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Working with people tags

From: Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 01 Importing and Organizing Photos

Video: Working with people tags

One of my favorite parts of the People Recognition System is that it works in conjunction with Keyword Tagging. So when I identify a new person using People Recognition, that automatically creates a tag for that person in my Tags panel back in Media View, and applies that tag to all of the photos of that person that have been identified through People Recognition. Let me show you how People Recognition and Keyword Tagging work together. Here in People View, you can see the stacks of all the people that I identified earlier in this chapter using People Recognition.

Working with people tags

One of my favorite parts of the People Recognition System is that it works in conjunction with Keyword Tagging. So when I identify a new person using People Recognition, that automatically creates a tag for that person in my Tags panel back in Media View, and applies that tag to all of the photos of that person that have been identified through People Recognition. Let me show you how People Recognition and Keyword Tagging work together. Here in People View, you can see the stacks of all the people that I identified earlier in this chapter using People Recognition.

If I want to see the Keyword Tags that were made automatically for me, I need to go back to Media View. I'll do that by clicking the Media button here at the top of the Organizer, and then I'll open the Tags panel by going to the task bar at the bottom of the Media View, and clicking the Tags Info button. Now here in the Tags panel, you don't see any keyword tags for my People Photos to start with. If you want to see those, you have to go up to the View Menu and choose Show People in Tag Panel.

I think this is something that might trick people up. So, I want you to pay particular attention to this command. As soon as I do that, I can see a list of People Tags. These are the people tags that were created automatically for me, using the People Recognition system--either the automatic or the manual process that I explained earlier in this chapter. And People Tags work a lot like regular keyword tags. They give you just one more way to find particular photos in your Organizer. Here in the grid, you'll notice that there's a little blue icon underneath many of the photos of people.

If I hover over that icon, you can see the People Tag that was automatically applied to that particular photo when I identified that photo using People Recognition. So, there's a photo with the people tagged Dad, and here's a photo that People Recognition identified with two people, both Darla and Sue. I can add and remove people tags from photos in Media View, much as I can other Keyword Tags. So for example, if I want to untag this photo of Mom, I'll right-click on her tag here in Media View, and I'll choose Remove From Mom Person.

And now, if I go back to People View, and I double-click on the stack of Mom, you can see that it doesn't contain that particular photo of Mom. I'll switch from faces back to photos to confirm that. I'll click back here to see my other people stacks and I click on Media View again so that I can show you that you can add people tags to photos here in Media View, and that will have an impact on your stacks as well. To isolate a couple of new photos, photos that I haven't run through the People Recognition system yet, I'm going to select this folder. Here are a couple of new pictures of Darla.

I already tagged some photos of Darla using the People Recognition system, so I do have the People Tag Darla here in my Tags panel. I can apply this tag to these particular photos by selecting these photos in the grid. I'll hold the Shift key to select them both and then I'll click on the Darla tag in the People Tags area of the Tags panel, and drag it on top of either of those photos. And now you can see the little icon under each of those that indicates that it contains the People Tag Darla. I'll click All Media again.

Now take a look at what happens when I go back to People View by clicking the People button on the top of the screen and I double-click on the Darla stack. Here, you can see that those two new vertical photos have been added to the stack of Darla People here in People View. Now, sometimes I have noticed that when you add people the way I've just showed you in Media View, back in People View you don't actually see the actual photos of the people, you just get a generic gray icon. So don't be surprised if you see that. I'm going to go back to my Media View to show you the real beauty of People Tags, and that is that they give you another way to find the people in your Catalog or in a selected folder.

So right now, I'm working with all of my photos; and if I want to see just photos of Dad in my Catalog, I come down and hover over the Dad People Tag, which brings up this arrow. I'll click the arrow to the right of the Dad People Tag, and that will show me just photos that contain Dad. Here's a photo of Dad solo, and here's a photo of Dad and Mom together. I can drag the Zoom slider over to the right, so you can see those photos better. As I showed you earlier in the course with regular Keyword Tags, when you search by a People Tag by clicking its arrow, that opens the Advanced Search panel here.

And you can use Advanced Search to narrow your search further. For example, lets say I want to see only pictures of Dad and Mom. Then here in the People column, I'll leave the check mark next to Dad and I'll add a check mark next to Mom. There's just one photo that has both tags, and that's the photo that's returned in response to this search. If I want to see the photos of just Mom, I'll uncheck Dad and leave Mom checked. And I can use my People Tags in conjunction with regular keywords and with places and events.

