Transferring Files to a New Organizer
by Linda Sattgast
Photoshop Elements 13 has just come out and brought with it a flurry of questions about the Organizer. Here are some answers:
Will installing a new version of Photoshop Elements over-write my old version?
No. It creates new, separate software on your computer. I have multiple versions of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements on my computer so I can help people out with questions about older versions.
IMPORTANT: Do not uninstall your old version before installing the new version if you plan to transfer the files from the old Organizer to the new one. Yes, you can create a back-up and install it from there, but it’s a lot easier to transfer from a currently active Organizer.
How do I transfer the files in my old Organizer to the New One?
The first time you open the upgraded version of the Organizer it will ask you if you want to port over your old catalog to the new one. Say yes! This will import all your photos, files, and tags. If you say no, you will have to manually import your files, which isn’t the end of the world, but it will probably take a little while, depending on how many files you have.
Will the new Organizer keep all my tags?
Yes. However, if you’re moving from a really old version (Photoshop Elements 10 or below) the new Organizer will be quite different, so you may need to go through some extra steps to restore your Tag Tree.
How do I transfer my Tag Tree from an older version?
If you are upgrading from an older version, your Tag Tree may not have transferred. You can get the new Organizer working very much like your old one by importing your organizational keyword Tag Tree from a prior version. To do this:
- Open your old Organizer and make sure the Keyword Tags panel is visible.
- Click on the green plus (+) button at the top and choose Save Keyword Tags to File.
- Choose a place to save your Keyword Tags document where you can easily locate it again (your desktop, for example) and click OK.
- If you can’t find what I’m describing, google “Save Keyword Tags Photoshop Elements (your version).”
Your next step is to import this file to the new Organizer.
- Open the new Organizer.
- In the lower right corner of the Organizer, click on the Tags/Info icon.
- In the upper right corner of the Organizer, click on the Tags option. In the Photoshop Elements 13 Organizer, you’ll see four categories: Keywords, People Tags, Places Tags, Events Tags.
- Click on the green plus mark next to Keywords to open a menu.
- Choose Import Keyword Tags from File.
- Navigate to the file you created with your earlier version and double click on it to select it and install your Keyword Tree.
- Twirl open Keywords to see the tags.
- Click on a tag to see the files with that tag.
In the future, when you import files that already have keyword tags, you’ll get a dialog box with all the keywords listed. Check the option below the listed keywords that says Select All and click OK. The Organizer will import all the tags along with your photos. These tags will go in a tag called Imported Keyword Tags at the bottom of the Keyword Tag panel. You can move them to a spot in your Keyword Tree or leave them where they are. Twirl the Imported Keyword Tags closed if you don’t want to see them.
How do I get a folder view of my files?
On the left side of the Organizer you have a choice of Albums or Folders. Click Folders. By default this will show your folders in alphabetical order.
To get a Folder Tree view that mimics your computer navigation system, open the menu in the upper right corner of the Folders panel and choose View as Tree.
I hope this has helped clear up the mystery of the new and improved Organizer 13. It really is quite elegant and easy to use once you get familiar with it!
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Author: Linda Sattgast | firstname.lastname@example.org
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