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Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 01 Importing and Organizing Photos
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Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 01 Importing and Organizing Photos

with Jan Kabili

Video: Rating photos

One of the simplest ways to organize photos is to make use of star ratings in the Organizer. In this movie, I'll show you how to apply stars to your photos and how to filter photos by star rankings. You can apply stars here in the Media view's Grid in Single Image view or in Full Screen view. I usually start here in the Grid, reviewing my photos right after a shoot. The first step is to go to the View menu and make sure that Details is checked so that you can see this line of gray stars under each photo in the Grid.
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  1. 18m 57s
    1. Welcome
      46s
    2. What is the Organizer?
      3m 1s
    3. Touring the Organizer
      4m 29s
    4. Moving between Organizer and Editor
      4m 55s
    5. Working with catalogs
      5m 46s
  2. 21m 4s
    1. Importing the exercise files
      2m 50s
    2. Importing photos from your computer
      4m 37s
    3. Importing photos from your camera
      7m 56s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 25s
    1. Viewing photos
      3m 37s
    2. Displaying photo names and dates
      1m 0s
    3. Adjusting photo dates and times
      3m 33s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 41s
    5. Rating photos
      5m 6s
    6. Viewing metadata in the Information panel
      3m 13s
    7. Adding photo captions
      1m 45s
    8. Hiding and showing photos
      2m 54s
    9. Stacking related photos
      5m 8s
    10. Applying instant photo fixes
      4m 28s
  4. 19m 43s
    1. Viewing a simple slideshow
      4m 51s
    2. Comparing photos side by side
      4m 30s
    3. Applying Quick Edit options
      5m 36s
    4. Applying Quick Organize options
      4m 46s
  5. 27m 30s
    1. Using the Folders panel
      7m 19s
    2. Moving and renaming files
      3m 38s
    3. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 14s
    4. Moving and renaming folders
      3m 48s
    5. Deleting files and folders
      4m 2s
    6. Using a watch folder to import new files (Windows only)
      4m 29s
  6. 10m 14s
    1. Creating albums
      5m 53s
    2. Organizing albums
      2m 38s
    3. Making instant albums from folders
      1m 43s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Creating and organizing keyword tags
      6m 38s
    2. Applying keyword tags
      4m 59s
    3. Finding photos by keyword and Advanced Search
      3m 19s
  8. 23m 3s
    1. Identifying people automatically
      5m 55s
    2. Identifying people manually
      3m 1s
    3. Viewing people
      3m 47s
    4. Grouping people
      3m 10s
    5. Working with people tags
      7m 10s
  9. 9m 13s
    1. Creating events manually
      6m 48s
    2. Creating Smart Events
      2m 25s
  10. 9m 52s
    1. Viewing mapped photos by location
      5m 47s
    2. Adding location data to photos
      4m 5s
  11. 22m 2s
    1. Using the Find menu
      3m 36s
    2. Finding photos by metadata
      5m 31s
    3. Saving smart searches
      5m 3s
    4. Finding photos by visual similarity
      5m 56s
    5. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 56s
  12. 3m 22s
    1. Don't forget to back up
      2m 16s
    2. Next steps
      1m 6s

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Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 01 Importing and Organizing Photos
3h 33m Beginner Jan 04, 2013

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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili walks you through importing, organizing, and finding your photos using the Organizer in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. The course covers importing photos from your camera and computer; reviewing and evaluating photos; tagging images with ratings, keywords, people, and places; working with files and folders; and creating and organizing albums. Jan also shows how to find images with metadata and in the timeline, and how to apply instant photo fixes and Quick Edit image adjustments.

Topics include:
  • Importing photos from a computer, camera, or iPhoto
  • Adding photo captions
  • Reviewing your photos as a slideshow
  • Moving and renaming files and folders
  • Reconnecting missing files
  • Creating albums
  • Applying keyword tags
  • Identifying people in your photos automatically
  • Organizing photos by events
  • Adding location data to photos
  • Finding photos
  • Saving smart searches
Subjects:
Photography Photo Management
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Rating photos

One of the simplest ways to organize photos is to make use of star ratings in the Organizer. In this movie, I'll show you how to apply stars to your photos and how to filter photos by star rankings. You can apply stars here in the Media view's Grid in Single Image view or in Full Screen view. I usually start here in the Grid, reviewing my photos right after a shoot. The first step is to go to the View menu and make sure that Details is checked so that you can see this line of gray stars under each photo in the Grid.

