Search Photos by Faces in Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

Search Photos by Faces in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Searching for people (and recognizing faces) actually produces a two-fold result. You can use the menu command found at Find→People for Tagging that first results in the Organizer displaying head shots in a window.

The window shows photos with a label titled “Who is this?” Click in the text and a field box opens. Type the name of the person who fits the photo. After you type a name, be certain to press the Enter/Return key to commit the name to the photo.


After typing a name, always press Enter/Return to commit your edit. If you click the next “Who is this?” text box without pressing Enter/Return, your typed text is not committed.

After you label the photos, click the Save button at the bottom of the window. The second result for finding people is that the saved photo recognitions are then tagged.

Tagging photos, as you might presume, adds a tag to an image. The tags are stored in the Keyword Tags panel. Once you tag photos, you can view only those photos identified with the same tag in the Media Browser. Here, some photos were tagged for people that Elements recognized when the Find People for Tagging menu command was used.


If you want to view only one or more people that were tagged in the Media Browser, click the check box to the left of the photo appearing in the Keyword Tags panel. Clicking the check box displays in the Media Browser only those photos with the same tag.

Note that you should first select image thumbnails in the Organizer window and then choose Find→Find People for Tagging. If you don’t select files, Elements searches the entire catalog. Be aware that if you search through a large catalog, Elements takes some time to complete the search.

When you next select more photos and choose Find→People for Tagging, Elements uses the previous information it has about tagged photos; if it recognizes a photo, it adds the label for you. You see results in the same window with suggestions Elements provides.

If a person is not a match for the label, you can edit the label by clicking the name. If Elements suggests a photo you don’t want to tag, click the photo image and click the X appearing in the top-right corner of the photo. This action eliminates the photo from the tagged group(s) when you click Save.

If you find a single photo in the Media Browser that has not yet been tagged, double-click the image and the photo opens in the Media Browser. In the lower-right corner of the image, you see an icon. Hover the cursor over the icon, and Elements displays a tool tip labeled Add a Missing Person.


Click the icon, and you can add the photo to the suggested tag group displayed in the window. Note the suggested tab group appearing in the lower-right corner. If the photo is not a match for the suggested group, click the X in the top-right corner of the photo.

Adding keyword tags is another way you can organize photos in the Organizer window. You can tag photos with a variety of information, remove tags from images, create nested groups within the tag structure, and more.