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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.
This movie is a quick review of the interface of Elements Organizer, which as you know is one of the two major workspaces in Photoshop Elements 7. The other is the Editor. The Organizer is the place to go to view a visual index of your photos, to organize your photos, and to find specific photos. You can access the Organizer from the welcome screen, or from the Editor. The Organizer shows you low-resolution views of your original photos. By default, those thumbnail images are displayed in the Photo Browser arrangement.
Right now we are looking at the photo thumbnails displayed in the folder location view. By default, thumbnails are displayed in the Organizer in the Thumbnail view, which can be accessed from up here in the Display menu. Let me switch to Thumbnail view, so you can see that. In Thumbnail view, the photo thumbnails are arranged by date, and they are low-resolution thumbnails. If you would like each of these thumbnails to be higher resolution, you can go to the Organizer preferences, and change that Resolution setting. Preferences are accessed from the Edit menu at the top of the screen, down at the bottom of that drop down menu, you'll find Preferences, and we're going to the Files subset of the Preferences dialog. And there at the bottom of the dialog you can set Preview File Size, up from 640 X 480 pixels, all the way to 1280 X 960 pixels, for a higher resolution preview. I'm going to leave that where it was, and click OK.
I'm going to go back up to the Display menu and show you another view, Import Batch. This view arranges your photo thumbnails by the date on which they were imported into your Organizer. And finally under the Display menu, we have the Folder Location view, which organizes your photo thumbnails by the folder in which they are located, and that's what we are using to deal with our exercise files in this course. One of the advantages of Folder Location view is that you can select the entire contents of a folder with one click. Let me scroll to a folder that has multiple photos in it, and all I have to do is click the path to the particular folder that sits above the photo thumbnails, and all of the thumbnails in that folder are selected, so that I can act on them all at once. I'll click off that to deselect.
Also under the Display menu, there are a couple of other views: Date view and Map view. We will be looking at these in more detail in later movies. But just to give you an idea, if I click Date view, I can see my photo thumbnails arranged on a calendar by the date on which the photographs were taken. I'm going to go back to Photo Browser view, and I'll quickly show you the Map view, where you can arrange your photo thumbnails on a Map, representing the location at which the photos were shot.
Also, you can view your Photos in Full Screen mode, and you can setup a slideshow here that will take you through your photos one-by-one as you review them, rate them add subject matter text to them and otherwise organize them, so that it easier to find later. I'm going to Cancel out of here, because we'll be investigating Full Screen view in more detail in a later movie too. Now I press the Escape key on my keyboard to get back to Photo Browser view. Over on the right we have the Task panel, and the contents of that panel change depending on which button you've clicked at the top of the Task panel, FIX, CREATE, SHARE, or ORGANIZE. When you shift to ORGANIZE, you can create Albums, in which you can collect pictures by subject matter or perhaps by project. We will be looking at the Albums feature in more detail also.
Down in the Keyword Tags panel, you can add subject matter Keywords that are searchable to your individual photos. And we also have a Quick Share panel down here, which you can use to quickly share prints with family and friends. There is one panel that isn't showing here that I think is really important, and that's the Properties panel. If I select a photo thumbnail and then I go to the Window menu at the top of the screen and choose Properties, that opens the Properties panel. The Properties panel tells you everything that you ever want to know about, one of these photo thumbnails. It has four different icons at the top. With the first icon selected, we see information like the name of the file, the date that we shot, its location, and so forth.
If you click the next icon, we see the metadata that's attached to this photo. Everything from the make and model of the camera that took the shot to the exposure time and shutter speed. The next icon shows us any Keyword Tags that you might attach to a photo thumbnail, and over here we have a history of the actions taken on that photo. The Properties panel comes in so handy that I like to add it permanently to my Task pane, and the way to do that, is with this double-clicked arrow on the right. Click there, and the Properties panel becomes part of the Task pane on the right. You can click on the border above the Properties panel to drag up, so that you can see more information in that panel.
Finally at the top of the screen, you have a couple of menu bars: drop down menus on the top from the File, Edit, Find, View, Window and Help menus, and some functions likes Rotate and Zoom functions in the next menu bar. So that's a quick overview of the interface of the Organizer. There is a lot to learn about it features and we'll be visiting some of those in the movies to come.
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