You'll use these stars to mark each photo with its star ranking. You're welcome to use all five stars, but I find it hard to distinguish between two, three, and four-star quality photos, so I just use a simple or two star ranking system. I give my worst photos one star to mark them as Rejects and I give my best photos five stars to mark them as Favorites. All those in between, I leave with no stars. So, right after I import new photos from a shoot, I do a quick initial review in this Grid, looking for photos that stand out as either Rejects or Favorites.

Later, I fine tune those rankings in Single Image view or Full Screen view. You can apply a star ranking to one photo at a time by going to these stars and clicking on the appropriate number of stars. So this is a Reject to my mind, so I'll choose one star. It's quicker to apply star ranking to multiple photos at once. I'll select a couple of photos down here, this one; and then I'll hold the Ctrl key or the Cmd key on a MAC; and this one, too; and then I'll click on one star underneath either of the selected photos. And that will apply that ranking to both selected photos. I'll click in this gray area to deselect.

I see some other photos here that are potential five-star Favorites. So I'll select them, I'll click on this one; I'll hold the Ctrl or Cmd key, and I'll click on this one, too. And then, I'll go under either one of those and click on the fifth star to apply a five-star rating to both, and then I'll click off to deselect. Next, I'll make another evaluative pass through my photos, this time in Single Image view or in Full Screen view, where I can really see the details of the photos. At this point, I can change my mind about my initial star ratings.

So I'll start by double-clicking the first photo to bring it into Single Image view. The star rankings are down at the bottom left in Single Image view. I've given this photo one star back in the Grid, but now that I see it closer, I think I can save this photo so I'd rather it have no stars and be in my category of middling photos. To remove one star from a photo, I'll just click on that star. It's a little different if I want to remove multiple stars. I'll show you that on the next photo, which I'll access by clicking this arrow at the top of the screen or using the arrow keys on my keyboard.

I've given this photo five stars in the Grid, but I really don't think it deserves five stars. It's another middling photo, so I want to remove all five stars. Here's how to do it. I'll click on the first star and now there's just one star left; and then I'll click on that one star again; and that's how you get back to no stars. I'll continue moving through the photos, re-evaluating my initial star rankings. Here, I see a photo that I think should get five stars. It doesn't have any stars at the moment. You can add stars here in Single Image view the same way that you do in Grid view.

I'll just click on the fifth star here. When I'm done in Single Image view, I'll click the Grid button to return to the Grid view. The whole purpose of adding those stars is to let me quickly find different groups of photos in the future. Maybe I want to find my favorites to show to my friends, or the middling photos to try to improve them, or the rejects to hide them. The most direct way to do that is to use the ratings filter here at the top-right of the Organizer. By default, this filter is set to find photos that are greater than or equal to a certain number of stars.

So if want to find my favorite photos, I'll just click on th e fifth star here and that displays the photos that are greater than or equal to five stars here in the Grid. Of course, there is no greater than, so I just get my five stars photos. If I want to see my rejects, I'll come back to my filter and I'll click on the greater than or equal to symbol. And from the drop-down menu, I can choose either Rating Is Less Than Or Equal To or Rating Is Equal To. I'll go with Rating Is Equal To, and then I'll click on just one star here in the filter, and there are my one star photos.

To see my middling photos, those with no stars, I'll leave this drop-down menu set to Equal To and I'll click on that one star again to remove all stars. So here are those photos whose rating is equal to no stars. And to see all the photos in this folder again, I'll return to that Equal To menu and I'll change it back to its default, Rating Is Greater Than Or Equal To, and I'll leave all the stars deselected. Now, you don't have to use star ratings in the Organizer.

There are plenty of other ways to keep track and organize your photos, as we'll see. But this is a quick and simple method that really pays off if you're consistent about applying it.

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