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Touring the Organizer interface

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Touring the Organizer interface

Before you start working in Elements Organizer I think it will help you to have a sense of how the Organizer is laid out. So, I would like to show you where the major features are located in the Organizer, and then I'll get back to the detail of each feature in later movies. As you've heard the Organizer is one of the two major workspaces in Photoshop Elements 8. The other is the Editor, which we'll get to later. The Organizer is the place to go to view a visual index of photos and other digital media files that you brought into the current catalog.

Touring the Organizer interface

Before you start working in Elements Organizer I think it will help you to have a sense of how the Organizer is laid out. So, I would like to show you where the major features are located in the Organizer, and then I'll get back to the detail of each feature in later movies. As you've heard the Organizer is one of the two major workspaces in Photoshop Elements 8. The other is the Editor, which we'll get to later. The Organizer is the place to go to view a visual index of photos and other digital media files that you brought into the current catalog.

It's also the place to go to organize those files and to find specific photos and other files in this catalog. You can access the Organizer from the Welcome Screen or from the Editor, as you saw earlier. You've also seen that the left side of the Organizer is called the Photo Browser, and it displays low-resolution previews of the original high-res photos that might be located in folders on your computer or perhaps on offline media like DVDs or external hard drives. As you've heard the Organizer can keep track of photos and other media files even if the originals are stored outside of this computer.

By the way I have my Photo Browser set to Folder Location view, which is a view that I suggest you use as you work through this course, as I explained in the last movie. Now over on the right side of the Organizer is the task pane and the task pane looks different depending on which tab that you've clicked on at the top of the task pane. The Organize tab, the Fix tab, the Create tab, or the Share tab. Right now I have the Organize tab selected and the Organize tab offers me some panels in which I can create subject matter albums in which to organize my photos, as well as this Keyword Tag panel, where I can add subject matter keywords to photos, which I can use to find particular photos later.

I'll be covering albums and keyword tagging in lots of detail in later movies. Let me show you what's here, if I click the Fix tab in the task pane. The Fix tab offers some Automatic Photo Fix options that you can use to quickly correct color, contrast and other photo characteristics right here in the Organizer, without having to access any of the editing workspaces in the Editor. I'll be covering the Photo Fix options also in more detail in later movies. Things get really interesting when I click the Create tab. From here I can access features for creating photo books, photo prints, slideshows and more.

I'll be showing how to do that in later movies too. If I click the shared tab in the task pane, I see Options for publishing photos Online, for sending photos as E-mail Attachments, and for burning photos to DVDs and CDs from right here in the Elements, all covered later in this course. I am going to click back on the Organize tab, because I want to show you one more panel that isn't showing by default, that I think is really important, and that's the Properties panel. If I move over into the photo browser area and I right-click on any of the image thumbnails and in a contextual menu that appears, go down and choose Show Properties, I get this Properties panel.

The Properties panel has four icons across the top. The first icon displays information that you see here. Any caption that's on the photo, the name of the photo, and general information about the photo like it's size, and when it was taken, and where it's stored. If I click on the second icon, I can see what's called metadata, which is information about a file, and that includes things like the Document Type, the Date the file was created and modified, as well is information about the camera with which this photo was taken, and the camera settings, everything from the ISO Speed Ratings, to the Shutter Speed, and if I scroll down the F-Stop, the Focal Length, and even whether a flash was used.

So, that's really useful information to have as you are evaluating the photo quality of an image. I'll click on the next tab. There's nothing here, but if I had added some subject matter keyword tags to this image, those would appear here in this area of the Properties panel and finally, if I click on that last icon, I see information about actions that I've taken on this file. For example, here I can see that I imported this file into the Elements Organizer from the hard drive of his computer and the date on which I imported it. The Properties panel comes in so handy that I'd like to add it permanently to the Organize task pane.

So as long as I have the Organize tab highlighted up here, I can do that by clicking this double-pointed arrow that will dock the Properties panel to the Organizer task pane. So I click there and the Properties panel is now docked in this column on the right. I can allocate more space to the Properties panel, by moving the mouse over the border between the Properties panel and Keyword Tags panel, and dragging up. Another area of the Organizer with which you should be familiar are the menu bars at the top of the screen. At the very top you'll find menu bars like you'll find with almost any program.

