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Nowadays, anyone with a digital camera has the freedom to take lots and lots of photos, but that freedom comes with a price. The more photos you take, the more important it is to keep them organized so that you can find just the photo you're looking for later among the hundreds of photos that you may have scattered across drives and discs. And that's where Photoshop Elements Organizer can help you. The organizer has lots of options to help you keep track of your digital photos. Those include features for importing your photos, for reviewing and evaluating them, for organizing them, and for finding them later--all of which we'll cover in this course.
As you'll learn here, the organizer uses catalogs--which are databases under the hood--to manage your photos. Your first step in using the organizer will be to import information about your photos into an organizer catalog. Your next step will usually be to review and evaluate your photos, and the Organizer offers plenty of options for that. In the organizer's media view, you can view your photos as thumbnails or single images, access through metadata, and rank them with star ratings. You also have the option to review photos in full screen view, where you can apply instant edits and organizing techniques.
You can review photos in a simple full screen slideshow, or compare them side by side. Next, you can choose from a variety of ways to organize your photos. Virtual albums are useful for viewing photos located in different folders. Keywords are a powerful way to organize your photos by searchable subject matter. People view, with it's automatic face recognition technology, gives you a way to organize your photos by the people in them. Places view offers a map on which to organize your photos by the locations in which they were shot.
And, in events view, photos are grouped by the events they depict. There are also two views of a Folders panel that reflect the physical organization of photos and folders on your hard drives and disks. If you need to move a file or a folder, you'll do that in the Folders panel inside the organizer to avoid breaking the links between your catalog and your files. But if those links do break, the organizer will help you to reconnect missing files. You also can make use of a number of search options in the organizer.
There's a find menu, searching by metadata, visual similarity searching, and a timeline. All there to help you find just the photos you are looking for. And you can save your searches to quickly access the results in the future. Finally, the organizer offer sa backup utility to keep your photos and your organizational catalogs safe. All of those features will help you to keep track of your digital photos. But that's half the story, Photoshop elements is actually two programs in one.
In addition to the organizer--which you'll master in this course--Elements also has an editor for editing and enhancing your photos. I cover the editor in detail in another course in the series, Photoshop Elements eleven, Editing and Retouching, and I invite you to work your way through that course in addition to this one.
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