Create and View Keyword Tags in Photoshop Elements 11 - dummies

Create and View Keyword Tags in Photoshop Elements 11

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Photoshop Elements 11 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 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 and organize your pictures. 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 in an editing mode or by clicking the Organize button on the Welcome screen.

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 Mac) 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 Mac) 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.