Working in the
Photo Browser
The centerpiece of the Photoshop Elements
Organizer is the Photo Browser; a flexible
workspace, providing a number of options
for customizing the way that you manage
and view your image files. Throughout the
course of this chapter well cover a variety of
ways to work in the Photo Browser to label,
identify, and organize your photos. But first it
will be important to know how best to select,
sort, and display the image thumbnails
within the main Photo Browser window.
To select photo thumbnails:
Do one of the following:
Click to select a thumbnail in the Photo
Browser.
A heavy blue line appears, indicating that
the thumbnail is selected (Figure 13.4).
Ctrl+click to randomly select several
thumbnails at once (Figure 13.5).
Shift+click to select a group of thumb-
nails in sequence (Figure 13.6).
From the Edit menu, choose Select All, or
press Ctrl+A to select every thumbnail in
the Photo Browser.
Figure 13.6 Shift+click to select consecutive
thumbnails.
Figure 13.5 Ctrl+click to select nonconsecutive
thumbnails.
Figure 13.4 A selected thumbnail is bordered
with a heavy blue line.
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Figure 13.8 When you select the Import Batch option,
thumbnails in the Photo Browser are displayed in
grouped, batch sets.
Figure 13.7 You can select from one of four options to
sort thumbnails in the Photo Browser.
To deselect photo thumbnails:
Do one of the following:
Ctrl+click to deselect a single thumbnail.
From the Edit menu, choose Deselect All,
or press Ctrl+Shift+A to deselect every
thumbnail in the Photo Browser.
To sort photo thumbnails:
From the Arrangement pop-up menu in
the lower-left corner of the Photo Browser,
choose from one of four sorting options
(Figure 13.7).
Date (Newest First) displays the photos
that you have taken or imported into
Photoshop Elements most recently first.
Date (Oldest First) displays photos in
order from the first one taken to the last.
Import Batch displays photos grouped
together into the batches they were
imported in. Included with each batch
is information on when the batch was
imported and from what source
(Figure 13.8).
Folder Location displays photos grouped
together into the folders in which they’re
stored, and provides detailed file-path
information to make it easy to locate the
folder and original files on your hard drive.
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To resize photo thumbnails:
In the lower-right corner of the Photo
Browser, drag the thumbnail slider to the
right to increase the size of the thumb-
nails, or to the left to make them smaller
(Figure 13.9).
Click the Small Thumbnail button to
the left of the slider to display the
thumbnails at their smallest possible
size (Figure 13.10).
Click the Single Photo View button to the
left of the slider to display just one large
photo thumbnail at a time.
Tip
You can quickly toggle between your cur-
rent multiple thumbnail view settings and
Single Photo View. Simply double-click on
any thumbnail in the Photo Browser to
automatically change to Single Photo
View. Then, double-click the large Single
Photo View image to return to your most
recent multiple thumbnail view settings.
Figure 13.10 The Small Thumbnail button displays the
thumbnails at their smallest size.
Figure 13.9 When you drag the thumbnail slider to the
right, the thumbnails grow larger (top). When you drag
the slider to the left, they become smaller (bottom).
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Instant Slide Shows with Photo Review
Photoshop Elements Organizer provides
an efficient and entertaining way to view a
series of images. Photo Review builds an
instant slide show, complete with transi-
tions and a background music track, from
thumbnails that you select in the Photo
Browser. And Photo Review not only dis-
plays large format views of your images,
but also allows you to rotate, and apply
automatic color and tonal corrections on
the fly as the slide show plays.
To use the Photo Review feature, first
choose which images you want to view
by selecting them in the Browser window.
(If you don’t make any selections, Photo
Review will automatically display every
image in your Photo Browser.) From the
View menu, choose Photo Review to open
the Photo Review dialog box. In the Photo
Review dialog box, you can set options for
slide duration, captions, and image size,
and then choose from one of the supplied
background music tracks (Figure 13.11).
(If you like, you can browse for and select
any MP3 file on your computer to use as
background music.) When you’re satisfied
with your settings, click OK. Your screen
displays your images in Photo Review
mode, where you can use a control bar to
play the slide show and make minor image
corrections (Figure 13.12). To return to
the Organizer, click the Exit button on the
control bar, or press Esc.
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Figure 13.12 Use the control bar in Photo Review to
play and pause your slide show, and rotate and apply
Quick Fix effects to your images while you review them.
Figure 13.11 Photoshop Elements ships with a
collection of looping music clips that you can use as
background tracks for your Photo Review slide shows.

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