With Windows, the limited solution is to delete an hidden file (machineprefs) and to set the count to 100. You create a shortcut for that file and delete it when the count reaches 100... I have no idea where such a file is stored in Macs. The problem is much less critical if your workflow involves the organizer. The recent files list of the organizer (only files opened from the organizer) works as before. Also, most of the time, you are working with albums, keywords or import batches that help you to find recently edited files.
Windows users can use the explorer to display and sort files within a folder by date modified.
The ability to assign a note (a possibly very long text) to a file is an old, specific feature of Elements. The general use for today's editors (including Lightroom) is to assign a caption, which can be as long as you wish.
Incidentally, I rarely use notes and I never have to assign one to multiple files at the same time; you may have different requirements. If I had to, I could:
- paste the text in each individual file if they are just a few
- Assign a common tag with a note to your selected files.
- If the files are in a stack, I would paste the text on a new jpeg and add it to the stack.
I don't think it's likely that Adobe will change anything to that situation. If some day you want to migrate to Lightroom or any other software, you'll be happy if you have used captions instead of notes. Captions are a standard and easy to share.
There are a lot of add-ons, actions, scripts and plug-ins to help with the editor. Less so with the organizer.
Elements+ Its scripts don't target the organizer specifically, but some scripts are useful for a faster workflow. For instance, since the organizer can't open jpegs directly in ACR, I can use the 'Open In Acr' plugin. I can also open a batch of jpegs in the editor and edit them. If I want to open them in the editor for further editing, it's annoying and time consuming to save each one separately. I can use the 'Save All' and the 'Close all other files' to save time. The batch scripts add possibilities to the organizer. Faststone Photo Resizer Much more options than Elements. You can sort of 'export' your files keeping the file structure. For instance, I can resize a folder branch to a smaller size and overwrite the originals (don't worry, they are secure elsewhere...) That does not disconnect the files from their catalog. I only have to 'update' thumbnails. Yesterday, I decided that my Dropbox folder did not need full pixel size originals for sharing and possible 4" x 6" prints. 2048 pixels like in Lightroom previews are enough. A single batch was able to manage a 10 GB folder tree (some 8 000 files) in 30 folders.
- Microsoft Synctoy and Firefox Sqlite manager: They are useful separately for backups and for catalog analysis and debugging. Together, they give me a powerful and very fast alternative to the Organizer backup feature. My main photo folder tree and my catalog folders are 'synced' on a external drive I keep permanently, and others for safety and sharing. A few minutes at most after each session. When I need to use my library and catalog from the external drive with another computer, I use Sqlite manager to edit the catalog entries relating to the drive identifications. Two minutes at most.
you have just edited a new gradient. It is shown in the gradient editor dialog. - you can already give it a name (right click on the swatch for contextual menu, choose rename) - Lets say the Preset shown in the second line is 'default', click on the button 'add to preset' on the right of the dialog. Nothing is saved at this point. - click on the second icon (floppy drive) on the top right of the dialog. - enter a new name for the gradient set (default + your new gradient) with a .grd extension. That saves all the gradient in the presets. - To use it again, in the gradient editor dialog, click this time on the first icon (+) and choose 'load'
I have not found any text help for that purpose, but that works for me.
Michel, I was searching for some information on this topic and . . . came across this thread. Thanks for posting this! It answered all my questions. Great in-house help!
You are welcome, Sepiana! We are seeing more and more people shooting raw... and at the same time the same also shoot jpeg with their smartphones, as discussed here recently. Lightroom users just naturally process both raw and jpeg the same way. As an Organizer addict, I want the same ease of use and the same quality. I only wish the organizer could directly open jpegs in ACR like with the old OpenInAcr programm of John R Ellis. That's true if they have already been processed in ACR, but for the first time processing, I must resort to batch importing in the editor from selected folders.
I would like PSE 16 to have the ability to separate the RGB channels into the 3 separate channels (i.e., red, green, and blue) and then be able to edit and save each channel individually.
