Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Photoshop Elements 13 Essential Training.
The best way to learn Elements is to use it, so I hope you'll work along with me through this course. You can use your personal photos to do that, or if you're a premium member of the lynda.com training library, you can download some exercise files that I prepared for you. If you download the Exercise Files, unzip the downloaded file and put the extracted Exercise Files folder on your Desktop. If you're using your personal photos, I would put those photos on my Desktop in a folder as well. During the course, you'll access the Exercise Files from inside your Element's organizer.
So, the next step is to import these Exercise Files into the organizer. In the last movie, I suggested that you make a new catalog just for the Exercise Files. This is my new Exercise Files catalog, as you can see by the catalog name at the bottom right of the organizer. I'd like to import files in the Media Browser view of the organizer, so I've clicked the Media tab at the top of the organizer. To import the Exercise Files into this organizer catalog, I'll click the Import button at the top left of the organizer and choose From Files and Folders.
The window that opens looks slightly different on a Mac, but it has all the same important fields. This window is defaulting to my Desktop. If yours isn't, navigate to the Desktop and then select the Exercise Files folder. The Exercise Files folder contain sub folders, so I want to make sure that Get photos from sub folders is checked. And I'll leave the other options unchecked and go down to the Get Media button and click there. And that triggers Elements to import all the photos in the Exercise Files folder and its sub folders.
The organizer now displays a small copy of each photo that I just imported here in the Media Browser's grid. To see thumbnails of all the files in this catalog, not just the photos I just imported, I'll click the Back button at the top of the organizer grid. And now if I were to scroll down, you can see the thumbnails of the music files that were originally in this catalog, as well as the photos I just imported. I want to keep the music files in this catalog so I can use them, but I don't want their thumbnails cluttering up my organizer. So, I'm going to go to the View menu in the menu bar at the top of the screen, choose Media Types and uncheck Audio, and those music thumbnails disappear.
Now, how do you access particular Exercise Files as you're working along with me through the course? To do that, I'll click the Folders tab in the column on the left. By default, you'll see a list of all of the Exercise File sub folders labeled by chapter number, and then by the sequential number of the movie in that chapter. Some movies don't have Exercise Files, in which case, a movie number, or in some cases, a chapter number will be skipped. You can access Exercise Files from this list view of folders or you may prefer the more familiar looking tree view of the Folder's panel.
To get there, I'll click this Menu icon and I'll choose View as Tree. In this view, I'll click the symbols to the left of the folders to navigate to my Desktop, to the Exercise Files folder, and into a Chapter folder. There, you'll see sub folders for each of the movies that contains Exercise Files. A little mountain scene on the sub folder means that that sub folder does contain files. I'll click on one of those sub folders, and now in the grid, you'll see just the files for that particular movie ready for you to use as you work through the movie with me.
- 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