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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.
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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