Create Albums and Rate Images in Photoshop Elements 12 - dummies

Create Albums and Rate Images in Photoshop Elements 12

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

With tags, you can organize files into categories and subcategories, which help keep your files neatly organized within a catalog. Photoshop Elements offers additional organizing control in the Albums panel. For instance, you can do the following:

  • Assemble an album.

  • Rate each photo in an album with a range of one to five stars.

  • Use the Albums panel to further segregate images within different categories.

Think of a catalog as a parent item, and think of tags as its children. With tags, you can use the sort options to sort files according to tag names and other criteria such as dates. If you still have a number of files in the Organizer that are hard to manage, you can create tags that form subcategories within the tags.

Additionally, you can create an album out of a number of photos within a given tag. For example, say you have a huge number of photos taken on a European vacation, and all these photos are in your catalog. You can create tags for photos according to the country visited. You then might rate the photos according to the best pictures you took on your trip.

The highest-rated images could then be assembled in an album.

You can rate photos in the Organizer by assigning images a number of stars, from one to five. You might have some photos that are exceptional, which you want to give five-star ratings, whereas poor photos with lighting and focus problems might be rated with one star.

To assign a star rating to a photo, select a photo in the Media Browser and click a star in the Information panel, as shown in the figure. One star is the lowest rating, and five stars is the highest.


After assigning star ratings to photos, you can sort photos according to their ratings. For example, click a star that appears in the Ratings at the top of the Media Browser. (See the figure.)

If you click the third star, all photos rated with three, four, and five stars appear in the Media Browser. If you click the fifth star, only those photos rated with five stars appear in the Media Browser.

Be certain to click the star value in the Information panel when rating a photo with a star rating. If you click a star next to the Ratings label at the top of the Media Browser, Elements thinks you want to sort photos in the Media Browser according to star rating.