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Using visual searches

From: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Using visual searches

One of the new features on Photoshop Elements 10 is the ability to search images based on their visual appearance. This is a powerful tool when you need to find images that have similar appearances. Let's take a look at this new feature. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. To begin searching based on visual appearance, we can do so in a couple of different ways. Now, what I'm going to do is up here in the Search text field, I'm going to click on the drop-down menu. One of the visual searches that we can use is the Duplicate Photos Search.

Using visual searches

One of the new features on Photoshop Elements 10 is the ability to search images based on their visual appearance. This is a powerful tool when you need to find images that have similar appearances. Let's take a look at this new feature. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. To begin searching based on visual appearance, we can do so in a couple of different ways. Now, what I'm going to do is up here in the Search text field, I'm going to click on the drop-down menu. One of the visual searches that we can use is the Duplicate Photos Search.

So, I'm going to go ahead and choose that option and it's going to analyze my images and try to find any photos that it considers a duplicate. When it finds these images, so for example, these three images here. These were shots that I took of a swimming pool and I was really looking for just textured backgrounds. But this is a good example of how Photoshop Elements 10 can find images that are pretty much the same. Now, if you don't want any of these images, you can select one or a range of them.

And down here at the bottom, you can choose Remove from Catalog. In the same respect, you might use it as a benefit and say, you know what, you're right, these are very similar. I don't want to remove them, but I do want to stack them. So, make sure that none of the items in the found photos are selected. And simply click on the Stack button to group them into a stack. Let's take a look at some other searches. I'm going to click the Cancel button. And then, once again in this Search text field, either from the drop-down menu, or I can come up here to the Find menu and come down to the By Visual Searches submenu.

We're going to come down to By Visual Searches. And I'm going to select the first item to Search for Visually Similar Photos. So, I'm going to choose that option. Now, if I don't have a photo selected, it's going to ask me, up here at the top of the media browser which photo I want to use as a basis. So, let's just pick one that's pretty basic here. I'm going to pick this one here, which is the IMG1244. And you can see that that is now placed inside of the Find field. And now, what it's going to do is it's going to compare all the other photos, and it's going to assign a percentage value based on how closely it is relating to the image that I have selected.

Now, what's really interesting is when you click this button here, that's going to turn off the Refine Results option. If I drag over to the color side of the slider, now it's going to focus more on the color of the image as opposed to the shape. So, for things like landscape photos and things like that, color is probably going to be a better choice. But if I'm looking for particular shapes, I can drag it over towards the Shape slider. Now, this isn't a really good reference point.

What we may want to do is come down a little bit further. For example, let's pick this one. If I want to refine this search, I can drag this and drop it into the Find field. So now, it's going to use that photo as a reference. And actually, in this case, it's using both of the photos. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to click the Show All button. And let's go ahead and scroll down and grab that image of the duck. There it is, I'm going to expand this. I'm going to pick an image of the duck.

And because I have one selected already, I'm going to click on the drop-down menu and choose Visual Similarity Search. Now, it automatically used that as the reference point. And then, I can search by color. Which is going to give me different results. You can see, I'm getting all kinds of different photos in here. Or, I can search by shape. And then, that's going to narrow it down to the shape of the object. Now, because I already have these photos grouped into a stack, I need to expand them. But now, we can see that based on the shape, these are all very similar.

And if I drag it over to the color side of things, you'll notice that if I expand this, these are even closer based on the color. So, I'm going to click the Show All button once again. Let's do one more visual search here. What I'm going to do is I'm going to come down here, and I'm going to select actually, this image of my daughter holding the boogie board. And in the drop-down menu I'm going to choose Object Search. Now, what it's going to do is it's going to ask me to mark an object for the search. So, using this square, this highlight area, I'm going to reposition this and I'm going to drag the handles to expand the square or rectangle, if you'd like to. And I'm going to tell it to now search the object.

And I'm going to tell it to search the object based on the color. And what we really need to do here is make sure that we click on Show All first. Let's try that again. I'm going to click on this image. I'm going to do an object search. Find this object, click Search Object. And now, you'll see that I'm no longer filtering those images as I was before, and we can see that, this is the reference point, as indicated up here.

And it's finding other photos that have that same object in it and you can see this has a 62% search match on that object. And even within this search, I can refine it based on the shape or based on the color. So, depending on the contents of your photos, the Visual Similarity Searches can be quite powerful when attempting to find photos that contain similar characteristics. Give this feature a try on your own photos to see just how well this can work.

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