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Creating and applying keywords to images

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Video: Creating and applying keywords to images

Keywords are another type of metadata that can help you find the images that you want to work with. Depending on the types of projects you work on, you may decide to add several keywords per image or you might only need one or two. For example, a photographer who's shooting stock will want to add a lot of keywords to their images, so that other people can search on those keywords to find the images. Whereas a portrait photographer might only add the client name and the type of session such as an engagement session to their keywords. In order to make sure that we're all viewing the same work space, let's click where it says Essentials at the top and then use the drop down menu to reset the work space. Now, I don't need to see the preview, so I'll double click on the Preview tab in order to collapse it.

Creating and applying keywords to images

Keywords are another type of metadata that can help you find the images that you want to work with. Depending on the types of projects you work on, you may decide to add several keywords per image or you might only need one or two. For example, a photographer who's shooting stock will want to add a lot of keywords to their images, so that other people can search on those keywords to find the images. Whereas a portrait photographer might only add the client name and the type of session such as an engagement session to their keywords. In order to make sure that we're all viewing the same work space, let's click where it says Essentials at the top and then use the drop down menu to reset the work space. Now, I don't need to see the preview, so I'll double click on the Preview tab in order to collapse it.

And I don't need to see file properties, so I'll click on the triangle to collapse that as well. In the IPTC Core area, you can see that I can add a keyword by just clicking to the right of the keyword, but before I add a keyword let's go ahead and select all of my images. So with the first one selected I'll hold down the Shift key and select all of the images. Now I'll add my keyword. In this case I'm just going to add the word Beijing and then I'll click on the check mark in order to add that.

If I want to add keywords to a limited set of images, then all you need to do is select that set and then click again in the keyword area. I'll type a comma in order to separate the keywords and this time I'll type in Forbidden City. (SOUND) Again, I'll click on the check in order to apply that. Then, I'll select the rest of the images here, and we'll add another keyword. In this case, Lama Temple.

Again, I'll click the check mark, but this time when I click the check mark to apply it, if you look in the lower left hand corner you'll notice that Bridge presents an icon to tell me that the information is being embedded in the images. So this is one way that you can apply keywords using the metadata panel. But there's also a keywords panel, so let's deselect all of our images and then click on the keywords panel. Because we don't have any of our images selected, it doesn't look like we've added any keywords.

But if I do select all of my images, you can see that we've added three other keywords. If I want to promote these keywords so that they show up like the other default keywords all I need to do is drag them out of the other keywords area. If I click and drag down and then release my mouse you can see that it's become a keyword that's going to be permanent. Now I can also decide if I want these three keywords to be at the same level or if I want to create a hierarchy.

And there is an advantage to creating a hierarchy. A hierarchy will allow me to apply more than one keyword at a time. So let's go ahead and drag the Forbidden City keyword into the Beijing keyword, and I'll do the same for the Lama Temple. Now, it looks like they've disappeared, but if I use the disclosure triangle, we can see that those keywords are now permanent and they're both sub-keywords of the parent keyword, Beijing. If I want to add aditional keywords in the keyword panel, probably the easiest thing to do is to be certain that I don't have any images selected.

So I'll deselect the images in the content window and then I'll click on the plus icon. Because I have the Bejing keyword selected, when I click the plus icon, it will put it at the same level as Bejing. So, for example, if I type in China. And then, hit the Return key. You can see that, even though it's below Beijing, it's at the same level. It's just below it because it's alphabetical. If I want to make Beijing a sub-keyword of China, all I need to do is drag it on top of the word China, and it will become a sub-keyword.

Now if I wanted to add a keyword, for example, inside the Forbidden City, if I select Forbidden City, instead of clicking on the New Keyword icon, I can click on the New Sub-Keyword icon and you can see that it automatically creates the hierarchy for me. So, in this case, I might want to type in Building. Tap Return and it will go ahead and create that. Now if I wanted to apply the keyword Building to different images, I could select them and then click to the left in the empty box in order to apply them.

Let's do the same for the Lama Temple. I'm going to deselect all of my images in the content area by just clicking in this gray area. Selecting the Lama Temple keyword and then clicking to add a new sub-keyword, in this case I'll add Bridge. Then I'll select my three images and apply the Bridge keyword. And if I decide now that I want to add the China keyword to all of these images, I simply need to select one, hold down the Shift key, select the rest of them. And then click to the left to add the China key word. The thing to be careful of is you need to make sure you have the right images selected before you start adding your keywords.

So it's really up to you whether you want to create a hierarchical keyword list and then apply those keywords to your images or if you simply want to use the metadata panel in order to apply keywords. One of the benefits of using the keyword panel is that these keywords will then remain easily accessible when you move from folder to folder. Because we've made them permanent, because they're no longer just under this other keywords area. And if you don't want these keywords that ship by default all you need to do is select the keyword and then choose Delete in order to remove those.

