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33. About Finding Items in the Catalog

Before You Begin

24 About Organizing Items

If you take full advantage of the power and potential of digital photography, before very long, the Organizer catalog will be filled with thousands of photographs. In addition, your catalog may also contain a lot of digital video, audio files, and creations. As you learned in 24 About Organizing Items, you don't have to store all those thousands of media files on your hard drive unless you want to. You can choose to offload your media files onto CD-R or writeable DVD media, and still include those offline items in the Organizer catalog. So, regardless of where items are stored, if they are in the catalog, they can be easy to find and use when needed. By the way, if you decide to edit an offline item or use it in a creation, the Organizer will tell you which disc to insert in your optical drive so that it can access the proper file.


Because your catalog contains a listing of all your media files, markers, notes, captions, and other organizational information such as offline disc location, you wouldn't want to ever lose it. So, protect your catalog by backing it up from time to time. This process backs up your actual media files too. See 14 Back Up the Organizer Catalog.

Just because your catalog may have countless rows of thumbnails does not mean that it is less manageable, or that your media files are more difficult to find than when you had only a few dozen thumbnails to contend with. After each image file has been imported, the catalog automatically begins tracking that image's filename, location, file date, and file type, along with the Exchangeable Image File (EXIF) data that your camera/scanner stored in the file when the image was shot or scanned. If you import an audio or movie file, its filename, location, file date, and file type are tracked too. So, without doing any work other than importing a media file, you can locate an item immediately if you know any of its file data.


EXIF (Exchangeable Image File) Data attached to a photo file that contains the key settings the camera used when the photo was shot. This data typically includes the resolution, color gamut (color range), image size, compression, shutter speed, and f-stop. An EXIF-aware application such as Photoshop Elements can use this data to adjust the image so that it appears, when displayed or printed, as closely to the way the image looked when shot as possible. Other programs, such as Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat, can amend the EXIF data to include tags and copyright information; these tags can be read by Photoshop Elements and imported into the Organizer with the image.

The true organizational magic begins, however, when you associate any number of markers to the items in the catalog. The markers enable you to keep track of what's important about a particular itemfor instance, whether it's a holiday, party, or other special event, or whether the shot was taken indoors or outdoors. You can add notes and captions to your catalog items, making it even easier to locate a particular media file when needed. See 31 Add a Text Caption or Note and 27 Attach a Marker to an Item for more information.

If you make any changes to a digital image file and you start the editing process through the Organizer, the program will keep track of when these changes occurred. This is true whether you use the Organizer's Auto Fix tool, the Editor's tools, or some other graphics editor such as Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro to make the changes. This makes it possible for you to search for "the family photo I edited last month." If you include a photo in a card, photo album, or slideshow, the Organizer will keep track of that fact as well, enabling you to search for just the images or other media files used in creations. (See 35 Find Items of the Same Media Type.)


EXIF data such as image resolution will not be saved in a scanned image if you use Microsoft Office Document Imaging to perform the scan. It's best to use the software that came with the scanner. In addition, some scanners might not be capable of recording EXIF datasee the scanner documentation.

You can add multiple tags to the Find bar and see just the items with all the tags, just one of them, or none of them, depending on other options you choose. You cannot, however, mix tag and collection markers on the Find bar to create a unique search, nor can you use more than one collection marker on the Find bar at a time.

Because the Organizer keeps track of so much, finding the file you want is simple. For example, by dragging a marker to the Find bar, you can display only the photos, audio, movie files, and creations with that marker. See 34 Find Items with the Same Marker. Get a closer look at this photo in the Color Gallery.

After marking the items in the catalog, you can easily locate media files with similar characteristics, such as images that include your wife and daughter.

Here are some of the other types of searches made possible by the Organizer:

  • You can quickly display only audio files, home movies, or creations. See 35 Find Items of the Same Media Type.

  • You can have the catalog show only those photos, audio, movie files, or creations that were shot or created on a particular day, or during a particular range of timesay, the last weekend of October. See 38 Find Items with the Same Date and 39 Find Items Within a Date Range.


    You can make searches easier by using specific, easy-to-remember keywords in your notes and captions. For example, if you often search for funny shots for use in your greeting cards, you could use the keyword funny or goofy in your image notes or captions to help you locate those shots when you need them.

  • If you wrote a caption or description (note) about an image, and you remember just a single key word or phrase from that description (for instance, Walt Disney World or wedding reception), you can retrieve the photo based on that text alone. See 37 Find Items with the Same Caption or Note.

