? Photoshop Elements 6 Organizer

Photoshop Elements 6 Organizer

By Jim Purcell, Secretary, Tampa PC Users Group
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I know that those of you who saw William LaMartin’s presentation on digital photography were impressed with the program that he has created in Access to organize his photo collection. Not everyone has the skills to put together such a program. There is an excellent alternative that is not as flexible but is relatively inexpensive. hublot big bang replica watches

Photoshop Elements, which is an offshoot of Photoshop, is an extremely powerful program for amateur photographers. Some of the professionals admit to having a copy running on their machine because some of the Photoshop tools that have been modified to make them easier to use often work as effectively as the Photoshop version. There is normally a new version of Elements when there is a new version of Photoshop. Most of the downloads and plug-ins for the new version of Photoshop will work in the new version of Elements. A new version of Photoshop Elements has just been released (Version 7) to coincide with the new release of the newest version of Photoshop, but I will discuss the Organizer in Version 6.

Before I start, I feel that I should give you a broad overview of the software. The list price is $99, but it is often on sale in the $50 -$60 range and will possibly go lower since a new version has been announced. You can have more than one version of Elements on your computer at a time, but Adobe recommends that you have only one version open at a time. There are four main sections: 1. the Organizer, which I will discuss in more detail; 2. the Editor, which is divided into Full Edit, Quick Fix (similar to point and shoot with your camera) and Guided Edit, which takes you through a number of editing tasks a step at a time; 3. Create, which contains several programs to help you do such things as Photo Books, Photo Calendars, Collages, Slide Shows and many more; 4. Share, which allows you to share photos using Online Galleries, Photo Mail, Email, CD\DVDs and more. I know that all of this looks like a lot of complicated stuff with a rather steep learning curve, but the beauty of the program is that you can use as much or as little as you like and the Help system is extensive. There are also many books available if you get interested in really pushing the program. I’m going to discuss a summary of the features of Organizer with just enough detail that you can see how easy it is to store your photos and find the ones that you are trying to locate.

The Display Menu is probably the first place to start in showing how the Organizer helps you keep track of your photos. The basic way that you get your photos into the Organizer is to identify which of your folders that you want included. Once this is done, any additional photos that you add to these folders will be added to the Organizer. Once in the Organizer, there are five different ways to look at your photos:

1. The Thumbnail View displays your photos as thumbnails, with or without the detail that you have identified in your options. They are normally sorted by the date in your metadata,replica panerai luminor submersible watches either oldest or newest first. You can adjust the thumbnails larger or smaller, which will increase or decrease the number on screen.

Thumbnail view

2, Import Batch displays the thumbnails into the same batch configuration (by date) in which they were loaded into the Organizer.

3. The Folder Location places the thumbnails in the order in which they appear in your Windows Explorer folder tree and places the tree to the left of your thumbnail collection. You only need to click a folder and the thumbnails that are in that folder appear.

Folder View

4. Date View displays your photos on a calendar either by the date assigned to the photo by your digital camera, or the date it was loaded into the organizer, or a date that you have assigned to the photo.

Date View

5. Show Map View allows you to place your photos on a Yahoo map to show where they were taken, The map has a satellite view that allows you to zoom in and out so you can, in many cases, place the photo in almost the exact spot that it was taken. Once you have processed these pictures at their locations into an online gallery, you can send the gallery to an Adobe web site or your own web site. You can also save the gallery to a CD/DVD, which can be displayed with Flash Player. The tagging system, which I will discuss later, allows you to put a location tag that you have created on several pictures from the same location and move them all at once by dragging the tag to the location. There will be one pin on the map for each location. When you click the pin, it sets up a slide show for the pictures at that location.

Map View

The View Menu allows you to modify the way your thumbnails are displayed and the type of descriptive details that are visible.

Keyword Tags is a system that lets you further identify your photo in as much or as little detail as you wish. You determine the hierarchy for people, places, events, or whatever you like. For instance, you can have only one tag for family, or you can have sub tags for children, or the children by name, or name tags for each member of the family. You can add several tags to the same photo. You could, for instance, have a tag for every name in a group picture if you desired. You can do the same sort of thing for places, events or points in time. When you click on a tag, every thumbnail in your collection with that tag is placed in a group. When you unclick the tag, the thumbnails return to their normal order.

The Find Menu is quite versatile; some of the ways you can search are: The program allows you to group your photos into various Collections and you can search for the individual Collections. You can search by Caption, or Note, or File Name. You can also search by Metadata. You can search for up to seven different historical events. You can search for photos that have a visual similarity to a selected photo(s). You can select a group of photos and have them scanned to find faces for tagging. You can look for items with unknown dates or times and for photos that are untagged.

Find View

This by no means covers everything, but it should give you an idea of the capabilities of the Organizer. u