How to Create and View Tags in Photoshop Elements 15 - dummies

How to Create and View Tags in Photoshop Elements 15

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

The Organizer in Photoshop Elements 15 helps you organize your photos into these four main categories, and each category has a drop-down list you can use to create new tags and add new subcategories.

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

  1. Open photos in the Organizer.
  2. To create a new tag, choose which category you want to use (Keywords, People Tags, Places Tags, or Events Tags) and then click the plus (+) icon next to that category to open a drop-down list.
  3. From the drop-down list, choose an option:
    • Keywords: Choose New Keyword Tag.
    • People Tags: Choose New Person.
    • Places Tags: Choose Add a New Place.
    • Events Tags: Choose Add an Event.
      When you add a new Keyword tag, the Create Keyword Tag dialog box opens, where you can add information about the tag attributes.

      Depending on what category you choose, the information you fill into the dialog box varies. For example, when you add a new tag in the Keywords category, the Create Keyword Tag dialog box provides options for editing the tag icon, specifying a category, typing a name, and adding comments. If you add a People tag, you type a person’s name and choose a group such as family, friends, and so on. If you add a Places tag, you can choose to map the location. If you add an Event tag, you type the tags for the event, choose dates, and add a description. Hence, the attributes change according to the type of tag you create.

  4. Specify a category.
    Click the Category drop-down list and choose one of the preset categories listed in the menu.
  5. Type a name for the tag in the Name text box and add a note to describe the tag.
    You might use the location where you took the photos, the subject matter, or other descriptive information for the note.
  6. Click OK.
    You return to the Organizer.
  7. In the Organizer, select the photos to which you want to add tags.
    Click a photo and Shift-click another photo to select photos in a group.
    Click a photo and Ctrl-click (⌘-click) different photos scattered around the Organizer to select nonsequential photos.
  8. To add a new tag to a photo, first click the plus (+) symbol in the Tags panel to name a new tag. After a tag has been created, drag photos to the tag to tag them.
    Alternatively, you can drag a tag to the selected photos.
    When you release the mouse button, the photos are tagged.
    The check box adjacent to the tag name is used to display all photos with the respective tag in the Media Browser.
  9. Repeat Steps 2–8 to create tags for all the images you want to organize.

Tags help you in many ways. The more you become familiar with tagging photos, the more opportunities you have for sorting and finding photos and adding found photos to albums. Feel free to play with the Tags panel and explore creating tags and tagging photos in each of the different categories.