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Sorting photos by filter

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Sorting photos by filter

As the number of photos in your digital collection grows, you're going to need more tools to find just the ones that you want to open into Elements for editing or for inclusion in a photo project. One way to do that is by using the filters here in the Filter panel at the bottom left of Bridge CS4. If your Filter panel isn't showing then click its tab now. Here you'll find many different parameters that you can use to narrow down the photo thumbnails that you see in the Content panel when you select a folder here in the Folders panel. So right now I'm looking at all of the photos inside of the 04_03 Exercise Files folder, but notice that there are a couple of images here that are not in the JPEG format.

Sorting photos by filter

As the number of photos in your digital collection grows, you're going to need more tools to find just the ones that you want to open into Elements for editing or for inclusion in a photo project. One way to do that is by using the filters here in the Filter panel at the bottom left of Bridge CS4. If your Filter panel isn't showing then click its tab now. Here you'll find many different parameters that you can use to narrow down the photo thumbnails that you see in the Content panel when you select a folder here in the Folders panel. So right now I'm looking at all of the photos inside of the 04_03 Exercise Files folder, but notice that there are a couple of images here that are not in the JPEG format.

Down here, there are a couple of PSD files and I can quickly see just the PSDs by clicking the arrow to the left of the File Type filter category, and clicking to the left of Photoshop document, or if I uncheck that by clicking again, and click to the left of JPEG file, then I'll see only the JPEGs in this folder. As you can imagine, filters like this are particularly powerful if you have selected a folder higher up in your hierarchy. For example, your entire hard-drive folder, then this would be a quick way to get to see all the JPEGs on your hard-drive or all the Photoshop documents on your hard-drive.

I am going to uncheck JPEG to show you some of the other filter parameters that I often use. Keywords is a big one for me. I'll click the arrow to the left of keywords and I can see that right now there are no keywords listed here. So I am going to go ahead and apply Keywords to some of these images as I showed you how to do in an earlier movie. So I'll do it rather quickly. I've already created the keywords that I am going to use over here in the Keywords panel using the techniques I showed you in the earlier movie on keyword tagging, and now I'm going to apply some of those.

So I'm going to select this image by clicking on it, and then I'll click to the left of the Coby keyword tag and the Katie keyword tag in the Keyword tags panel. I'm also going to click on this image of the car, hold the Shift key and click on the last image of the car, and I'm going to apply the Boulder keyword tag to all of those selected images, because I took them all in Boulder. And then, I'll select the second image and the fifth and hold the Shift key and select the fifth image and that selects all in between, and I'm going to apply the Gold Hill keyword tag to those images, and then I'll click in a blank area of the Content panel.

Now notice that in the Keywords area of the Filter panel, each of the keywords that I've applied to at least one image appears here in this list of keywords, and to its right, the number of photos to which it's been applied appears. So the way that I use the Keywords filter is to find all of the photos with particular subject matter. So for example, if I want to see all the photos that I've taken in Boulder, I'll click to the left of Boulder. If I want to see the photos I've taken in Gold Hill, I'll uncheck Boulder and I'll click to the left of Gold Hill instead.

And what if I want to see all the photos that I've taken in Gold Hill plus all the photos of Katie? I'll click to the left of Katie, and I get this cumulative result. So this way, I don't have to bother putting all photos of a certain subject into a special folder or giving them special names, I can quickly and easily find all photos on a particular subject or an intersection of multiple subjects using the Keywords filter in the Filter panel. I'm going to uncheck both of those and show you a couple more available filters.

If I click the arrow next to Date Created, I can choose to see all of the photos taken on a particular day, or taken on multiple days. I'll uncheck those. The Orientation category often comes in handy. If I'm looking for all the images that are horizontal, I can click on Landscape here, or if I want to see all images that are vertical, I'll click to the left of Portrait and I'll uncheck both of those. I'll scroll down by using the scrollbar to the right of the Filter panel to see some other categories.

Here are categories that offer all kinds of information about the photos themselves. For example, here I could choose photos taken with a particular lens, or here, photos taken with a particular camera. So if I want to see all the photos I took with my iPhone, I can click to the left of iPhone, I'll uncheck that. If I want to see all the photos taken with my Nikon, I'll click there and so on and there are other categories as well. If I scroll up, you'll notice that there's no category here for stars or labels, and that's because I haven't added any stars or labels to any of the photos here.

So I go ahead and do that. I'll select this image, then I'll hold the Command key and select this one, and maybe this one and this one, and then I'll go up to the Label menu, and I'm going to give those all five stars. I'll select this photo, and from the Label menu, I'll select the Reject label, and then I'll click on another photo and I'll give it the label To Print. All of this I have shown you how to do in more detail in an earlier movie on Rating and Labeling. And then I'll click in the blank area of the Content panel to deselect all of those images.

Now if I come over to the Filter panel, notice that there is a Labels category which I can expand by clicking the arrow to the left, and here I could choose to see only those images I've labeled for print, or only those images to which I haven't applied a label, and there's now a Ratings filter as well. I can expand that by clicking this arrow, and I could choose to see, for example, only my favorites by clicking to the left of the five-star filter. So you can see that filters are a direct and powerful way of finding files, particularly files to which you've added keyword tags, stars or ratings, or files that fall into any of the other filter categories.

By the way, if there are some filter categories showing here that you never use and you want to make the list of filter shorter, you can always come over to the Panel menu right here on the right side of the Filter panel and uncheck any filter you don't think you're going to use, say Serial Number, which is a filter that will tell you the serial number of the camera that you have used. I can also go to that menu and, at the bottom, choose to Collapse All of the categories, and now you can see there is no longer a Serial Number category showing here. I could bring that category back at any time by I going to panel menu and choosing Serial Number again and that category now appears in the Filter list.

Now filters aren't the only way to find your files in Bridge. In the next movie, I'll show you how to use the Find command to do the same thing.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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