Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video Find your photos, part of Learning Photoshop Elements 2018.
- [Instructor] So this is where all of that time spent adding tags to your photos pays off, because by adding that valuable metadata, you can now perform searches based on that metadata. Let me show you how this works. So just to review, if you open up your keyword info panel down here in the lower right corner and you go to your tags, this is one way to quickly find images based on the tags that are applied. So for example, if I click on butterfly, it's going to filter what's displayed to those that have the keyword of butterfly.
If I were to choose hiking, then it's going to show me those images as well. Now, it's worth noting that the keywords in this section, even though it's basically a culmination of all the keywords that have been added to your photos, smart tags are not included in this, and you'll notice this if I were to kind of scroll here to like these plane images. You'll notice that if I click on one of them, there's no tags applied to them, but if I come up to the Search button and to go my smart tags, you can see that all these plane images have aircraft applied, and so it's just.
The smart tags are kind of a different layer of tags. And as a matter of fact, here's an instance where it thinks it's a plane, but it's not, so once again, right click on that. If you go back to the grid view, you can right click on that and go to Remove Smart Tag, and I'll choose aircraft. So this is how you kind of fine tune what you have. Now, again, if you go to the Search up in the upper right hand corner. I'm going to go back to grid view here. Let's go to the Search button. And you can see here, I'm going to delete the aircraft tag.
You can see that these are our smart tags that I can search based off of. Here's the people, the places, the dates. I can search by folders from which I've imported my photos. These are my actual keywords that I've actually applied, so if I were to choose something like Captain, right here's the picture of my puppy, Captain, right. But I can clear this out, and I can search in addition to keywords, albums, events, ratings, and media types.
So if I look for all of my five star rated photos, there they are. So really, really powerful. Now to gain even more control, I'm just going to go back to viewing all of my media, you'll also notice that we have a menu dedicated to the Find operation, and there are more options in this menu than I can really cover in a single video, but there's a lot of useful searches in here. For example, I can find all of my untagged items. So if I wanted to see all of my photos that don't have any tags, I can choose that option, and then I could here and add appropriate tags to them, if I wish.
I'll go back to All Media here. But in the Find drop down, some really useful ones, you could search By Caption or Note. So in a previous video, I added a caption to a couple of images. So you can match either only the beginning of words, or match any part of any word in Captions and Notes, so if I choose the second option and I type John and hit enter, it's going to find photos that have the caption that contains the word John. So pretty powerful.
What's even more powerful is if I come up to Find, I have this option called By Details, and if I choose this, this is going to bring up a dialog box where I can really fine tune my search. And this is how powerful this is. So one of the things I can do here, like let's say I wanted to find all of the photos that were shot with my iPhone. That could be useful, right? So what I could do is I can click on the drop down menu, and I'm going to choose Camera Make, and I'm going to choose the Camera Make Contains, and I'm going to type in here Apple.
Now I can add another search parameter. So if I click on the plus sign, I can say the Camera Model contains iPhone. Now up here, I can say Any one of the following search criteria, or I can say All of the following search criteria. I'm going to choose All, and if I wanted to, I can save this search to use later on. So I'll just call this one iPhone. I'm going to click the Search button, and now I'm looking at all of the images that I shot using my iPhone.
How cool is that? So if I ever wanted to go back and perform that same search, let's go ahead and go back to All Media, what I can do is go to Find, and if I go to By Saved Searches, I can choose my iPhone option that I have saved, and when I choose Open, it's going to find all of my iPhone images. Let's do one more. I'll go back to all Media, go to Find, By Details. What if I wanted to find all of my images that I shot with my Canon 7D.
So I'm going to change the Camera Make to Canon, the Model is 7D. I'll go ahead and save this. I'll just call this Camera Shots, sorry. Canon Shots, and I'll go ahead and click on Search, and these are all of the images that I shot with my Canon camera. And to verify this, you can just click on one of these images, go to the Information, and if you look in the metadata section, you can see that this was shot with my Canon 7D.
So really, really powerful tools you can use for finding your photos in a variety of different ways. And once again if I go to Find By Saved Searches, now my Canon Shots is an entry in there that I can use. So I'll just go ahead and cancel out of that. So if you were wondering why I didn't focus too much on the naming of my files, meaning the file name, hopefully now you have a better understanding why that was the case. The metadata is what gives me the control and flexibility that I need to find files quickly based on my search terms in a fast and efficient way.
- Working with the Elements Organizer
- Creating a new catalog
- Importing photos
- Backing up your catalogs
- Managing photos
- Fixing photos with improved Instant Fix
- Sharing photos
- Exporting photos to different formats
- Working with the Photoshop Elements Editor
- Getting familiar with Guided Edits mode
- Expert Mode
- Selections and the selection tools
- Making the most of Adjustment layers