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Using People Recognition

From: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Using People Recognition

People Recognition searches your photographs for faces, and helps you to efficiently tag those people. As you tag people in your photographs, People Recognition tries to determine who people are as you continue to tag your photos. Let's take a look. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 organizer already open on my computer. And I'm viewing my thumbnails by date, newest first, to make it easier for you to find the photo that I'm going to select. And I'm going to select this image here, it's called _MG_1371.jpg. There are several ways that I can run People Recognition or tag people in my images.

Using People Recognition

People Recognition searches your photographs for faces, and helps you to efficiently tag those people. As you tag people in your photographs, People Recognition tries to determine who people are as you continue to tag your photos. Let's take a look. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 organizer already open on my computer. And I'm viewing my thumbnails by date, newest first, to make it easier for you to find the photo that I'm going to select. And I'm going to select this image here, it's called _MG_1371.jpg. There are several ways that I can run People Recognition or tag people in my images.

And one way to do that, is to double click on an image to view the full size of the image. You'll notice that in this particular image, this girl has a box around her face and that's because People Recognition has been turned on, and it's automatically trying to detect if people are in your photos. Now, to make sure that People Recognition is enabled and it should be by default. But if you're not seeing any of these rectangles or squares around people's faces. What you should do is, go the Edit menu, choose Preferences, and then Media Analysis.

And you want to make sure, that at the very top here, under People Recognition options, that Analyze Photos for People Automatically, is enabled. So mine is enabled, so I'll go ahead and click Okay. And now back to this image. It is asking me who this person is. Well, this is a photograph of my daughter, Claire. You can see that over here in my Keyword Tags panel, that I don't have any tags for Claire yet. So what I'm going to do is, I'm going to come over here to this box, and where it says who is this, I'm just going to click right on that text, and that allows me to enter a Keyword tag, for my daughter Claire.

So, I'm going to type her name in here, and then I'll simply press Return. Now a couple of things have happened. You'll notice that, now, underneath this square, her name is listed as a keyword tag, in addition over here, in my Keyword Tags panel, there's a new keyword tag for Claire. And this is perfect. And because we're using People Recognition, it automatically put Claire under the people category. Now I'm going to go one step further, because she is my daughter,I'm going to drag her tag on top of the family keyword tag, so that she becomes a sub tag of the family category. Now, what I'm also going to do here is I'm going to select another image. So, I'm going to click on the image directly to her left. And I will double-click on that as well.

If we hover over this image, it's already starting to become intelligent, and it's saying is this Claire? It thinks it is. And it really should recognize her because this image is very similar to the other one, but its saying, okay, is this Claire or is it not? So I'm going to say yes. I'm going to click the green check mark. I'm going to say yes, this is in fact Claire. So, let's go back to thumbnail view, and then I'm going to come over to this image. This is one that we had already renamed called Claire at beach.

I'm going to double-click on her to view her, and once again saying is this Claire. And I'm going to say yes, in fact it is. So I've just tagged Claire, she's it. Now if I click on the Claire keyword tag button, it's showing me all of the images of Claire. Very, very nice feature. Now I'm going to go ahead and turn that off, so that I'm looking at all of my images, and let's try this one down here. This is an image of my son Gabe, so I will double-click on that image, and it's detecting that there's a face here, but it doesn't know yet who this is. So, I'm going to click on, who is this, and I'm going to type my son's name. I'm going to type Gabe, press Return, and tag Gabe you're it. So, I'll just drag this keyword tag inside of the family subcategory once again, and we're going to scroll down a little bit further. Now, we could go a step further here, what I'm going to do, let's double-click on this image down here.

And once again it does not know who this is. Now this is a very good example, because People Recognition does a very good job, but sometimes when you're looking at a person whose face is on an angle or who has a slightly different expression, People Recognition doesn't do as good of a job. So, where it says who is this, I'm going to click on that and it says, well is it Claire or Gabe and I'm going to say sure, this is, this is Claire and we've now tagged her. So let's go back to our thumbnail view. Now, let's click on this image for a second, I'm going to double-click on that and we can see that it's not asking us who this person is. And it's another great example of how People Recognition does a better job, when you're looking at a person head on and of course it really can't calculate or determine his face.

Now what we can do, is I can click on this button here, add a missing person. It allows me to drag this box and essentially manually do this People Recognition. So now I can put a square or rectangle around his face, click who is this, and I'm going to go ahead and type Gabe once again, and you can see he automatically pops up. I'll choose him from the list, and now I'll confirm him and now we've tagged him manually. Once again I'll go back to thumbnail view and lets try this one.

Now that I've tagged him lets see if it determines the people in this picture. So again double-click. Now it doesn't recognize him in this picture but it thinks that this is a person and it wants me to tell it who it is. So we'll click on that, choose Claire, and then I can choose the missing person feature to put a rectangle around him, click who's this? When I start typing his name, it allows me to choose it from the list. So, we'll go ahead and go back to thumbnail view. Now, we can get a little more efficient here, but what I do want to do is, let's use another example. Here's a more creative shot of Claire, and you can see that it doesn't know who she is.

Now you could do a couple of things here. One thing we can do, is we can come over here at the top of the Keyword Tags panel, and I can click start People Recognition, now this is another way you and initiate People Recognition. But even now that I've done that, it does not recognize her. So I'm going to click Okay and the manual way that we can apply this to her, is I'm just going to drag her keyword tag on top of the image, and now we have that image tagged accordingly. So I'm going to go back to thumbnail view. Let's scroll down a little bit further. And we've got some more pictures, the kids.

Let's see how People Recognition does on a side view of Gabe. So I'll double-click here, and sure enough it can't tell who he is. You know, once again, People Recognition does a much better job head on. So I'll just drag the Gabe keyword tag on that image and we're done. Now, let's scroll down a little bit further. We've got a couple more images of the two children. This time, I'm going to Shift+click to select all of these images, and I'm going to click on the Start People Recognition button.

So you can see, it's trying to determine what the faces are in this image. This particular image is not even a face at all. So,LAUGH I'm going to go ahead and select it and then I'll click X, you know, cuz I really don't want to label that. This one, we can certainly label this as claire, so it says which of these people would you like to label. We'll select that one, you can select as many of these as you want and then we'll click Save. And now it's asking, okay, who are these people? So, here we go, this is Gabe, this is Gabe, and so is this.

And then we're going to tag Claire as well. And so this is a little bit faster way, that I can apply People Recognition to these photos as well. So, I highly recommend that you give People Recognition a shot, because it really does a pretty good job. Now, here's another example. This is a picture, I'll double-click on it, of Gabe when he was much younger, and it really doesn't know who this is, so I'm going to go ahead and click on this and tell it that it's Gabe. and now it's very easy to find these images so I can click on my family subcategory.

These are all the images of people in my family, and then I can further filter it by Claire. I'll turn off the family tag, and just go with Claire, and then just Gabe. As you can see, People Recognition can be a huge time saver when trying to tag people in photographs that you've taken. Because People Recognition learns as you tag people, it only gets better the more that you use it.

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