Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training
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Touring the Organizer


Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

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Video: Touring the Organizer

Let's take a brief tour of Elements Organizer. This is just a first look at the Organizer designed to get you comfortable with its layout and features. You'll here a lot more detail about the features that I introduce here in other movies in this course. The Organizer is one of the two major components of Elements 9, which has an Organizer and an Editor on both Windows and Mac. The primary purpose of the Organizer is to help you manage your collection of digital photographs and By manage, I mean organize, keep track of, and find your photographs.
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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye

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11h 20m Beginner Nov 23, 2010

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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Downloading files from a digital camera
  • Importing photos into an Elements catalog
  • Applying keyword tags
  • Organizing photos into albums and Smart Albums
  • Automatically adjusting photos in Quick Fix
  • Walking through Guided Edit photo techniques
  • Understanding photo resizing and resolution
  • Cropping and straightening photos
  • Making and refining selections
  • Correcting photos in the Full Edit workspace
  • Applying image sharpening
  • Adding text and special effects
  • Creating photo projects, such as greeting cards and calendars
Photoshop Elements Elements
Jan Kabili

Touring the Organizer

Let's take a brief tour of Elements Organizer. This is just a first look at the Organizer designed to get you comfortable with its layout and features. You'll here a lot more detail about the features that I introduce here in other movies in this course. The Organizer is one of the two major components of Elements 9, which has an Organizer and an Editor on both Windows and Mac. The primary purpose of the Organizer is to help you manage your collection of digital photographs and By manage, I mean organize, keep track of, and find your photographs.

The basis of the Organizer is its catalogs. A catalog is a sort of database that contains records of your photos. You might think of an Organizer catalog as similar to a library card catalog. It doesn't contain your actual photos, but it does have information about, and pointers to each photo that you include whether you store your photos on your computer or offline on an external drives or disks. The Organizer displays small previews of your photos, which are referred to as thumbnails, because they are thumbnail sized.

The area of the Organizer that displays these thumbnails, this large gray area here is called the Media Browser. Another area of the Organizer is the Task pane, which is this column over on the right. At the top of the Task pane, you see four tabs, which represent the four kinds of tasks that you can perform on your photos in the Organizer. You can organize them, you can fix or edit them, you can make photo-based creations like slideshows and books and you can share your photos and photo-based creations with others.

The content of this Task pane changes as I click on the various tabs. The Organize tab contains the Albums panel where you can make subject-based albums for collecting your photos without actually having to move them on your drive. We'll do lots more with Albums later in the course. There is also a Keyword Tags panel in the Organize tab, which is used to add subject matter tags to your photos. These tags are useful for helping you find photos on a particular subject, even if those photos are scattered in different locations.

There is another panel that I like to add to those in the Organize tab and that's the Properties panel, because it's so useful when I want to get information about one or more photos. I'll select a photo here. Then I'll go up to the Window menu at the top of the screen to open the Properties panel. The Properties panel has its own tabs. As you cycle through those tabs, you'll see different information about the selected photo here. For example, in the I Tab or Information tab, there is lots of detailed information about the digital image.

If I scroll down, information about the photograph that came from my digital camera like the Shutter Speed, the F-Stop, and even the Focal Length of my lens. So if I want to consult that information while I'm working on a photo, it's nice to have it readily available. So I'd like to snap this Properties panel over in the Task pane on the right and I'll do that by clicking this T shaped icon at the top right of the Properties panel. Then to give the Properties panel a little more room in this column, I'll move my mouse over the border between the Properties panel and the Keyword Tags panel where I see these four small dots and I'll drag up and that rearranges the panels in the dock here.

I'm going to click on the next tab, the Fix tab to show you what's there. Here, I have options for performing common photo corrections without having to take a photo into the Editor. If I do want to take a photo into the Editor, I'll just select it here in the Media Browser and I'll click the arrow on the right side of the Fix tab and from here, I can access the various editing modes in the Editor; Full Photo Edit, Quick Photo Edit, and Guided Photo Edit. This last choice is used primarily when you're Editing Videos and it takes you to another program Premiere Elements, which is outside the scope of this course.

The Create tab is where I can go to start the process of making photo creations like a print a Book, a Greeting Card, and so forth. The starting point for some creations is here in the Organizer and for others in the Editor. There is also a Share tab here, where I can go to share my photos and other creations in various ways; attaching to e-mail or sharing directly to online services like Flickr and Facebook. Now over on the left is yet another area of the Organizer and that is a column of Folders that represents the folders on my hard drive.

The reason that this column is showing on my screen is that from the Display menu up here at the top right, I've chosen to view my Organizer in Folder Location view rather than the default Thumbnail View. That's the way that I'll use the Organizer throughout this course. I'll explain more about these views in other movies. At the top of the screen is the menu bar with the kinds of dropdown menus that you find in any application. Beneath that is another bar with some features that you'll often access like a Search field to find particular photos, and a slider to change the size of the thumbnails in the Media Browser.

At the bottom left of the screen, you'll see the name of the current catalog that you're in. During this course, we'll be using the PSE9 Ex Files catalog that I had you make earlier in the course. A word about the overall appearance of the Organizer, if you use the last version of the Organizer in Elements 8 for Windows, you may notice that it looks slightly different in Elements 9. The Adobe engineers worked really hard to make the Organizer more readable this time around. I think the photos stand out better against the Media Browser, because they've changed the background color of the Media Browser, making it a little lighter.

There is this grid around each of the thumbnails in the Media Browser by default, which helps make each photo more visible, and adds a little bit of space around them. There is a new typeface in the tabs on the Task panel and the distracting colors that were on these tabs in the last version are now gone. The program now has a different font for its menus as well that I think makes them more readable. If you're used to use the Organizer in Windows, you may remember that if you open your Preferences from the Edit menu here, there was a preference for changing the appearance of the Organizer.

You won't find that particular preference here in Elements 9, now that the appearance of the Organizer has been improved. But of course, there are other preferences here, which customize the way that you'll use Elements. I'm going to cancel out of there, and go back to the Organizer to remind you that that's just a brief look at the lay of the land in the Organizer. I'll be covering lots more about the Organizer in the movies to come.

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