Meet the Adobe® Photoshop® Organizer
So here we are, this is the Organizer, okay? And sometimes it can be a little tricky to know, am I in the Organizer, am in the Editor? 'Cause they look really similar, they've got a bunch of tools and stuff, and all your images, so. But here we are, this is the Organizer. And we're not gonna spend a lot of time in this today, but I wanted to show you how it works. When you're in the space right here, we're looking at the Media, so this is what's known as a catalog. So, just like in Lightroom, you've got a catalog of all of your images that you've imported to the software. And I like to clarify that, when you import your images into Photoshop Elements Organizer, just like when you do it in Lightroom, you're not copying the files or moving them on your hard drive. If you think of the word import instead of like it sounds, like you're importing things, think of it more like you're indexing. So you're really just telling Photoshop that these files exist on your hard drive, and it's connect...
ing. It's making little links to those files wherever they are on your hard drive and just showing them to you here in the Organizer. So, by importing photos, I haven't copied them or moved them or anything. They're just being acknowledged here in the catalog. So I have a collection of images here that have been imported, and this is what we're gonna be working with today. What's really cool about the Organizer is, if you are like most people, you probably have a hard drive that's just filled with photos in a less-than-organized manner, right? It might be a little messy even. So, unless you are really good about imposing structure into your images, into your file folders, which you should be, you should be good at that, at least try to be disciplined, but sometimes we slip in that department. What I like about the Organizer is that, even if you've done pretty much no organization to your images, you can find them very easily using what's called the Timeline. So, just to show you how that works, if I come up to the View menu and I choose Timeline, I get this Timeline across the top of my screen. Now I don't have a ton of images in here, so there's just a few stacks, but you see these little stacks right here, they represent amounts of photos taken in that month or that year. So I can jump to a certain chunk of photos just based on where I click in my Timeline. So it makes it really easy to find a certain trip that you took back in 2010 or whatever, you can just jump to 2010 and see everything from then. And it's actually broken up by month, so that I think is really handy. So, even if you do nothing else to organize your photos, as long as you have the date and time in your camera set properly, you have some instant organization, and I like that, 'cause it's really simple and low maintenance, so I think that's pretty cool. But anyway, that's just a quick overview of the Organizer here. You can do some really basic fixing in the Organizer. I mean super basic. So, in fact, they just call it an Instant Fix. So let me scroll down to an image that I thought we might use for this, I think this one here. So I'm just gonna double-click it to enlarge it here in this area. And down here there's this Tag Info button and there's an Instant Fix. So if I click the Instant Fix button, I get some options here of ways that I can tweak this image. Now, if you've ever used Photoshop or the Editor, the Photoshop Elements Editor, you will see that this is pretty limited, right? So that is true, but that's because it's just the Instant Fix. So cut it some slack, right? It's Instant Fix, it's okay. So what we might wanna do here, I don't know, we can just click Smart Fix. And we'll just let Elements run that. It's gonna do like a basic, whoa. (laughs) Color correction or whatever it thinks is an exposure correction. I'm not sure I like what it did there. (laughs) I think that was a little over the top there, Elements. So, let me show you the most useful keyboard shortcut, which is Undo, right? So, on a Mac, it's command Z, and on a PC it would be control Z, and that's gonna undo whatever you last did. Down here in Elements, you'll also notice there's an Undo button, so if you are not into keyboard shortcuts for whatever reason, you can come down here and click that.