Search Options in Photoshop Elements 10 Organizer - dummies

Search Options in Photoshop Elements 10 Organizer

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

The Organizer’s Find menu is devoted entirely to searching photos. From the Find menu, you can locate photos in collections, catalogs, and the Organizer window according to a variety of different search criteria.

To use the commands on the Find menu, you need to have photos loaded in the Organizer window, or create collections or catalogs.

Search for untagged items from the Organizer

You can tag files with a number of different criteria. When tags are added to images, you can sort files according to tag labels. Take a look at the Find menu and notice the Untagged Items command.

If you haven’t added tags to some items and want to show only the untagged files so that you can begin to add tags, choose Find→Untagged Items or press Ctrl+Shift+Q on Windows or Command+Shift+O on the Macintosh. Elements displays all files without tags in the Organizer window.

Search collections from the Organizer

You can create collections and then select a collection on the Collections panel. Selecting a collection is like having a first level of sorting. You can then search by date or other sort options to narrow the choices.

Search by history from the Organizer

Searching metadata is easy. Just choose Find Elements keeps track of what you do with your photos, such as printing, e-mailing, sharing, and performing a number of other tasks. You can search for files based on the file history by choosing Find→By History. Select the options you want on the By History submenu, and Elements reports files found on date searches that meet your history criteria.

Search metadata from the Organizer

Metadata includes information about your images that’s supplied by digital cameras, as well as custom data you add to a file. Metadata contains descriptions of the image, such as your camera name, the camera settings you used to take a picture, copyright information, and much more.

Select Find→By Details (Metadata) in the Organizer. The Find by Details (Metadata) dialog box opens. The first two groups in the dialog box offer a number of different choices for search criteria and options according to the criteria. In the third column, you specify exactly what you want to search by typing search criteria in the text box

Clicking the plus button adds new lines to add more criteria to the search and clicking the minus button deletes a line.