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Using Smart Tags


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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Using Smart Tags

In the Keyword Tags panel, you may have noticed this category Smart Tags. What's this about? Well, if I expand this category by clicking the arrow to the left of it and scroll down, you can see that it contains tags and subcategories related to image qualities, like Blurred or High Contrast and In Focus. You can have Elements automatically analyze photos or videos for these qualities and add appropriate tags automatically to your thumbnails. This can help you to identify technical issues in your content. Now, some of these Smart Tags are applicable only to video and only work if you have Premiere Elements, the video editing program installed.
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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
      52s
    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 Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training
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
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Using Smart Tags

In the Keyword Tags panel, you may have noticed this category Smart Tags. What's this about? Well, if I expand this category by clicking the arrow to the left of it and scroll down, you can see that it contains tags and subcategories related to image qualities, like Blurred or High Contrast and In Focus. You can have Elements automatically analyze photos or videos for these qualities and add appropriate tags automatically to your thumbnails. This can help you to identify technical issues in your content. Now, some of these Smart Tags are applicable only to video and only work if you have Premiere Elements, the video editing program installed.

But there are also some that you may find useful for your still photos. Before applying Smart Tags, you could have Elements automatically analyze your photos, but that can use processing resources when you least wanted to. So, in Photoshop Elements 9, by default, the Auto Analyzer feature is turned off. You can see that if I go up to the Edit menu, that's the Adobe Elements 9 Organizer menu on a Mac, and from there choose Preferences, and Media-Analysis. Here in Media-Analysis Preferences, you can see the Auto Analyzer Options, and as I said, by default, Analyze Media for Smart Tags Automatically is turned off or unchecked.

I like to leave that unchecked. Also here, you can choose the qualities for which you want the Auto Analyzer to review the photos. And by the way, don't mix up these Auto Analyzer Options with this option for People Recognition, which is at the top of this dialog box. That's completely separate, and you don't have to have the Auto Analyzer Option here checked in order for People Recognition to work. What the People Recognition Option does is, if checked, it will have Elements automatically analyze photos to see if they have faces in them, when you import photos into the Organizer.

So, I'm going to leave all these options at their default like this, and I'm going to cancel out of this dialog box. Now, let's apply some Smart Tags to these photos. First, I'll select the photos that I want Elements to analyze, and since I want to use all the photos in this folder, I'm going to go up to the Edit menu and choose Select All, or I could use the common keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+A on a PC, or Command+A on a Mac. Then I'll go to the Edit menu and I'll choose Run Auto-Analyzer. Now, this can take a while if you've selected a lot of photos, but I only have a handful of photos here.

So it just takes a few seconds, and when it's completed, I get this alert, which I'll dismiss by clicking OK. Notice that there's now a small purple tag at the bottom-right of each one of these photos. If I want to see what that is, I'll mouse over it and I can see that these particular Smart Tags have been attached to this photo. Another way to see which tags are attached to a photo is to look at the thumbnail in Single Photo View. So, I'm going to do that by coming over to this first thumbnail and double-clicking it. And here at the bottom-right of the Single Photo View, I can see the names of the individual Smart Tags that were attached automatically to this photo.

I think that Elements did a good job on this photo. This is an In Focus and Low Contrast photo, but I don't know if I'd agree that it's High Quality. That's okay, because I can remove any one of these Smart Tags, just like I can remove any keyword tag, by right- clicking this icon, that's Ctrl+click with a one-button mouse, and choosing to remove that Smart Tag by name. Now let's go on and look at the other photos in this folder. This one Elements considered to be High Quality, but also correctly saw that it was Blurred and that it's a High Contrast photo.

And I think this one is correctly labeled as Blurred, Low Contrast and Too Bright. Now, Elements doesn't always get it right when it auto analyzes the photos. Here you can see that it added an In Focus Smart Tag. Well, clearly this image is not In Focus. So, I'm going to remove that Smart Tag by right-clicking or Ctrl+clicking and removing the In Focus Smart Tag. And here's another one it didn't get right; it thinks that this is In Focus too. I actually used my zoom as I was taking this photo to deliberately put most of it out of focus.

So again, I'll remove that Smart Tag. Now, here's a photo that really confused the Auto Analyzer. Elements thinks that there is a person's face in this photo and it's showing me that with this feature from the People Recognition system. I'll just close that by clicking this X. Now, if you look down at the Smart Tags, you can see that this photo was automatically labeled as a Long Shot and as having One Face in it. So those tags are obviously wrong. I'll remove each one by right-clicking or Ctrl+clicking and choosing to remove that tag.

I'm going to exit the Single Photo View by going up to this icon at the left of the size slider and clicking there, and I'll drag the size slider over, so we can see the thumbnails a little better. So, now you've seen how to apply and fine-tune your Smart Tags. Let's see how to search on Smart Tags, which after all is the purpose of adding Smart Tags in the first place, so that you can use them to find photos that have a similar photo quality. Searching Smart Tags is just like searching any tags, as I showed you how to do in the last movie. So, I'll come over to the Keyword Tags panel and let's say that I want to see all the photos that Elements considers to be Blurred.

I'll click in the box to the left of the Blurred Smart Tag and there are those two photos. I can narrow down my results by searching for another tag at the same time. Let's say that I want to see only the Blurred photos that are also Too Bright, here and I'll click in the box to the left of Too Bright. And there is the single photo that is responsive to that query. If I want to see all my photos again, I have to undo my search by clicking in the box to the left of each of those two Smart Tags. So, if you're interested in finding your images by photo qualities, run Auto Analyze to have the program automatically add Smart Tags for you.

It's not a perfect system, but you may find some of the results useful. And by the way, thank you for putting up with having to see my bad photos in this movie.

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