Photoshop Elements 15 Organizer: Uploading photos from your Camera

This exercise covers uploading images from your digital camera or card reader to your computer using the Organizer of Photoshop Elements. Click here to see how to import pictures already on your computer.

What follows assumes that you have previously set the desired PSE preferences. To download a PDF file of this tutorial, please click here.

1.     Open the Organizer of Photoshop Elements.

2.     Connect your camera or a card reader to one of your computer’s USB connectors before turning on your camera or inserting your card into the reader.

3.     For a camera, put it in the normal Playback mode and turn it on if required. If you are using a card reader, insert the memory card into the appropriate slot.

4.     The Windows Auto Play dialog box similar to the one below may appear. If/when it does, click on the red X in the upper right hand corner to close it.



Auto Play Dialog With Camera/Card Reader Connected


5.     On the Menu bar, click on Import > From Camera or Card Reader as shown below.






6.     The simplified Photo Downloader dialog may open as shown in the figure below. If it does, click on the Advanced Dialog button as shown in the figure.




The Advanced Dialog is shown in the next figure.





7.     You should then see a bright blue bar at the top of the dialog that says Select Your Device. Click on the down arrow and select your camera/card reader in the drop down list. PSE 15 immediately reads your card reader/camera and displays thumbnails of each of the images it finds as shown in the figure below. Note, in the figure below, I have connected my iPhone to the computer. PSE 15 treats it as a camera. Also note that for an iPhone/iPad, it displays all of the photos and videos in your Camera Roll.


Also, since you will probably have far more photos on your iPhone than you want to upload, you will probably want to click on Uncheck All in the lower left of the dialog, and then click on the small square by each photo you want to upload.





Note, no images have been copied to the computer yet.


8.     Each of the thumbnails has a small white box just outside of its lower right corner which has a green check indicating that image will be copied to the computer. To skip any images, click on its white box to remove the green check.

9.     On the right side of the dialog are the options (storage location, red eye removal etc.) that will be used during the upload process. For our purposes, we will assume that you have already set these using the desired Edit > Preferences and are satisfied with the choices shown. See the figure below.





10.   Click on the Get Media button in the lower right corner of the dialog to begin copying the photos to your computer.




11.   After a short time, a small brief message appears for a second or so indicating how many images were imported. The imported images are then displayed in the grid and are ready for tagging etc.

12.   You can now disconnect the camera or card reader in the appropriate manner. For an iPhone/iPad, out can simply remove the device.

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Until next time.



Photoshop Elements 15 Organizer: Importing Photos From a Disk Drive

Assuming that you are just starting out using the Organizer in PSE 15 (actually any version of PSE), you are going to want to begin to populate your Catalog with pictures and videos. You are either going to want to upload new pictures from your camera or smartphone, or import pictures already on your PC.

Here, I will cover the latter. Importing from your camera or smartphone will be covered later.

Clicking on the figure below, will open a PDF file that describes the steps. I am using PSE 15, but the steps and figures are the same for recent previous versions of Elements.


I also have a YouTube video that explains importing photos from your PC into the Organizer’s catalog. The example specifically uses a folder you created on your desktop into which you have downloaded pictures from the internet, or possibly copied pictures you received from an email. This video uses PSE 14, but again, the screens and steps are identical for PSE 15. Click on the figure below to view the video.


In both examples, you are just taking an inventory of what is on your computer and letting the Organizer of PSE know where the pictures are located. The pictures themselves are not moved or altered. Generally speaking you will be importing the photos contained in the Pictures folder on your C Drive. But as you have seen, the concept is the same no matter where they are contained on your PC.

I will cover importing images from you camera or smartphone in a later post, so stay tuned.

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Overview of Photoshop Elements Organizer Workspace

The Organizer’s workspace (screen) has evolved over the past few versions. One of the new features is the new search screen. This and other features are surveyed in this video. Using the various Views and features will be covered in detail in future videos and articles.


If you found this video helpful, please watch for new videos and tutorials coming soon.

Photoshop Elements 15 Preferences – Starting Off Right

If you are new to Photoshop Elements, or only an occasional user, you should verify that the defaults for the various options are set to your liking. Most of them can remain at their default or as-installed settings, but it is a good idea to review them anyway.

Click on the figure below to see how to check the preferences for both the Organizer and the Photo Editor.


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Overview of Photoshop Elements 15 Organizer Views

When Adobe introduced Photoshop Elements 11 several years ago now, they totally redesigned the user interface, and the workflows that are used to effectively use the Organizer. One of the main additions that were introduced were Views.

The views are shown at the top of the Organizer’s screen and are eLive, Media, People, Places, and Events. These views and the features they contain have continued to evolve since then.

A PDF tutorial that overviews these views can be opened by clicking on the figure below. Future posts will go into more detail on using these views and their features.


