Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with photos in the Organizer workspace, part of Learning Photoshop Elements 9.
The Adobe Elements 9 Organizer is a central location where you'll be managing, organizing, and initiating edits for your images. It is a one stop area where you can quickly see the images you'll be working with, and it makes it extremely easy to add new images as you get them. And find images easily later when you need them. In this video, I'd like to help you become familiar with the Adobe Elements 9 Organizer. I've already launched Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 on my machine, and I'm beginning from the welcome screen. If you're running the Mac OS, you'll find the Adobe Photoshop Elements applications inside of your applications folder.
If you're running the Windows operating system, you'll find the Adobe Photoshop Elements application inside of your program files folder. Either way we want to begin from the welcome screen, and I'm going to start by clicking on the Organize button on the left side of that screen. This is going to launch the Adobe Elements 9 Organizer. Now, when you first launch this application, you may see a dialog box allowing you to import your photos at that time. And I encourage you to use that dialog box if you would like.
I'm going to show you how to import photos into the Organizer directly from the File menu. So if I come up to the File menu, and I go to the section that says Get Photos and Videos. You can see that there's a number of choices that I have for getting photos into the Organizer so that I can manage them. Now because I'm running the Mac OS operating system, you can see that I have a choice, From iPhoto. If you're running Windows, you'll not have this option. In addition, I can access files by searching for them on my hard drive. I can also get images from files and folders on my computer. And I can also import images directly from my camera or card reader. The first method I'm going to show you is by choosing from camera or card reader. I've already connected my digital camera to my computer. If you need help understanding how to connect your camera, or card reader to your computer, I suggest you consult the documentation that came with your camera or card reader.
When I choose get files from camera or card reader, it immediately launches the Adobe Photo Downloader. This is a dialog that helps me to import images into the Adobe Elements 9 Organizer. You can see that this first menu allows me to choose from different devices that I'm going to be importing my images from. I only have one card connected, so I'm going to choose this one at the top. It tells me immediately how many files I have and how much space they're going to occupy on my computer.
During import, I can choose the Location for the files and I can also have the Photo Downloader automatically create subfolders based on parameters that I choose here, such as the Shot Date. And in what formats to specify. I can also specify a custom name in which to put the images into. I'm going to leave mine set to the default of Shot Date, and I can also rename the files on import. If I choose to rename the file using one of these parameters, I can also tell it to preserve the current file name, in the metadata of the file. That way even if I rename it, I can always reference it by the previous or original name.
I can also choose what to do after copying, whether to delete the originals, do not delete the originals, or to verify and then delete the originals. Now, in addition I can click the Advanced dialog button which allows me to actually see a preview of each image that I'll be importing. And allow me to choose whether I want to import these photos or not by turning on and off the check boxes next to different images. Once again this Advanced dialog provides even more options in addition to the original dialog, including allowing me to automatically fix red eyes on import.
I can also import them into an existing album. If I chose a group name, when I was renaming the files, I can add that as a tag to the metadata of the image. In addition at the very bottom I can apply additional metadata to my images. Metadata is simply information that describes what the image is. So in this case I can apply basic metadata, in this case. I can also enter the Creator name and my Copyright information. Because you may not have a camera connected to your computer, I'm just going to click the Cancel button to exit this dialog box at this time. I'm going to show you another way to import your files, because you're going to be obtaining the assets for these videos along with the videos, you'll be importing them from a folder that you've copied to your computer. If I go to the File menu and I choose Get Photos And Videos > From Files and Folders, this allows me to choose a folder in which to import photos from. My folder is located on my Desktop and is called PSE Assets, all of your files that are in here can be imported at this time.
You can enable the viewing of media files, only PDF files, photo project format files, which are specific to Photoshop Elements, or all files in the folder. For this example, I'm going to leave Media Files chosen. If I have subfolders inside of the folder that I have created or that I'm importing from I can choose to also get the photos from those subfolders. It also allows me to turn on this check box to automatically fix red eyes inside of any images that it detects. I'm going to leave that off for now, and I'm just going to go ahead and click the Get Media button.
You can see after a brief status bar that it shows me that the files have been imported into the Organizer. And it also warns me that only items in the main window are the ones that I just imported. If I want to see other images that might have already existed in my catalog, I would need to click Show All, so that I can see all of my images. And that is located right up here at the top of the interface. I'm going to go ahead and click OK, and this is the Organizer and how it displays your images. This is a really nice way to view the images that you've shot on your digital camera, and that you've been working with.
Up here in the menu bar, I can adjust the size of the thumbnail by dragging this slider. So that I can make the thumbnails larger or smaller, based on my preference. In addition, I can always double-click on one of these thumbnails to see it at a larger size. And you can see that, essentially, what that does, is moves my thumbnail slider all the way up to the right. So that it makes it the maximum size possible. I'll just drag this slider back down so that I can see my thumbnails again.
In addition, I have the choice to rotate my images to the left or to the right if need be. Now one of the nice things is that Photoshop Elements detected the orientation of my camera on import. And automatically adjust the images to display in the appropriate orientation. In addition, I can also sort my images by coming up here to this drop down menu and choosing to sort it by the Date, Newest First or by Oldest First. So it's very easy for me to adjust that, in addition I have an undo and redo button to undo my previous operation if possible.
Or redo the operation if possible. If I come up here to the View menu, I can choose to show different information about images. I'm going to turn on Show File Names, which allows me to see the original file name of each image that I've imported. If I choose not to show that, I can just go to the View menu again and turn that off. I can also choose to not show any of the details at all. I'm going to leave that on. Turn the details back on.
On the right-hand side of the interface, is what's called my Task Pane. And this is where I can do some tagging, to identify images that I've imported into the Elements Organizer. So as you can see, the Adobe Elements 9 Organizer is an extremely powerful tool for organizing your photos. And also for identifying them once they're inside of the Organizer. You'll be able to rate these and tag them to easily identify them and find them later on as well. You're going to be seeing a lot of the Organizer so get used to seeing it and enjoy its interface and how it can help you find your images quickly and easily.
- Working with photos in the Organizer workspace
- Understanding the Editor workspace
- Organizing and sharing your images
- Basic image editing
- Understanding layers
- Creating a photo collage
- Using Photomerge
- Removing unwanted items using Content-Aware Fill
- Creating a greeting card or calendar