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- Importing photos from a hard drive or camera
- One-click editing with Instant Fix
- Making Quick Edits to color and lighting
- Adding effects in Quick Edit
- Straightening with content-aware fill
- Working with folders and files in the Organizer
- Keyword tagging
- Making albums
- Sharing photos via email or social media
Skill Level Beginner
The Organizer offers some sophisticated ways for keeping track of your photos, like keywords and virtual albums. But even so, I think many of us still want to rely on the folder system that we're used to. That we've set up on our hard drives, when we want to find particular photos. For that reason, Adobe has included in the Element's Organizer, a view of every subfolder that contains at least one photo that you brought into your organizer catalog. And you can see those here in the My Folders panel over in the panel bin, on the left side of the Media browser.
If you want to see the photos in a particular folder here. All you have to do is click on it, and now in the Media browser, you can see just the photos in that subfolder. So this could be useful in some situations. But it doesn't give you a lot of information about where a subfolder is located on your hard drive, and that's something you may want to know. Also this flat list of folders is likely to get pretty long. So sometimes you may find it more useful to switch to a hierarchical view of your folders. To do that, I'm going to up to the My Folders panel and I'm going to click the two yellow folder icons to the right of that.
And that switches the view of the Folders panel. I may want to make the column on the left wider so that I can see all the folder names here. To do that I will hover over the border between the Folders panel and the Media browser and I will drag to the right. In this hierarchical view, we can still see every subfolder that contains at least one photo that we brought into this Organizer catalog. Each subfolder that has one of those photos has a little mountain scene on it. And we can also see the parent folders or the path to the subfolders.
That contain photos in this catalog. And that information can come in handy sometimes. To make this list easier to manage, you can collapse any of the parent folders at any time. So if I just want to see what's in chapter 4, I can click the icon to the left of the chapter 2 folder and the chapter 3 folder. And now I just see the structure of chapter 4 I'll close chapter 5 too. As I said earlier, if you want to move a photo from one folder to another, it's important that you do that from inside the Organizer. And I think it's easiest to do that here in the hierarchical view of your folders.
I'm going to make these thumbnails bigger by going to the zoom slider and dragging over to the right. Now here, I've clicked on a subfolder of photos taken in Province. At least, that's what's supposed to be in this sub-folder, but I can see right away that I have one photo that I took elsewhere. This particular photo was taken in alsace, not in Provance. So, I want to move this photo from the Provance folder to the Alsace folder. To do that, I'll click on this photo to select it. Or, if I needed to, I could select more than one photo.
And then I'll click inside the photo and I'll drag it on top of the alsace folder, and I'll release my mouse. Now, you can see that the photo is no longer in the province subfolder. If I click on the alsace subfolder, there's the photo that I just moved. Moving your photos this way inside elements Organizer, also moves the photos out on your hard drive. So that's the way that you want to move photos from folder to folder, once you've imported them into your Organizer catalog. You can move folders around the same way.
So, let's say, for some reason, I want to take this folder or photos from provance, and move it up one level. From inside this 0402 folder. Up to the chapter 4 folder. To do that I'll click on my provance subfolder and then I'll click on that subfolder again and I'll drag it up to whatever folder I want it in. In this case, the chapter 4 folder which lights up as I get up that far and then I release my mouse. And that moves the provance subfolder not only here in the Organize but also out on my hard drive.
If I want to move it back into the 04-02 folder I'll select it again and drag it. And drop it on top of 04-02. Now one more thing if you want to rename files or folders you'll also want to do that from inside the Organizer not out on your hard drive. Now by default, you'll remember that you don't see the names of photos. And if you do want to see those here in the Organizer you need to go up to the View menu and choose Details. And then again go to the View menu and choose File Names. So let's say I want to give this photo a more descriptive name.
I'll select it here in the Media Browser and then I'll go up to the File menu and I'll choose the Rename command from there. The Rename box opens and I can type whatever name I want here. I could replace this name or I can just add to it. I'll add to it the word lavender. And, I'll click OK. And now if you look at the name under this photo, you can see that it's been changed. And if I were to go out to my hard drive I would see that the name has been changed there too, and the same is true of folders. So, if I want to change the name of a folder, I'll select the folders name in the Folders panel.
And this time I can just right click on the Folder name and choose Rename Folder. So I might call this Alsace Lorraine and press Enter/ Return and that changes the folder name here in the Organizer as well as out on my hard drive. So that's how to move or rename files in folders from inside the Organizer so that you don't break the link between your photos and your organizer catalog.