Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 04 Creative Effects and Projects.
I suggest that you use the exercise files that I've provided for you or your own practice files to work along with me through the creative effects and projects I'll be showing you in this course. If you are a premium member of the lynda.com training library, you have access to the exercise files that I've prepared. Otherwise, you can use your own photos to practice with me. In either case, because Elements Organizer is a database system, you'll need to import the files you are going to use into an Elements database called the Catalog. So, in this movie, I'll show you how to do that, and how to access files in that catalog to use as you work through the movies in the course.
I've downloaded and unzipped my exercise files, and placed the folder of Exercise Files here on my Desktop, as I suggest that you do. Now, I am going to launch Elements. From Elements' welcome screen, I'll click the Organizer button to launch Elements Organizer. If you look down at the bottom right of this window, you can see the name of the current catalog, or current database that I am using. This is the default catalog. It's called My Catalog. I don't happen to have any default photos in My Catalog yet, but if you've been using Elements, you probably do have photos in your catalog.
So in order to keep the exercise files, or your practice files for this course, separate from your personal photos, I suggest you make a new catalog for just those files. To do that, I am going to go up to the File menu, and I am going to choose Manage Catalogs. In the Catalog Manager that opens, I'll click the New button, and I'll enter a name for my new catalog. I'll type Ex Files. I want to keep Import free music into this catalog checked, because we'll be using some of the sample music that will be imported into the catalog in a slideshow project later in the course.
I'll click OK, and in just a moment, if you look at the bottom right corner of my screen, you can see that Elements has switched me over to a brand new catalog: the Ex Files catalog. The only thing in this catalog are these small thumbnails that represent the sample music that we imported into this catalog. If you prefer not to look at the thumbnails for the music files, you can hide those without deleting the files by going up to the View menu, choosing Media Types, and disabling Audio there. Now I want to import the exercise files into this empty catalog.
To do that, I'll go up to the File menu, and I'll choose Get Photos and Videos > From Files and Folders. I'll navigate to my Desktop, where I've placed my exercise files. I'll select the Exercise Files folder, I'll leave all of these options at their defaults, and I'll make sure that Get Photos from Subfolders is checked, which is a default. Now, if you are on a Mac, the window you are looking at at this point will look slightly different than this one, but it has the same options. Now I am going to click Get Media, and Elements brings in all of the photos from the Exercise Files folder and its subfolders into this catalog.
If you see a window like this asking whether you want to import keyword tags, just click Cancel. At this point, you should see thumbnails of all of the exercise files that you've imported into this catalog over here in the Last Import section of the Organizer. I am going to click the Back button, which takes me back to the main Media grid view of the Organizer. Over in the column on the left, you can see a panel called My Folders, and in that panel, you should see a number of subfolders, each of which contains exercise files.
In Chapters 1 and 2 of this course, I've separated the exercise files into subfolders that correspond to movies. So, for example, if you are looking for the exercise files for the second movie in the first chapter, you would go to this subfolder, and click on it, and over here in the Media grid, you will see just thumbnails for that particular movie. You can make the thumbnails bigger by coming down to the bottom of the Organizer, and dragging the Zoom slider over to the right. Later in the course, when we get to Chapters 3 through 7, you'll find just a single folder containing all of the exercise files for that chapter, and if I zoom out, you can see all the exercise files for the selected Chapter 3 folder.
There is another view of My Folders panel, which I do use at the beginning of some movies, so I want to show you how to get there. This is just a single column view of all of the subfolders, but if I come up to the right of My Folders, and I click on this little icon, you can see a hierarchical view of the files and folders on My Computer, and here you'll see a subfolder for the exercise files, and inside of that, a subfolder for each of the chapters in the course. And then if you click the plus sign, to the left of Chapter 1, or Chapter 2, you'll see the subfolders for that particular chapter.
You can access the exercise files from this view, or from the other view of the folders. Some of the movies in the course begin here in the Organizer. Some of the movies begin in the Editor. To follow along with the movies that begin in the Editor, you'll want to select photos here in the Organizer, and then come down to the bottom of the Organizer, and click the Editor button, and that will launch Elements Editor workspace with the selected files open there. So that's how to import and access the exercise files, or your own practice files, as you're following along with me through this course.
- Building slideshows with text, graphics, and music
- Creating a photo book
- Making a photo calendar
- Outputting a photo greeting card
- Customizing a photo collage
- Adding and editing text
- Combining photos
- Adding filters and preset effects