  • Using the history stored on each item in the catalog, you can locate images you might have emailed or received, ordered prints for or shared through an online service, printed at home, or used in a creation. See 40 Find Items with the Same History.


    You cannot mix and match different types of searches. For example, if you're searching for items that contain one or more tags, and you begin a search for items you emailed to someone or that you included in a slideshow, the Organizer clears the current search by tags and processes your search by email or slideshow request as a new search.

    Whenever the Find bar displays some markers or other search criteria, some type of filtering is going on. For you, this means that not all your media files are currently visibleinstead, only those items matching the criteria shown on the Find bar are currently displayed. To redisplay all items in the catalog, click the Back to All Photos button on the Find bar.

  • If you can find a photo in the catalog that looks pretty similar to the image you're actually looking for, but you know it's not the one you want, you can have the Organizer retrieve all photos in the catalog that have a similar disposition of colors. Perhaps, for instance, you've found a picture of your spouse wearing the same sweater as she is wearing in the photo you want. There's a chance that the Organizer could retrieve similarly lit photos where your spouse is wearing that sweater. See 41 Find Images with Similar Color.

Understand the Find Bar

Just above the photo well in the Organizer window is a long bar marked with a binoculars icon. It's called the Find bar. You don't need to worry about displaying the Find bar, even if you're not currently searching for particular items, because it's always there. Whenever you have a search in progress, however, the Find bar shows you the different criteriathe markers, notes, or captions you're searching forthat each item in the well currently matches. If you're searching for items with certain collection or tag markers, those markers appear in the Find bar. If you're looking for the photos you used in a particular slideshow, the Find bar reads Used in along with the name of that slideshow. If you're looking for only those items to which you've attached audio captions (see 35 Find Items of the Same Media Type), the Find bar reads Items with Audio Captions.

The Find bar shows you the criteria for the currently displayed items.

One exception to this functionality deals with when you're searching for media files created during a particular period of time. In that case, the Timeline at the top of the window narrows itself to represent the range of time you've chosen, and the Find bar displays no search criteria at all. See 39 Find Items Within a Date Range to learn how such a search works.

You can add criteria to the Find bar to narrow a search. For example, you can start with one tag such as Birthday and then add another tag such as Ramona to display only Ramona's birthday photos, audio, movie files, and creations using those files. Instead of adding another tag to the search, you can exclude a tag from the search results. For example, you can tell the Organizer to display all the Birthday images that do not include Ramona. You clear that search and use the collection marker, Funny Moments, to help you locate the photo of Ramona throwing water on the Wicked Witch of the West at her Dorothy party, and hitting you instead. If you mean to start a new search, and there's already a search in progress, it's best to clear the Find bar of its current criteria first. To do that, just click the Back to All Photos button on the Find bar. This also resets the photo well so that all items in the catalog are displayed.


You can review the results of a previous search by clicking the Back button on the Shortcuts bar. You can return to the current search by clicking the Forward button.

When there's an active search in progress, the Find bar displays the number of matches and non-matches. After you perform a search, the matching items are displayed in the photo well, and a check mark appears next to the XX Best box on the Find bar (where XX represents the number of exact matches to all your criteria). To show those items that do not match the criteria in the Find bar, enable the XX Not check box (where XX represents the number of items that do not match the criteria). With both boxes selected, the photo well will display all the items in the catalog, but on the non-matches it will show a red Not icon (a circle with a slash) similar to the one on the Find bar. Matches won't have this icon.

You can control the display of matches, non-matches, and partial matches using the Find bar.

To have the photo well show only items that do not match the search criteria, you must uncheck the XX Best check box and enable only the XX Not check box. After you do this, all the items in the photo well feature the red Not icon. You could use the XX Not option, for example, to help you search for photos that do not include your son.


If you always want to display both matching and closely matching items when you conduct a new search, choose Edit, Preferences and select the General tab. Select the Show Closely Matching Sets for Searches option and click OK.

In a situation where there's more than one marker in the Find bar, only items with all the selected markers are displayed. You can, if you want, display items that have at least one of the markers but not all of them by selecting only the XX Close check box. Items that meet this special condition are adorned with a blue check mark Close icon. You can have the photo well show items that are both partial and complete matches by enabling both the XX Best and XX Close check boxes in the Find bar and by leaving the XX Not check box disabled.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 in a Snap
Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 in a Snap
ISBN: 067232668X
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
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