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Importing and Sorting Photos in Photoshop Elements 11

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In the brand-new Elements Organizer workspace, Photoshop Elements 11 introduces the People, Places, and Events views, making it easy for you to sort, tag, and search the photos in your library for the faces, places, and happenings that mean the most to you.

A new view on sorting your photos

When you call one of your favorite photos to mind, chances are that your first thoughts will be of the people in the picture, the location where you shot it, and the occasion that took you there. You can probably answer who, where, and when, or at least two of these, for the vast majority of your photographs. In the brand-new Elements Organizer workspace, Photoshop Elements 11 introduces the People, Places, and Events views, making it easy for you to sort, tag, and search the photos in your library for the faces, places, and happenings that mean the most to you.

Welcome to the People view

Once you’ve used the People Recognition feature to tag at least a few of the faces in your catalog, you can begin to have some fun in the People view, where your photo library is automatically sorted by personnel, making it easy to answer the first question that you’re likely to ask about any photo you’re looking for: Who?

  1. Click the word People in the view picker at the top of the Organizer workspace.
  2. With no folder selected, the People view filters your entire catalog and displays a stack of photos for each person you’ve tagged. By default, the first image tagged with a newly created People tag becomes that person’s profile picture—the photo that appears on top of their stack in People view and also on their People tag icon.

  3. Move the pointer slowly across each stack thumbnail in turn to quickly browse through all the images tagged with the same name. For each of the People stacks, stop the pointer when you see your favorite photo of that person, and then right-click / Control-click the thumbnail and choose Assign As Profile Picture.

Working with People groups

You can make your People tagging more versatile by grouping your tags. You might find photos of the same person by looking in her personal stack, by filtering your Friends group, or by searching a group created for your basketball team.

  1. Click the switch at the left of the actions bar to change the viewing mode from People to Group. Click the Groups button (exc01_032188368300.jpg) in the Task bar.
  2. Ctrl-click / Command-click to select all six People stacks, and then drag them to the Family group in the Groups panel. The header bar above the People stacks shows that all six people in your catalog are now listed in that group.
  3. Click the green Create New People Groups button (exc01_032188368301.jpg)—not the arrow beside it—in the header of the Groups panel. In the Add Group dialog box, type Kids to name the group and choose Family from the Group menu. Click OK.
  4. Select the stacks for the four sisters and drag them to the new Kids group. Right-click / Command-click the Kids group in the Groups list and choose Add Group from the menu. Name the new group Twins. "Kids" is already selected as the group inside which the new group will be listed. Click OK.
  5. Select Pauline and Sophie. This time, drag the Twins tag from the Groups panel onto either of the selected stacks. The People view now shows three groups.
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