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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili explores what you need to know to start using Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 to edit, organize, and share your photos.
The course begins with a look at how to import your photos into Elements, and then dives right into editing photos with the Photo Fix, Quick Edit, and Guided Edit workspaces. Jan also introduces the Expert Edit workspace, which provides tools for making selections, retouching, compositing, adding text, and more. Finally, the course reviews the Elements 11 sharing features, including crafting photo creations like greeting cards, emailing photos, and sharing photos on Facebook.
The more photos you shoot, the harder it is to keep track of them all and to find a particular photo that you are looking for. That's where the Organizer can really help you out if you make use of the photo management features in the Organizer, like Albums, and Keywords, and organizing by People, Places, and Events, all of which we'll look at in this chapter. As I explained at the beginning of the course, the Organizer displays the contents of the active catalog which is a database that contains information about the photos and other media files that you brought into that catalog.
Here I'm in the exercise files catalog that I have been using throughout the course so far. The Organizer has four views, each of which you can access from these tabs at the top of the Organizer. The default view is the Media view. The Media view will give you access to all the files in the catalog. To see all the files in this exercise files catalog in Media view, I'll click this All Media button. This displays a small copy or a thumbnail of each photo that I have included in this catalog without regard to which folder a particular photo is in.
Now by default, you won't see dates and names under your photo thumbnails, unless as I said before, you go up to the View menu and you turn on Details and File Names. I'd like to do that because it helps me identify particular photos. If you have scanned a photo or if you've exported it from another program as I did some of these photos, the dates that you see here may not reflect the actual shoot dates. You can change the dates if necessary, by selecting one or more photos in this grid and then going to the Edit menu and choosing Adjust Date and Time and here you can change to a specified date and time, I'll click OK and in this area, you just have to do your best to remember the date and the time of the photo.
I am just going to cancel out of there for now. If I want to see more of the thumbnails in this catalog in Media view, I can use the scrollbar to scroll down or I can go down to the taskbar at the bottom and use the Zoom slider to zoom out, which eventually will hide the file names under the thumbnails. I'll scroll back up to the top to show you that by default, the thumbnails are organized by the newest thumbnail at the top of the grid. If you like, you can change the sort order to see the Oldest or the most recently imported batch of photos at the top of the grid.
I'll leave this set Newest. Down at the bottom of the Organizer is the taskbar with a number of icons that we've seen already in the course, like the link to the Editor and this button the Instant Fix button that shows and hides the Organizer's automatic Photo Fix options. To the right of the Instant Fix button is the Tags and Info button. Clicking that reveals the Keyword Tags panel which I'll cover later in this chapter. This also gives me access to the useful Information panel. If I have a photo selected in the grid, I can get information about that photo, everything from its name, to its file size and dimensions, to its location on my drive and more by clicking the arrows next to Metadata and History.
Clicking the Tags Info panel again collapses the panel bin on the right giving me more room to see my photo thumbnails. There's another panel bin over here on the left. In this bin, I have access to the Albums panel which I'll cover in this chapter, and to the My Folders panel for accessing photos by the folder in which I keep them in my drive. We'll look at this panel more too. At the top of the Organizer is the Import button for importing files into this catalog From Files and Folders, From your Camera or Card Reader, and from other sources.
Also at the top all the way over on the right is the Create menu for starting some creative photo projects and the Share menu for getting started sharing your photos by Facebook, by email and other methods. We'll take a look at some of the options in these menus too. Adobe also recognized that many folks think about their photos in terms of the people in the photos, the places where the photos were taken and the events associated with the photos. And so it created these three other organizer views in Elements 11 as alternative ways to arrange and see the same photos that you see in Media view.
I'll explain each of these views shortly too. So the Organizer offers lots of options to help you manage your photos. In the rest of this course, I'll introduce the Organizer's major asset management features and suggest workflows for using them.
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