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Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Classroom in a Book: Basic Organizing

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This lesson will get you started with the essential skills you’ll need to import images and keep track of your growing photo library.
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Lesson overview

As you capture more and more images with your digital camera, it becomes increasingly important that you have effective ways to organize and manage your pictures on your computer so that those valuable memories are always accessible.

Adobe Photoshop Elements makes it easy to import your photos and other media files from a variety of sources and provides an array of powerful tools for sorting and searching your collection.

This lesson will get you started with the essential skills you’ll need to import images and keep track of your growing photo library:

  • Opening Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 in Organizer mode
  • Importing images from folders on your computer
  • Importing photos from a digital camera
  • Switching between viewing modes in the Media Browser
  • Working in the Date and Folder Location views
  • Creating, organizing, and applying keyword tags
  • Searching for files by keyword
  • Finding and tagging faces in your photos

You’ll probably need about one and a half hours to complete this lesson.

Import files to your catalog, and then explore a variety of ways to view and sort them. Learn how tagging and rating your photos can help you find just the pictures you want, just when you want them—easily and quickly. Once they share a keyword tag, a group of related photos can be retrieved with a single click, no matter how big your catalog, or across how many folders those images are scattered.

Getting started

For the exercises in this lesson you’ll be working in the Elements Organizer.

  1. If the Organizer is still open from the previous exercise, skip to step 3; if not, start Photoshop Elements by doing one of the following:
    • On Windows, either double-click the shortcut on your desktop, or choose Start > All Programs > Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.
    • On Mac OS, either click the Photoshop Elements 10 icon in the Dock or choose Photoshop Elements 10 from the Apple > Recent Items > Applications menu.
  2. In the Welcome screen, click the Organize button at the left, and then wait while the Elements Organizer opens.
  3. Hold the pointer over the Elements Organizer icon () at the upper left of the Organizer workspace window to see the name of the currently loaded catalog displayed in a tooltip. Note that the catalog name is also displayed in the lower left corner of the Organizer workspace.
  4. If the CIB Catalog that you created in Lesson 1 is not currently loaded, choose File > Catalog. Select the CIB Catalog from the list in the Catalog Manager dialog box, and then click Open.
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