How to Use the Catalog Manager in Photoshop Elements 12 - dummies

How to Use the Catalog Manager in Photoshop Elements 12

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

When you import files in the Photoshop Elements Organizer, all your files are saved automatically to a catalog. The files themselves aren’t really saved to the catalog; rather, links from the catalog to the individual files are saved. Links are like pointers that tell the catalog where to look for a file. When you add and delete files within the Organizer, the catalog is continually updated.

Catalogs are created, deleted, and managed in the Catalog Manager. To access the Catalog Manager, choose File→Catalog. The Catalog Manager opens, as shown in the figure.

To keep your photos organized and your catalog files small, you can start a completely new catalog before you import photos.

  1. Choose File→Catalog and click the New button in the Catalog Manager dialog box, shown in the figure.

    The New Catalog dialog box opens.


  2. Type a name for the new catalog in the File Name text box.

  3. (Optional) If you want to add the free music files that installed with Elements, select the Import Free Music into All New Catalogs check box.

    You should select the Import Free Music into All New Catalogs and Import Music Files check box. The Organizer ships with free music files that you can use in a variety of projects.

  4. Click Save to create the new catalog.

  5. Choose File→Get Photos and Videos→From Files and Folders to add files to the new catalog.

    The Get Photos and Videos from Files and Folders dialog box opens.

  6. Navigate your hard drive and select the photos you want to add. After you identify all the files, click Open.

    The selected photos are added to your new collection of media contained in the catalog.

In the figure, you can see the catalog named MyNewCatalog in the lower-right corner. A folder containing photos and a Music folder appear in the Import panel.