How to Add Rated Files to an Album in Photoshop Elements 12 - dummies

How to Add Rated Files to an Album in Photoshop Elements 12

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You might want to rate images and then add all your images to an album in Photoshop Elements. First, you will create an album. Within the album, you can still choose to view your pictures according to star ratings.

Creating an album

With albums and star ratings, you can further break down a collection into groups that you might want to mark for printing, sharing, or onscreen slide shows.

To create an album, follow these steps:

  1. Sort photos in the Media Browser to determine what photos you want to include in a new album.

    In this example, the third star was clicked to sort photos ranked with three or more stars.

  2. Click the plus (+) icon next to Albums at the top of the left panel, as shown in the figure. From the drop-down menu, choose New Album.

    Notice in the figure that you see the Albums menu on the left side of the Organizer. When you create a new album, the remaining work you perform on an album (such as naming it, categorizing it, adding content to it, and sharing it) is all handled in the Panel Bin on the right side of the Organizer.

    The location of the menu is different from earlier versions of Elements where the menu and the album options were all contained in the Panel Bin.


  3. Name the new album.

    In the Panel Bin, you see the Add New Album panel. Type a name for the album in the Name text box, as shown in the figure.

    If you didn’t sort files in Step 1, you can do so now or simply pick and choose which photos to add to the new album from photos appearing in your catalog.

  4. Drag photos from the Media Browser to the Content tab in the Add New Album panel, as shown in the figure.

    If photos are sorted and you want to include all photos in the Media Browser, press Ctrl+A/Cmd+A to select all the photos or choose Edit→Select All. Once the files are selected, drag them to the Content pane in the Add New Album panel. (See the figure.)

    If you don’t have files sorted, click one or more photos and drag them to the Content pane. Repeat dragging photos until you have all photos you want to include in your new album.


  5. Click Done at the bottom of the panel.

    Your new album now appears listed in the Albums category on the Import panel.

That’s it! Your new album is created, and the photos you dragged to the album are added to it. You can display all the photos within a given album in the Media Browser by clicking the album name in the Albums panel.

Creating multiple albums uses only a fraction of the computer memory that would be required if you wanted to duplicate photos for multiple purposes, such as printing, web hosting, sharing, and so on.

Using albums for temporary work

You can add an album for temporary work and then delete the album when you no longer need it.

For instance, you may want to explore some of the creation and sharing items in the Create and Share panels. Before you peruse the options, create an album and add photos to it. Then proceed to use the sharing feature that interests you. When you finish, right-click to open a contextual menu and choose Delete <album name>.