Create and View Keyword Tags in Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

Create and View Keyword Tags in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Elements provides you with a great opportunity for organizing files, in the form of keyword tags. After you acquire your images in the Organizer, you can sort them out and add keyword tags according to the dates you took the pictures, the subject matter, or some other categorical arrangement.

In the Organizer window, the Keyword Tags panel helps you sort your pictures and keep them well organized. You use the Keyword Tags panel to identify individual images by using a limitless number of options for categorizing your pictures. On this panel, you can create keyword tags and collection groups to neatly organize files.

To create a new keyword tag and add photos to the tag, follow these steps:

1Open photos in the Organizer.

Open the Organizer window by clicking the Organizer button (located adjacent to the Home button in the top-right corner of the editor window) in an editing mode or by clicking the Organize button on the Welcome screen. Choose File→Get Photos and Videos→From Files and Folders. Note that you should have first copied some photos to your hard drive.

2To create a new keyword tag, click the plus (+) icon in the Keyword Tags panel to open a drop-down menu, and then choose New Keyword Tag.

Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+N (Command+N on the Macintosh) to create a new keyword tag.

The Create Keyword Tag dialog box opens.

3Specify a category.

Click the Category drop-down menu and choose one of the preset categories listed in the menu.

4Type a name for the tag in the Name text box and add a note to describe the keyword tag.

You might use the location where you took the photos, the subject matter, or other descriptive information for the note.

5Click OK in the Create Keyword Tag dialog box.

You return to the Organizer window.

6In the Organizer window, select the photos to which you want to add keyword tags.

Click a photo and Shift-click another photo to select photos in a group. Click a photo and Ctrl-click (Command-click on the Macintosh) different photos scattered around the Organizer window to select nonsequential photos.

7To add a new keyword tag to a photo (or selection of photos), click one of the selected photos in the Organizer window and drag the photo thumbnail to the New Tag icon on the Keyword Tags panel.

Alternatively, you can drag a tag to the selected photos.

When you release the mouse button, the photos are added to the new keyword tag.

8Repeat earlier steps to create keyword tags for all the images you want to organize.

To view one or more keyword tags, click the empty square adjacent to a keyword tag icon to show the photos within that group in the Organizer window. When you click the empty square, an icon in the shape of a pair of binoculars appears inside the square. All photos matching the keyword tags are shown in the Organizer window.

To return to viewing all photos in the Organizer, click the binoculars in the Keyword Tags panel. The square returns to being empty and turns off viewing the tagged files.