So let's go ahead and delete all of these. One last shortcut to just mention, even though all of these images already have the China keyword and Beijing keyword assigned to them. If I did want to add for example another keyword and apply the entire keyword hierarchy at once, let's say for example that I want to add Bridge as a keyword. If the Lama Temple and Beijing and China weren't already selected, in fact I can just turn those off for a moment. I just want to show you that if you hold down the Shift key and you click on the keyword Bridge, the shift key enables Bridge the application to assign not only Bridge the keyword but also up the hierarchy to Lama Temple, Beijing, as well as China.

So you can see how easy it is to make keyword categories and keywords, which will make it a lot easier in the future for me to find these images that have these keywords applied.

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Photoshop CC Essential Training

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  1. 1m 42s
    1. What is Photoshop?
      1m 42s
  2. 4m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      25s
    3. Installing Adobe Bridge
      1m 23s
    4. What's new
      1m 26s
  3. 40m 58s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      3m 3s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      6m 0s
    3. A tour of workspaces in Bridge
      8m 30s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      4m 42s
    5. Changing file names and batch renaming
      4m 39s
    6. Adding basic metadata with metadata templates
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      7m 1s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      2m 17s
  4. 27m 23s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejected images
      5m 32s
    2. Saving images in collections
      3m 52s
    3. Rating and labeling images
      4m 31s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      3m 7s
    5. Using smart collections
      3m 39s
    6. Viewing final selects in a slideshow
      2m 50s
    7. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      3m 52s
  5. 41m 40s
    1. Comparing raw and JPEG files
      5m 5s
    2. Starting in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      4m 1s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw user interface
      5m 29s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments (CC 2014.1) NEW
      6m 55s
    5. Previewing before and after adjustments
      3m 18s
    6. Toggling onscreen Shadow/Highlight clipping warnings (CC 2014.1) NEW
      4m 48s
    7. Toggling onscreen Shadow/Highlight clipping warnings
      4m 44s
    8. Choosing output settings
      3m 34s
    9. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      3m 46s
  6. 1h 10m
    1. Using the nondestructive Crop tool: Door and window with ramp
      3m 42s
    2. Correcting a tilted horizon line with the Straighten tool
      4m 12s
    3. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      3m 52s
    4. Fixing blown-out highlights
      5m 42s
    5. Revealing hidden shadow detail
      4m 36s
    6. Reducing distracting color noise with Noise Reduction (CC 2014.1) NEW
      7m 32s
    7. Reducing distracting color noise with Noise Reduction
      5m 55s
    8. Correcting lens distortion
      5m 17s
    9. Making perspective corrections to images
      5m 51s
    10. Removing chromatic aberration
      3m 32s
    11. Sharpening details
      7m 23s
    12. Making an average photo great (CC 2014.1) NEW
      6m 57s
    13. Making an average photo great
      6m 5s
  7. 1h 52m
    1. Using the Graduated Filter tool (CC 2014.1) NEW
      6m 15s
    2. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      5m 39s
    3. Adding a radial gradient (CC 2014.1) NEW
      7m 56s
    4. Adding a radial gradient
      6m 35s
    5. Making local adjustments with the Adjustments Brush (CC 2014.1) NEW
      11m 52s
    6. Making local adjustments with the Adjustment Brush
      11m 19s
    7. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool (CC 2014.1) NEW
      6m 37s
    8. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      4m 35s
    9. A quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity (CC 2014.1) NEW
      7m 59s
    10. A quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      7m 49s
    11. Converting to black and white (CC 2014.1) NEW
      3m 24s
    12. Converting to black and white
      3m 17s
    13. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 56s
    14. Selective coloring effects with the Adjustment Brush
      5m 56s
    15. Easy sepia and split-tone effects
      4m 11s
    16. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 27s
    17. Adding vignettes and border effects (CC 2014.1) NEW
      4m 40s
    18. Adding vignettes and border effects
      4m 24s
    19. Saving variations within a single file with the Snapshot command
      3m 27s
  8. 19m 16s
    1. Copying and pasting settings across files
      1m 52s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      4m 22s
    3. Saving and using a library of Camera Raw presets
      5m 47s
    4. Saving multiple files in Camera Raw
      3m 36s
    5. Using Image Processor to batch process multiple files
      3m 39s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Opening files from Bridge
      3m 9s
    2. Customizing the interface in Photoshop
      5m 16s
    3. Managing panels
      5m 1s
    4. Switching and saving workspaces
      3m 45s
    5. Switching tools using the keyboard
      3m 21s
    6. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      6m 34s
  10. 22m 49s
    1. Working with tabbed documents
      2m 51s
    2. Arranging documents
      3m 37s
    3. Stopping Photoshop from tabbing documents
      2m 49s
    4. Panning, zooming, and using the Rotate View tool
      9m 51s
    5. Cycling through the different screen modes
      3m 41s
  11. 26m 19s
    1. Understanding file formats
      8m 26s
    2. Choosing the resolution you need
      5m 15s
    3. Understanding Resize vs. Resample
      9m 40s
    4. How big a print can you make with your image?
      2m 58s
  12. 59m 15s
    1. Using Undo and the History panel
      6m 40s
    2. Using crop options
      4m 20s
    3. Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      3m 52s
