Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing and using the exercise files, part of Photoshop Elements 14 Essential Training.
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- In this movie, I'll show you how to import into the Exercise Files catalog that we made in the last movie, the Exercise Files for this course. If you're a premium member of the lynda.com online training library, you have access to the official Exercise Files that I prepared for you, and you can download those from the course page. If you don't have access to those files, go ahead and use your own photos as practice files to follow along with me through this course. Either way, I suggest that you put your Exercise Files or your practice files on your desktop for easy access.
And, by the way, if you're downloading the official Exercise Files, don't forget to extract them from their zip folder. Now, let's go into Elements Organizer, so I can show you how to import the Exercise Files or your practice files into the Exercise Files catalog. Here in the Organizer, down at the bottom right, you can see that I'm working in the Exercise Files catalog that we made in the last movie. And I've clicked on the Media tab, which shows me the big, empty Media browser for this Exercise Files catalog. Let's import the Exercise Files into the catalog by going to the Import button at the top left, clicking, and from the drop-down menu, choosing From Files and Folders.
That opens the window called Get Photos and Videos from Files and Folders. I'm working on Windows. If you're on a Mac, your equivalent window will look a little bit different than this, but all the important settings will be there, just in different locations in your window. In this window, I'll navigate to my Desktop, if I'm not already there, and then I'll go down and select the Exercise Files folder under Desktop. I'll make sure that the option to Get Photos from Subfolders is checkmarked. I'll ignore all the other options, and I'll come down and click the Get Media button.
And Elements goes about importing information about all of the Exercise Files into this Exercise Files catalog. Now, it hasn't moved the Exercise Files. They are still located where I put them on my Desktop. I just imported information about those files into this catalog, making a record and a preview of each of the Exercise Files photos, which you see here, in the Last Import view of the Media browser. I'm going to click the Back button to go back to the regular All Media view that displays all the photos in this catalog, all the photos in the Exercise Files folder.
If you're following along with me, you can access the particular photos that I use in a movie, by going to the Folders panel in the column on the left side of the Organizer. By the way, if you don't see a column here, go down to the task bar at the bottom of the screen, and click the icon that will read Show Panel. I'll click the folders icon at the top of the column on the left, and by default, I'll see this list view of each subfolder inside the Exercise Files folder that contains at least one photo that I've imported to this catalog. As you're following along, if you see me working on a folder of files here in the Organizer, just click on that folder in this list.
And in the Media browser, you'll see and have access to all the photos in that subfolder. Some of the movies will start not here in the Organizer, but rather, in the Editor, with some files already open. To prepare for those movies, in the Organizer, go to the folder that contains those photos, and select one or more photos and open them from the Organizer into the Editor. For example, let's say that I wanna open this photo. I'll click on it and the check mark indicates that that photo is now selected. If I wanna open another photo too, I'll hold down the control key, that's the command key on a Mac, and I'll click on another photo here.
Then, I'll go down to the task bar at the bottom of the Organizer, and I'll click Editor. And that will open Photoshop Elements Editor to one of its editing workspaces. Mine happened to open to the Exepert Edit workspace. Yours may open to the Guided Edit workspace, the Quick Edit workspace, or even eLive. You'll wanna switch to the workspace in which you see me working in that movie by just clicking on its tab. For example, I'll click here on Quick to switch to the Quid Edit workspace. Then, at the bottom of all three of these editing workspaces, there is a Photo Bin in which you'll see thumbnails of all the files you've just opened.
If you don't see your Photo Bin, click Photo Bin down here in the task bar. This is a toggle, so if I click it again, the Photo Bin disappears, and if I click yet again, the Photo Bin appears with both those files open. And I can just click on the photo that I want to edit in the document window of my editing workspace. I'll close both of these open files by going up to the File menu and choosing Close All. And that closes the Editor and brings me back to the Organizer. And here in the Organizer, I'll click on either of the two selected files to remove the blue check mark.
So, that's how to import into the Exercise Files catalog the official Exercise Files for this course or your own practice files, and how to access particular Exercise Files to work along with me through this course.
- Importing photos selectively and in bulk
- Cropping photos
- Adjusting lighting and color
- Correcting red-eye and pet-eye quickly
- Resizing photos in Guided Edit
- Merging a panorama
- Building a layered file in Expert Edit
- Making selections in Expert Edit
- Organizing photos by people, places, and events
- Exporting photos
- Sharing photos via email and social media