Monthly Archives: January 2015

Progress on organising photos

As I wrote about last time, I have been trying to organise my photos with Photoshop Elements (PSE) Organizer. I did put all my photos in there and I followed instructions from a great blog about how to organise photos using it. Unfortunately I personally had trouble with this. I was trying to ‘stack’ my alphas but my computer kept hanging. I am not sure if that was due to the software or my computer. The blog I followed said it worked, and it did, but I think maybe I have too many images for it to cope. The only ones I was putting in there were my digital scrapbooking (DS) supplies. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the blog I was reading or I would put the url in here, sorry.

After my problems with PSE Organizer, I decided to try iPhoto again. As I said in my previous post, it has been about 5 years since I tried it. I have iPhoto09. I spent Xmas time cleaning up my images. I sorted all my digital scrap supplies and got rid of heaps of duplicate photos and digital scrapbooking (DS) images. I created a directory called _Digital Kits and under that I have directories for each kit I purchased. I do not separate them further than that. If the kit has sub-directories when I download them then I leave it that way.


I create the directory with an underscore as the first character because this forces MAC to sort that to the top of the pile. Unlike Windows, MAC does not automatically sort directories before files, it intersperses them. I personally do not like this, so all my directories where I am also going to store files have  an underscore first.   Here is a screenshot of my directory structure for my DS images.

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The next step was to import them all into iPhoto. Because I already have them in directories, simply select Import to Library and select the directories you want to import. iPhoto will automatically add them as Events in iPhoto with the name of the directory as the event name.  You can see this below. If the name is not what you want, just update it the same as any MAC filename, by hitting enter.

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After importing there are a couple of things that you can change to make your digital scrapbooking much easier.

Change the Event cover photo. That means you know more easily what is in each DS events easier to see. Go into the event so you can see all the images in there, select the one you want by right clicking on that image and selecting ‘make key photo’ as per below.  In this instance the kit I am looking at is Birdsong by Valentina’s Creations that you can get over at  A beautiful kit I would highly recommend.


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To see a full images, double click on it.

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To see larger images of all the files, use the slide bar on the bottom right hand corner.

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To open the image in a particular program, change it under Preferences. I like mine to open in PSE as this is where I do my DS.

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Click on the photo you want to open and select the Edit button at the bottom of the window.

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I will share some of my layouts with you and some more tips on another day.