Monthly Archives: December 2014

Photoshop Elements Organizer

It has been a while since I posted anything to this site. Life has been getting in they way. However, i am back. I have decided to organise my photos on my computer.

First question is “what should I use?”  I have decided to try Photoshop Organizer that comes free with Photoshop Elements (PSE). I have version 10 of PSE and have had it for a few years now. I used version 6 for a long time before finally upgrading. PSE is one of those programs that I don’t believe you have to constantly upgrade, and it is reasonably inexpensive. I am talking about PSE here, not the full Photoshop which is hugely expensive. PSE does everything I need, so that suits me.

So, to answer your question, why am I wanting to organise my photos?  The reason is that I am doing some digital scrapbooking. I have done it in the past, and it worked out fine, using an online system.

{BTW, I use Albumworks. I decided to use this several years ago after lots of research. I love the quality of the pages and albums you get through them.}

Anyway, back to my story. I want to do some digital scrapbooking and have found in the past that using images for the decorative bits of an album via Albumworks was a bit tedious, so I have decided to try and do the scrapping in PSE and then copy and paste that into a “full bleed” page on Albumworks.  This will give me a nice 12×12 (inches) page so I can make up an album and still have it printed via Albumworks.  That way I can hopefully be more creative with less frustration by scrapping via PSE. Today I decided to import my images from my computer into Organizer.  This will automatically gather your images into the tool. It says I have over 164,000 images. What a shock!

Of course, I am sure I have lots of duplicates. I also have lots of digital scrapbooking images. I purchase kits and they often come with 50+ files.  I also research my family tree (see my web site sdfamilytree.com) and I have plenty of screenshots from web searches that I have done. Hopefully when this process finishes importing I will be able to easily organise them.

Now, I am a MAC user. So, I hear you ask, why don’t you use iPhoto?  Well, there is a good reason that I don’t. I find that when you put your images into iPhoto and say you want to find one to email it to someone or to use it as an image in PSE, it is very hard to do so. I mean, really hard. When I first got my MAC back in 2009 I put all my images into iPhoto. Then I went to copy an image into a document I was writing. Where was it? I certainly couldn’t find it, but Google helped. You have to search for the iPhoto document library. Copy them out is very difficult if you try to do this via iPhoto. You are not meant to go into the library under Finder. As a Windows user (back in 2009, although I still use a PC for work) I found this impossible to comprehend. Maybe now, 5 years later, I might be OK with that, having waded through some of the MAC idiosyncrasies.  I just didn’t want to try it again.  Once bitten and all that. So I am trying Organzier.

I shall let you know how I go.  My import is now up to 17%. It may take a while. I am off to watch some TV while I wait.

{Note, I am not getting paid by anyone for this post, these are just my personal opinions.}

cheers Debra