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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili walks you through importing, organizing, and finding your photos using the Organizer in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. The course covers importing photos from your camera and computer; reviewing and evaluating photos; tagging images with ratings, keywords, people, and places; working with files and folders; and creating and organizing albums. Jan also shows how to find images with metadata and in the timeline, and how to apply instant photo fixes and Quick Edit image adjustments.
You'll spend most of your time in the Organizer in Media view, where you can review and manage the photos and other media files that you've included in your catalog. When you first open the Organizer, it defaults to Media view. And if you happen to be in one of the other views, you can always get back to Media view by clicking the button at the top of the screen. In this chapter, we'll look at some ways to look at photos in Media view, starting with ways to view photo previews here. For this movie and for the rest of the course, I'll be working with the files in the Exercise Files catalog that I showed you how to make earlier in the course.
In Media view, you can see previews of all the photos in your Catalog or limit the view to just those photos in a particular album or in a particular folder, as I've done here by clicking on this folder. If I wanted to see all the files in this catalog, I could do that by clicking the All Media button at the top of the Grid. If I want more room to see my photos, I could come down and click the Hide Panel button and that will collapse the column on the left. If I ever want to bring that column back, for example, if I want to access a different folder, then I'll click that same button again which has changed to become the Show Panel button.
I can change the size of the photo previews in this Grid by using the Zoom slider down here in the taskbar. Dragging the Zoom slider over to the left makes the photos smaller so that I can see more of them. This comes in handy when I'm looking at lots of photos at once. If I drag the zoom slider over the right, that zooms me in closer for a better view. When I'm reviewing my photos in Media view, I usually do start with the Zoom slider zoomed out so that I can see multiple photos at once. But, in order to judge the detail and sharpness of an image, I urge you to get in closer to the photos you really care about.
You can do that by viewing an image in Single Image view. You can get to Single Image view by selecting a photo and then either dragging the Zoom slider all the way over to the right, or--and this is the method I prefer--just double-clicking that photo. And that enlarges it to take up your entire display area. Now to move through the photos, I can use the arrows up here at the top of the Display area, or I can use the arrows on my keyboard. If you noticed that an image looks blurry in Single Image view like this one, it could be because that photo is being scaled up beyond its actual size in pixels.
This photo happens to be one that's smaller in width and height in pixels than the available display area, so it does look blurry. I could fix that by dragging the Zoom slider over to the left for just this one photo. But if you want to avoid this problem on all photos, there's a default preference that you can tweak. To get the preferences on Windows, go up to the Edit menu and choose Preferences. On a Mac, Preferences is located under the Adobe Elements Organizer eleven menu at the top-left of your screen. In Preferences, I'll go to the General category of Preferences.
And here, I'll uncheck Allow Photos To Resize, which when checked, allows photos to scale up past 100%. So with that unchecked, I'll click okay, and then I'll take the Zoom slider and zoom back out. Now, if I were to take that same image to Single Image view by selecting it and then double-clicking it, you can see that it does not resize to fill my entire Display area, it just resizes to its maximum actual size. And it doesn't look blurry anymore.
Finally, to return to the Grid view from Single Image view, I could move the Zoom slider as I just did, or I can go up to the Grid button at the top of the screen and click there.
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