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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
One function of the Organizer is to allow you to view previews of your photos and media files. There are a number of features in the Organizer that facilitate file viewing. In an earlier movie, I suggested that you set your Photo Browser to the Folder Location View to make it easier to access the course files. For this movie about file viewing features, I'm going to switch the Photo Browser back to its default Thumbnail View. To do that, I'll go up to the Display menu at the top of the screen and I'm going to choose Thumbnail View. Now in Thumbnail View, which is the default view, the task pane over on the right here is taking up quite a bit of the screen.
If I don't need any of the functions here, I can collapse the task pane by moving my mouse over the border between the task pane and the Photo Browser and clicking. Now the entire Organizer is devoted to showing thumbnails. The thumbnails are pretty smaller right now, so it's difficult to evaluate the photo quality of any single thumbnail. If I want to do that, I can click on the thumbnail, I'll click on this one, for example, and then I can use the Zoom slider at the top of the screen. If I drag the Zoom slider to the right, it zooms in making the selected thumbnail and those around it look bigger on screen.
If I want to make the selected thumbnail full size, I'll go back to that Zoom slider and click this icon, the Single Photo View icon to see just the selected thumbnail at full magnification. When I'm zoomed in all the way like this, I can move from photo to photo by going to the scrollbar on the far right of the Organizer, and clicking the arrow at the bottom of the scrollbar. So I'll click once and that takes me to the next photo. If I want to go back the other way, I can click the arrow at the top of the scrollbar. Keep in mind that zooming in on a thumbnail magnifies your view of the thumbnail making it appear bigger, but it doesn't really change the image size.
However, these previews are low resolution by default. Sometimes I'm trying to judge the photo quality of an image from one of the previews, and I just need to increase the resolution of the preview, so I can get a better idea of the quality of the real image. To increase the resolution of the thumbnail previews, I can go up to the Edit menu at the top of the screen, and down to Preferences. These are the preferences for Elements' Organizer. The Editor has its own preferences. From the Preferences menu, I'll choose the Files category and there I can see Preview File Size and I can change the photo size for the preview files here to as large as 1280x960 pixels.
But I'm actually going to leave the resolution at 640x480 pixels, which is what I normally do in order to speed up the previewing functions. So I'll just click OK here. So now I'm zoomed in on a single photo. If I want to zoom out, I can go back up to the Zoom slider and I can drag to the left, and all the photo thumbnails get smaller and if I want to see them as small as they go, I can click the small thumbnail size icon on the left of the Zoom slider and now I can see the maximum number of thumbnail previews in the photo browser. Let's take a look at another viewing feature.
In this menu bar, there is a Details box that's checked by default. If I uncheck that box, keep your eye on the thumbnails and you'll see that the date that was under each thumbnail is now gone. So this is a way to view the thumbnails without any information about the files appearing in the photo browser and if I check this box, then I see the date on which each photo was created. Sometimes it's helpful to be able to see the file names under each thumbnail as well. To do that, I'm going to go back to the Zoom slider and I'm going to drag it to the right so there is a little more room under each one of the thumbnails.
As soon as I do that, the name or the title of each photo appears underneath the date information, but that's as long as I have the Details box checked. If you try this and you don't see the file names, then go up to the View menu at the top of the screen and make sure that Show File Names has a checkmark next to it, which is the default behavior. The Photo Browser isn't just for viewing previews of photos. The Photo Browser can also display previews of small video clips, audio clips, PDF files, and projects that you make in Elements like photo books.
To make sure that all of those media files are visible in the Photo Browser, go up to the View menu to Media Types and make sure that there is a check next to every kind of media type that you want to see in the Photo Browser. So if you want audio files to appear here, for example, you want to go down to Audio and release your mouse there. Now I'm going to click on the scrollbar, and I'm going to scroll up and now I can see the previews of the audio files that are in this catalog.
Another thing I can do from the View menu is to setup a grid. So if I go to View and I choose Show Gridlines, Elements draws this grid around each one of the file previews and this can sometimes make it easier to see and distinguish one preview from another. So those are some ways that you can use the zooming and other viewing features in the Organizer to facilitate viewing thumbnail previews of your photos and other media files in the Elements' Organizer.
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