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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.
One of the ways that we think about our photos is by the places in which they were taken. So Adobe has added another view to the Organizer, the Places view, that you can use to locate your photos on a map by the location where the photos were taken. This can be a great way to find photos that you may have forgotten about. Now in order to use Places you do need to be online because Places takes advantage of Google Maps online. You can use Places with an entire catalog of photos or with a selected number of photos like those here in the folder that I have selected over on the left in the folder list, in Media view.
With that folder selected I'm going to go to Places view by clicking the Places button at the top of the Organizer. The first thing I want to do in Places view is rearrange things so that I can see more of the map over on the right. So I am going to collapse the panel on the left by going down to the taskbar and clicking the Hide Panel icon. And then I'll move over to the border between the grid of photos and the map and hover over that border till I see this icon and then I'll click and drag to the left.
What is showing here? Well in the grid of photos, I can see all the photos that have already been located on this map, I didn't locate these manually. These automatically appear on the map in the places where they were taken because all these photos were taken with a GPS enabled camera, I actually took these with an iPhone which adds the GPS coordinates to the photos in their metadata. Let's take a closer look. If I want to see just the photos that I took over here in France, I can double-click this symbol which has a number of photos taken there and that limits the photos that appear over here in the grid to just the photos taken there.
I can do the same with this single photo. Now this appears to be somewhere in Maine, I don't remember being in Maine. Let's see what this photo is. I'll double-click this and it's a photo that was taken from an airplane as I was flying over Maine to Europe. Now I am going to click and drag the map so I can see this symbol and I'll double-click it and then I'll zoom out with this slider, so I can see the four photos that are represented by this icon on the map. Now I know these were all taken in the same place, so I am going to zoom in on the map by dragging just very slightly on this Zoom slider and then I'll drag over this way and I'll zoom in a little more and now I can see that really these four photos were taken in two locations, both in the state of Colorado.
So if I double-click on this symbol, there are the two photos that I took in Boulder, Colorado and there are the two photos I took in Salida, Colorado. Now I want to go back and see the photos from all the places that have been located on the map. So I'll click this arrow All Places. The map automatically zooms out to try to show me all the locations of those photos and I'll drag the Zoom slider to the left to see all the photos in the grid. I happen to know that there are two photos in that folder that I selected in Media view that I don't see here in the grid.
It must be that those photos were taken with my regular SLR camera which is not GPS enabled and so they're not automatically located on the map. When you have photos that are not GPS enabled, then you can add GPS coordinates to them and put them on the map manually. So here is how to do that. First of all deselect all these photos and then I'll go down to the bottom of the Places view and click Add Places. That opens this view of the map with those two photos that are in that folder at the top of the screen and here I can either just drag and drop these photos on the map where I think they go or I could come to this Search Map field and I'll type in Denver, Colorado, that's where I took these photos, I click Search and that brings up a drop-down menu of possible responsive places.
Well Denver is the place where I took the photos so I click that and that automatically places a pin there. It asks me if that's the correct place. It is, so I click the green checkmark. Now these two photos are on the map as well in the location where they were taken. So I'll click Done, I'll click and drag the map and now you can see that there are six photos taken in Colorado that includes these two photos which now appear up here in the grid view and if I were to double-click this symbol, that would include the two photos that I just added.
There is one more view and that is the List View. If I click that I see all locations that contain photos that I manually added to the map. So this List view which is available even when you're offline doesn't include locations that only have photos that were originally GPS enabled by my camera. I'll go back and click on Map view again. So Places view is a welcome addition to the Organizer. It gives you one more way to find just the photos that you are after in your Organizer.
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