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Rating photos

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The Organizer's Star Rating System is a simple way to quickly organize your photos. It's the first organizing feature that I apply to my photos after I bring them into the Organizer. I use star ratings as a quick way to separate the very best photos in a shoot and the very worst photos. First, I'll check that there is a line of light gray stars under each photo thumbnail. If there isn't, that means that I don't have my Details turned on, and I can turn those on from the View menu at the top of the screen, by toggling on Details here. I usually start by marking the photos that I think are rejects, to which I give one star.

Rating photos

The Organizer's Star Rating System is a simple way to quickly organize your photos. It's the first organizing feature that I apply to my photos after I bring them into the Organizer. I use star ratings as a quick way to separate the very best photos in a shoot and the very worst photos. First, I'll check that there is a line of light gray stars under each photo thumbnail. If there isn't, that means that I don't have my Details turned on, and I can turn those on from the View menu at the top of the screen, by toggling on Details here. I usually start by marking the photos that I think are rejects, to which I give one star.

To give a photo some number of stars, I just move over this line of stars under the photo and click on the number of stars that I want to apply. So, I'm going to click one star here and one start there, because those are two photos I really don't care for. And now, let's say I really like the next photo and I want to mark that as one of my best photos, I'll click on the fifth star to give that one a five star rating. If I have a lot of photos to which I want to apply the same rating, rather than rating them one by one, I'll select them all. So, I'll click on this one for example, and then hold down the Shift key and click on this one, and then, I'll come up to the Edit menu and go down to the Ratings menu there and choose a number of stars to apply to all of the selected photos at once.

So, I'll give all three of those 5 stars. Now, I often have a lot of photos that fall somewhere in the middle. They're not complete rejects, but they're not my best photos either. What I do with those is to give them no star rating, as I'll do for this photo here. I find that a simple system like that, five stars for my best photos, one star for my rejects, and no stars at all for everything in between is more efficient and more meaningful for me than trying to assign one, two, three, four, or five stars to each photo. After my first pass where I mark my rejects and my picks, I'll go through my thumbnails again, exercising my photographer's prerogative to change my mind.

So, how can I change a star rating? All I have to do is click on a different number of stars. So, let's say I decide that this one isn't really one of my best photos; it's somewhere in between. I'll click on the first star and that sets it to a one star rating, and then if I click on that single star again, that removes all the stars. So that's how I apply stars. Now, how do I use them? Well, let's say that down the road, I want to see only my very best photos. I can quickly find them by moving up to the Star Filter field right here.

I'll just click on the fifth star and in a moment, Elements filters the photo thumbnails, showing me only those in the 03_01 folder that have five stars. Notice that there's a menu here that by default is set to and higher. But I could choose to see those with five stars and lower, and I'd get a different selection. Well, let's say I want to see only those thumbnails with one star. I could set this to only and then click one star here in the Filter. So now that I've filtered the thumbnails I can see to just the rejects, what will I do with them? Well, I could hide them, I could delete them from the catalog, or I could even delete them from the hard drive.

All this I've shown you how to do in an earlier movie. And there are other ways to use star ratings too. I could use my star ratings to set up a Smart Album in the Albums panel that automatically collects photos with five stars and a particular keyword, and that's something we'll talk more about later in this chapter. Now, one more thing, I'd like to go back to see all of the photos in the 03_01 folder, regardless of how many stars they have. And so, I'm going to go back to this menu and I'm going to choose and higher which is the default, and then I'll click on that single star to remove all the stars from the Filter.

So, as you've seen, applying and making use of star ratings is pretty straightforward. The real trick is coming up with a rating system that makes sense to you and that you're likely to stick to, like the simple three category system that I showed you here. My picks get five stars, my rejects get one star, and everything in the middle gets no stars. Give that a try and see if it works for you.

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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
      52s
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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