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Join photographer and teacher Jan Kabili as she introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 12. This course begins with a look at Elements Organizer, a workspace that makes it easier than ever to import photos. Next, Jan explores the photo-enhancement features in the Quick Edit workspace, from correcting color and lighting to quick retouching. Then graduate to the Expert Edit view, which provides tools for selecting portions of images, compositing multiple images, straightening crooked photos, and more. Last, Jan returns to the Organizer to show you how to tag photos with keywords and create albums, and introduces Elements 12's features for emailing photos and sharing them on Twitter.
The Organizer is the part of Elements you'll go to to organize, find and view your photos. To see your photos here in the Organizer, you'll use the Import functions that I covered earlier in the course. And when you do import photos here, what you're doing is creating a record of each photo. With a thumbnail sized copy of the photo displayed here on the face of the Organizer. And a link to that photo wherever you keep it on your hard drive. Now the Organizer has different views. In this course were focusing on the default view, Media view. There are a couple of other views here that allow you to organize your photos by the people in them.
By the places where they are taken and by the events depicted in the photos. Here you can see thumbnails of all of the photos and other media files like videos and audio files that you've brought into the active catalog. You can make those thumbnails bigger by going down to the task pane at the bottom of the screen and using the Zoom slider there. And, if you want to see a particular photo even bigger then, you can double click it here in the Organizer. And, if you want to go back and see the grid of photos again click the Grid button at the top of the Organizer.
You can also change the sort order of photos in your Organizer. From the Sort by Menu at the top of the screen. So here I can choose to sort by: newest, oldest, by the name of photos, or by the import batch. Which means the times at which you've imported particular photos into your Organizer catalog. I'll change that back to the default which is newest at the top of the organizer. Down at the bottom of the Organizer is the Task pane where you have some buttons and options. Including the important Undo button and the Editor button that will open selected photos from the Organizer into the Editor.
As we've been doing throughout the course. And then over on the right, you have a couple of buttons that will open the panel bin on the right side of the screen. We've already seen the Instant Fix button. If I click that one, that opens the panel bin on the right with one click photo fix options. That I can apply to photos right here in the Organizer to enhance them without having to take them into the Editor. If I click the Tags Info button instead, that fills the panel bin with two different panels. There's the Tags panel for working with keyword tags as I'll show you how to do later in this chapter and the Information panel.
In the Information panel if I select a photo, I can see information about that photo like its size and its date and were its located on my hard drive. The Information panel comes in very handy. If you want more space to see your thumbnails in the Organizer, then you can collapse the panel bin on the right by clicking the Tags Info panel again. And then over on the left, there's another panel bin which houses albums which we'll look at later in this chapter. And the folders on your hard drive that contain any of the photos that you've imported to this catalog. And we'll be looking at how to work with folders in this chapter as well.
Finally at the top right you have access to two other workspaces. The Create workspace, where you can use your photos in projects, like photo books and greeting cards and calenders. And the Share workspace, from which you can share your photos online by, email and in other ways. And we'll be looking at a couple of the share options toward the end of this course as well. So, that's an overview of the Organizer in Elements. Stay tuned for the rest of this chapter where I'll cover some of the main features in the Organizer in more detail.
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