We are about to embark on a journey together – learning to create digital scrapbook pages using Photoshop Elements. In this very long and fun series, we are going to use the program and also learn some great techniques for creating Awesome Digital Scrapbook pages. Let the fun begin. Grab a cup of coffee and let’s get started.
Photoshop Elements Organizer
Organizer is a powerful tool to help you keep track of your photos and digital scrapbooking supplies. It is very simple and straightforward to use. If you are like me, you have hundreds of photos and a huge quantity of digital scrapbooking supplies to keep track of. Organizer creates a database of your files as you tag them. Think of Organizer as a file cabinet, where you can easily access everything you need to create your digital scrapbooking pages.
I think it is a good practice to store all of your photos and digital scrapbooking supplies on an external USB or hard drive (1-3 TB size). Then you can easily connect the external drive, when you are uploading photos, adding new digital scrapbooking supplies or are ready to scrapbook.
Before you begin using Organizer, give some thought as to the best way to organize your photos and digital scrapbooking supplies on your storage drive. Spend the time it takes to setup the appropriate folders and subfolders. This makes using the Organizer much more efficient (see Tip 2 below). The following charts show examples of photo and supply organization ideas.
Let’s get started. When you first launch Photoshop Elements, you are given two workspace options – Organizer and Photo Editor
Choose the Organizer option. Now you will see some of the photos and digital scrapbooking supplies that I have uploaded.
- The left side of the screen shows the folders where my photos and supplies are located on my hard drive and external drive.
- The center of the screen, shows thumbnails of my uploaded photos and supplies
- The right side of the screen shows the keyword list that I am using.
Let’s get started using Organizer. We will add a photo and tag it for easy retrieval when we are ready to create our digital scrapbooking pages.
- Choose file>Get Photos and Videos>From Files and Folders (Ctrl+Shift+G)
- Browse your hard drive (or external drive) for the photo you want to add
- Select the photo and click open. Your photo will appear in your center workspace.
- In this photo, I have multiple people and an event to tag.
- First, I insert a Meta tag for each person and event in the photo. To do this, simply type your keywords in the box, located at the bottom right side of your work screen. Add as many keywords as you need. I try to think of as many keywords that might be used in my scrapbook pages. I tag the person, the person and a year, and the event. This is so helpful when you later want to find photos for a page or an album.
Continue this process, until you have your photos tagged and stored.
Let’s search for the relevant photos and supplies that I want to work on. To do this:
- Choose Find>By Details. You will be given a search box. Select “Keyword Tags” and then choose the Meta data tags you are seeking. Press Choose.
- Now you have a work screen of the photos and supplies that pertain to the Meta data tags you selected.
- Choose Edit>Select All. Once all of the files are selected, choose the Editor Button on the bottom of your screen. This launches Photo Editor, with all of your photos and supply previews selected.
- Tip: I also tag my digital scrapbooking supplies previews. I “cross-tag” my photos and previews, when possible, to make it easier to find everything, when I am ready to create my scrapbook pages.
- Tip2: Organizer creates a “link” to your photos and supplies. Make sure that your photos and supplies are organized on your hard drive or external drive. If you move any tagged item, the “link” is broken.
- Tip 3: When tagging your kit previews, use as many descriptive keyword tags as you can think of. Tags for events that that the kit could be use for, colors that are predominant, theme of the kit are great starter ideas. You can add more tags later.
- Tip 4: When tagging paper packs, you can use tags such as pixel width 3600, predominant color or colors, theme etc.
- Tip 5: When tagging embellishments, tag the type, i.e. buttons, flowers, ribbons, color or colors, etc.
- Tip 6: PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS also includes a catalog backup feature. Go to File>Backup to CD, DVD or Hard Drive.
- Tip7: Tagging photos is not difficult, but it can be time consuming. I try to tag photos and supplies while I am relaxing in the evening.
Let’s Get Scrapping!