Work with Keyword Tags in Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

Work with Keyword Tags in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

By default, new keyword tags appear with no image icon represented in the Keyword Tag item listed in the Keyword Tags panel. When you first create a keyword tag, a button appears labeled Edit Icon. If you click this button, you need to browse for a photo to use for the icon.

A much easier method is to simply drag a photo from the Media Browser to the icon in the Keyword Tags panel. When you release the mouse button, the image appears on the tag in the Keyword Tags panel.

You can manage keyword tags by using menu commands from the New drop-down menu and other commands from a contextual menu that you open by right-clicking a keyword tag on the Keyword Tags panel.

In the New drop-down menu, you can access these commands:

  • New Keyword Tag. Create a new keyword tag.

  • New Sub-Category. A subcategory is like a nested bookmark. Create a subcategory by selecting New Sub-Category from the New menu; a dialog box opens, prompting you to type a name for the new subcategory. As an example of how you would use keyword tags and subcategories, you might have a keyword tag named Uncle Joe’s Wedding. Then, you might create subcategories for Bride Dressing Room, Ceremony, Family Photos, Reception, and so on.

  • New Category. Choose New Category to open a dialog box that prompts you to type a name for the new category. By default, you can find predefined category names for People, Places, Events, and Other. If you want to add your own custom categories, use this menu command.

  • From File. If you export a keyword tag, the file is written as XML (eXtensible Markup Language). When you choose From File, you can import an XML version of a keyword tags file.

  • Save Keyword Tags to a File. You can save keyword tags to a file that you can retrieve with the From File command. This option is handy when you open a different catalog file and want to import the same collection names created in one catalog file to another catalog file.

  • Collapse All Keyword Tags. Keyword tags appear like bookmark lists that can be collapsed and expanded. An expanded list shows you all the subcategory keyword tags. Choose Collapse All Keyword Tags to collapse the list.

  • Expand All Keyword Tags. This command expands a collapsed list.

When you create a new keyword tag, you see a large icon in the Keyword Tags panel. The default tags appear with small icons. You can access the items that appear below default tags by clicking the right-pointing arrow to expand the list.

Right-click a collection name to make the following menu commands appear:

  • Change <keyword tag name> keyword tag to a sub-category. Choose this menu command to change a keyword tag to a keyword tag subcategory.

  • Edit <keyword tag name> keyword tag. This menu command opens the Edit Keyword Tag dialog box. You can rename a keyword tag, change the note, or change the map location in this dialog box. Alternatively, you can click the Pencil tool on the Keyword Tags panel to open the same dialog box.

  • Delete <keyword tag name> keyword tag. Select a keyword tag and select this menu option to delete the keyword tag. Alternatively, click the trash icon on the panel to delete a keyword tag. Note that deleting a keyword tag doesn’t delete files.

  • New Search Using <keyword tag name> keyword tag. This command searches through a catalog and displays all the photos assigned the keyword tag in the Organizer window.

  • Add media with <keyword tag name> keyword tag to search results. Select media in the Organizer window that you want to add to the search results.

  • Exclude media with <keyword tag name> keyword tag from search results. Select photos in the Organizer window and choose this command to exclude the selected photos from the search.

  • Attach <keyword tag name> keyword tag to <n> selected items. Select a file in the Organizer window and choose this command to attach the keyword tag to the file. If you select one photo in the Organizer, the number <n> is 1.

    Selecting more than one photo changes the number to the total number of selected images. When you open a contextual menu, the selected images are added to the keyword tag where the contextual menu is opened.

Keyword tags are saved automatically with the catalog you work with. By default, Elements creates a catalog and automatically saves your work to it. If you happen to create another catalog, your keyword tags disappear. Be aware of which catalog is open when you create keyword tags in order to return to them.