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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
The purpose of applying keyword tags to photos in the media browser is so that you can search on those tags later to find particular photos by their subject matter. There are a couple of different ways to search based on keyword tags. You can use the Hierarchical List View which is the default view in the Keyword Tags panel or you can use the keyword tag cloud. I will show you how to use both in this movie. If you don't have a really long list of keyword tags here then I suggest that you search in Hierarchical List View because you can make more complicated searches from here.
First, let's say that I just want to see all of the photos in this folder that contain the Flags tag. I will click in the box to the left of the Flags tag and that adds this binoculars icon to that box meaning that I have an active search on this tag. In the media browser, I can see all four of the photos that bear the Flags tag. This photo has only a Flags tag and these others have not only the Flags tag but also Location tags for Santa Monica and California. Now, let's say that I want to see all of the photos that have the Santa Monica tag on them.
I first have to clear my flags search, so again I'll click in the box to the left of the Flags tag and then I can see all the photos here in the media browser and I can do a new search for those photos that have the Santa Monica flag. I will click in the box to the left of Santa Monica and there are those four photos. Now, let's say that I want to see only photos that have both the Santa Monica and the Flags tags. I'll leave the Santa Monica search active, leaving the binoculars in the box to the left of Santa Monica tag and I will go down to the Flags tag and I will click in the box to the left of that tag.
These search results are those that have both the Santa Monica and the Flags tag. I will clear this search by clicking in the box to the left of both of those tags; Santa Monica and Flags and now once again, I can see all of the thumbnails in the targeted folder. Another way search is by Keyword Tag Cloud. That comes in handy when and if your list of keyword tags here gets so long that it's just not very practical to use it. In that case, I'll click on this icon at the top of the Keyword Tags panel to view the Keyword Tag Cloud.
This lists the same keyword tags including subcategories and categories as I saw in the keyword list hierarchy, but here, the keywords are alphabetical and the most frequently applied keywords are in a larger font than the others. So here, I get a visual sense of which keyword I've applied the most. So let's say that I want to see all the photos that bear the Flags tag. I will just click it here in the Keyword Tag Cloud and I get the results of that search over here in the media browser. If I click on a different tag here in the Cloud, for example, if I click on Santa Monica, I see all the photos that contain just the Santa Monica tag.
So this works a little bit differently than searching in the keyword list hierarchy where I can search on multiple tags at once. By the way, I also can apply tags from here in the Keyword Tags panel. So, let's say that I think there's enough of a flag showing in this photo that it deserves a Flags tag. I can click and drag the Flags tag from the Keyword Tag Cloud onto this photo thumbnail and that adds the Flags tag to this photo. I also can edit a tag by double-clicking it in the Keyword Tag Cloud and here I might change this keyword to Flag rather than flags and then press Return or Enter on my keyboard.
So that's how to use the keyword list hierarchy which I can go back and access from this icon and the Keyword Tag Cloud which I could access from this icon to find photos based on their keyword tags.
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