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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.
It's so common to have photos of people that Adobe has done something to help us save time tagging our people photos. They've included an amazing feature in Elements that can search a batch of selected photos, find the ones that are pictures of people's faces and make them available for quick tagging. I'll show you how that works in this movie. I'm working in the 03_03_face tagging subfolder, inside the Chapter 03 Exercise Files folder. I'll make this area a little narrower so we can see more of the faces, and then I'm going to click on the first photo in this folder. As I look quickly through these, notice that they are not all faces, there are some scenery photos and here's one to take note of, it's a photo of my friend Kirk. But it's not just his face and we'll see what the Face Tagging feature does with this photo. I'm going to scroll down just a little bit to get the last of these photos. I'm holding the Shift key and clicking and that selects all the photos.
Now I'm going to the Keyword Tags palette in the Task pane and I'm going to click on the third icon from the left here, Find Faces for Tagging. That causes Elements to go out and automatically find each one of the selected photos that is just a face. You'll notice that picture of Kirk that included a bunch of plants did not get included. It was not recognized as a face photo. So this feature doesn't work perfectly to find every photo of a person, but it does a pretty good job of finding photos that focus on people's faces. Now we can quickly add some tags to these photos. I'm going over to the right and I'm going to make this column a little bit wider so that I can read the names on my tags and then I'm going to drag down on this border. You can see that I already have tags here for Andrew, Jenn, Kirk and Scott. I made this tags before I recorded this movie.
To apply these tags, I'll simply select the appropriate picture over here. Here is a picture of Andrew so I'll select that by clicking on it and then holding the Ctrl key and clicking on this photo. I'll drag these pictures over on top of the Andrew tag, and then I'll get this picture of Jenn. I'll drag that over Kirk and Scott has two pictures here. So I'll click on one and Ctrl click on the other. Finally, there is a picture of Dave and I wanted to show you how you can make tags right here in the Face Tagging interface. To do that I'll go back over to the right and I'll click the green plus button, and I'll make a new keyword tag for Dave. I'll specify the subcategory Friends inside the People category and I'll click OK.
This time just for variety, I'm going to take the tag and drag it onto the photo. It works just as well as dragging the photo onto the tag. Now I'm done, and you can see now in the Photo Browser that each one of my people photos has been tagged with a face tag. If you are someone who takes a lot of people photos, you will really appreciate this feature, which will help you to quickly find and add keyword tags to your portraits.
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