Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Making a catalog for the exercise files, part of Photoshop Elements 13 Essential Training.
Elements Organizer uses catalogs to keep track of your photos. In this movie, I'll show you how to create a new catalog for use with this course, and I'll explain what catalogs are. It's important to understand that a catalog is a database. And so, it works differently than the system you may be used to using to view your photos, like your Mac Finder or your Windows Explorer. The photos that you see here in the organizer catalogue are not your actual photos, they're just small copies of your actual photos. The actual photos live wherever you happen to put them on your hard drive.
And there's a link between each of these thumbnails and the actual photo on your hard drive. So that means that you have to be careful not to move or rename files out on your hard drive because that would break the link between those photos and the organizer. But don't worry if you do happen to do that and you break the link. Later in the course, I'll show you how you can reconnect missing files like those. One of the advantages of the the catalog database system is that it can keep track of photos even if they're offline. So here for example, I have a photo that's located on an external drive.
If I remove that external drive from my computer, I can still see the thumbnail of the photo here in the organizer. I can't edit the photo in Elements, but I, at least, can see what my photo looks like. And here is a little symbol that tells me that this photo is currently off-line. If I were to plug that drive back in, this symbol would disappear and I could use the photo again in Elements. Now I want to show you how to make a new catalogue for use with this course. Outside of this course when you're just working with your own photos, I don't necessarily recommend that you make new catalogs.
Instead, I think its easier to use one single catalog for all your photos. And for that, you can use the default catalog that comes with Elements, its called My Catalog. You can always tell which catalog you're in if you look down at the bottom right of the organizer, and here you can see that right now I'm working in My Catalog. Now having said that once in a while, there is reason to make a new catalog. For example, you may want to keep the files that you used during this course separate from your actual personal files. So let's make a new catalog for that. To make a new catalog, I'll go up to the file menu at the top of the organizer, and I'll choose Manage Catalogs.
In the catalog manger that opens, you can see down here that I'm currently working in My Catalog. I happen to have another catalog, my working catalog, you don't need that catalog for this course. To make a new catalog, I'll go up to the new button at the top right of this dialog, and I'll click New. I'll give the catalog a name. Let's call this catalog Exercise files, and I am going to check Import Free Music to this catalog. This will bring some music clips that come with Elements into the catalog, so that I'll have access to those if I want use them in a slide show or some other creation later in Elements, and then I'll click OK, and that closes the catalog manager.
Now, take a look down at the bottom right of the organizer and you can see that I'm working in my new catalog named, Exercise Files. And these thumbnails that you see are thumbnails representing the music files that I imported into this catalog when I made it. If I scroll down, you can see that, as yet, there aren't any photos in this catalog. Next I'm going to show you how you can import photos into this catalog for use with this course.
- Importing photos from a camera or drive
- Adjusting lighting and color quickly
- Adding effects, textures, and frames
- Cropping and resizing photos
- Compositing with layer masks
- Adding text to photos
- Content-aware retouching
- Working with raw photos
- Finding photos by keyword
- Making local albums
- Sharing photos