How to Place Pictures on Maps with Photoshop Elements 12

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You may take vacations to interesting places and want to sort photos according to the location where the photos were shot. With Photoshop Elements, you can easily place photos on geospatial maps.

To see how easy placing photos on maps is, do the following:

  1. Select a folder of photos in the Media Browser in the Organizer.

    If you have sorted your photos in folders on your hard drive, you should have photos taken from various places sorted in individual folders. If not, you can simply view photos in the Media Browser in any sort order or view All Media.

  2. Click the Add Places icon at the bottom of the Media Browser.

    The Organizer changes to the Add Places window, as shown in the figure.

  3. Search for a location.

    In the search text box at the top of the Google map, type the name of a location that you want to assign photos. The Google map offers some suggestions in a drop-down menu below the search text box. Click the area on the map you want for assigning photos.

  4. Select photos to assign to locations.

    At the top, you can click individual photos and press Ctrl or Cmd and click to add more photos to a selection. If you want to add all photos to a given location, open the drop-down menu in the top-right corner and choose Select All. (See the figure.)

  5. Click the check mark to assign the photos to the location.

    The selected photos are now assigned to the specified location.

    If you want to sort photos according to location, choose Find→Using Advanced Search. The Organizer changes to the Add New Event view. Notice the column for Places. All photos assigned to places are listed in this column. You can easily select the check boxes to find photos assigned to a given place or select multiple check boxes to find photos from several places.