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When you have a digital camera, it's inevitable that your photo collection is going to grow larger year after year. So, it makes sense to take steps to ensure that you'll 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 into folders and nested folders, but that only helps to keep groups of photos together. Or if you want to find say all of your vacation photos over the past several years. In this movie, I want to introduce you to the concept of tagging photos, which is an ability common to most photo management applications. When you tag a photo, you're attaching a descriptive keyword or multiple keywords to the photos file.
It's a pretty simple task but it does have to be done manually and is therefore a bit time consuming. But tagging photos is a good habit to get into because it makes finding your photos later much easier. For example, if you've imported pictures of your cat and dog, you might want to tag those photos with the word 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 appear. So, let's take a look at how to do this in Photo Gallery. You'll need to start by creating a handful of tags. You can do so in the left pane of the Photo Gallery window using either the People tags or Descriptive tags.
Let me open up People tags. Now, People tags are for identifying photos of or containing certain people who often appear in your photos. For example, I'll click Add a new tag and type Parents and now I can add that tag to any pictures of my parents in my Photo Gallery or you might create People tags like family, or coworkers, or friends and so on. Now, Descriptive tags are for all the other types of photos, although you can apply multiple tags to photos including mixing People and Descriptive tags together.
The point of Descriptive tags is to come up with keywords that are general enough to apply to many of your photos like Add a new tag and maybe a Vacation, or a Travel, or maybe Animals. Now, you don't want to create tags so specific like Uncle Bob on a roller coaster unless you have lots of photos of your Uncle Bob on a roller coaster. More appropriate and useful would be to create a People tag labeled Uncle Bob and a Descriptive tag labeled roller coasters if you have a lot of roller coaster photos, and then you could add the Uncle Bob and roller coaster tag to photos where appropriate.
Okay, so, now I have a couple of tags created and I want to apply them to my photos. There are two ways to do this. The first way to do this is to drag the photo to the tag, like this. I'll drag this photo to my Vacation tag, release, and it's has been applied. Now, you would think would make more sense to drag the tags to the photos but dragging the photos to the tag lets you apply the same tag to multiple files at once. So, for example, I'll select the other two of these Downtown Ventura photos and drag them both to Vacation. Now again, you really can't tell that anything happened but I'm going to come up here and click Info which opens up the Info pane and when I select my thumbnails, you can see that the Vacation tag has been added to these photos, but not to these photos.
Now, the Info pane is another way to add tags to photos. First, select your photos. I'll select all of my photos from the Santa Barbara Zoo and I'll click Add descriptive tags and here I'll type the letter A and Photo Gallery automatically displays any tags that begin with the letter A. I only have the one, Animal, so I'll select that, press Return and now all of my photos here have been tagged with the Animals keyword. So that's another quick way to add tags and again you can add multiple tags to your photos.
If these Zoo photos were taken on vacation, I can come in here and click Add descriptive tags again, type a V, select Vacation. Maybe I should also tag them with Travel. So, now I've added three tags to all of those photos. So, you actually do have to do this manually, which is why you should take the time to tag your photos when you import them and once your photos are tagged, it's just so easy to find them again. So, if I have another photo selected here just for example and then all you have to do to find photos that you've tagged is just click the tags over here on the left. For instance I want to find all the photos I've tagged with Vacation and there they are. And if you ever need to remove a keyword from a photo, maybe added it by accident, just select the photo, rollover the tag over here, and then click the X next to it.
Confirm that you do want to remove the tag and the tag is then removed. Now, to delete an actual tag from the Descriptive tags or the People tags list, just right-click on it and then choose Delete. Confirm. Now, notice that says that it will also delete the tag from all the photos it was assigned to. If you're okay with that, click Yes and now I no longer have a Travel tag. Also you can right-click on tags to rename them, which is nice if you misspelled something and all the photos tagged with that keyword will have their tags renamed as well.
So, that's a little bit on how to tag photos with keywords and how they're used. Try to get into the habit of tagging your own photos each time you import a new set onto your PC.
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