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Photoshop® Elements 8 After the Shoot by Mark Fitzgerald

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Chapter 4. Building and Maintaining an Organized System

When you begin using a digital camera, one of the first things you notice is that you begin shooting lots of photos because you can take as many pictures as you like. However, if you don't take time to get organized, this blessing can quickly turn into a curse. That large number of photos you shoot makes it more difficult to find specific photos when you need them. This chapter is designed to show you some common methods for organizing your photos so that you can find any photo whenever you need it.

Using Keyword Tags

After you import photos into the Organizer, it's very important to use keyword tags to categorize them. Essentially, keyword tags are virtual tags that are placed on photos to identify image content or some other important feature of a photo. For example, whenever I import a photo of one of my dogs, I always place a keyword on the photos with the name of the dog. Then when I want to find photos of one of them, I do a keyword tag search for whichever dog I'm searching for. No matter where on my system the files are located, if they're tagged correctly, I'll find them instantly.

The Keyword Tags panel

The Keyword Tags panel, shown in Figure 4.1, is where most of the action happens when it comes to keywording. You use it to create and manage all your keywords.

The Keyword Tags panel comes stocked with these standard keyword categories: People, Places, Events, Other, and Imported Keyword Tags. You may not see the Imported ...

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