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Rating and labeling photos

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Rating and labeling photos

Another way to organize images in Bridge, making them easier to find later so that you can open the ones you want into Elements, is to use the star rating and labeling system that's built into Bridge CS4. Bridge offers a five-star rating system. To add stars to a photo, I'll just click on its thumbnail here in the Content panel, and then I see these five little dots under the photo. This is a photo I really like, so I'm going to give it five stars by clicking on the rightmost dot, and you can now see that those dots have changed into stars. Here's a photo that I don't like very much, so I'm going to select it and I'll click on the leftmost dot, and that gives it just one star.

Rating and labeling photos

Another way to organize images in Bridge, making them easier to find later so that you can open the ones you want into Elements, is to use the star rating and labeling system that's built into Bridge CS4. Bridge offers a five-star rating system. To add stars to a photo, I'll just click on its thumbnail here in the Content panel, and then I see these five little dots under the photo. This is a photo I really like, so I'm going to give it five stars by clicking on the rightmost dot, and you can now see that those dots have changed into stars. Here's a photo that I don't like very much, so I'm going to select it and I'll click on the leftmost dot, and that gives it just one star.

Then I'll click in a blank area of the Content panel. Now some people use all five stars when they go through and evaluate their images. But I find that that kind of muddies the waters. I prefer to mark images that I really, really like with five stars and those that I don't like very much, but I'm not ready to get rid of with one star, and then those in between, I just won't mark. I could go through my images one-by-one applying stars, but it's more efficient to add stars to multiple images at once. So here I see a number of images that I really like and that I'd like to give five stars.

I'm going to select those by clicking on one and then holding down the Command key, and I'm going to click on some others. With those images selected, I'll come up to the Label menu at the top of the screen, and here I can see the five different star ratings. I'm going to select the five-star rating or I could just press Command+5 on my keyboard, and that will add five stars to each one of the selected images. I'm going to click in a blank area of the Content panel to deselect.

I mentioned that in addition to the star rating system, there's also a labeling system. One of the features in a labeling system that I really like is the Reject feature. If there is a photo, like this one, that I've decided, hey, I really don't like this, and I'm probably going to throw it away, I can label it as a Reject by going up to the Label menu and choosing Reject. Then it's labeled in red with the text Reject, and I'll click off of all the photos. Now if I'm trying to compare some of my better photos, and I just don't want to see the Rejects, I don't have to delete them completely from the computer yet, I can just hide them.

The way to do that is to go up to the View menu and go down to Show Reject Files, and select that, which disables or unchecks Show Reject Files. Now that Reject photo doesn't show up in Bridge, but the photo is still there. So if I wanted to see the Rejects again, I could go back to View and select Show Reject Files, like that. Another thing I sometimes do with my Rejects is just move them so they're not mixed in with the better photos by selecting and dragging and releasing when I see the blue bar, wherever I want to put that Reject among the other photos.

And again, I'll click into the blank area of the Content panel. The labeling system can be used for another purpose too. I like to use the stars to evaluate photo quality, and then I'll use other labels to mark photos for particular purposes for which I might use them. So, for example, if I see a couple of photos here that I think I'm going to want to print, maybe this one, and I'll hold the Command key and select this one too, then I'll go up to the Label menu and here I can choose a label. Now, these are the default labels, Select, Second, Approved, Review or To Do.

But I actually want a label for prints. So before I mark these particular images, I'm going to go up to Adobe Bridge CS4 at the top of the screen, choose Preferences, and in the Preferences dialog box, I'm going to go to the Labels section, and I'm going to come in and I'm going to rename one of these labels. So I'll highlight the text next to the purple label and I'll replace it with To Print, and click OK. Now I'm going to apply that new label to the two selected images by going up to Label menu at the top of the screen, and choosing To Print.

I could do that with any of the other colored labels, customizing them, so I might label some images 'email to mom', or other images 'use in my next photo project', or whatever labels are useful for my purposes. I'm going to click off of those images into a blank area of the Content panel too. So the whole purpose of adding stars and labels to images is so that you can find those images quickly later. There are several ways to find images according to their ratings or their labels. I can use the Edit>Find command, I can create Collections or I can use Filters.

I'm going to show you how to use each of those features in more detail in later movies in this chapter. But just to give you a little taste of what I often do to find stars or labeled photos, I'll go to the Filter panel here. If the labels and rating sections are not expanded, I'll click the arrow to the left of each. Now if I wanted to see all of the files that are labeled with my To Print label, all I have to do is click to the left of the To Print filter here in the Label section of the Filter panel. That shows me just those two labeled images in the Content panel, or if I wanted the opposite, I want to see all of the photos that I don't want to print, I'll click again on To Print, and instead, I'll click on No Label, and then I'll click again to remove that filter.

I can do the same thing with ratings. If I want to see only my Rejects, I'll click next to Reject, and I'll click again to undo that. If I want to see only the five stars, my best photos, I'll click to the left of the five-star filter. If I want a combination, say, all the five-star images that have no label on them, I'll click next to the No Label filter, and I get that kind of cumulative result here in the Content panel. So that's how you can apply star ratings as well as labels to your photos in Adobe Bridge, and use the stars and the labels to help you isolate just the photos that you want when you're getting ready to open and work on photos in Elements.

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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