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Touring the Organizer

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Video: Touring the Organizer

The Organizer is a separate part of Elements from the Editor, whose purpose is to help you manage your growing collection of digital photos. In this chapter, I'll show you how to get your photos into the Organizer from your camera, from your computer, or from some other locations. But first I would like to give you an overview of the Organizer, so you have a general sense of what it offers and how it's laid out. I'll go into lots more detail about each of the features and functions that I'll introduce in this movie. In Elements 10, both the Windows version and the standard Mac version of Elements include an Organizer.

Touring the Organizer

The Organizer is a separate part of Elements from the Editor, whose purpose is to help you manage your growing collection of digital photos. In this chapter, I'll show you how to get your photos into the Organizer from your camera, from your computer, or from some other locations. But first I would like to give you an overview of the Organizer, so you have a general sense of what it offers and how it's laid out. I'll go into lots more detail about each of the features and functions that I'll introduce in this movie. In Elements 10, both the Windows version and the standard Mac version of Elements include an Organizer.

The only version that doesn't have an Organizer is the Editor-only version for Mac users, which is only available at the Mac App Store. I explained how to open the Organizer in the last chapter. My Organizer is opened to its default view called Thumbnail view, which displays a thumbnail copy of all the photos and any other media files in the currently open catalog. As I have explained, catalogs are databases on which the Organizer is built, and it's the catalogs that keep track of your photos and other media files.

The name of the current catalog is displayed down at the far bottom-left corner of the Organizer. This is the Exercise Files catalog that I showed you how to make in the last chapter. This large area on the left side of the Organizer is called the Media Browser. It displays a thumbnail-size copy of each photo that I brought into this catalog, and each thumbnail is surrounded by a gray frame. The purpose of the frame is mostly to make it easier to see the photos. Over on the right side of the Organizer is a column called the Task pane, which contains four tabs, each of which represents a category of tasks that you can perform in the Organizer: Organize, Fix, Create, and Share photos.

To use the features in any one of these categories, you'll click its tab. The Organize tab is currently selected. For example, when the Organize tab is selected the Task Pane displays organizing features, like Albums and Keyword Tags down here. These panels are flexible; they collapse and they expand. So, if I wanted to give more room to my Keyword Tags panel, for example, I would go up to the Albums panel and click this arrow to collapse the Albums panel. I will click the arrow again to expand that panel. And I can rearrange the amount of space allotted to each panel by moving my mouse over these dots between the panels. When it changes to a double-pointed arrow, I'll click and drag.

Let's take a quick look at these other tabs. If I click on the Fix tab, the Task pane changes to display controls for performing some basic photo corrections without having to go into the Editor. If I click on the Create tab, I can see a list of creative photo projects that I can perform from the Organizer. And when I click on the Share tab, I can access different ways to share my photos. There are couple of bars at the top of the screen. There is a typical menu bar here, and on the other side of the menu bar there are options for signing up for and signing in with an Adobe ID, in order to get access to additional online services.

And there's the all important Undo button and a Redo button. Here is the menu from which you can change displays from the default Thumbnail view to other views, like Folder Location view, Date view, Full Screen view, and Compare view, all of which we'll be talking about. The next bar under the menu var has controls for changing the way that photos are displayed in the Media Browser. There's a Sort menu here which changes the order in which thumbnails are displayed. These sort options change depending on which view of the Organizer you have selected from the Display menu.

This icon with corner brackets is a shortcut to Full Screen view, where you can organize and edit selected photos, as we will see later. Then there are the Sizing controls, which are important because you'll use them a lot. Dragging the Size slider over to the right increases the size of the thumbnails in the Media Browser and going the other way decreases those thumbnails, so that you can see more of them. To make the thumbnails as small as possible so I can see the most thumbnails, I will click this Foursquare icon. And if I want to see one photo just as big as I can in the Organizer, I'll select it and I will click the button on the other side of the slider, which takes me to this view called Single Photo view.

When I'm in Single Photo view in the Organizer I can navigate to the next photo by clicking the right arrow key on my keyboard, or go back the other way by clicking the left arrow key. I'm going to click the foursquare again to go back to the smallest view of the thumbnails. There is one more way to get to Single Photo view and this is really handy, and that's just to double-click a photo thumbnail here in the Media Browser. The next icons in the bar next to the Sizing slider are the Rotate icons.

These come in handy if a photo comes into the Organizer turned the wrong way. Then you can rotate it right or left to get it straight up. And over on the left side of the bar is the place to access the Organizer's powerful search features for finding particular photos. And then this big arrow can take you back to the way your Organizer was last displayed and forward again if you want. So that's an overview of the main features and functions of the Organizer, which we will look at in lots more detail in movies to come. In the rest of this chapter, I am going to show you how to get your own photos into the Organizer from your camera, from your computer, and from external drives, so that you can take advantage of the powerful photo-management features here in the Organizer.

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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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