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Hour 2. Image Collection and Management > Organizing and Sharing Graphics

Organizing and Sharing Graphics

One of the most important aspects of dealing with large numbers of graphics is being able to organize them. Maybe you’ve had a roll of film developed and the negatives scanned so that you received the images on CD rather than as paper prints. When you put such a disk in your drive, you’re faced with a couple dozen files, not necessarily in the order you took the pictures. Maybe some of the pictures were taken outside and some inside, or some vertical and some horizontal, some with people and some without. How can you quickly sift through the image files to rename them and organize them into folders?

Windows XP uses the My Pictures folder to let you preview and organize large groups of images because it uses Thumbnails view by default. Thumbnails view lets you preview each image in the current folder. To preview images in any Windows XP folder, choose Thumbnails from the Views menu when exploring a folder. Macintosh OS X uses iPhoto to show thumbnail views of images you would like to preview and organize. This book will use the Windows XP Sample Pictures folder, under the My Pictures folder, for the images in this example.


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