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Using keyword tags

From: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Using keyword tags

Keywords tags allow you to assign keywords to photos so that you can efficiently find those photos later on. By applying Keyword tags to photos you no longer need to rely on the file name of a photo to locate the one that you're looking for. Let me show you how easy it is to apply Keywords to your photos. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. And I want you to make sure that you click on the Organize tab, and then down at the bottom you'll find your Keyword Tags panel. And within the Keyword Tags panel you're going to see a couple of subcategories that have been pre-created for you in case you want to file your keywords within those categories. So I have many photos in my Media browser that I'd like to tag to make it easier for me to find.

Using keyword tags

Keywords tags allow you to assign keywords to photos so that you can efficiently find those photos later on. By applying Keyword tags to photos you no longer need to rely on the file name of a photo to locate the one that you're looking for. Let me show you how easy it is to apply Keywords to your photos. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. And I want you to make sure that you click on the Organize tab, and then down at the bottom you'll find your Keyword Tags panel. And within the Keyword Tags panel you're going to see a couple of subcategories that have been pre-created for you in case you want to file your keywords within those categories. So I have many photos in my Media browser that I'd like to tag to make it easier for me to find.

Now what I'm going to do here, these images up here, these beach scene images, were shot in Ocean City, New Jersey. So I figured that would be a good Keyword tag to use, to apply to these images. So to create a new Keyword tag, I'm going to come down here and click on the plus sign, in the Keyword Tags panel. And I'm going to choose New Keyword Tag. Now for the name of my Keyword tag, I'm going to type Ocean City. And then for the catagory, I'm going to click on the drop down. You can see that we already have some categories just as we saw over here in the Keyword Tags panel, that we can choose.

So I'm going to use places as the category, and if I choose to, I can also put an image on the icon for Ocean City, New Jersey. So I'm just going to do that real quickly, I'll click Edit icon, click the Import button. And I'm just going to navigate to where my project files are located. So go to my Project Files folder, and the one I want to use is 1353. It's kind of indicative of a beach scene that I'd like to use for this icon and I'll go ahead and click Okay, and I'll click Okay again.

And now that Ocean City tag now has that image on it. I'm not going to put any note in here, but if you would like to do so you can type it in there now. I'm going to go ahead and click Okay and now you can see that under the places category I have an Ocean City Keyword tag. So to apply this keyword tag is quite easy, I can either drag this tag and drop it on top of one of the photos. You can see it's now tagged with the Ocean City tag. Or if I have many images that I want to do at one time, I can select a range of photos and drag them on top of the Ocean City tag. So, you can see how easy this is to apply these tags. Now, I'm going to scroll down a little bit further because all of these images as well were also shot in Ocean City.

So, I'm going to drag those to the Ocean City tag. There we go. Now I'm going to scroll down a little further and maybe what we'd like to do is create a keyword tag for the Pool shots. So what I'm going to do is click the Plus sign and choose New Keyword tag. I'm going to give this one a name of Pool. I'll put this in the Places category, and we can also put an icon in there. Maybe we'll choose the 1178 image. I'll choose Import, go to my Desktop here.

Click Okay and once again we've an icon of our Pool Keyword tag. Once again this is totally optional you do not have to do that. And I'm going to click Okay. Now we can select all the images of the Pool and we can apply them to the Pool tag, and now they're all tagged using that Keyword tag. Now the way these Keyword tags work is if I want to see all the images of the Pool, I simply click this checkbox to the left of the pool keyword tag, and it's going to show me all of those images that are tagged with that Keyword tag. I can combine these as well.

If I click the check box next to Ocean City it's going to show me all the images that have the Ocean City or the Pool Keyword tag applied. So, I'm going to uncheck these to go back to where I was. Now, another way that I can create a Keyword tag is, I'm going to scroll down here a little bit further. And I've got a couple baseball images here. So I'm going to go ahead and select that one, and that one, and I've got a couple more down here. So with these photos selected, the other way that I can apply a Keyword tag to these photos is down here at the bottom of the Keyword Tags panel where it says Tag Selected Media.

I can put my cursor in there and I'm going to type the word Baseball. Because I don't have that keyword created yet, I can highlight this option that says Create New Tag for Baseball. Now, I can click Apply and now you can see that there's a new Keyword Tag that has been assigned and it has been created over here for the Baseball photos. Again, this is something I can configure into other sub categories if I choose to. Because this is a sporting event I may want to drag this Keyword tag up and drop it in there under events.

So the Keyword tag is still applied, the same name, I just put it in a different sub category. As you can see, it's quite easy to apply Keywords to your photos. And let me tell you, when it comes time to find that image that you're looking for, you'll be really glad that you applied those key words to your photos in this way.

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