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The exercise files are copies of the photos that you'll see me use in the movies in this course. You have access to the exercise files if you are a Premium subscriber to the lynda.com Online Training Library, or if you're watching this course on a DVD. If you don't have the exercise files, you can get a lot out of this course, using your own photos to work through the lessons. The first step in setting up the exercise files is to place them on your desktop. I've opened my Exercise Files folder, which is on my desktop, so that you can see how it's arranged.
In the exercise files, there's a folder for every chapter, and then inside the chapter is a folder for every movie. Many of the folders have files in them. Some of the folders do not. The empty folders are for movies that just don't use exercise files. The first thing that you're going to do is to bring your exercise files into your Elements Organizer and that's if you're on the standard version of Elements on either Windows or Mac. If you're on the special Editor-only version of Elements for Mac from the Mac App Store, then of course you'll skip this step because you don't have an organizer.
This is my Organizer, which obviously is empty of files at the moment. The first thing I'm going to do here is come down and check that I'm in the Exercise Files catalog, the one that I showed you how to make in the last movie, with the idea that it's a good way to keep your exercise files separate from your personal photos. If you skipped that movie, I recommend you do go back and listen to it before importing the dxercise files. Now, to import those files, I'll go up to the File menu at the top of the screen, I'll choose Get Photos and Videos, and I'll slide over to From Files and Folders, and then I'll navigate to my Exercise Files and select the Exercise Files folder.
I'll leave the File Type menu set to Media Files (photos, videos, audio). That's the Enable menu on a Mac. I'll make sure that Get Photos from Subfolders is checked because the exercise files are organized into subfolders. To keep things simple, I'm going to keep all these other options unchecked, and then I'm just going to click Get Media. It takes just a minute for Elements to index all these files, and when it's done, it displays a thumbnail for every exercise file. You can dismiss this message if you see it; it's not really important now.
Keep in mind that bringing the exercise files into the Organizer this way hasn't actually moved any of the exercise files; they're still out on the desktop where I put them originally. All this did was created a link to those exercise files which are out on my desktop. Now, let's talk about how to access the exercise files for a particular movie in this course. What you're going to have to do is switch the Organizer from this view, which is called the Thumbnail view, over to another view called Folder Location view. This view is fine when you're working with your own photos outside of this course, but it's not conducive defining the particular exercise files that I've prepared for you to use with many of the movies in the course.
So when you get to a movie that uses particular exercise files--and you'll see an overlay that tells you that--then go up to the Display menu at the top of the Organizer and choose Folder Location instead of Thumbnail view, and that will switch the Organizer to look something like this. Over on the left side of the Folder Location view is this Folders panel, and here, there's a hierarchy of all of the folders on your computer. To get to the files for a particular movie, use the Folders panel, clicking on the little icons to the left of each of the folders to expand the folders, and then selecting a folder that has a blue card in it.
The blue card means that that particular subfolder has some exercise files in it. When you do that, you'll see a thumbnail copy of each of the photos in that Exercise Files folder. And once you've found those files, select one or more of them, and then open them into the workspace that's the subject of the movie. You'll see many times how to do that, but to recap, I'll just go over to the column on the right, and if the subject of the movie is sharing a photo, I'll click on the Share tab. If the subject is fixing a photo in the Editor, I'll click the arrow to the right of the Fix tab and select the editing workspace that I want to work in.
One more thing: if you're using the Mac App Store Editor-only version of Elements which has no Organizer, you won't be bringing your files into the Organizer of course, and when you get to a movie about a function that's available in the Editor, go up to the File menu at the top of your Editor, choose Open from the File menu, and then navigate to the folder of exercise files that contains the files for that particular movie. So that's how to prepare and use the exercise files for this course. Again, if you don't have access to the exercise files, you'll still get a lot out of this course.
Just try and use your own photos to follow along.
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