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Organizer, Part 3: Keywords, People & Places

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:06
  • Sorting Methods 3:53
    • Sorting by Keywords
    • Sorting by People
    • Sorting by Places

Transcription: Organizer, Part 3: Keywords, People & Places

Hi, everybody--Michael Brown here again; welcome back to's Adobe Photoshop Elements course!0000

In the last two big lessons, I have shown you how to get the images in from a camera or card reader, how to take images from files and folders in your computer, and bring them all into the Organizer.0006

Here is the Media window; they come in as folders; we have created albums to refine images; we have taken and rated our images by stars to refine them further.0019

We have taken images (let's just take two for fun), and we have brought a series of images into a Fullscreen method, and we have rated them through here; we have compared them in a side-by-side methodology to refine down, and end up with the best images possible.0034

Once they are already refined, we can go up to the top of the Media window on the right: Ratings: this is not where you apply ratings--this is where you sort and edit by star ratings.0056

Notice the symbol: >= ; in other words, if I click the third star, it will show everything from 3, 4, and 5.0071

There is 3, there is 4, and I would say that, somewhere in here, there has to be a 5-star; there it is.0080

If I go up to a 4-star, now it's only showing 4 and 5; if I go up to a 5-star, there is the 5-star image that we have in the Japanese Garden, all ready to go.0085

Let's go back to our All Media.0097

That is the workflow: so, in this lesson, the second part of the lesson, the entire workflow--I have summarized it in print in three pages: this page right here--importing; the photo downloader--how to use that; even how to highlight images for a connected group or random images in a display.0100

We've talked about folders, albums, creating and adding; this is all of the step-by-steps; rating your images; and filtering them down to the best.0125

Everything is in these three pages.0134

This will be a PDF that is attached to this lesson at the bottom, under Quick Notes, so you can refer to the printed methodology for everything in the last two lessons, as well as go back and review the lessons; it will show you the exact method to do it--two ways to help you get your stuff into Organizer. 0139

In this lesson, I'm going to finish up Organizer by showing you three more methods for sorting your images.0159

One of them is keywords, in which you take common words that you personally might associate to something--for example, if you had a high school reunion in 2009, and you tagged that term or that series of words onto a series of images, you only click, and all of those come up.0168

It's similar to albums; I'll show you how to do that.0189

I'll show you how to use a new feature in Photoshop Elements 11, which is sorting by people.0193

The program has people and facial recognition, so it can take a series of portraits and, with a little help from you, identifying who it is, it can sort through and find those people; it's kind of cool; it takes a little more time--that's why I don't use it very often--but I'm going to show it to you: you might like it.0200

And, I'll show you how to sort by places--how to take a series of photos, put pins on a map, just like in your room, identifying where you went on vacation--put a pin up there, and if you want to see all of the images, click on the pin, and it will show you all of the images from that place.0218

All right; let's get started by taking a look at keywords.0234

Here we are in the Organizer; there is the Media window with all of the media.0238

Down at the bottom of the workspace, on the right side, is the Tags and Info panel.0243

We have keyword tags and people tags.0249

Now, I'm going to remove this particular tag that I already put in there, and we will do it again, because I want to start (that is how you remove one: highlight, Control on a Mac/right-click on a PC, and delete)--all right.0252

If you remember, we established this particular album of red flowers that came from this folder and this folder--different places in one spot.0267

In a similar fashion, we're going to use keywords this time.0281

Under the Nature category--we can always create, in the same fashion as creating categories for albums, categories for keywords--you can create a new category if you want, but Nature is fine.0285

I'm going to highlight Nature, create a new keyword tag under the Nature category, and call it Yellow Flowers.0296

We could put a note if we want, and we'll click OK, and there is our keyword tag.0306

Now, two ways to add the images to the keyword tag in the same fashion as you would do it with the albums: what we're going to do is to highlight all of the yellow flowers in this folder, Command on a Mac/Control on a PC, click, and this is how you do items (oops, those two I didn't want) that are not directly connected in a row.0313

We have, I think, five of them now--four out of here.0340

They're all highlighted; now, the first method of adding them to the keyword, or adding the keyword to them, is to click and drag the group of highlighted thumbnails and drop in on the keyword.0345

Notice, we have a tag that appeared by hover--a keyword tag: Yellow Flowers.0356

So, these are already tagged, now, as yellow flowers.0362

Let's go to the other folder.0365

There are more yellow flowers; I'm going to click and shift, click, to get those three; go to the bottom here, hold down Command on a Mac/Control on a PC, and click the appropriate thumbnails, and those are now all selected.0367

