Rank Your Photos in Photoshop Elements - dummies

By Doug Sahlin

If you’ve imported lots of pictures, it’s hard to know which ones to edit. You can make things easy on yourself by ranking your imported images so that the fine distinctions between images become more obvious.

The following steps show you how to separate the wheat from the chaff and select a group of candidates you want to edit:

1Drag the slider to increase the size of the thumbnails.

You find the slider at the top of the Organizer above the thumbnails. The default view of the Organizer shows the imported images as thumbnails — very small thumbnails. At this size, you can’t see the rating stars or the minute details in each image. Double-click to see the whole image. Alternatively, you can click the blue square to the right of the thumbnail size slider.

2Rank the first image.

You can rank an image by clicking one of the stars beneath the image, or by pressing the number on your keyboard. You can give images rankings between 1 and 5, with 1 being the worst image and 5 being the best.

3Navigate to and rank the next image.

If you’re viewing individual thumbnails, click the desired thumbnail and then rank it. You can also click a star under any thumbnail to rank it. However, it’s hard to get a good look at an image without magnifying it. To view an image at full magnification, double-click it and then use the right arrow key to navigate to the next image.

4Continue ranking images until you’ve ranked everything from the shoot.

After ranking images, you can filter them by clicking a star to the upper right of and above the images. You can also choose a viewing option from the drop-down menu. The default option is to view images of a certain rank and higher. You can choose to view only images with that rank or images that are the chosen rank and lower.