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.

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