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Using keyword tags to categorize photos

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Keyword tagging is a powerful way to categorize and find photos. The beauty of keyword tagging is that it frees you from the constraints of a folder-based organizing system, because keywording helps you to find all photos on a subject, regardless of which folders the photos are located in. Let's see how to create and apply keyword tags in the Organizer. Keyword tags are managed in the Keyword Tags panel, which is over here in the Task pane. You can change the size of the Keyword Tags panel by moving your mouse over the four dots above it, and when your cursor changes to a double-pointed arrow, dragging to expand the space available for the Keyword Tags panel.

Using keyword tags to categorize photos

Keyword tagging is a powerful way to categorize and find photos. The beauty of keyword tagging is that it frees you from the constraints of a folder-based organizing system, because keywording helps you to find all photos on a subject, regardless of which folders the photos are located in. Let's see how to create and apply keyword tags in the Organizer. Keyword tags are managed in the Keyword Tags panel, which is over here in the Task pane. You can change the size of the Keyword Tags panel by moving your mouse over the four dots above it, and when your cursor changes to a double-pointed arrow, dragging to expand the space available for the Keyword Tags panel.

In the Keyword Tags panel, you can see some default categories into which you can organize keyword tags when you make them. To create a new keyword tag, I can go to the green plus icon at the top of the Keyword Tags panel, click there, and choose from the menu that appears, New Keyword Tag. That opens this dialog box where I'll click in the Name field to give my keyword tag a name. I like to tag my photos with the places in which they were taken, so I'm going to create a keyword tag for the State of Colorado, where I take a lot of photographs, and then I have to select a category for this keyword.

I'll click the Category menu and I'll choose Places as the category and I'll click OK. Now in the Keyword Tags panel, you can see my new keyword, Colorado, that's indented under the Places category. Now that I have a new keyword, how do I apply it to one or more photos in my Organizer? I'll select some photos to which I want to apply this keyword tag. Actually, all of these photos were taken in Colorado, so I'll click on the last one, I'll hold the Shift key, and I'll click on the first one, and that will select all in between.

To apply this keyword tag to all of these photos, I can either click on any of the photos and drag it on top of the keyword tag, or I could've gone the other way and dragged the keyword tag onto any of the selected photos. Either way, notice that there's down at the bottom of each photo a little green icon. That represents this keyword tag. If I move my mouse over the green icon on any of these photos, I get a message that the keyword tag Colorado is attached to that photo.

By the way, that keyword tag icon looks different depending on the size of the photo thumbnails in the Media Browser. If I go up to the Size slider at the top of the Media Browser and I drag it all the way over to the right so that one photo fills the Media Browser, at the bottom of that photo, you'll see not only the little green tag that we saw a moment ago, but also the name of that tag. So in the Single Photo view, you can see the names of all the tags you've attached to a photo. If I go the other way with that slider and take it all the way over to the left, so that the photo thumbnails are as small as possible--and I'll sometimes do this if I have a lot of thumbnails that I want to see at once--notice that there is a tag on each photo, but that tag has turned beige, and on some photos, it's a little bit hard to see.

But it's still there. And if I move my cursor over that beige icon, I do get the tooltip telling me which keyword tags are attached to that photo. I'll drag the slider back to the middle again. And I'll click off all the photos to deselect them. I think the most useful thing about keywording is that a photo can have more than one tag. That increases the chances that you'll find that photo later on when you're searching for it, because you'll have more than one term to search on. So let's say that in addition to the Colorado tag, I want to add a tag some of these photos that describes the content of the photos.

I could first make another keyword tag and then apply it, as I just showed you. Or to save time, I can both create and apply a keyword tag at the same time. Let's say I want to add another keyword tag to all the photos of cars that I have here. I'll select all those photos clicking on one, holding the Shift key, and clicking on another to select all in between. And then I'll go over to the Keyword Tags panel, and I'm going to click in the field labeled Tag selected media. When I do that, this pop-up menu appears that contains all of the keywords I currently have.

But I want to make a new keyword, so I'm going to type a new keyword here. I'll type Antique car. And by the way, a keyword can be more than one word, like this phrase, Antique car. And then I'll click Apply. That creates the new keyword, Antique car, here in the Keywords Tag panel, and it applies that keyword to the selected photos. The new keyword by default will be in the Other category of keyword tags. When I create a keyword this way, it will automatically come in in the Other category, but I can move that to a different category, as I'll show you in another movie in this chapter.

Take a look at the bottom of each of the selected photos and you'll see that there is a new keyword tag, this time an orange tag, to correspond to the Other category. And when I move my cursor over the tag, I get the tooltip telling me the name of the tag and that it's attached to this photo. I'll click off all the photos to deselect. I can also remove a keyword tag from one or more photos. So let's say that I don't want the Antique car keyword tag on this photo. I'll move my cursor over the orange icon that represents that keyword, I'll right-click on Windows--or if I'm on a Mac and I have a one-button mouse, I'll Ctrl+Click--and I'll choose Remove Antique car Keyword Tag.

And that removes the orange tag from just this photo but leaves it on all the other photos to which I've applied it. If I were to come over to the Keyword Tags panel and right-click or Ctrl+Click right on the Antique car tag in the panel, I could choose to delete the Antique car keyword tag. But this is a little more extreme. This will delete the keyword tag from the Tags panel and it also will remove it from every photo to which I've already applied it. So you want to be careful when you make this choice.

You can also choose to edit a keyword tag here. So if I wanted to change the name of this keyword, I could click Edit and I could just type something else here, like maybe just Car, and click OK. And that will change the name of the keyword tag in the Keyword Tags panel and on every photo to which I've applied it. So that's how to create, apply, and manage keyword tags. Why go to all the trouble of keyword tagging? Because it will help you to find particular photos later, as I'll show you in an upcoming movie.

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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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