Dad, and Sis, and Grandma and Mom and this is an old picture of Dad.
And then I'll click Save. That information helped Elements to figure out who the people are in the other photographs and it tried to group them together by people here. In this window Elements is telling me that it now suspects that all the photos in this top group are of the same person, Dad, and it's asking me to exclude any people who don't belong to that group. If there were a thumbnail that didn't belong to this group, I would hover over it and click the little arrow here and I would choose the option no this is not Dad.
But that's not necessary because all of these photos really are photos of Dad. And that's pretty amazing that Elements can see that because in this photo dad has a mustache, in this one a beard, in this one a hat and they are taken at different times of life. And Elements is also right about this group the two photos of Sis. So there's nothing to exclude here all there is to do is click Save. This is the same kind of window with a different group, pictures of Grandma. And here Elements guesses that this is grandma even in this photo which is a very blurry out of focus photo.
Again Elements is right there's nothing to exclude I'll click Save. This next window contains thumbnails of parts of photos that Elements is not sure are actually people. In some cases, these are not photos of people. So the question is which are people? Well, I can see that this is, so I'll click this one and this one is so I'll click that one. Now this photo I am not sure about, so I'll double-click the photo to open it here in single image view. And I can see, oh yeah this is a photo of Mom and Dad.
So I'll click back and I'll select this one as a photo of a person too. Now I see that it lost some information about this photo and this photo so I will click those again and then I'll click Save. Now Elements wants to know well who are those people. This is Mom so I'll label that one Mom and this is Mom. Now this one is Dad and Elements gives me some choices because it guess is that it might be Dad or Grandma or Mom so I can just click Dad here. This one, I can select Sis, this is someone new, this is Tee so I will type that and this is Dad so I'll select Dad and I'll click Save.
And now Elements tells me that I've labeled everyone in my selection--in this selected folder in other words. So I'll click OK. Now to see the results I will go up to the People tab at the top of the Organizer to enter People view. And here I can see all the photos of each person stacked together. If I move my cursor over a stack like the stack of photos of Dad I can see all the photos in the stack. And here are the photos of Mom and of Sis and of Grandma. Or to see all the photos in the stack at once I can double-click a stack like this one of Dad and that opens the individual photos.
If I want a closer view of one photo I can double-click it and that opens it in single image view. And to go back I will click the Grid button. Now from here I could select a photo and perform any of the tasks in the taskbar on that photo. So I could take it into Instant Fix for example or I could click the Editor button to open the photo into Elements Editor. This Remove button would remove the selected photo from this stack and if I were to click the Find More button Elements would go out to my catalog and look for more photos of this person in my catalog and perhaps open the various People Recognition windows again.
Right now I'm looking at entire photos that contain Dad, but I could also zero in on just Dad's face in each photo by going to this switch at the top of People view and changing it to Faces. I'll flip that back to Photos again. I am going to click the Back button to see all the stacks of these people again. There's another switch here from People to Group. If I switch that over to Group that opens the Groups panel on the right. Here I can group people as Colleagues, as Family, as Friends or I could add my own groups by clicking the screen cross icon and add a group like maybe neighbors or college friends.
And now I can put individual people into these groups by selecting one or more stacks and dragging them over onto a group. So I have selected the first stack of Dad, I am going to hold the Ctrl key-- that's the Command key on the Mac--and click on a few other stacks that are also family members. And then I'll click on any one of the stacks and drag them all onto Family. This isn't Family, this is a friend so I will drag this one onto Friends. And now I have put all of these stacks into the Family group and this stack into the Friend group.
And in the future I can use the Group's column somewhat like albums in the organizer to quickly access different groups of people here in People view. So that's the People Recognition workflow to follow if you have lots of people photos to identify. If you just have one or two photos of people to identify back in Media view which I will return to I click on All Media, and I am going to look for a photo of someone else. So I know I just have one photo of this guy who is my son Coby. I can include him in People Recognition by double-clicking his photo and coming down here and choosing Mark Face, moving this box over his face and including his entire face by dragging the box out by it's corners.
And then typing who is this, this is Coby and clicking the green check mark. So that's the workflow when you just have one or two photos of a person in a catalog. People Recognition isn't the only way to identify people in your photos you can also use keyword tags with names of people. And keyword tags interact with People Recognition to. Here in Media view I am going to go down and click the Tags Info icon and click on the Tags panel. In the Tags panel you should see a category labeled People Tags.
If you don't, go over to the View menu and enable Show People in Tag Panel. In the People Tags area of the Tags panel I'll see a name for each of the people that I identified through People Recognition which automatically added a keyword tag for that person's name here in the Tags panel. We'll look at keyword tags in more detail in a later movie, but basically if I hover to the right of one of the keyword tags and click the arrow there, that displays thumbnails of all of the photos that have that keyword tag.
So these are all the photos of Dad that were identified during People Recognition. This is an area where you can fine- tune your keyword searches, I am going to close that by just clicking this arrow. You can see that People Recognition is a very powerful feature that can save you lots of time identifying people in your photos and make it easier to view and work with all of a person's photos in one place in the Organizer.
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