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In this course, author Jan Kabili introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, the less expensive version of Photoshop that’s ideal for casual photographers who want to achieve professional results. The course covers importing, organizing, and finding photos with the Organizer. It explains how and when to use each of the editing workspaces—from the simple Quick Fix and Guided Edit workspaces to the Full Edit workspace for enhancing your photos—including making photo corrections, retouching, compositing images, and adding text. The final chapter offers creative ways to share photos with Elements, including print projects like greeting cards, calendars, and books, emailing photos, and posting them on Facebook and Flickr.
One of the default categories in the Keyword Tags panel is Smart Tags. smart tags are keyword tags that you can have Elements automatically apply to your photos to categorize them for photographic qualities, like blur, contrast, and more. Not all of the tags here are for use with still photos in Elements; some of them were designed for use with video in Premiere Elements, like this one. The first step in using smart tags with Elements is to have the Organizer analyze your photos. You can do this manually or automatically, and you can have Elements analyze your entire catalog of photos, which can take some time, or you can just select some photos for the analysis, which I'm going to do here.
To select all of the photos currently in my Media Browser, I'll go up to the Edit menu and I'll choose Select All. And then I'll run the Auto Analyzer on these selected photos by going back to the Edit menu and choosing Run Auto Analyzer. It can take a moment for Elements to do that. When it's done, I'll click OK to close this window. And now notice that there's a keyword tag under each of these photos. When I hover over that tag, I can see the smart tags that the Auto Analyzer automatically attached to this photo.
Another way to see those is to select a photo and then to bring it into Single Photo view, by clicking this icon to the right of the Size slider at the top of the Media Browser. Now I can see all of the keyword tags on this photo listed down here at the bottom of the photo. So the Auto Analyzer deemed this to be a high-quality photo and one that's in focus, but it also correctly saw that this is a low-contrast photo. I'll move to the next photo in my Media Browser by pressing the right arrow key on my keyboard. The Auto Analyzer correctly saw that this photo, also low contrast, is too dark and it's blurred.
I don't know why it deemed it high quality, but that's okay because I can remove any of the smart tags that the Analyzer applies to a photo by right-clicking on the tags here--that's Ctrl+Click if you're using a one-button mouse on a Mac-- and from this menu, choosing which of the tags I want to remove. So here I might remove the High Quality Smart Tag. I'll press the Right Arrow key to go to the next photo. The white box around the face in this photo doesn't have anything to do with the smart tagging. That's part of the Photo Recognition system that I showed you in another movie.
But smart tagging can utilize your photos for the number of faces in the photo. So you can see down here that one of the smart tags that it added to this photo is a tag One Face, because it correctly saw that there is one face in this photo and it also correctly saw that this is a closeup. I'll go to the next photo by pressing the right arrow key on my keyboard and here the Auto Analyzer correctly found two faces and recognizes this as a long shot. Let me go to the next photo, because I want to show you that smart tagging isn't always correct.
Here, although there are two faces in this photo and the People Recognition system saw that, the auto analysis for smart tags decided that there's just one face here. Well, that's obviously not correct. So I'll right-click or Ctrl+Click on the keyword tags underneath the photo and I'll remove the One Face smart tag. And in the next photo I also don't agree with the auto analysis which added an In Focus tag to this photo. This is actually pretty blurry, so I'm going to remove the In Focus tag, right-clicking or Ctrl+clicking, and choosing Remove In Focus smart tag.
And I want to show that you can also add smart tags or regular keyword tags to any of these photos that you've analyzed for smart tags. So if I wanted to add the Blurred smart tag to this photo, as with any keyword tag, I'll click on the tag in the Keyword Tags panel and drag it onto the photo. And now that added a Blurred smart tag to this photo. One more thing about auto analyzing your photos for smart tags. If you want, you can have Elements run auto analysis automatically, rather than doing it manually, as I showed you in this lesson.
To set that up, you can go up to the Edit menu-- that's the Adobe Elements 10 Organizer menu on a Mac--and choose Preferences, and the Media Analysis category of Preferences. And here you can check Analyze Media for Smart Tags Automatically if you want that analysis to happen automatically. When you check that, these two boxes are checked as well. And if you want to make sure that auto analysis doesn't use up your processing resources when you need them, you can leave Run Analyzer only when System is idle checked.
You also can choose which filters or which qualities auto analysis will look for when it scans your photos. I'm going to click OK to choose my preferences. Now the whole reason to smart tag is to give you just one more way to find photos later. So let's say that I want to see all the photos that have been tagged as being in focus. Over in the Keyword Tags panel, I'll just click in the checkbox to the left of the In Focus smart tag, and in the Media Browser, I see only the photos that bear the In Focus smart tag.
If I want to narrow this down further-- maybe I want to see only in-focus photos that contain a single face--I'll click the arrow to the left of the Faces subcategory of smart tags, and I'll click in the box to the left of the One Face tag. And that leaves me with a single photo that meets both of those criteria, One Face and In Focus. So as you can see, smart tagging offers one more way that you can categorize and find your photos in Elements' Organizer.
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