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The whole point of tagging your photos is so that you can find them easily when you need them. Being able to recall your photos at a moments notice is one of the strengths of Photoshop Elements 10. In this video, I'd like to show you how to do some basic searches for your images. I'm starting with the elements 10 organizer already open on my machine. I'm going to review a couple of the real basic searches we can do. So, in the upper right hand corner, we have the star rating filter. So, if I were to choose, like a five star rating by clicking on the fifth star.
It's going to show me all of the images that have a five star rating and higher. If I click on say the third star, it's going to show me a three star rating and higher and I can always change this to and lower and only as well to filter those out. Now, I'm going to clear this out by just clicking on that star again so that there no filters applied and in addition if you've created any albums and put those photos in those albums. You can view the files in those albums. So if I click on Flowers, it's showing me all the flower images or, beach vacation. You know once again we can just show the files and photos inside of those albums. So I'm going to go over here and click the Show All button. And finally, down here in the lower right corner, we have our keyword tags panel. And this is where the keyword tags that are used to apply to photos can be used to also find them.
So if I want to show all photos of my family, I can click on that icon and it's going to show me all of the photos that contain people in my family. So, I'm just going to turn that off. Make sure we're looking at all our images. One of the more powerful features that we have in the Elements 10 organizer is right up here in the upper left corner where we have the Search text field, and if I click inside of that Search text field I can literally do any search that I want. So I'm going to type the word Flower in here, and as you can see it's showing me only images of flowers in this example.
And what's really powerful about this Search text field is that it's searching not only key word tags but also file names, album names, and so on and so forth. Now what makes this feature even more powerful is we can click on this Options drop down men us and for one I can save the save the search criteria as a Smart Album. As a reminder, Smart Albums are cumulative which means that if I import more photos in the future that contain the properties that I save in this smart album, they will automatically appear in that smart album.
Very, very nice. But in addition, I'm doing search for a Flower and currently it's showing the best matched results. Well, what I can actually do, is I can choose High best matched results. So, now it's not showing anything but, if I click this again. I can choose to show results that do not match. So this is essentially an inverse search. It is now finding photos that do not match Flower. So this can be very powerful depending on what you're trying to achieve. I'm going to go back to Options and reverse these again. I'm going to choose Show best match results and hide results that do not match. Then I'll go ahead and click the Show All button.
Because I also want to show you that this strip at the top of the Media Browser allows me to do searches by dragging and dropping items on here. So for example, if I drag Claire, the keyword tag Claire, to that strip it's going to find only photos that match Claire. If I also add Gabe in there it's going to find photos that match Gabe and Claire. Let's also add Ocean City to the mix. Now it's finding images of Gabe and Claire in Ocean City. So you can see how powerful this is.
It's finding any of these parameters and dispalying those results in the Media Browser. I'll go ahead and click Show All, to show all of those options again. Another way that we can search for photos, is by coming up here to the Find menu. So here's a great example. Set, Date Range, I'm going to choose that option, and for the year, I'm going to type 2011, for the month let's choose May, and the day is 1st, and then I'll also go to May 31st. So if I click OK, it's finding only that stack of photos, that I took a picture of of that dock. So let's try that again, we'll go to Find, Set Date Range. Let's change this to February.
Click OK. And now we're seeing those cold winter shots that were taken in February. So I'm going to go ahead and come back up here to the Find menu. We can clear the date range, I'll go ahead and do that. Go to Find again. We can do a search by only the caption or note. So, that's a very powerful feature as well. I can search by file name, I can show all my stacks. If I choose that, it will show me only the stacks that I have in my Media Browser. Go ahead and go back to Find. Some other options we have is Search by History.
When I imported the photos, when I emailed them, when they were ordered online, or whether they were shared online. Very very powerful here. Now what's really really nice too, is that depending on the photos you're importing, we can also find photos that we may need to tag. So for example, show me items with unknown date or time. I don't have any of those in my Media Browser. However, if I did, I would easily be able to correct that problem. Let's go back to find. What about untagged items? If I choose that. Once again, I don't have any in my set of photos, but this is really powerful because we can say, show me any images that I don't have tagged and then you can go ahead and tag them.
This is especially useful if maybe, you've been using Photoshop Elements for awhile and have not tagged a lot of those photos yet. Very, very powerful feature. Go back to find. I can find items not in any album. That will show me those photos, so that I can then in turn, put them in an album if I choose to. So you can see that the Elements 10 Organizer provides the tools needed to find the photos that you're looking for, but remember being able to find your images will only be as good as the keyword tags applied to them.
Get in the habit of tagging your photos each and every time you import a batch from your digital camera. You'll sure be glad that you did.
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