So let's add another keyword to this Mom photo by dragging the Vineyards keyword onto the Mom photo. And now you can see that this photo has both the Mom tag and the Vineyard tag. So I can use Advance Search to see just photos of Mom that also have the keyword tag Vineyards. I'll leave Mom checked here and I'll click the Vineyards keywords tag in the Keywords column. And by the way, this is a keyword that I made earlier in the course. And now down here in response to that search, we just see this single photo of Mom, the only photo that has both the keyword tag Vineyards and the People tag Mom.

I can clear that search by clicking the Clear button here at the top of this grid. And I'll close the Advance Search table by clicking the X at the top rght of the Search table. Now you may have noticed that in my People Tags panel, I have not only People tags but I also have groups. These are the groups that I created and populated earlier in this chapter in People View. And I can change my groups from here in the People Tags panel. So if I select a group like My Work Group, and I come up to the arrow to the right of the + symbol in the People Tags panel, from this menu I can either create a New Person--in other words a New People tag--a New Group, or I can Edit or even Delete the selected group.

So let's say I choose Edit here, and in the Edit box, I can change the name of this group. I'll change it to My Job Group, and click okay. And that will change the name of the group, both here and back in People View. So if I drag the Switch from People to Group, you can see My Job Group, here in the Groups panel in People View. And I can add someone to that group here, like Mary, by dragging her on top of the Jobs group. And when I go back to Media View, I have my Mary People tag inside the Job Group in the People Tags panel.

So as you can see, People Tags and People View work together here in the Organizer in Elements eleven to give you even more ways to organize and find some of your most precious photos, your photos of people.

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  1. 18m 57s
    1. Welcome
      46s
    2. What is the Organizer?
      3m 1s
    3. Touring the Organizer
      4m 29s
    4. Moving between Organizer and Editor
      4m 55s
    5. Working with catalogs
      5m 46s
  2. 21m 4s
    1. Importing the exercise files
      2m 50s
    2. Importing photos from your computer
      4m 37s
    3. Importing photos from your camera
      7m 56s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 25s
    1. Viewing photos
      3m 37s
    2. Displaying photo names and dates
      1m 0s
    3. Adjusting photo dates and times
      3m 33s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 41s
    5. Rating photos
      5m 6s
    6. Viewing metadata in the Information panel
      3m 13s
    7. Adding photo captions
      1m 45s
    8. Hiding and showing photos
      2m 54s
    9. Stacking related photos
      5m 8s
    10. Applying instant photo fixes
      4m 28s
  4. 19m 43s
    1. Viewing a simple slideshow
      4m 51s
    2. Comparing photos side by side
      4m 30s
    3. Applying Quick Edit options
      5m 36s
    4. Applying Quick Organize options
      4m 46s
  5. 27m 30s
    1. Using the Folders panel
      7m 19s
    2. Moving and renaming files
      3m 38s
    3. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 14s
    4. Moving and renaming folders
      3m 48s
    5. Deleting files and folders
      4m 2s
    6. Using a watch folder to import new files (Windows only)
      4m 29s
  6. 10m 14s
    1. Creating albums
      5m 53s
    2. Organizing albums
      2m 38s
    3. Making instant albums from folders
      1m 43s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Creating and organizing keyword tags
      6m 38s
    2. Applying keyword tags
      4m 59s
    3. Finding photos by keyword and Advanced Search
      3m 19s
  8. 23m 3s
    1. Identifying people automatically
      5m 55s
    2. Identifying people manually
      3m 1s
    3. Viewing people
      3m 47s
    4. Grouping people
      3m 10s
    5. Working with people tags
      7m 10s
  9. 9m 13s
    1. Creating events manually
      6m 48s
    2. Creating Smart Events
      2m 25s
  10. 9m 52s
    1. Viewing mapped photos by location
      5m 47s
    2. Adding location data to photos
      4m 5s
  11. 22m 2s
    1. Using the Find menu
      3m 36s
    2. Finding photos by metadata
      5m 31s
    3. Saving smart searches
      5m 3s
    4. Finding photos by visual similarity
      5m 56s
    5. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 56s
  12. 3m 22s
    1. Don't forget to back up
      2m 16s
    2. Next steps
      1m 6s

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