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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

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In the last movie, I showed you how to move files and to rename files the correct way so that your Catalog can keep track of the files. But it's almost inevitable that you will move some files outside of the Organizer, perhaps by mistake or rename files that way. So let's see what happens in that event and what you can do to reconnect a missing file to your Organizer catalog. Here I have a photo of a flower and it happens to be in the 04_03_horses folder. I'd like it to go in the four _03_flowers folder instead.
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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

Reconnecting missing files

In the last movie, I showed you how to move files and to rename files the correct way so that your Catalog can keep track of the files. But it's almost inevitable that you will move some files outside of the Organizer, perhaps by mistake or rename files that way. So let's see what happens in that event and what you can do to reconnect a missing file to your Organizer catalog. Here I have a photo of a flower and it happens to be in the 04_03_horses folder. I'd like it to go in the four _03_flowers folder instead.

As I showed you in the last movie, the right way to do that would be to move that photo into the Flowers folder from here in the Organizer; but I'm going to go out to my Operating System and do it there. Here in my Operating System, on the right, you can see the Horses folder and on the left, the Flowers folder. I'm not only going to move the Flowers folder incorrectly, I'm also going to rename it incorrectly, doing both out here in my Organizer. So I'll select the flower in the Horses folder, I'll click on its name again, and I'll change it to 04_04_flower, and press enter or return on my keyboard.

And then I'll click on that flower photo and I'll drag it over into the Flowers folder out in my Operating System. Now, I'm going to go back to the Organizer. Back in the Organizer, at first it looks like nothing has happened to this file. It still bears the old name and we still see a thumbnail of the file in the Horses folder. Now at this point, you may or may not see a little question mark on the file. Even if you don't, if you try to work with the file--for example, if you do something as simple as double-click the thumbnail of the flower to open it into Single Image view--Elements realizes that it can't find the original file.

The name is changed and it's no longer in the Horses folder. So Elements goes out and tries to find that missing file, looking through my drives. Sometimes, it can find and reconnect to that file right away, in which case, there's no problem. But sometimes, as in this case, it takes a long time to look through the many files on my hard drives and in the end, it may not locate that missing file. So if that happens, it's not the end of the world; you still have the ability to locate the file yourself, as it says here.

I'll click the Browse button and that opens the Reconnect Missing Files dialog box. Now, when I use this feature, I have to know where that missing file is. If I don't, I'll close this dialog box and use these search features in my Operating System to try to find the file by name. But if I do know where it is, then I can come over here to this drop-down menu on the right, click the drop-down menu, and navigate to the new location of that photo. I know that its located inside of my 04_03 folder, and there, it's inside the Flowers folder.

So, I'll double-click the Flowers folder and there is the missing file. I'll select its thumbnail and then I'll come down here. On the left, Elements is showing me the original filename and the original location. And on the right, it's showing me the new filename in the new location. So I'll click Reconnect to reestablish the link between the Catalog and the file with its new name and its new location. And now, everything should be fine. If I go to my 04_03_flowers folder in the My folders panel, there is the photo with its new name.

And if I double-click it to bring it into Single Image view, everything is fine; I can now work with the file. It's been reconnected to my catalog. I'll click Grid and that will take me back into Grid view. Now, if you are in Grid view and you happen to see a small question mark at the top left of any of your thumbnails, that means that they have disconnected from the Catalog. And at that point, in order to go through the reconnect process I just showed you, you could go up to the File menu and down to the Reconnect command and choose Missing file or All Missing Files, and that will go through the same process I just showed you.

So I hope that I've now convinced you not to rename or move your files outside of the Organizer. But if you do, you now know how to fix the problem, reconnecting your photos to your catalog.

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