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Importing and Sorting Photos in Photoshop Elements 11

  • Date: Sep 29, 2012.

Article Description

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.
Grouping photos as Events

Grouping photos as Events

When was your favorite photo taken? Was it at an anniversary dinner? Before your daughter’s school concert? Or during a week-long tropical cruise? The new Events view in Photoshop Elements 11 helps you tag your photos by occasion, making it even simpler to search your image library for all those precious memories.

Creating Events from the Media Browser.

You can select the images from a particular occasion in the thumbnail grid, and then create a new Event to group them, without even leaving the Media Browser.

  1. In the Media Browser, group-select the first twenty-one photos with the capture date 6/26/2010. Click the Add Event button (exc01_032188368304.jpg) in the Task bar.
  2. In the Add New Event panel to the right of the thumbnails, type Annie’s Wedding as the name of the new Event. Photoshop Elements has automatically set both the start and end dates to the capture date of the selected photos. Click Done at the right of the Task bar to confirm and save the new Event.

An invitation to the Events view

  1. Click the word Events in the view picker at the top of the Organizer workspace to switch to the Events view, where you can see the newly created Event.
  2. Move the pointer slowly across the Annie’s Wedding stack to see all the images in this Event. Stop the pointer when you see your favorite photo from the set. To make this photo the top image in the stack, right-click / Control-click it and choose Set As Cover.
  3. Double-click the Annie’s Wedding stack to expand it; then, click the Add Media button (exc01_032188368305.jpg) in the Task bar at the bottom of the workspace.
  4. Under Basic at the left of the Add Media dialog box, make sure that All Media is set as the image source. Scroll down to find the wedding photos. Shift-click to select the photo of a little girl dancing with a young woman in a pink dress and the shot of the newlywed couple cutting the cake. Click Add Selected Media at the bottom of the dialog box; then, click Done.
  5. Check the image count in the lower left corner of the workspace; there are now 23 images in this Event. In the Folders list at the left of the workspace, click the folder Import4; the Events view shows that this folder contains only four of the photos from Annie’s Wedding, and that there are no other Events in the folder. Click the listing for the Import 3 folder; the other 19 images are in this folder. Collapse Annie’s Wedding to an Event stack by clicking the Back button (exc01_032188368306.jpg).

Getting smart about creating Events

You can avoid the effort of locating the images for a new Event manually by letting Photoshop elements find the important occasions in your catalog automatically.

  1. Click the switch in the actions bar to switch to Smart Events mode.
  2. In Smart Events mode, Photoshop Elements suggests likely Event stacks amongst the photos in your catalog—or in a selected folder—on the basis of capture dates. Smart Events has separated the nineteen New York marathon photos into two stacks: eleven images captured on 11/7/2010, and eight photos from 11/6/2011.

  3. Right-click / Control-click each of these stacks and choose Name Event(s) from the menu. Name the new Events NY Marathon 2010 and NY Marathon 2011.
  4. The other suggested stack has nine photos shot at a street festival. Select this stack, and then click the Name Events button (exc01_032188368304.jpg) in the Task bar and name the new Event Carnival. Click OK.

Creating long Events

  1. Click the All Events button at the left of the actions bar. Scroll down through the Smart Events stacks to find the three adjacent stacks dated 4/9/2012, 4/10/2012, and 4/11/ 2012. Shift-click to select all three stacks.
  2. Click the Name Events button (exc01_032188368304.jpg) in the Task bar. In the Name Event dialog box, type Spring Vacation as the name of the new Event. Photoshop Elements has already set the start and end dates for the combined Smart Events to the capture dates of the oldest and most recent photos in the selection. In the Description box, type Touring Tuscany; then, click OK to create the Event.
  3. Click the switch in the actions bar to switch from Smart Events mode to the regular Events view.
  4. Move the pointer slowly across each stack to review the contents, and then right-click / Control-click each Event to set a new cover photo. Click the Info button () on the Spring Vacation stack to see the description you entered.

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