Sorting photos by location
Think of that favorite photo again. You’ve answered “Who?”—now, lets ask “Where?” Photoshop Elements 11 lets you organize your world in the Organizer’s new Places view, where you can put your photographs on the map (quite literally!), making it fun to follow the trail of a family road trip or revisit memories of an exotic vacation.
Adding Places tags to your photos
In this exercise you’ll create some new Places: saved locations that you can attach to your photos as tags, so that it’s quick and easy to find that shot you took ... where?
- In the Media Browser, isolate the images for this lesson by typing the word run in the text search box at the top of the workspace. Select the first ten photos in the Media Browser; then, click the Add Places button () in the Task bar.
- In the Add Places dialog box, type Manhattan in the Search box above the map pane. If the location suggestions menu does not appear quickly, click Search. Choose the suggestion with the most detailed location information so that Photoshop Elements can reference it for tagging: Manhattan, New York, NY, USA.
- The map zooms in and centers on Manhattan. Click the green check mark on the message above the search result pin to add all ten photos to the new location. An image count appears on the new pin, indicating that the operation was successful. Click Done to close the Add Places dialog box.
- In the Media Browser, select the nine photos that have yet to be placed. Ctrl-click / Command-click one of the images you’ve already placed on the map to add it to the selection. Click the Add Places button () in the Task bar. In the Add Places dialog box, zoom the map, and then drag the ten selected thumbnails carefully onto the Manhattan pin that you created earlier.
A short trip to the Places view
The Places view displays only those images in your catalog that have location data. Now that you’ve added some Places tags, you can begin exploring.
- Click the word Places in the view picker at the top of the workspace.
- If the right panel is not open in the Places view, click the Map button () at the right of the Task bar below the thumbnail grid. If the right panel is displaying the List view instead of the map, switch to the Map view by clicking the Map tab at the top of the panel.
- Click the pin positioned on Italy to select all the attached photos in the thumbnail grid. Click the Show Media prompt above the selected pin to filter the Places view so that it displays only the photos attached to that pin.
- Click the All Places button at the left of the actions bar above the thumbnails to see every image in your catalog that is attached to a pin anywhere on the map. Drag the map to the left so that the USA is moved completely outside the frame, then click any of the unselected New York marathon photos. The map pans so that the view is centered on the Place that you created earlier in the lesson.
The image counts on the map pins show that there are 19 photos placed at New York and another 36 images attached to a pin located in Italy.