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Using the Auto-Analyzer

From: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Using the Auto-Analyzer

The Auto Analyzer sounds like something that you might hear from a science fiction movie. But in reality the Auto Analyzer's job is to analyze a photograph and determine the characteristics that make up the photo. And it's a great tool in being able to tag your photos in an automated fashion. Let's take a look and see how this Auto Analyzer works inside of Photoshop Elements 10. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 organizer already open on my screen. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to make sure that I'm currently sorted by date. Newest first, and I'm going to direct you to this first image that we see in the upper left hand corner. It's, it's called img_1269.jpg.

Using the Auto-Analyzer

The Auto Analyzer sounds like something that you might hear from a science fiction movie. But in reality the Auto Analyzer's job is to analyze a photograph and determine the characteristics that make up the photo. And it's a great tool in being able to tag your photos in an automated fashion. Let's take a look and see how this Auto Analyzer works inside of Photoshop Elements 10. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 organizer already open on my screen. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to make sure that I'm currently sorted by date. Newest first, and I'm going to direct you to this first image that we see in the upper left hand corner. It's, it's called img_1269.jpg.

And you'll notice that this particular image currently has no tags applied unlike some of these other images that we can see have tags. As well as albums already applied here. This one has no tags applied. So I'm going to come up here to the Edit menu. And I'm going to come down here and choose Run Auto-Analyzer. And what the Auto Analyzer is going to do is it's going to look at that image and determine the properties of that image. And you can see that now the dialog displays telling me that auto-analysis has been completed.

So I'll go ahead and click Okay. And we can see now that there is a tag icon, indicating that tags have been applied. Now one of the things we haven't covered yest is in our keywords Tags panel. We have a Smart Tags category. And what's really neat about these Smart Tags is that they work in conjunction with the Auto Analyzer. Once the Auto Analyzer determines what the photograph is composed of, it will automatically apply tags to this image. Now, if we click on this image, we can then right-click. If you have a two-button mouse, or Ctrl click, and choose Show Properties. And if you look in the Keyword Tags panel, you can see that the Smart Tags that have been applied to this are high-quality.

And we can kind of see that down here, that this Smart Tag is applied. As well as in focus, Okay? So after analyinzing this image it determined that this image was a high quality in-focus image. And we'll scroll down in our Smart Tags a little bit further and we can see too that there are several other properties that have been applied here. So if I were to click on the High Quality check box here. It's certainly going to display only those photos that have been tagged using the High Quality Smart Tag. And if I come down to the In Focus property and I turn that one on, once again this one still stays active.

And you can see that I'm currently showing high quality and in focus images. So I'm going to go ahead and just click Show All, and the Auto Analyzer is really quite powerful. You don't have to do one image at a time. For example what I might do is simply do a Select All. I did that using Cmd+A on Mac or Ctrl+A on Windows and instead of going to the Edit menu, you can also Right-click or Ctrl-click on one of these images. And we can choose Run Auto Analyzer from the contextual menu as well.

So I'm going to go ahead and choose that option. Now this is going to take a little bit longer than a single image, but you can see that it runs fairly quickly as it's processing your images. So we'll go ahead and click Okay to dismiss this. Now, you can see that all of these images have been auto-analyzed so we can come down here into our Smart Tag category. See if we found any low quality images. So, I'll go ahead and click on that and we didn't find any here. There were no items tagged as that. But what we could do is we can click on the Blurred category. And can see that there are some images here that it is considering slightly blurred.

And the Auto Analyzer is trying to do the best job that it can. But I'm going to show you a really good example of this image was simply a creative image that I took. I'm going to double-click on this so we can see a bigger image. It is correct. It is a blurred image, however I used the depth of field feature in my camera, I did this on purpose. To give it a creative perspective here. So it is correct, it is blurred, but that doesn't mean it's a bad image. So, I'm going to come back here and click on the thumbnail, right in the middle, to get it back to a, a smaller thumbnail view.

And you can see how all of these different Smart Tags have been applied. I'm going to go ahead and turn blurred off, and just to make sure that I'm not filtering anything. I can look up here and if you see the Show All button, you can click on that as well. The other thing to point out here is that none of my existing tags have been overridden. So we'll go ahead and scroll up to some of the images that we've applied tags to. For example, this image here, if I click on it I'm going to Right-click or Ctrl+Click and choose Show Properties. And we can see that the album I put it in, and the keyword tag that I applied still exists.

But in addition, after the auto-analysis, it applied the high-quality and blurred tags to it, as well. So, go ahead and close this. As you can see, the Auto Analyzer can help you to tag images with very little work on your part. It will also be a great benefit to you when you need to find those images using the Smart Tags in the future.

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