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Chapter 4. Viewing and Finding Photos and Videos

Chapter 4. Viewing and Finding Photos and Videos

Being able to easily and quickly find the photos you're looking for—or just browse them by subject or time—is the payoff for investing in organization. Photoshop Elements' Organizer provides a variety of methods for finding and viewing photos—you can view them in a grid of thumbnails, one at a time, or full-screen.

The Organizer can help you find photos even if you haven't done any organizing with tags or collections. Just scrolling through the Photo Browser or Date View is often enough to find photos quickly if you know approximately when they were taken.

You can also find photos according to their history. For example, if you haven't been diligent about using the Favorites tag or star ratings, you can still find all the photos you've ever printed, or all that you've ever emailed—each group probably includes many of your favorites.

And of course, if you've tagged your photos, you can instantly find them using one or more tags. For example, when I'm looking for a photo of my family to use in a holiday card, all I have to do is search on the Michael, Irene, Amanda, and Gregory tags to view photos that include us all.

When I'm collecting a set of photos for a holiday letter, I perform a series of searches using various tags, such as the one for a vacation we took during the summer, or the kids' school performances. After each search, I add my favorite photos to a collection and remove some if I chose too many. The result is a nice set of photos to share.

In this chapter, you'll learn about each of these approaches and more for finding and viewing photos. These techniques are the key to getting the most out of the Organizer.

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