Organizing Images Automatically with a Photoshop Elements 9 Smart Album

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Part of Photoshop Elements 9 All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

In the Photoshop Elements 9 Organizer, you can perform a search based on a number of different criteria — and ultimately save the searches in a Smart Album. You can, for example, rate images with stars and choose to view all files with three or more stars, or maybe you changed camera models and want to show only the photos taken with your newest camera. You can search a catalog by metadata, location (Windows-only), or another criterion. Furthermore, you can combine searches, first searching for (say) a location and then searching the files within a given date range.

A Smart Album saves not only the search results but also a complex set of search criteria. You create a Smart Album in Photoshop Elements 9 by following these steps:

  1. Open the New menu in the Albums panel and choosing New Smart Album.

    The New Smart Album dialog box opens.

  2. Type a name for your new Smart Album and make selections for the search criteria below the Name text box.

  3. Click OK, and the Smart Album is listed above the albums in the Albums panel.

    After you create a Smart Album, Elements automatically updates the album with photos that meet your search criteria.