Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video Set up watch folders, part of Learning Photoshop Elements 2018.
- [Instructor] Here's the reality. Photos that you want to manage and organize in the Elements Organizer come from a number of different locations. Getting images from a camera or card reader is pretty easy. It gets more challenging when you want to keep photos that were emailed to you or texted to you, and you now want to keep them and include them in the Elements Organizer as well. That's where watch folders come into play. A watch folder is a folder or folders that you define in the Elements Organizer. The Organizer then monitors those folders and notifies you when it finds new images or just automatically imports them based on your settings.
Let's take a closer look. I'm beginning this video with the Elements Organizer already open. Before I dive into watch folders, I just want to show you how you could import files from a folder in like a one off situation. If you go to the File menu and choose Get Photos and Videos > In Bulk, or go to the Import button and choose In Bulk, this allows you to define a number of different folders that you can then import into your Elements Organizer.
Let's say, for example, you got a DVD or a CD that has a bunch of images on it, you could go ahead and click Add Folder, go to that volume, and choose the folder that you want to import. You could also add a folder, so for example, I have a folder here called Photos from text and email. I can go ahead and click OK, and now it'll also grab the photos from that location as well. Now, I really don't have any photos that I want to import using this method right now, but this is a great tool to use, like I said, if you have photos on a CD or a DVD, or you copied a folder to your desktop and you just want to import them in a one off situation.
Now, I'm going to go ahead and hit Cancel. Watch folders, conversely, are basically constantly being monitored. The way that you set those up is you go to your File menu and you choose Watch Folders. Now, you can see here that a couple of folders on my computer are already defined as watch folders by default. For example, your Pictures folder is always defined as a watch folder by default. This is really a personal preference, you can choose whether you want to monitor this or not.
I think, in my case, I'm going to click on that and remove it. But I also want to point out that if you use any type of online storage service, which includes Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox, the Elements Organizer will automatically add those folders to the watch folder. Again, you can remove them as needed, but by default, they will get added and will be monitored. For example, you can see here it's going to watch the folders and the subfolders in these locations.
If you want to add another location, you just click the Add button, choose the folder you want to add, and click OK. For example, if I click OK now, it added that Photos from text and email folder. Now, anytime I put files in there, they're automatically going to get added into the Elements Organizer. Actually, if you look down here, you get to choose what happens, so the default is to notify you when it detects new images.
My preference is to just add them, because if I'm going to set them up as watch folders, I pretty much want them to just get added automatically. I'm going to jump back to my Finder, and if you're on Windows, you would just go to your Windows Explorer, and if I go to my Google Drive, you can see I have a folder that I put in here called Photos. What I'm going to do is, in my Exercise Files folder, if I go down to my Watch Folder folder, if you will, I'm going to copy these, so imagine like I received these from a friend, they emailed them to me or they texted them to me, whatever method you prefer.
But basically, I now want to get these into the Organizer. What I'm going to do is I'm going to move these or copy them, whichever you prefer, and now, they are being stored in my Google Drive folder. I'm going to go ahead and close some of these, and I'm going to return back to the Elements Organizer. I'm probably going to have to quit the Elements Organizer to kind of jump start this, so I'm going to go ahead and choose Quit, and then I'll go ahead and relaunch Elements and go to the Organizer.
You're going to notice that the minute that I open this file, those imported files, those files that I had in the Google Drive folder are just automatically imported into the Elements Organizer. If I now go back here, you can see that, as I scroll down here, those shots that I have, those were shot at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, you can see all of these photos are now included. All I had to do was put them in that folder, and they may not show up immediately when you have the Elements Organizer open, but the next time you launch it, it's going to kind of analyze those folders and it'll automatically import them.
As you're working on your computer, you can just keep adding files to that folder as you see fit, and the next time you go into the Elements Organizer, they're going to show up and be available to you. When it comes to keeping tabs on photos from outside sources, watch folders are the way to go. Take advantage of them to make organizing outside photos a breeze.
- 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