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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
One thing that makes the Organizer so useful is that it displays thumbnail previews of my photos. I can customize the way those thumbnails are displayed in the Organizer using the features I'll cover in this movie. First of all, there are several different Organizer views that I can choose from. Those are accessed from the Display menu here. During this course, we're using this view Folder Location view, because that's the easiest way to access the exercise files, because they are organized by folder. If you've got your personal photos already organized by folder, you may like to use this view sometimes in your personal catalog as well.
If you've been following along, you've got a pretty good idea of how Folder Location view works. But just to summarize, in Folder Location view, there is this Folders list on the left. This represents a hierarchy of all the folders and subfolders on my computer, similar to the Windows Explorer listing on a Windows machine. There is a scrollbar here that I can use to scroll down to the bottom of this list, so that I can show you that the folder list includes any offline drives or discs if they contain files that I have already included in this Organizer catalog.
So on my system, for example I have this E drive from which I brought in files earlier in the course. It appears in the folder list and if I click on it, I can see the files that it contains, even though this drive isn't attached to my computer. The red symbol on each one of these photo thumbnails indicates that the original photo is located on an offline drive. This Folders list also includes any external drives that are connected to my computer and turned on, like this D drive that I have connected to my system, which doesn't happen to have any photos on it that I've already included in my Organizer and that's why there is nothing over here in the Media Browser.
I'm going to scroll back up to the top of the Folders list. Here I've used the icons to the left of these particular folders and subfolders to burrow down to my chapter02 Organizer Exercise Files. Notice that some of the subfolders have a blue card on them and that blue card means that that particular subfolder contains some files that I've already included in my Organizer. If I click on that subfolder, I can see those contents here in the Media Browser. So that's how Folder Location view works.
Now let's take a look at another view, Thumbnail View. I'm going to go back up to the Display menu. I'll choose Thumbnail View from there. Thumbnail View is the view that comes up by default. So you may find yourself using this one, the most often outside of this course. So let's stay here for a minute and see how it works. In Thumbnail View, there is no folder list on the left. In Thumbnail View, in the Media Browser, I can see all of the photos that I brought into my Organizer catalog, not just those in a particular folder.
In Thumbnail View, the thumbnails are arranged by Date with the newest first, and the oldest down at the bottom. If I want to rearrange these, I can come up to this Date menu, and choose to see the Oldest photo of thumbnails first, or go back to the Newest. What I can't do is to click on one of these thumbnails and try to drag it. I can't rearrange the thumbnails that way. I can change the size at which the thumbnails are displayed by using the Size slider here at the top. If I drag the Size slider to the left, the thumbnails get smaller and I can see more of them.
If I drag it to the right, the thumbnails get bigger and I can see fewer of them. If I want to see them at their smallest possible size, I'll click this foursquare icon here to the left of the slider. If I click the icon to the right of the slider, I can see whichever photo is selected at the moment at its full preview size. When I'm looking at my thumbnails in this view, I can cycle through them by using the Left or Right Arrow keys on my keyboard. I'm going to drag this slider back to the left, so I can see more of my thumbnails.
If I want to see a little bit of information about each thumbnail, I can go up to the View menu, and toggle on the Details item there. That may already be on by default in your Organizer. That shows me any star ratings that I've added to a photo by clicking on those stars, as well as the date and time the photo was taken. If I also want to see the file name of my photo thumbnails, I'll go back to that View menu, and choose Show File Names. If I need more space in which to view my thumbnails, I can collapse this entire column on the right, the Task pane by moving my mouse over the left border of the Task pane, until the cursor changes to this double-pointed arrow and clicking.
To bring the Task pane back, I'll click on its border again. Now the Media Browser can display thumbnails of more than just photos. I'm going to go up to the View menu, and down to Media Types to show you all the different kinds of files that I can include in the Organizer. Those include Photos, Video files, Audio files, Projects like books or slideshows that I make here in Elements, as well as PDF files. In the Media Browser, I'll see thumbnails of all of these Media Types that have a check next to them.
So let's say I want to include Audio files too in the Media Browser. I'll toggle on Audio here. If I scroll down, I can now see some audio file thumbnails. These are files that come with the Organizer. One more thing about viewing files in Thumbnail View that could trip you up if you're not clear about it. That is what happens when you import a new file in Thumbnail View. I'm going to do that by going up to the File menu, and down to Get Photos and Videos, and over to From Files and Folders.
You may remember that we've already imported all the exercise files into this catalog. So I'm going to import a file that's not in your exercise files, just a photo file that's on my computer. I have one here are my Desktop, which I'll select and then I'll come down to Get Media. When the import is finished, I get this alert that the only items that I can see here are those that I just imported. Then if I want to see the rest of the catalog, I have to click Show All. I'll click OK to dismiss that warning. I will come up here and click Show All.
Now I can see all of the files in the catalog, including the one that I just imported. I'll end this exploration of different ways to display your Organizer by going back to the Display menu, and choosing Folder Location view, because that's the view that we'll be using for the rest of this course.
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