How to Organize Groups of Images with Tags in Photoshop Elements 14

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Tags are a great way to organize your files in Photoshop Elements. After you acquire your images in the Organizer, you can tag images according to the dates when you took the pictures, the subject matter, or some other categorical arrangement, so that the images are easy to sort.

The Organizer’s Tags panel helps you tag your photos and gives you the flexibility to customize your tags.

The Tags panel is divided into four categories: Keywords, People Tags, Places Tags, and Events Tags.

The Tags panel in the Organizer.

The Tags panel in the Organizer.

The Organizer 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.

Creating and viewing a tag

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.

      The Create Keyword Tag dialog box.

      The Create Keyword Tag dialog box.

    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.

    The Tags panel after adding a tag in the Keywords category.

    The Tags panel after adding a tag in the Keywords category.
  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 checkbox 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.

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

Sorting photos according to tags

Tagging photos is useless unless you have a way to view the photos according to their tags. The Organizer makes it easy to view your tagged photos. Simply click the check box next to a tag name (the check box occupies a tiny pair of binoculars when checked). The Media Browser view changes to show you all the photos that have been tagged with the respective tag name. If it takes a few moments to display the images, just wait and Elements will catch up.

The Media Browser displays photos that have been tagged with the item you check in the Tags panel.

The Media Browser displays photos that have been tagged with the item you check in the Tags panel.