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The Organizer keeps track of information about your photos in order to help you organize your photo collection and find specific photos. That information is contained in databases called catalogs. You can have more than one catalog in your Organizer. In this movie I'll show you how to create a new catalog and suggest when you might want to do that. This movie is particularly important for you if you're using the Exercise Files that come with this course, because I'm going to walk you through creating a new catalog to keep track of just the course exercise files, so that they don't get mixed in with your personal photos.
I'm working here in the Organizer, which I opened from the Welcome Screen. If you look at the bottom left of the screen, you'll see that it says My Catalog. That's the name of the default catalog that Elements creates automatically for you. I recommend that normally you store all of your photographs in this single catalog and not bother making other catalogs. The reason for that is that when you ask Elements to find a particular photo or to run its People Recognition functions, which I'll teach you about later in this course, it can do those things only in one catalog at a time.
So it makes sense to store all of your photographs in a single catalog. Having said that, there are a couple of exceptions to that rule. For example let's say that you're a wedding photographer and you're shooting for different clients. That's one situation in which you might want to have a new separate catalog for each client. Another time when you might want to make a new catalog is when you're working with special files like the exercise files for this course. So I'm going to show you how to make a new separate catalog to store these exercise files, so they don't get mixed up with your own personal files in the default My Catalog.
Just to illustrate that point, I have a few of my personal files here in my catalog. You don't have these in the exercise files. They are just here so that I could make that point to you. Now I'm going to make a new catalog for the exercise files. To do that I'm going to go up to the File menu at the very top of the screen, and from there I'm gong to choose Catalog. That opens the Catalog Manager. In the Catalog Manager you can remove, rename and do other things to your catalogs. What I want to do is create a new catalog.
So I'm going to click the New button right here on the right of the Catalog Manager, and that opens this box, where I can enter a name for my new catalog. I'm going to call this PSE8 Ex Files for our Photoshop Elements 8 Exercise Files. I'm going to leave the Import free music into this catalog command checked, so that Elements imports into this particular catalog some music files that come with the program, so that later if I were making a slideshow using photographs in this catalog, I could use that music in the slideshow.
I am going to click OK and that closes the Catalog Manager and creates a brand new catalog. The new catalog is labeled down here at the bottom left. This is the new PSE 8 Ex Files catalog and notice that is yet there aren't any photos in this catalog, but don't worry, because in the very next movies I'm going to show you how you can bring files into this catalog from the Exercise Files folder.
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