That is explained in the old book by Richard Lynch "The hidden power of Photoshop Elements 4" (page 60...) He replaces channels with layers and blend modes and provides actions to create the layer setup. You can use Elements+ (by Andrei Doubrovski) to separate channels into different files for each channel. You can add all your layers to create a similar setup as Richard Lynch. (script, color and tone, separate channels) -
The principle is to set each channel_layer in screen mode with a clipped solid fill color (multiply mode) over a black background. The result is identical to the original background. Maybe Andrei Doubrovski has a better solution to use his separation to ceate a similar setup...
Fauxtoto , thank you for sharing your thoughts on the 50 mm lens. Being it's so small, I will probably bring it and see if I can "play" with the apertures to get something interesting.
Yes, I am sure you'll have fun playing with apertures.
With your cropped sensor, 50mm seems a bit short for portraits, but you have enough quality to crop, and the reduced depth of field at f:2 is great in available light.
May I also suggest that your 50mm fixed lens is apt to produce excellent quality 'photomerge panoramas'? Even hand held, three or four ovelapping shots may yield super quality panos (a light tripod will help, sure). When you realize the focal length seems too long for the beautiful landscape, don't miss the opportunity!
The 'normal' angle of vision also varies depending on your own taste. From many discussions on the subject, it appears that the 50mm (full frame) is a bit restrictive. 35mm was the preferred focal lens for Leica shooters like Cartier-Bresson. That was about the same as with my first twin lens reflex (75mm for 120 rolls). I have been an early and satisfied user of zooms in the sixties, but my own experience was that most of my shots were taken in the 28 - 35 mm range (good for travel photos). When I bougtht recently a fixed-focal Fuji 100S (35mm - F2) I rapidly ceased to carry my heavy bag with the DSLR and lenses... Most probably it's just me, but I feel at ease to "zoom with my feet" and use the optical viewer with a direct contact with my subjects. The Fuji only requires a small bag... with enough space to also fit my small Panasonic with 24-300mm zoom. Useful for some telephoto subjects (zoo...) My recent smartphone has really excellent results in good light. Its wide format is ideal for landscapes and portraits of standing subjects. With any of those 3 cameras I feel unobstrusive.
Just a note about the advantages/drawbacks of the smartphone: - always available - unobstrusive - depth of field (I was more at ease to shoot flowers than with the Fuji) - excellent fixed lens for fine details with more than enough pixels to crop. - wide format ratio (landscapes) - Easy syncing with the Cloud: good for backup and sharing. - limited but useful editing in camera. - affordable micro SD storage
Drawbacks - shutter lag - no stabilization (on my model) - limited dynamic range (especially compared with the excellent Fuji) - heavy noise reduction for low light. - subject to flare (not protected lens) - no raw format
You have to click on the 'Category' line, on the small triangle on the right of the line to display the second dialog I did mention. And yes, The workaround given by ChrisAnn works in all versions. I think that in one recent version, the second menu did appear but did not work...
If you move the file from the organizer it's no longer in its original location. In that case, three possibilities: 1- you delete the file from your explorer (not from the organizer), then the catalog is not updated and the catalog still thinks the file is in the old location. The organizer now shows this file as 'missing'. No way to recover the file except from the Explorer waste bin. 2 -you delete the file from the organizer, while ticking the checkbox 'also remove from drive'. Then the file is deleted as above and also deleted from the catalog. No 'missing' file message. The possible tags you have assigned are also lost. That means that if you import again from your camera or card, that information is lost. 3 - Same as above, but you don't check the checkbox to 'also remove from drive'. Then the file itself is not deleted, it's only no longer referenced or indexed in the catalog.
So, instead of moving, you can use either copy, duplicate or export functions.
copy: you can copy a file from the explorer, ignoring the organizer and its catalog. Nothing mysterious. You can use the organizer menu File >> copy/move to removable drive. (note that will also work when copying to internal drives). The files are copied or moved, the destination file is not included in the catalog. If you copy, the original is left, if you move, you are asked if you want to delete the original; if no, the original is kept. That command is now rarely used, the below 'export' option is generally preferred. export: The 'export' command in the organizer (or in Lightroom etc...) creates a copy somewhere with various options. It's highly recommended because it's powerful, easy and flexible. The exported files are not included in the catalog. That's exactly what most people want when they prepare a temporary version of the file for printing, skowing, publishing etc. If you really want, you can stack the exported file with its original afterwards.
duplicate: this organizer file option lets you create voluntarily a duplicate (a copy). The duplicate is renamed with a suffix and included in the catalog as well as the original. You can move the duplicate elsewhere in a second step, edit it if you want. The file is no longer considered as a duplicate by the import process. You can create duplicates if you want, you can't import duplicates in the organizer definition as explained in other posts.