    4. Cropping to the perfect print size
      3m 51s
    5. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      5m 2s
    6. Making the canvas bigger using the Canvas Size command
      4m 57s
    7. Straightening a crooked image
      4m 21s
    8. Removing keystoning from buildings
      2m 6s
    9. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
    10. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      8m 29s
    11. Nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects
      3m 56s
    12. Warping images
      4m 48s
    13. Preserving important elements with Content-Aware Scale
      4m 49s
  13. 41m 55s
    1. Exploring layer basics
      13m 25s
    2. Loading, selecting, and transforming layers
      9m 28s
    3. Organizing layers into layer groups
      8m 47s
    4. Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
      10m 15s
  14. 1h 15m
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      11m 41s
    2. Combining selections
      6m 40s
    3. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      7m 40s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool and Refine Edge
      7m 12s
    5. Selecting soft-edged objects using Refine Edge
      9m 28s
    6. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      5m 42s
    7. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      9m 9s
    8. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      4m 55s
    9. Combining multiple exposures with layer masks
      5m 5s
    10. Making selections with Color Range
      5m 17s
    11. Selecting with Focus Mask
      3m 10s
  15. 42m 5s
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      3m 29s
    2. Starting with a preset
      2m 36s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      7m 32s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      5m 7s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      2m 37s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      1m 56s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      5m 39s
    8. Making washed-out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 7s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 32s
    10. Creating traditional darkroom toning effects
      2m 51s
    11. Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer
      3m 49s
    12. Three different ways to add an adjustment layer
      50s
  16. 24m 41s
    1. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      5m 49s
    2. Replacing color using Selective Color
      5m 39s
    3. Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look
      7m 18s
    4. Using a gradient fill layer to add a color wash
      5m 55s
  17. 46m 27s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Healing Brush and Patch tools
      10m 21s
    2. A quick technique for smoothing skin and pores
      3m 4s
    3. Making teeth bright and white
      2m 47s
    4. Brightening eyes, to make a person appear more alert
      6m 31s
    5. Taming flyaway hair
      4m 53s
    6. De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      1m 53s
    7. Body sculpting with Liquify
      5m 6s
    8. Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill and Patch (CC 2014.1) NEW
      5m 34s
    9. Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill
      6m 18s
  18. 22m 47s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      5m 50s
    2. Combining multiple frames of an action sequence
      6m 21s
    3. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      4m 3s
    4. Working with bracketed exposures (HDR)
      6m 33s
  19. 1h 0m
    1. Overview of filters
      3m 3s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively with Smart Filters
      5m 56s
    3. Straightening images using the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      5m 28s
    4. Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      3m 23s
    5. Creating an infrared look with Diffuse Glow
      5m 4s
    6. Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
      7m 7s
    7. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen
      7m 22s
    8. Giving an image texture with the Texturizer filter
      1m 53s
    9. Using the Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift Blurs
      6m 9s
    10. Using the Spin and Path Blurs
      7m 38s
    11. Applying the Camera Raw filter
      2m 48s
    12. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      4m 11s
  20. 24m 3s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      5m 24s
    2. Scanning or photographing paper to add a deckled edge
      4m 55s
    3. Adding texture with blend modes
      1m 58s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      5m 57s
    5. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      2m 49s
    6. Adding a realistic off-center vignette
      3m 0s
  21. 35m 37s
    1. Exploring character (point) type
      11m 58s
    2. Adding paragraph (area) type
      4m 7s
    3. Adding type on a path
      7m 3s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      3m 41s
    5. Warping type
      2m 36s
    6. Defining character and paragraph styles
      6m 12s
  22. 24m 13s
    1. Using the shape tools
      13m 45s
    2. Custom shape layers
      6m 15s
    3. Adding a keyline to an image
      4m 13s
  23. 49m 44s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect (CC 2014.1) NEW
      9m 58s
    2. Adding a drop shadow effect
      8m 57s
    3. Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using styles (CC 2014.1) NEW
      4m 19s
    4. Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using styles
      5m 11s
    5. Creating a transparent logo or watermark (CC 2014.1) NEW
      4m 39s
    6. Creating a transparent logo or watermark
      4m 46s
    7. Knowing how and when to scale layer effects (CC 2014.1) NEW
      6m 0s
    8. Knowing how and when to scale layer effects
      5m 54s
  24. 11m 43s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      4m 29s
    2. Creating PDF presentations
      3m 25s
    3. Saving for the web
      3m 49s
  25. 23m 9s
    1. Working with video clips
      12m 14s
    2. Adding special effects to video files
      5m 56s
    3. Adding pans and zooms to still images
      4m 59s
  26. 1m 4s
    1. Next steps
      1m 4s

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