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Using the Timeline

From: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Using the Timeline

The Timeline is a great visual tool for displaying photos that were shot on a certain date or date range. It displays the date range that your photos encompass and provides a quick way to jump to any date within that range. Le'ts take a look. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. And to view the Timeline, I'm simply going to come up here to my menu Bar, and I'm going to choose Window > Timeline. You can also use the shortcut Cmd+L or Ctrl+L.

Using the Timeline

The Timeline is a great visual tool for displaying photos that were shot on a certain date or date range. It displays the date range that your photos encompass and provides a quick way to jump to any date within that range. Le'ts take a look. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. And to view the Timeline, I'm simply going to come up here to my menu Bar, and I'm going to choose Window > Timeline. You can also use the shortcut Cmd+L or Ctrl+L.

So, I'm going to choose Timeline. And you'll notice that at the top of the Media browser, there's now a Timeline that displays a date range. You can see that this tab here allows you to scroll through to the different dates within your Timeline. Now, you'll notice that as I scroll, a green highlight is being displayed. So, you see this thumbnail is highlighted in green, indicating my current position within the Timeline. And I really can't go back much further than that, cuz that's really the oldest images that I have in here. So, here's February, and as I scroll forward, you'll notice that the green highlight is going to move to more recent photos in the range. So, you could see, it's very easy for me to find files within a certain date range.

Now, in addition, what I can do is I can drag this. This will allow me to change the range that's being displayed. So, if I drag this here, and I can drag this starting point, go ahead and do this to like the February range. You could see that now, I'm limiting the photos to the range between, you can see here, February 1st and June. Okay? And if I drag even further in, it's going to go to May. So now, here I am from February to May. And if I scroll through my Media browser, you'll notice, I'll go all the way to the bottom first, you can see that the date ranges from February 1st, I'll scroll up here, to June 17th. And once again, I can limit that range even further if I drag the starting point or I should say, the ending point even further in. Now, I'm limiting the date range even further.

So, what I'll do is I'll drag this all the way back, so that I'm seeing the full range of photos within my Media browser, and I'm limiting things within there. And now, you can, once again, scrub through to see the range of photos, within your Timeline. As you can see, the Timeline is a great tool for viewing your photos in your digital photography history. It's great to use when you know when an event took place, and you want to find an image in that date range.

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