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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
The Organizer offers one other view of your photos in your Organizer catalog and that's Date View. Date View helps you to find photos by date. I'm going to switch to Date View by going up to the Display menu at the top of the Organizer and from that menu choosing Date View. Date View offers a monthly, yearly, and daily calendar. Right now it's displaying the Monthly View. For every day that there are photos that I took in this month July 2008 that are anywhere in the current catalog, there is a photo thumbnail on that date here, and here for example.
I can see the photos that I took on a particular day, by selecting that day here in the calendar. Then I can go over to the column on the right and I can cycle through all the photos that I took on that day. In this case there are eight photos. I can do that by clicking the Forward and Backward arrows, or I could do it by clicking this Play button to start a mini slideshow of the photos that I took on that day. And I can click here to stop that slideshow.
In this area of the column on the right, I can add notes to any day on the calendar. The daily notes are useful for making notes about shooting conditions on a particular day. So, here I might click and type 'Sunny contrasty lighting' and if there was a particular event on that day that I want to remember, I can click this icon right here and in the Create New Event dialog box, I can name event this was a Regatta. This is the date it occurred, and this isn't a Repeating Event, so I'll leave that unchecked, and I'll click OK, and that enters that event here on the calendar.
If I want to do some minor editing or organizing of a particular photo that's showing in the column on the right. I can right-click on that photo, and that brings up this menu that's full of choices. For example, from here I could apply Auto Smart Fix, to try to fix the color and lighting in the photo or if a subject in the photo had redeye from a camera flash, I could choose Auto Redeye Fix. I am just going to click off this menu to dismiss it in this case. If I want to view other months to see what photos I took in those months, I can do that by going to the top of the calendar and clicking the forward arrow here to move forward in time, or the backward arrow here to move back in time.
Or I could click on the name of the month right here, and that shows me a list of all months. If I took photos during a month in this year, there is a little symbol to the left of that month. I can click on February in this case to see the photos I took during that month. I can do the same thing with the yearly date here. I'll click on 2008, and here I can see that I took photos in February of 2005, 2006, 2007 and so forth, and I can move right to the month of February in one of those years.
At the bottom of the calendar I can switch from a monthly view to a yearly view. And here, every date on which I took photos that are included in this catalog is highlighted in color, and I also have a Date View, which I can access from here. I'm going to go back to the Month View to show you one more feature. Let's say that I wanted to find this particular photo in the Organizer. To do that, in this column on the right, I'm going to click the binoculars right here, and Elements takes me right back to the Photo Browser View of the Organizer, with that particular photo highlighted for me, and you can see it here in the Organizer.
So, consider using Date View when you're trying to find particular photos by date or when you just want to review your shooting history.
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