Get to Know the Photoshop Elements 10 Organizer Window - dummies

Get to Know the Photoshop Elements 10 Organizer Window

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

To begin using Photoshop Elements 10, you need an overall view of the Organizer and the various panels associated with it. Here is a glimpse of the Organizer workspace.


The various items in the Organizer include the following:

  • Menu Bar, A. The Organizer menus appear in the top-left section of the menu bar. On Windows, the menus belong to the application. On the Macintosh, the menu bar is part of the operating system menus.

  • Adobe ID, B. You can click the Sign In button to sign into your Adobe ID account. If you don’t have an account, click the Create New Adobe ID button.

  • Undo/Redo, C. Using these buttons is the same as using the Edit menu to undo or redo an edit.

  • Display, D. The Display drop-down menu lets you change how you view your photos in the Organizer window.

  • Home button, E. Click the Home button to open the Welcome screen.

  • Features buttons, F. On Windows you find buttons for Maximize, Minimize, and Close in the top-right corner of the Organizer. On the Macintosh these buttons appear in the top-left corner.

  • Panel Bins, G. You can access various Panel Bins. The default is the Organizer, where panels such as Albums, Keyword Tags, and Properties are docked in the Panel Bin. The Fix panel contains access to various photo editing options. To the right of the Fix panel, you find the Create and Share panels. These are used for making creations and sharing photos.

  • Panel Bin, H. Within the Panel Bin you find various panels. The Keyword Tags panel is where you find options for managing keyword tags.

  • *.Shortcuts bar, I. In the Shortcuts bar you find the Back to Previous View button (left arrow) and Forward to Next View button (right arrow). Use these buttons to return to a view in the Media Browser.

    The Search text box is where you can type search criteria to perform a search. The drop-down menu adjacent to the text box provides additional search criteria such as searching for visual similarity; object search where you can define an area in a photo such as an auto, house, face, and so on; and Duplicate Photo Search where you can search photos for visual similarity.

    To the right of the drop-down menu, you find rotation tools for rotating images counterclockwise and clockwise.

    Next you find a grid of four tiny icons followed by a slider bar and then one large icon. You can use these icons to display thumbnails in the Media Browser. Click the far-left icon to display all photos in the Media Browser at the smallest size.

    Click and drag the slider to size up (or down) the image thumbnail sizes. Click the far-right icon to display a selected image as a single item. When you change views and want to return to view all images, remember to click the Show All button below the Shortcuts bar. This button returns you to view all photos in your catalog.

    Continuing to the right is another large icon. This icon is for viewing photos in Full Screen mode. The Search for Dates drop-down menu follows.

  • Media Browser, J. The central area where photos are shown is the Media Browser.

  • Catalog Properties, K. In the lower-left corner of the Organizer window, you find some useful information and icons for your catalog. These include the number of selected files, the number of items in your catalog, a button to sign into your account, and a button for running the Auto-Analyzer.

    The Auto-Analyzer can analyze photos for smart tags, various filters applied to images, and photos for people recognition. All the settings for the Auto-Analyzer are available in the Elements Preferences (press Ctrl+K, or Command+K on the Macintosh), by clicking the Media-Analysis item in the left panel of the Preferences dialog box.