A File menu and Edit menu and so on, each of which contains drop-down menus from which you can choose. And this is where you'll find the help files, if you get stuck on anything as you are using Elements and you need a little bit of assistance. The next menu bar down contains icons for commonly used functions, like rotating a photo that may be on it's side, or zooming in or zooming out on the photo thumbnails in the photo browser. This menu bar also contains a Details checkbox, with which you can control the information that appears underneath each photo thumbnail, as well as a Search box.

We'll be talking more about those features in later movies too. So, that's a quick overview of the layout of the Organizer. There are lots of features here and we'll be revisiting many of these features in the movies to come.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

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  1. 10m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
    3. Launching the Welcome screen
      3m 12s
    4. Touring Elements
      4m 20s
  2. 29m 45s
    1. Working with catalogs
      3m 16s
    2. Getting photos from your hard drive
      2m 49s
    3. Changing thumbnail display options
      4m 35s
    4. Getting photos from a camera or card
      9m 43s
    5. Getting photos from a CD/DVD or an external drive
      4m 46s
    6. Getting photos from a scanner
      4m 36s
  3. 43m 15s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 44s
    2. Viewing photos
      5m 11s
    3. Selecting photos
      2m 58s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 39s
    5. Renaming photos
      2m 7s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      2m 0s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      5m 24s
    8. Stacking photos
      8m 9s
    9. Moving files
      4m 43s
    10. Backing up catalogs
      4m 20s
  4. 52m 4s
    1. Applying keyword tags
      8m 33s
    2. Finding photos by keyword tags
      3m 41s
    3. Finding photos with the Keyword Tag Cloud
      1m 56s
    4. Applying Smart Tags
      4m 29s
    5. Automatically tagging people in photos
      7m 54s
    6. Applying star ratings
      2m 48s
    7. Organizing photos in albums
      4m 10s
    8. Organizing photos in Smart Albums
      6m 44s
    9. Finding photos with Text Search
      4m 31s
    10. Finding photos from the Find menu
      5m 10s
    11. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 8s
  5. 29m 18s
    1. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      11m 12s
    2. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 10s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 22s
    4. Using Date View
      3m 41s
    5. Mapping photos
      4m 53s
  6. 56m 46s
    1. Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer
      8m 22s
    2. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      6m 12s
    3. Applying Quick Fix controls
      11m 10s
    4. Using Quick Fix tools
      11m 2s
    5. Working in Guided Edit in the Editor
      4m 45s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      5m 57s
    7. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      9m 18s
  7. 1h 12m
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    2. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 57s
    4. Using tools
      6m 11s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      4m 22s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 18s
    7. Using Undo History
      5m 56s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 30s
    9. Creating a blank file
      5m 58s
    10. Photo resizing and resolution
      9m 59s
    11. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 8s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 49s
    13. Saving files
      7m 47s
  8. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 28s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      4m 51s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      9m 17s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Understanding selections
      2m 27s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 6s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 27s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 54s
  10. 1h 0m
    1. Cropping and straightening
      3m 49s
    2. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      2m 54s
    3. Applying adjustment layers
      7m 53s
    4. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    5. Merging multiple exposures
      6m 33s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 54s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      3m 39s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 21s
    9. Correcting skin tone
      2m 34s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      4m 4s
    11. Sharpening photos
      7m 42s
    12. Working with raw photos
      9m 52s
  11. 24m 50s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      7m 52s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      4m 26s
    3. Dodging and burning
      2m 18s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      5m 17s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 41s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 16s
  12. 31m 3s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 8s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 16s
    3. Running automated actions
      1m 51s
    4. Using layer styles
      6m 6s
    5. Using shapes
      8m 12s
    6. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      3m 13s
    7. Converting color to black and white
      3m 17s
  13. 9m 29s
    1. Creating text
      5m 8s
    2. Editing text
      2m 59s
    3. Warping text
      1m 22s
  14. 38m 50s
    1. Making a photo book
      8m 26s
    2. Making a photo collage
      9m 0s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      11m 25s
    4. Stitching a photo panorama
      4m 3s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      5m 56s
  15. 33m 54s
    1. Printing photos
      2m 58s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages
      4m 58s
    3. Sending photos by email and Photo Mail
      5m 57s
    4. Burning photos to CD/DVD
      1m 17s
    5. Ordering prints and books
      1m 59s
    6. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 15s
    7. Sharing photos online at Photoshop.com
      7m 40s
    8. Backing up and synchronizing online
      3m 40s
    9. Getting inspiration from Adobe.com
      2m 10s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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