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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.
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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