Remember, in the other folder, we dragged the highlighted thumbnails onto the keyword; this time (oops, I inadvertently deselected them; get them back; you have to be careful) I'm going to drag the keyword tag and drop it on top of the highlighted images.0385

The same thing happens: either way, you get your keyword.0406

Drag the highlighted images onto the keyword, or drag the keyword onto the images.0411

Let's go back to All Media, and it's the same as with the albums: go to the Yellow Flowers keyword, go over to the little right-hand arrow, click, and there are all of the selected flowers: the three that came from the one--actually, five from there--four from the other.0416

We have all of them from those two folders.0432

That is how you deal with keywords.0436

Now, we have talked about the keywords; we've talked about the workflow summary; let's sort by people now.0441

This is kind of cool, but it takes more time, and to me, time is very valuable; the easier it is, the more I want to use it; but we'll show it to you right now.0450

Let's go back to the Organizer; up at the top here, let's get back to the All Media.0460

Media, People, Places, and Events: we're not going to deal with events, but I'll go ahead with people and places.0465

We'll click...let's go to the Death Valley folder; I have a whole lot of shots in here of my friend Wayne, who was doing a film out there, and I was helping him.0471

There are a lot of landscapes in here, as well; I would like to identify just the photos with Wayne.0480

We have the folder highlighted; we'll click the People button--there is nothing there; we're going to say Add People.0487

It went in the folder, and it's beginning to analyze this, but you have to tell it who the people are; this is where it takes the time.0496

This person is Wayne; I have to type that; this person is Wayne; I have to type that; this person is just takes more time.0504

This is a tourist we met; this is me; this is Wayne; and we're beginning to give it images to analyze.0516

We click save; it comes up with many more images, and I check through, and we know that all of those are Wayne.0524

It comes up with more; those are Wayne; it's going through the entire folder, and these are the only ones remaining: this one is Wayne; the rest aren't.0532

We'll save the Wayne; these, we don't worry about; we'll cancel, and there we go: we have a stack of images.0541

That is what happens when I scroll across it; if I double-click the stack, there they are--and you see, now there is a people tag.0548

It says, "People: Wayne"--so, if we're back in the All Media again, notice, we now have a people tag that showed up for Wayne.0555

If I want to see all of the images of Wayne, I click the right-facing arrow, and there are all of the images of Wayne.0564

That is how the people recognition works; we have dealt with that.0573

The final one is sorting by places.0577

Let's go back into Organizer now, go back to our All Media, and let's see: places...I think Death Valley is not on the map...and we will go to Places.0581

You will see--I want to show all of the places--the map is only showing one place.0596

Here are all of the images in all of the places, and the one place is the Japanese Garden in L.A. that I have already done.0603

We want to add a place; we're going to highlight Death Valley, Add Places, and up come the images from that folder, and if we're happy with all of the images in that folder (that's fine; they're all from Death Valley), we can search the map for Death Valley, CA.0609

Click the Search button; Death Valley, CA; and there it is--and it asks me if I want to place all of the images there--yes, we will put them there--and it is tagged.0637

Now we're done, and now we're back to All Places, and you will notice that it is kind of mixed up--there is the Japanese Garden and the other one, and there are the two places, right there.0648

If we click on that one, there are--it should be just that one--there are all of our images from Death Valley.0660

That is how you add places; and, as we zoom out, you can have a whole bunch of them on the map; kind of interesting; again, it takes a little more time, and I like to save time.0669

We're going to go back to the Editor (oops, I do not want to do that); let's go back to the Media, and I want to make sure that nothing is selected.0681

What happened there--if all of the images were selected in the place (let's go back there; I just want to show you that; I'm going to double-click and pull up all of the Death Valley images--notice that they are all highlighted), if I go right directly to the Editor now, it will attempt to open up every single one of those images.0690

You have to be careful with that; so, we're going to go back to the Media first and make sure that nothing is highlighted; now we can go back directly into the Editor.0712

We have looked at sorting by places.0722

Now, in another lesson further down, when I get you through editing images and come back at a later time, we will take a look at the Create menu within Organizer, as well as the Share menu.0726

But now, we have gone through Organizer, shown you how to get everything ready for Editor, and now it is time to move on and get those images into Editor and show you how to enhance them and make them into really great stuff.0744

OK, I'll see you in the next lesson!0760