Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Making a catalog for the exercise files, part of Photoshop Elements 14 Essential Training.
- I hope you work along with me through this course because practicing is the very best way to learn Elements. You can use your own photos to do that, or the official Exercise Files for this course if you have access to them. Either way, I suggest that you keep your practice photos separate from your personal photos. So let's create a separate Organizer Catalog for the Exercise Files, or for your personal practice files. An Organizer Catalog, in a nutshell, is a database. A database that keeps track of all the photos and other media files that you import into Photoshop Elements.
To make a new Catalog, we have to go to the Organizer part of Elements. So, from here in the Welcome screen, I'm going to go down to Organizer and click, and that launches the Organizer app, which is a separate part of Elements. The Organizer opens to its default Catalog. You can see the name of this Catalog at the bottom right corner. Way down here, it's called My Catalog. My Catalog is empty of photographs right now because I haven't imported any photos into it, but theoretically, this is where you will import in and keep track of your personal photographs outside of this course.
So, let's make a separate Catalog for use with this course. To do that, I'll go up to the File menu, and I'll choose Manage Catalogs. In the Catalog Manager, you can see in the white box, the names of all Catalogs that you've created to date. I have just one Catalog, the default My Catalog, which is the Current one. To make a new Catalog, I'll click the New button at the top right, I'll give this Catalog a name, I'll call it Exercise Files. I have a choice to Import free music into this catalog if I think I might want to use music clips with a slideshow that I could create in Elements.
I'll leave that unchecked for now, and I'll click OK. That closes the Catalog Manager and takes me back to the Organizer, and here I have some tips for how to use the Organizer. I'm just going to click Skip to skip those tips. Now if you take a look at the bottom right of the screen, you'll see that there is a brand new empty Catalog open, and that is the Exercise Files Catalog that we just created. In the next movie, we'll be importing the Exercise Files into this Catalog, but for now, I want to take a step back for a moment, and talk about what Catalogs are and how many you should use for your own photos.
So, Organizer Catalog like this is a database as I said, which is the foundation on which Elements is built. When you import a photo into a Catalog, you're creating a record of that photo that contains information about the photo that comes from your camera, a preview of the photo that appears in Elements Organizer, and a link to the actual photograph, wherever you've decided to store your photos, whether that's on your computer, or on an external drive. So, importing means importing information about your photos into the Organizer Catalog.
It doesn't mean, as you might think, actually putting real photographs into the Catalog. So how many Catalogs should you use? Well, outside of this course, I'd suggest that you use just one Catalog for all your personal photographs. The main reason to stick with one Catalog for your personal files, is that when you're looking for a particular photo in the future, you can only search one Catalog at a time. So if you had more than one Catalog, you'd have to remember which Catalog a particular photo might be in, and then switch to that Catalog to search for it, and all of that lowers the chance that you'll find that needle in a haystack, particularly, as the number of your digital photographs grows.
By the way, when you do have more than one Catalog, as we do here, and you want to switch between Catalogs, you'll do that by going back to the Catalog Manager. So if you remember, I can access the Catalog Manager from the File menu, by choosing Manage Catalogs, and now, you can see in this white box in the Catalog Manager, the two Catalogs that I've created, and if I did want to switch back to the default, My Catalog, I would just select it here, but I want to stick with the Exercise Files Catalog for now so that I can show you in the next movie how to import records of the Exercise Files for this course into the Exercise Files Catalog.
So, I'm just going to Cancel out of the Catalog Manager, and please stay tuned for the next movie about the Exercise Files.
- 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