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Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Classroom in a Book: Basic Organizing

  • Date: Sep 28, 2011.

Chapter Description

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

Viewing photo thumbnails in the Organizer

In the Organizer, there are several ways to view the images in your catalog. You can switch between the various viewing modes to suit different stages in your workflow or to make it easier and more efficient to perform specific organizing tasks.

Using the Media Browser views

Up to this point, you’ve been working in the default Media Browser view: the Thumbnail View, where your images are arranged by capture date and time. You can reverse the display order by choosing either Date (Oldest First) or Date (Newest First) from the menu to the right of the Thumbnail Size slider.

Let’s look at some of the other display options in the Organizer.

  1. In the Keyword Tags panel, click the find box beside the Lesson 02 tag, if it’s not already activated; then, use the Thumbnail Size slider above the Media Browser pane to reduce the size of the thumbnails so that you can see all of the images that you’ve imported during this lesson.
  2. Click the Display button () near the upper right corner of the Organizer window, and then choose Import Batch from the menu to see the lesson images organized in groups according to their separate import sessions.
  3. In the Import Batch view, a divider bar marked with a film canister icon ()and an import session date separates each group of thumbnails. Click any of the divider bars to select all of the images that were imported in that session.
  4. Another way to work with the Import Batch view is to use the timeline. Choose Window > Timeline. The timeline shows a series of bars representing the separate import sessions that account for all the images in this catalog.
  5. Figure 2-22 The height of each bar in the timeline indicates the relative number of images in each import batch. In this illustration, the timeline represents four imports spread across a few hours. Your bars may be arranged differently, especially if you’ve completed the preceding exercises over several days.

  6. Choose Edit > Deselect, and then use the Thumbnail Size slider to increase the size of the thumbnails until you see only a subset of your Lesson 2 images.
  7. Click each of the bars in the timeline in turn. As you click, the view in the Media Browser jumps to show the corresponding import batch and the first image in that batch is temporarily highlighted by a green border and a flashing capture date.
  8. Select any photo in the Media Browser; then, click the Display button () near the upper right corner of the Organizer window and choose Folder Location to see the image file’s location in the folder hierarchy on your computer. The bars in the timeline now represent the three folders that contain images that are being managed by your CIB Catalog; hold the pointer over any of the three bars to see the corresponding folder’s path-name displayed in a tooltip. The bar across the top of the Media Browser now displays a Managed Folder icon () and shows the path-name of the folder containing the image you selected.
  9. In the Folders panel at the left of the Media Browser, you can see at a glance which folders contain images that have been imported to the Lesson2 catalog; these folders are marked with the Managed Folder icon (). On Windows, you’ll also be able to spot your watched folders: look for the Watched Folder icon ().

    At this point, you’re working with a catalog that contains very few images, so it may not be instantly apparent that a single folder may contain multiple import batches and a single import batch may include files from multiple folders.

  10. In the Folders panel, drag the selected image from the Media Browser to the PSE10CIB folder. The CIB catalog is updated to record the new location of the moved photo; in the Folders panel, the PSE10CIB folder is now marked with a Managed Folder icon. Choose Edit > Undo Move.
  11. Click the header bar across the top of the Media Browser to select all the photos in the folder you’re viewing.
  12. Choose Window > Timeline to hide the timeline from view, and then choose Edit > Deselect. Click the Display button () near the upper right corner of the Organizer window and choose Thumbnail View from the menu.

Using the Date View

The Date View can be a great way to browse and search your images, particularly once you’re working with a large collection of photos that span a number of years.

  1. From the Media View Arrangement menu (to the right of the Thumbnail Size slider above the Media Browser), choose Date (Oldest First); then, click the Display button () and choose Date View from the menu.
  2. If the Date View opens to display other than a full year calendar, click the Year view button () below the calendar display.
  3. You can see at a glance that your CIB catalog contains photographs taken on eight separate dates during 2010. The earliest entry, August 31, is already selected on the calendar. A thumbnail preview of the first image captured on that date appears at the right of the Organizer window; an image count at the lower left of the preview pane indicates that there are four files in your catalog that share this creation date.

  4. Click the Find This Photo In The Media Browser button () below the preview thumbnail to see the currently previewed photo in the Media Browser, where it’s already selected, ready for action.
  5. In the Media Browser, click the Back To Previous View button () near the upper left corner of the Organizer window to return to the Date View.
  6. Click the Month view button () below the calendar pane; then, click the name of the month at the head of the calendar page and choose December from the months menu. Alternatively, move one month at a time by clicking four times on the Next Month button to the right of the month name.
  7. The December page opens with the 4th selected. the earliest date in December for which there are photos in your catalog. The Month view conveniently displays photo thumbnails for the daily entries.
  8. Click the entry for December 31. Click in the Daily Note box below the preview pane and type A great New Year’s Eve show! Click the entry for December 31 on the calendar page; a note icon appears on the thumbnail for that day.
  9. The counter in the preview pane shows that there are four photos in the catalog corresponding to this date. Use the Next Item On Selected Day button () below the preview image to see the other images captured on the same day.
  10. Click the Start Automatic Sequencing button () under the preview image to view all the photos taken on the same day as a mini slide show.
  11. To return to the Media Browser in thumbnail view, either click your way back using the Back To Previous View button () near the upper left corner of the Organizer window or click the Media Browser button below the calendar page.
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