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Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 provides some powerful tools to help you do everything from managing and organizing your photos, to optimizing your images and making basic adjustments, to sharing your final results and making great prints. In this introduction to Photoshop Elements, Chad Chelius walks you through the new features introduced in Photoshop Elements 10, including tools to improve searching for photos and dealing with duplicates and new effects like Depth of Field and the Orton effect. Along the way, discover how to add special effects to your photos, tag images both by keyword and with the people recognition feature, and correct common problems like underexposure, overexposure, and color casts.
A great way to sift through your photos, is to apply a star rating to them. This allows you to separate the okay photos from the award winners, so to speak. There are various ways to rate your photos but the real power comes when you can view only the photos with certain star ratings, separating their ratings from one another. Let's take a look. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. And a really easy way to apply star ratings to an image, is to simply select an image, and then click on the star rating that you'd like to apply.
So, this particular image of my daughter, I'm going to go ahead and click on a five star rating. And you'll see when I move my cursor away that that rating is kept on that image. I'm going to come over here and click on the image on my son, and apply a five star rating to it. Let's go way up here to the top. This was a, a great image that I shot one morning. I'm going to go ahead and apply a five star rating to it. Now, let's move down a little bit because here we have some images.
I, I really like this image of Captain Jack here so I'm going to go ahead and apply a five star rating to it. And let's move down a little bit further. Because here we get into some images where we've got some great shots of this natural rock. I would say that's a five star. this image here, this reminds me of Wiley Coyote, so I'm going to make that a five star. And then we get down to an image like this and this one is really not very good. Let's go ahead and go with a one star rating for that.
This one, I think, has potential, but it's, it's pretty drab, It lacks contrast. Let's give that two stars. And then we get down here a little bit further. I love these firework images. The sparkler images. So, this one's definitely a five. Um,this one's pretty good. That's a four. And this one it got okay we'll make that one a three. But you're getting the idea about how we can apply these rating to our images. So I'm going to go ahead and scroll back to the top because where the real power of these star ratings comes into play, is being able to view these particular star ratings.
So what I'm going to do here is at the very top of my Media Browser, there is a menu here, and this allows me to view images that been flagged using these stars. So you can see that there is a drop down menu that says and higher and lower or only. So for example, if I click on one star and higher. It's basically going to show me any image that has a star rating. Now, once I start moving up a little bit,if I click on the two star rating.
You're going to see this image is filtered out of the Media Browser display. So when I click on that. You see I have one less image. And then when I go to only images that have a three star rating or higher, that's again filtering this down even further. And then I can say four stars or higher, and then I can save five stars as higher as well. You can get a little more specific. You can also choose And lower. So I can say show me any three star and lower images, and right there they are. I can also say only.
So I can say only show me the images that have a three star rating. So I'm going to go ahead and click on this to turn all of them off, and you can change this back to and higher, cuz it's really just show me all of my images here. And as you scroll through, you can still see images that have that star rating applied. Now, another great way that we can apply this star rating, is we can do so in full screen mode. And I really like this mode cuz it gives me some additional options that I can use here.
Let, let's scroll down here to the bottom of my Media Browser where I have a bunch of flower images. So, I'm going to click on the first flower image in the consecutive order that I have here, and then I'll just go ahead and Shift-click on the last one. And I'm going to come up here and I'm going to click on the View Edit Organize in full screen button. When I do that, it's going to start displaying all these images in full screen mode. Now, this is a, a really cool way of rating your images, because, first of all, we can move over here into the upper left corner, and right up here is your star rating system.
So, we can say okay, well that's a, a five star. I really like that one. And then I can click the Next button right there, and that one looks pretty good. So, I'll go ahead, maybe we'll give that one a four star rating. But you know what, I'm doing a lot of moving of my mouse. And and I'd like to be able to make this a little more efficient. So you can see when I hover over this right arrow, that I get a tool tip, and that's basically telling me that the next media, is the right arrow key on my keyboard.
So, I'm not going to use my mouse at all here. I'm going to go ahead and press the right arrow key on my keyboard. And that's going to go to the next image. Now this is the really cool part about rating using this full screen mode. Because of course, I can come up here and do the Quick Edit panel, and apply the rating this way. But what alot of people don't realize, is that in addition to clicking on those stars. I can use the number one through five keys on my keyboard, to apply the Star Rating.
So this image is pretty good. I'm going to press number five on my keyboard. Now there's really no visual indicator here. It kind of gets out of your way and lets you just apply this rating. But if I want to make sure that I applied it, if I move up to the Quick Edit, you'll see that this now has a five star rating. So, if you'd like, you can follow along with me here. I'm going to press the right arrow key on my keyboard. That one's okay. Maybe we'll give that one a three. Press the right arrow key. That one's pretty nice. We'll click four, right arrow, five, right arrow, we'll make that one a four, click the right arrow again. That one's not bad we'll make that one a four, right arrow, that one looks good, that's a four.
Right arrow, we'll make that one a five, right arrow, that one's not too bad, but I'm going to make that one a three. And I'm just using the arrow key, so let's make this one a two, and we'll make that one a three, oh, that one's really nice, we'll make that one a five, and you can just continue rating your photos in this way. Let's make that one a five, we'll make that one a three, and you can see now, we're starting to get around to the beginning again. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to press Escape on my keyboard, and you'll notice that all those images that we had selected, are now rated using that star system.
And as you can see, it's a really efficient way, to more visually apply the star rating, as you can see. Now once again I can come up to my filter and I can say, you know what? I just want to see the five star images. What do we have here? Click the five star filters and there's all of my five star images. If I click on the three star rating. Now it's going to show me more. But I'm also not getting all of the great images, or great photos that I've shot. So as you can see applying star rating to your photos provides a quick and efficient way to categorize your images, so you can find your photos in the future.
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