From Elements Organizer 14 onwards, this feature has been replaced with the Import in bulk feature.
You can quickly find photos and videos by searching. Import by searching helps you search for media in specific locations on your computer. While searching for media files, you can specify search criteria such as exclude files smaller than a specific file size for example, 100 kb.
Import by searching saves considerable time as you can skip system and program folders. You can then import folders from your hard drive to Organizer.
Elements Organizer automatically detects media files being added to any of its watch folders. By default, the following folders are watched
- My Pictures
- Cloud services such as Dropbox and One Drive: Elements Organizer tracks the folders of these services on your desktop and auto-imports the media files.
You can add additional folders to the watch list of Elements Organizer.
You can choose to have media files that are added to a watch folder automatically added to a catalog. Or, you can opt to be asked before new media files are added to a catalog. When asked, either click Yes to add the media files to your catalog, or click No to leave them out. Whether or not media files are brought into Elements Organizer, they remain in their folders unless you delete them.
Elements Organizer notifies when media files are added to any of its watch folders, only when it is launched.
To quickly add watch folders, in the My folders panel, right-click a folder and choose Add To Watched Folders.
- To get multiple media files, Ctrl-click/Cmd-click to select the files you want. Or, click the first file, and then Shift-click the last file in the list that you want.
- To get all the media files in a folder, navigate up one level from your current level in the Get Photos And Videos From Files And Folders dialog box and select the desired folder. To get photos from subfolders within the folder, select Get Photos From Subfolders.
You can import a PDF file, or a Photoshop Elements project as a PSE file. Text in imported PDF files becomes part of the image (you can’t edit the text).
If files were imported, the folder’s icon changes from an Unmanaged Folder icon to a Managed Folder icon.
When you import photos from removable drive/CD/DVD/Network, you can choose to download to your computer full-resolution copies of the master photos (default) or low-resolution copies, called preview files. Preview files appear in your catalog as space-saving copies of the high-resolution originals. When you perform an operation that requires the original photo, you are asked to insert the disc containing the offline photo. You can then decide whether to use the preview file or bring in a full-resolution copy of the photo.
If you choose to use preview files, you need to assign an Offline Volume Name to the CD or DVD containing the master files. Ensure that you write the Offline Volume Name on the CD or DVD. This helps when Elements Organizer requests the master disc (it provides the reference name for you), you can insert the correct disc.
You can copy photos from a CD or DVD onto your hard disk and into the Elements Organizer. You can make full-resolution copies, as you might for editing purposes, or, to save disk space, low-resolution offline copies called preview files.
You can capture frames from your digital videos if they are saved in a file format that Elements Organizer can open, including ASF (Windows only), AVI, MPEG, MPG, M1V, and WMV (Windows only). Captured photos are saved with the name of the video file plus a number (for example, videoclip01, videoclip02, and so forth).
To create photos from the broadest range of video formats, install the latest version of standard video software, such as Windows Media Player.
To get a frame of the video as a still image, click Grab Frame or press the spacebar when the frame is visible on the screen. You can move forward and backward in the video to capture additional frames.
Some video formats don’t support rewinding or fast-forwarding. In these cases, the Rewind and Fast Forward buttons are not available.