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Using the Adobe Photo Downloader

The rest of this lesson is concerned with importing images into the Organizer. If you have a digital camera or memory stick reader at hand with images of your own, you can work through the steps in the next exercise; otherwise, simply follow the steps by reading through the exercise or skip to the section, “Getting photos from files and folders.”

Getting photos from a digital camera or card reader

You can import image files from your camera directly into Photoshop Elements.

  1. Connect your camera or card reader to your computer. For instructions on connecting your device, refer to the manufacturer’s documentation that came with it.
  2. Once your camera or card reader is connected to your computer, you’re ready for the next step:
    • If the Windows Auto Play dialog box appears, click Cancel.
    • If the Photo Downloader dialog box appears automatically, continue with step 3.
    • If the Photo Downloader dialog box does not appear automatically, choose File > Get Photos And Videos > From Camera Or Card Reader.
  3. Under Source in the Photo Downloader dialog box, open the Get Photos From menu and choose the name of the connected camera or card reader.
  4. Under Import Settings, accept the folder location listed next to Location, or click Browse to choose a new location for the files.
  5. Next to Create Subfolder(s), choose one of the date formats if you want the photos to be stored in subfolders named by capture or import date. You can also choose Custom Name to create a folder using a name you type in the text box, or choose None if you don’t want to create any subfolders at all. Your selection is reflected in the pathname Location pathname.
  6. From the Rename Files menu, choose Do Not Rename Files and from the Delete Options menu choose After Copying, Do Not Delete Originals. If the Automatic Download option is activated, click the check box to disable it.

You will learn more about customizing import settings and the advanced features of the Adobe Photo Downloader in Lessons 2 and 3.

  1. Click the Get Photos button.

The photos are copied from the camera to the specified folder location.

  1. If the Files Successfully Copied dialog box appears, click OK.

    The Getting Photos dialog box appears as the photos are imported into Photoshop Elements.

If the imported photos contain keyword metadata, the Import Attached Keyword Tags dialog box will appear. Select the keyword tags you wish to import. The keyword tags you selected are added to the Keyword Tags palette when the photos are imported. If a keyword tag has an asterisk (*), you already have a keyword tag of the same name in your catalog and that keyword tag is attached to the photos.

  1. Click OK to close any other alert dialog box.

    The imported photos appear in the Photo Browser pane.

Getting photos from files and folders

Digital images stored on your computer can also be imported into Photoshop Elements.

  1. Choose File > Get Photos And Videos > From Files And Folders.
  2. In the Get Photos dialog box, navigate to the Lesson01 folder and click once to select the Photos folder that contains sample images.
  3. Select the Get Photos From Subfolders check box. If selected, deselect the Automatically Fix Red Eyes and the Automatically Suggest Photo Stacks check boxes, and then click Get Photos. (See the illustration on the next page.)

The Getting Photos dialog box appears and the photos are imported into Photoshop Elements. Since the imported photos contain keyword metadata, the Import Attached Keyword Tags dialog box appears. You will learn more about keyword tags in Lessons 2 and 3.

  1. In the Import Attached Keyword Tags dialog box, click Select All, and then click OK. Click OK to close any other alert dialog box.

The imported photos appear in the Organizer.

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