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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
Giving your photographs meaningful names can be another way to help you find a particular photograph later. Earlier in this course, I told you that I don't recommend renaming your photos at the very time that you import them, because sometimes that can cause you to import duplicates by mistake. Once the photo is in Elements Organizer though, it's fine to change its name. You can change the name of a single photograph or you can select a whole series of photographs, give them all the same base name, and rename them as the series. Let me show you how.
In the Photo Browser, I'm going to click on the first of these photos to select it. Notice that the photo does have a title, but it's one that doesn't give you much information about the content of the photo. It's just one of the image numbers from my digital camera. By the way, if you don't see file names under the photo previews in your Photo Browser, go up to the View menu at the top of the screen and make sure that Show Filenames is checked. Then go to the Zoom slider and drag to the right slightly until you see titles under each of the photo previews.
To rename this single selected photo, I'll go to the File menu at the top of the screen and I'll choose Rename. In the Rename dialog box, I'll type a name for this photo. I'm just going to type Crucifix, and I'm going to click OK. And that gives the photo a title followed by the file format of the photo, which is JPEG. Now let's say that I want to rename the other three photos in this section. To select all three at once as I've already taught you, I'll click on the first and then I'll hold down the Shift key, and I'll click on the last of the thumbnail previews, and that selects the one in between as well.
Again, I'll go up to the File menu, I'll choose Rename, and I'll give a common base name to all three photos. I'll type Chapel, and I'll click OK. And that names each of the photos Chapel and adds a serial number. So first I have Chapel1.jpg. Chapel2.jpg and Chapel3.jpg. So as you can see, it's pretty quick and easy to rename multiple files all at once in the Elements Organizer.
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