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Sorting photos

From: Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 01 Importing and Organizing Photos

Video: Sorting photos

You have some control over the order in which the photos appear in the grid in Media View, but you don't have complete control. Let me show you what you can do to reorder your photos here in Media View. And what I'm going to show you applies whether you are working with a folder of photos as I am, or whether you're working with your entire Catalog, as I could be if I clicked All Media up here. But I'm just going to stick with this folder. By default, photos in the Grid are arranged with photos from the latest shoot day first, at the top of the Grid, and photos from the oldest shoot day, down here at the bottom of the Grid.

Sorting photos

You have some control over the order in which the photos appear in the grid in Media View, but you don't have complete control. Let me show you what you can do to reorder your photos here in Media View. And what I'm going to show you applies whether you are working with a folder of photos as I am, or whether you're working with your entire Catalog, as I could be if I clicked All Media up here. But I'm just going to stick with this folder. By default, photos in the Grid are arranged with photos from the latest shoot day first, at the top of the Grid, and photos from the oldest shoot day, down here at the bottom of the Grid.

And then, within each shoot day, photos are arranged by default with the oldest photo first and the newer photos to follow. Now, if you'd rather see your very newest photo first and your very oldest photo last, then there's a preference you can change. And that is to go to the Edit menu on Windows or the Adobe Elements Organizer eleven menu on a Mac, and from there, choose Preferences > General. In the General Preferences, change this radio button to show newest first within each day, and click okay.

And now, I have my very newest photo first and my very oldest photo last. There are also some options for changing the order of photos here in this Sort By menu on the top of the Grid. I can change this to Sort By Oldest rather than newest, or to Sort By Import Batch. And that divides the photos into batches according to the time and date on which I imported them into the Organizer. I'm going to go back to Sort By Newest, the default, because I want to show you one thing to watch out for.

If you have more photos in your Grid than it will appear in a single screen like this, then you'll have to use the Scroll bar when you change the Sort Order. Here's what I mean. I'm going to take the Zoom slider and zoom in so that some of these photos are off the screen. And then, I'm going to change the Sort Order from Newest to Oldest. That takes me down to the bottom of the grid. If I want to get back up to the top to see the oldest photos first, then I need to take the Scroll bar and scroll up to the top of the Grid. And to see all the photos again, I'll take my Zoom slider and I'll drag it over to the left.

A question I get a lot is whether you have the option to manually resort the photos to your liking here in the Grid, and the answer is no, at least when you're working in a folder like this or when you're working with your entire Catalog. But you can manually change the Sort Order of photos if you're working inside an album. Later in the course, I'll show you how to make albums and how to move photos around within an Album. And I'll even show you how you can make an instant album from a folder of photos like this one, for the very purpose of changing the order of its contents.

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  1. 18m 57s
    1. Welcome
      46s
    2. What is the Organizer?
      3m 1s
    3. Touring the Organizer
      4m 29s
    4. Moving between Organizer and Editor
      4m 55s
    5. Working with catalogs
      5m 46s
  2. 21m 4s
    1. Importing the exercise files
      2m 50s
    2. Importing photos from your computer
      4m 37s
    3. Importing photos from your camera
      7m 56s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 25s
    1. Viewing photos
      3m 37s
    2. Displaying photo names and dates
      1m 0s
    3. Adjusting photo dates and times
      3m 33s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 41s
    5. Rating photos
      5m 6s
    6. Viewing metadata in the Information panel
      3m 13s
    7. Adding photo captions
      1m 45s
    8. Hiding and showing photos
      2m 54s
    9. Stacking related photos
      5m 8s
    10. Applying instant photo fixes
      4m 28s
  4. 19m 43s
    1. Viewing a simple slideshow
      4m 51s
    2. Comparing photos side by side
      4m 30s
    3. Applying Quick Edit options
      5m 36s
    4. Applying Quick Organize options
      4m 46s
  5. 27m 30s
    1. Using the Folders panel
      7m 19s
    2. Moving and renaming files
      3m 38s
    3. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 14s
    4. Moving and renaming folders
      3m 48s
    5. Deleting files and folders
      4m 2s
    6. Using a watch folder to import new files (Windows only)
      4m 29s
  6. 10m 14s
    1. Creating albums
      5m 53s
    2. Organizing albums
      2m 38s
    3. Making instant albums from folders
      1m 43s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Creating and organizing keyword tags
      6m 38s
    2. Applying keyword tags
      4m 59s
    3. Finding photos by keyword and Advanced Search
      3m 19s
  8. 23m 3s
    1. Identifying people automatically
      5m 55s
    2. Identifying people manually
      3m 1s
    3. Viewing people
      3m 47s
    4. Grouping people
      3m 10s
    5. Working with people tags
      7m 10s
  9. 9m 13s
    1. Creating events manually
      6m 48s
    2. Creating Smart Events
      2m 25s
  10. 9m 52s
    1. Viewing mapped photos by location
      5m 47s
    2. Adding location data to photos
      4m 5s
  11. 22m 2s
    1. Using the Find menu
      3m 36s
    2. Finding photos by metadata
      5m 31s
    3. Saving smart searches
      5m 3s
    4. Finding photos by visual similarity
      5m 56s
    5. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 56s
  12. 3m 22s
    1. Don't forget to back up
      2m 16s
    2. Next steps
      1m 6s

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