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Tagging images

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When you have a digital camera, it's pretty much inevitable that your photo collection is going to grow larger year after year. So it makes sense to take steps to ensure that you will be able to find certain photos, or types of photos, when you need to, later on. In previous movies, we saw how to organize your photos using Albums and Smart Albums. In this movie, I want to introduce a concept of tagging your photos, which is an ability common in most photo management applications. When you tag a photo, you are attaching a keyword, or multiple keywords, to the photos file. It doesn't involve having to create any special albums or everything, but it does have to be done manually, and is therefore a bit time consuming.

Tagging images

When you have a digital camera, it's pretty much inevitable that your photo collection is going to grow larger year after year. So it makes sense to take steps to ensure that you will be able to find certain photos, or types of photos, when you need to, later on. In previous movies, we saw how to organize your photos using Albums and Smart Albums. In this movie, I want to introduce a concept of tagging your photos, which is an ability common in most photo management applications. When you tag a photo, you are attaching a keyword, or multiple keywords, to the photos file. It doesn't involve having to create any special albums or everything, but it does have to be done manually, and is therefore a bit time consuming.

But tagging photos after you import them is a good habit to get into, because it makes finding your photos later much easier. For example, if you have just imported photos of your cat and dog, you might want to tag those pictures with the words "pets." Then sometime in the future when you want to find pictures of your pets, you can just search by keyword, and any photos of your pets you tagged, will then appear. So let's take a look at how to do this in iPhoto. I have these photos from my trips to Australia and the Hoover Dam, and I want tag them with keywords. So in iPhoto, I choose Window > Show Keywords. iPhoto has a handful of pre-created keywords in here, and you can make your own by clicking the Edit keywords button, but all I need to do now is to select the photos I want to tag - in this case, I will just drag and select all the photos in the Hoover Dam in Australia sets - and then click the appropriate keyword.

In this case, I will click Vacation. And you can see that each photo now has been tagged with the word "Vacation." And you can have multiple tags associated with your photos. For example, maybe I want to create a keyword by choosing edit keywords, I'll click the Plus button, and I will call this one overseas, and I will use this to tag any photos shot outside North America. So, now I will select my Australia photos, and I will tag those with overseas. So you can see now those photos are tagged with vacation and overseas.

And by the way, if you accidentally placed a wrong tag on a photo - for example, if I select the Hoover Dam photo and click overseas - just click the tag again to remove it. Go ahead and close that now. So it does take some time after importing to tag your photos, but now I can easily find the photos I have tagged. I just click the Search menu at the bottom of the Window, choose Keyword, which makes all of my keywords appear, and now I just click the keywords for the photos I am looking for. I will click Vacation. There are those. And you can search for photos with multiple keywords, so I will click Overseas, and that further narrows down my results, so now I am just seeing the photos I have both the vacation and overseas tags attached.

So that's a little bit on how to tag photos with keywords and how they are used. Try to get into the habit with your own photos each time you import a new set into your Mac.

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  1. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the assessment files
      1m 7s
    3. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 9m 51s
    1. What's a computer?
      1m 49s
    2. What's inside a computer?
      2m 46s
    3. Laptop vs. desktop computers
      1m 59s
    4. Special considerations when using a laptop
      3m 17s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the operating system
      3m 3s
    2. Understanding files, folders, and directories
      4m 49s
    3. Understanding your home folder (your user folder)
      5m 21s
    4. Using your desktop
      3m 11s
    5. Taking out the trash (recycle bin)
      2m 21s
    6. The right click
      2m 13s
  4. 24m 8s
    1. Understanding applications
      4m 24s
    2. Opening and saving files
      4m 10s
    3. Choosing the right tool
      4m 44s
    4. How to learn any application
      3m 53s
    5. Five things that work in all applications
      6m 57s
  5. 36m 22s
    1. Understanding computer ports
      2m 59s
    2. Setting up a printer
      3m 7s
    3. Printing your documents
      4m 30s
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      2m 27s
    5. Scanning a document
      6m 15s
    6. Setting up a projector or second monitor
      5m 56s
    7. Using a projector
      3m 43s
    8. Portable storage devices
      3m 53s
    9. Pairing with Bluetooth devices
      3m 32s
  6. 17m 27s
    1. Understanding networks and internet access
      2m 58s
    2. Connecting to wired network
      2m 36s
    3. Connecting to wireless networks
      4m 4s
    4. Working in a networked environment
      6m 15s
    5. Staying protected from viruses
      1m 34s
  7. 19m 31s
    1. Understanding email servers and clients
      2m 11s
    2. Setting up your email application
      4m 15s
    3. Receiving and reading email
      2m 21s
    4. Composing new email messages
      5m 52s
    5. Reply vs. Reply All
      2m 11s
    6. Dealing with spam
      2m 41s
  8. 8m 24s
    1. Understanding search engines
      1m 24s
    2. Conducting basic searches
      3m 51s
    3. Conducting advanced searches
      3m 9s
  9. 24m 21s
    1. Using word processors
      4m 22s
    2. Formatting text
      7m 7s
    3. Using spreadsheets
      3m 36s
    4. Creating a simple data table
      7m 37s
    5. Formatting a data table
      1m 39s
  10. 18m 53s
    1. Importing images from a digital camera
      4m 46s
    2. Storing and organizing digital images
      5m 11s
    3. Basic image manipulation
      4m 10s
    4. Tagging images
      2m 32s
    5. Sharing images
      2m 14s
  11. 10m 52s
    1. Common obstacles in sharing files
      1m 37s
    2. Creating PDFs for document sharing
      5m 35s
    3. Compressing files
      3m 40s
  12. 1m 3s
    1. What's next?
      1m 3s

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