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Touring the Organizer

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

Video: Touring the Organizer

Let's take a tour of the organizer to see how its interface is laid out, and where its major features are located. You can open the organizer from the welcome screen, which is usually the first screen you'll see when you launch Elements. If you'd rather bypass this welcome screen and go right to the organizer every time you launch elements, click the gear icon at the top right of the welcome screen and change this drop down menu to organizer, and then click done. You can always get back to the welcome screen if you want to change that back, by going to the help menu at the top of the organizer and choosing welcome screen.

Touring the Organizer

Let's take a tour of the organizer to see how its interface is laid out, and where its major features are located. You can open the organizer from the welcome screen, which is usually the first screen you'll see when you launch Elements. If you'd rather bypass this welcome screen and go right to the organizer every time you launch elements, click the gear icon at the top right of the welcome screen and change this drop down menu to organizer, and then click done. You can always get back to the welcome screen if you want to change that back, by going to the help menu at the top of the organizer and choosing welcome screen.

To go from the welcome screen to the organizer, I'll click this big organizer button. That launches the organizer, which may take a moment to open because it is a separate program. My organizer is displaying some of my personal photos at the moment. In the next chapter, I'll show you how to import your own photos, and the course exercise files into the organizer. But for now, you can just sit back and watch as I introduce the major features and the layout of the organizer workspace. The organizer offers four different views, which are named up here across the top of the screen.

The Media view, which you see, is the default view. It displays a thumbnail-size preview of each of the photos, video files, and other media files that you've imported into the active organizer catalog. And we'll talk more about catalogs in the next movie. The other three views people, places, and events, are meant to help you organize your photos in ways that many of us think about our photos intuitively. We'll be looking at each of those views in detail in the course as well. The column on the left has a big import button that you can use to bring photos into an organizer catalog from your camera or from your computer, which I'll cover in the next chapter.

In the column on the left, there are two panels. I'll show you how to use the Albums panel to make virtual collections of photos, so that you can access photos even if they're not located in the same physical folder on your computer. And down here is the My Folders panel. This contains at least one photo that I've already brought into this catalog. If I click on one of these folders, then in the grid on the right, I'll see just the photos in that folder. If I want to get back to see all of the thumbnails in this catalog, then I'll click the All Media button. Let's move down to the bottom of the organizer workspace, where you can see the Taskbar.

The Taskbar contains nice big buttons that are easy to see, and they give you access to some of the things that you'll often do in the organizer. For example, if you make a change to a photo, and you want to undo that change, there is an Undo button that you can click here. If you want to hide this panel on the left, you can click the hide panel button like this, and it changes to a show panel button. If you click that, that brings the column on the left back into view. If some of your photos are rotated the wrong way in this grid, you can rotate them by selecting them in the grid and clicking the Rotate button.

The next three buttons, the add people, places, and events button, are used to add media to each of the other three views--the people, places, and events views-- that we'll be looking at later. Clicking the Slideshow button will run an instant slide show of all of the thumbnails that you see here, so that can quickly review your photos that way. And then, there is a button that takes you to the editor, where you can edit and enhance your photos. Over here is a zoom slider for making these thumbnails in the grid bigger and smaller. And there are two buttons, either of which will open a column on the right.

If I click this Instant Fix button, that does open the column on the right to reveal some instant photo fix options, which I'll be showing you later in the course. There's also a Tags Info button, and if I click that, I have access to two different panels. The information panel comes into play if I select a photo in the grid, and then I can see information about that photo over here in the column on the right. And the tags panel is the place you'll go to create and apply keyword tags, as I'll be showing you how to do later in the course.

These two buttons--the Create and Share buttons--give you access to other parts of Elements, which are outside the scope of this particular course, but I'll be addressing in future courses. And finally, up at the top of the screen, you'll find some menus that contain lots of commands for working with your photos here in the organizer workspace, as we'll see as the course goes on. So that's a quick overview of the organizer's interface, which has been revamped to make its major features easier to discover and use. We will work with all of the features I mentioned here as the course continues.

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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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