In the tags panel, right click on the sub-category and choose 'Edit' from the drop-down menu. In the new dialog, select the drop-down menu on the bottom (Edit Sub-category) Choose the first option, 'None, convert to category'. Warning: you may have to use the vertical scrollbar on the right to see the first option.
"Ya, I happen to know that the "exact file" has not been previously uploaded. Yes, it is true the file number is the same but the metadata and photo itself is completely different. I am very bad about having one very large catalog, I believe. I usually simply upload the files into Elements organizer and then look at them and change them with editor etc. and do nothing further with them other than I may tag them if they are photos of my Gkids etc. Right now, I am wondering if I should try renaming the number, as previously suggested, on the sd card for the first photo on the card and, as I understand it, the numbers will then follow but I am not sure what number to go with to try that as I have over 15000 photos on my computer at this time. Hope that makes sense."
First, thanks for your patience . I'll ask more questions, sorry! This may help to reproduce exactly your issue which is a necessary step to correct a bug or to find a workaround. There are many situations where the duplicate filter of the downloader creates issues.
What is clear from your posts: You are trying to 'Import' files from a card reader and you get the ambiguous message that the files to import are corrupt or already in the catalog. You do really know that the "exact file" has not been previously uploaded. You don't say how you do know, but an obvious reason is when you import a file of a newly taken shot on your card. If you have another reason to be sure, please explain. (By the way, I can't understand why Adobe is not able to tell which problem is the cause of the error.) You don't say either if you have tried the step to import in a new catalog, which is the simple way to tell which problem it is (corrupt or duplicate). A corrupt file will trigger the same message and prevent you from importing. Since the catalog is different, there would be no reason to find duplicates and you should be able to import your files. If you can import in the new catalog, it's definitely not a corrupt file. That leaves you with to possibilities when you still get the message: either a really corrupt file... or a bug in the Organizer! My guess is you'll be able to import in a new catalog, that's important to know.
I also think that you have not tried to look for "size + date" duplicates in your catalog. That's the important information.
Yes, I read that and, unless I missed something, it didn't help me any. It seems to be saying that I shouldn't be having the issue I am having!
My answer just says that the issue you are having (a common one), is what is said in the error message. You are trying to import files which have already been imported. I know that is sometimes hard to believe, that's why I provide tips to verify that the same files are already in your catalog. That part is admittedly an advanced one, since it involves using the 'Search by details' options with different criteria (file size under, over - date taken before, after). The advantage is that you will necessarily find the already imported files and see the result. This will help to you understand what has happened and show you which import batch is to be checked.
What if you don't find duplicates by that method? Then, yes, you'll have to search more: you may not find any duplicate file or you'll find files with the same size and date but for other image. The latter might happen for scans or dates modified in the metadata. I have still to find posts about such occurences.
The 'import' feature from camera or card reader is used by every Elements user and most users rely on the Organizer to import only new files; they don't delete automatically the old ones or select manually the new ones. Since that happens without problem in millions of cases, I believe that the chosen criteria are good. Beside the issue you are having (organizer skipping files), most of the complaints are (or were in older versions, especially Macs...) about the downloader NOT skipping duplicates. The same method applies to check if the sizes and dates are really the same.
Troubleshooting the error message: - Be sure your current catalog has no 'missing files' - try to import the files in a new empty catalog: you'll get the same message if the files are corrupted, and no message for duplicates. - Use the search by details option to find files with the same date and size as one of the files that are skipped - Check visually the result of the search to confirm if there are real visual duplicates - Select the file which is a suspected duplicate, and check the "Import batch" date. You'll be able to select all duplicates from that import batch.