8. About Importing Images from a Cell Phone
You Should Know
2 Perform an Initial Scan for Media
Many modern cell phones come equipped with a built-in digital camera. Granted, the resulting photos are usually small and of poor quality, but these cell phones are useful in capturing those unexpected moments that happen from time to time. For example, you might use your cell phone to record an accident scene before the arrival of the police, to capture the sudden appearance of a celebrity, or to preserve a funny moment. If you've captured important photos using your cell phone, you'll want to import them into the catalog where they can be organized, retouched, and printed as needed.
Typically, digital images captured with a cell phone have a resolution somewhere between 1 and 3 MP, but even so, given the lower quality lens and digital sensor incorporated into most cell phone cameras, the resulting images are most likely going to be fairly low quality. So you might not want to import a lot of these cell photos into the Organizer, or attempt to print them in a large size because they will probably look fairly grainy.
The folks at Adobe recognize the popularity of cell phones with digital cameras and have anticipated your need to occasionally preserve and organize these images, even if they are of low-resolution and small size. Unfortunately, although cell phones are fairly similar in nature, the way in which they implement their digital camera technology isn't. Therefore, Photoshop Elements provides several different methods for importing cell phone images into the Organizer catalog. You'll have to use the method that works with your particular cell phone:
If your cell phone stores its digital photo images on a removable memory card, you can import the images directly from the card reader. See 5 Import Images from a Digital Camera.
If you can connect your cell phone directly to the computer using a cable, or through some type of wireless connection (such as infrared or Bluetooth), you can manually copy the images to the computer. First, set up a folder you want to use exclusively for cell phone photos and then tell Organizer which folder you're using: choose Edit, Preferences, Mobile Phone from the Organizer menu. The Preferences dialog box appears. Click Browse, select the cell phone image folder, and click OK. You return to the Preferences dialog box. Click OK again to finalize your changes. Whenever you transfer photos from your cell phone into the designated folder, import them into the catalog by clicking the Get Photos button on the Shortcuts bar and choosing From Mobile Phone from the menu. You can also choose File, Get Photos, From Mobile Phone.
If your cell phone is compatible with Nokia Suites 6.2, and you have installed that software, you'll be able to use the program to import images directly into the catalog. See 5 Import Images from a Digital Camera.
You can start the Organizer from the Welcome Window by clicking the View and Organize Photos button. From the Editor, you can start the Organizer by clicking Photo Browser.
If you set up a cell phone image folder, you can tell Organizer to watch that folder and automatically import new images into the catalog whenever it detects any. See 11 Import New Media Automatically.
If your cell phone carrier is an Adobe service partner, you'll be able to import your images after uploading them to a special Web site on the Internet. First, upload the images as described in your cell phone manual. Then start Organizer, click the Get Photos button on the Shortcuts bar, and select From Online Sharing Service from the list that appears. You can also choose File, Get Photos, From Online Sharing Service from the menu bar. The Get Photos from Online Sharing Service dialog box appears. Select your service and click OK. Then follow the onscreen instructions to import the images into the Organizer catalog.
Select your carrier from those listed on the right and click OK. The Organizer connects to the Web and downloads your images onto the hard diskand into the catalog.