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Start Me Up: mastering the file browser > Sorting and Arranging Your Photos

Sorting and Arranging Your Photos

Ah, finally we get to the fun part—actually sorting and arranging photos. Back in Elements 2, there really wasn’t much sorting—you just kind of looked at the photos and you left it at that. Luckily, that’s all changed in Elements 3, and now the File Browser is more like your own personal light table. And if moving your photos around manually sounds like too much work, the File Browser can even do some sorting for you—automatically.

Drag-and-drop

In Elements 3, if you want a particular photo in a particular spot in your main thumbnail window, you just click on that photo and drag it there. For example, if you want an image to appear in a different row, just click on its thumbnail and drag it in that row. A thick, black vertical bar lets you know where the dragged thumbnail will land. You can treat the main thumbnail window like your own personal light box, dragging photos into the exact order you want them. Besides this manual way of sorting photo by photo, you can have Elements 3 do some basic sorting for you (as you’ll see in the next step).


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