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PSE 15’s Organizer is Like a Public Library

One of the great things about Photoshop Elements 15 (and all versions) is that not only is it a powerful photo editor, but it makes managing your image library relatively simple, and yes, even fun. But you need to understand how it works.

By far, the biggest frustration I have observed with new and sometimes experienced users of Elements is using the Organizer. Somewhere along the way, they have done something that has caused the Organizer to lose track of where their photos are located. They get frustrated, and may even stop using the Organizer altogether. This denies them the opportunity to take advantage of the vast number of easy to use features that the Organizer provides.

Here is the Cardinal Rule for effective and stress free use of the Organizer.

Once you have imported images into the Catalog, you must not delete, move, or rename them, unless you use the applicable commands within the Organizer.

That means you cannot use Windows Explorer (File Explorer in Windows 10) to do these things.

Here is a link to a video that explains why this is the case.

Understanding this concept will make using the Organizer so much easier and pain free.

Stay tuned for more tutorials on how to use the Organizer and the Photo Editor of PSE 15 in future posts.

Photoshop Elements 15 is Here!

As they have done for the last several years,  Adobe has announced their latest version of Photoshop Elements this morning, Photoshop Elements 15.

Photoshop Elements is arguably the top selling consumer photo organizing and editing program in the world. Its editor is based on the same engine as Photoshop CC, and includes several of the same capabilities as the industry standard program. They have been simplified to make it easier for the average or occasional user.

Its Organizer can do almost all of the photo management tasks that the powerful and popular Lightroom CC can, and like Lightroom CC, it is uses powerful database technology.

PSE 15 remains a boxed product not subscription-based like PS CC and LR CC.

As is generally the case, PSE 15 is an incremental improvement and expansion to PSE 14. But the new features and performance improvements may well be worth you upgrading, even if you already have PSE 14. If your version is anything older than that, it is probably time you upgrade.

Within the Organizer, the most exciting new features are focused on the new Search capability, which includes Smart Tags and a new easier to use search screen.  Internally, the Organizer’s performance has been improved, especially when using Facial Recognition.

Within the Editor, one of the new features is the ability to design your own custom frames and then save them for future use. This is certainly going to be very popular with digital scrap-bookers.

Here is the link to the Adobe announcement for Photoshop Elements 15.


Also, I made a short video slideshow that identifies some of the new features in Photoshop Elements. Its link is shown below.


In the coming weeks, I will be posting a series of tutorials and videos that will help you to come up to speed with Photoshop Elements 15. Many of them will be directly applicable to PSE 14, as well.

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A 3D Panorama Starting with a Video

In my last post, I outlined the steps to make a 3D panorama starting with a series of overlapping single image files. As pointed out in that post, it requires several steps after you have captured the images.

In this post, I link to a 3D panorama that started as a video that I shot while simply rotating my DJI Phantom through 360-degrees.

Shooting the video is much easier, because I do not have to worry about properly overlapping the images to be stitched. ICE handles that for me.

Of course the tradeoff is the quality or how closely you can zoom in when viewing the panorama is not as good as when the panorama is based on still images. That is because video files, even 4K videos, are no match for the still images produced by digital cameras, or even many smartphones.

Here is the link to the panorama.


It is not nearly as sharp and clear as those produced from still images. My Phantom 2 only shots HD video. New models shoot full 4K video which would significantly improve the results.

Another 3D Aerial Panorama – How I did It

In my previous post, I linked to a 3D panorama I had shot from my DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drone. In this post, I am linking to a video that demonstrates how I did it. It was a multi-step process, but producing the 3D panorama only uses a couple of free Microsoft programs, which are easy to use they way I did.

By the way, my example uses a sequence of six shots that I took from my Phantom, but they could have just as easily been shot from my hand-held camera. The YouTube video does not include audio annotation to show just how easy it is to create the 3D panorama. Click on the image below to watch the demo.

ICE and Photosynth title

The panorama was shot from above yet another huge soccer complex across the street from the Silverlakes Soccer Complex in Norco/Eastvale CA. Silverlakes can be seen towards the end of the video.

Click on the link below to see the final 3D panorama. Using the scroll wheel on the mouse, zoom in and pan around. There is a tremendous amount of detail captured in the photo.

Silverlakes Pan Link

Please let me know in the comments below if you have used these two programs to produce your own 3D panoramas. How did they work for you? There are other programs available that can produce similar and often superior results. Have you used them?

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I’m Not There Yet – Not by a Long Shot

This video by Colin Smith is well beyond anything I will probably do  – ever! He flies three DJI drones at one time over the ocean off Laguna Beach, CA.

I have yet to take my Phantom 2 Vision+ that far out into the water. He flew the three at one time to compare photos from the different cameras installed on each drone. However, the video does show just how easy it is to fly one. Put into the proper mode, take your hands off of the controls, and they just hover. Very impressive.


Three Drones

Let me know what you think of this post, and its video.