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Searching by text

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The Text Search feature in the Organizer is a very inclusive way to search, because it searches all the text associated with photos, like file names, captions, and keywords. For this movie, I've enabled Details and Show filenames in the View menu, so that I can see identifying information under each thumbnail in my Media Browser. I'm going to be searching in the selected folder, here in Folder Location view. If I were out in Thumbnail view, then my searches would apply to my entire catalog. I'll perform a simple text search by going up to the Search field in the bar at the top of the Organizer, clicking there, and typing a word.

Searching by text

The Text Search feature in the Organizer is a very inclusive way to search, because it searches all the text associated with photos, like file names, captions, and keywords. For this movie, I've enabled Details and Show filenames in the View menu, so that I can see identifying information under each thumbnail in my Media Browser. I'm going to be searching in the selected folder, here in Folder Location view. If I were out in Thumbnail view, then my searches would apply to my entire catalog. I'll perform a simple text search by going up to the Search field in the bar at the top of the Organizer, clicking there, and typing a word.

I'm going to type "flower." And right away Elements returns the four photos in this folder that have the word "flower" in their file names. The files in this folder don't have much other text associated with them yet, so let's see what happens if we add a caption to a photo and if we add a keyword as well. When I'm done searching and I want to go back and see all the photos that I started with, it's important to remember to click the Show All button in the bar at the top of the Organizer. So, now I'm going to apply a caption to this photo. Notice that it doesn't have the word "flower" in its filename.

I'll select this photo, I'll up to the Edit menu, I'll go down to Add Caption, and I'll type "flower" in the Add Caption dialog box and click OK. And I'd like to add a keyword flower to this photo. So, I'll go over to the Keyword Tags panel, and as I've done before, I'll add a new keyword tag by clicking the Plus icon and choosing New Keyword Tag. I'll type "flower" as the name of the keyword tag and I'll specify a Category, the Other category, and click OK. Now to apply that flower keyword to the horizontal tulip photo, I'll click on the flower keyword tag and I'll drag it over, and drop on this photo, and then I'll click off of all the photos.

I'm going to do that flower search again, and I bet that this time Elements is going to return more photos than it did before. I'll type "flower" in the Search box and sure enough, Elements returns not only the photos with flower in their file names but also the photo with the keyword tag flower and the photo with the caption flower. Again, I'm going to click the Show All button to see all the photos that I started with. Even though this is called Text Search, you may be surprised to find that you can search by date using Text Search as well.

So, if I wanted to see all the photos in this folder that I took in the year 2009, I could click in the Search box and type 2009. Or I can search by a more specific date like month, day, and year. Again, I'll click Show All. Another thing you can do with Text Search is to use it as an alternative way to find photos by keyword tag. So, remember that I've added a keyword tag to this photo, the tag flowers. If I go into the Search box and I start typing "flowers," as soon as I type the first letter, I get a dropdown list of all of the keyword tags in my Keyword Tags panel that start within f. And if I add an L, there's the list of all my keyword tags that start with fl, and there is only one.

And then I can search by a keyword tag by selecting it from this dropdown from the Search box. So, if I click on this keyword tag here, it's another way to see all of the photos that have that keyword tag, and there is only one. Again, I'll click Show All. One more thing I can do with Text Search is to do a conjunctive search, searching on more than one term at a time. So, if I want to see all my flower photos from 2011, in the Text Search field, I'll type "flower" and then I'll type "and" and then I'll type "2011," and there are the results.

I'm going to click the Show All button one more time to view all my photos again, because I want to show you another feature of Text Search. You can save a Text Search query as a smart album, a subject that I covered earlier. As you know, smart albums automatically update themselves with new photos that meet the criteria that define the album. So, let's do a new search. This time I'm going to search for all photos that have the keyword tag flower and that were shot in 2011. So, I'll click in the text field and as you know, when I start typing letters, I get a list of my keyword tags.

So I'll type "fl," and then I'll select the flower keyword tag, and then I'll skip a space and type "and 2011." So, right now I have only one photo in this folder that meets both of those criteria. I'm going to save that search with its two criteria as a smart album. To do that, I'll go to the Options menu here in the bar beneath the Search field and I'll choose Save Search Criteria as Smart Album. I'll give the search criteria a name. I'll call this flower tag 2011, and I'll click OK. And there's my new smart album over in the Albums panel, in the Organize tab.

Anytime I want to see all the files that meet the criteria of having the keyword tag flower and were shot in 2011, all I have to do is click on this smart album. So, I'm going to go back and view all my photos by clicking Show All. And when I look at the dates here, I realize that I do have other photos of flowers that I shot in 2011. I am going to apply the keyword tag flower to one of those photos, this photo here of a Columbine flower. So, I'll get the keyword tag flower, I'll drag it on top of the Columbine photo, and now look what happens if I click on my flower tag 11 smart album.

It's a quick way to get to see all the photos that have the keyword tag flower and were shot in 2011, including this one, with which my smart album was automatically updated when I added that keyword tag. I'll finish up by clicking Show All again to go back to my folder of photos. So, a Text Search is more flexible than you may have imagined, and it's one of the best ways to find just the photo you're looking for.

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Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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