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In this course, author Jan Kabili introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, the less expensive version of Photoshop that’s ideal for casual photographers who want to achieve professional results. The course covers importing, organizing, and finding photos with the Organizer. It explains how and when to use each of the editing workspaces—from the simple Quick Fix and Guided Edit workspaces to the Full Edit workspace for enhancing your photos—including making photo corrections, retouching, compositing images, and adding text. The final chapter offers creative ways to share photos with Elements, including print projects like greeting cards, calendars, and books, emailing photos, and posting them on Facebook and Flickr.
The new Object Search in Elements 10 works a lot like Visual Similarity Search, which I covered in the last movie. So if you haven't watched that movie, go back and do that too. Where Object Search differs from Visual Similarity Search is that Object Search looks for similar subjects in your photos, rather than an entire scene. So, for example, if you've taken lots of photos of your pet in different settings and you'd like to find those photos in your catalog, this is a feature to try. Here in Thumbnail view, I'm going to click on this first thumbnail, a photo of my friend's horse.
I know that I have other photos of this horse buried somewhere in this catalog, and I'd like to access those photos. So I'll go up to the Search menu, I'll click the arrow to the right of it, and I'll choose Object Search. And here's the part that's different from Visual Similarity Search. The photo of the horse is displayed in Single Photo view with this white bounding box. I'll take the white bounding box and move it into position by clicking inside it and dragging. And then I'll reshape it by moving over any of the corner anchor points and dragging, and treat the shape by moving over any of the borders and dragging.
As I do this, I'm defining the object for which I want Elements to search when it's looking for similar photos. I'll try not to get too much of the background in there, but I do want to get the horse's face. Then I'll go under the bounding box and click Search Object. That takes me back out to the Media Browser, where I can see that my photo thumbnails have been rearranged. Elements has found at least one photo that it thinks contains similar objects to the horse in the first photo. And it's right. This is the same horse. The percentage of similarity of each photo is displayed here at the bottom of each photo.
So you can see that there is some similarity between the horse and the squirrel according to Elements' algorithms. So it's not perfect, but it is starting to get me the results that I wanted. There are two ways that I can try to refine these results, and they're the same as the methods that I showed you with Visual Similarity Search. I can try to move the slider here to put more weight on shape rather than color. Let's see what that does. It actually doesn't really help in this case. So I'm going to drag this slider back toward Color.
And as I said in the last movie, what works best with this slider totally depends on the particular photos you're working with. So I'll try something else, which is to look for another photo that's similar to the ones that I'm searching for. And here's one down here-- another photo of this same horse. So I'll take that photo and I'll drag it from the Media Browser up to the Find bar and I'll drop it on that plus symbol. And that adds a second photo to this search query. I can have up to four photos up here. Well, that really did the trick in this case.
Now I have at the top of my Media Browser all the photos of this horse that I remember taking, and what's really interesting is that Elements even found this photo which doesn't even show this horse's face, but you can see a lot of the color of the horse. So Elements did use Color to find this photo. Notice that there's a yellow highlight on each thumbnail. If you want to hide that, you can go up to the Options menu in the Find bar and from there, choose Hide Highlights. From the same menu, I could choose to save the search criteria as a smart album, which is a good thing to do because then I can get back to these search results at any time and they will automatically update if I add new photos of the horse to this catalog.
I'm going to close this menu for now though. So at this point, I might put all of these horses into an album in my Albums panel or keyword them or give them a rating. And then when I'm all done, I can exit my search results and return to the view of the entire catalog of thumbnails by clicking Show All, here in the Find bar.
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