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While importing your travel photos from your camera to your computer can be pretty straightforward, keeping everything neat and organized isn’t always the easiest task.

Today, I’ll be sharing some of my best tips and advice for importing, organizing and managing your travel photos using the Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer.

Now, you’ll no longer have to go on a lengthy mission to find a specific photo or folder ever again.

After finishing this tutorial hunting down your best travel memories will now be easier than ever.

Importing your Travel Photos Using Elements Organizer

First up, let’s talk about how to import photos from the memory card in your camera directly to your computer using Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer.

Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer - How to Import Photos.

How to Import Photos from your Camera to your Computer (Basic Method)

Step 1. Open Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer and click on the Import tab found on the top left hand side of your screen.

Step 2. Choose “From Camera or Card Reader” from the drop down menu and once the Photo Downloader screen pops up, follow these instructions on the graphic shown below.

Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer Import Tutorial

Step 3. Once you choose your device, location, subfolder and delete options go ahead and click the Get Media button.

Note: As you’ll notice, this basic import method will import ALL of the photos from your memory card to an individual subfolder(s). I prefer to use the Advanced method explained below.

How to Import Photos from your Camera to your Computer (Advanced Method)

If you would like to have more control over specific images you’d like to import from your memory card to your computer instead of importing the entire memory card, let me walk you through the Advanced Dialog.

Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer Import Tutorial Advanced Method

Step 1. Start by clicking on the “Advanced Dialog” button located on the bottom left hand corner of the Elements Organizer Photo Downloader window. Once the Advanced Dialog window pops up, you should see the following window.

Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer Import Tutorial Import Advanced Method

Step 2. Click the “Uncheck All” button at the bottom of your screen to uncheck all images.

Step 3. Now click the checkmark beside each image you’d like to import. You can select consecutive images in bulk by clicking on an image file followed by a shift+click to the final image you’d like to import. You can also select multiple images by clicking on an image and then command+click on the rest of the images you’d like to import. When finished click the Get Media button on the bottom right hand corner of the window.

Organizing Your Travel Photos Using Elements Organizer

So you’ve imported your photos from your camera into Elements Organizer. Now what?

Well, let’s start off by making sure your photos stay neat and organized.

Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer - How to Organize Albums and Images

Renaming Folders

In the image above you can see on the left hand side there’s two tabs titled Albums and Folders.

For this example, I imported a folder of photos from my recent trip to Milos. In order to keep my photos from Milos easy to find I went ahead and renamed the folder from it’s original name of ‘Milos Edits’ to ‘Milos’.

I highly recommend you rename your folders and albums if you want to be able to find them in seconds later on down the line.

To rename, all you need to do is right click on the name of the folder and choose ‘Rename Folder’.

Be sure to name it something unique. If you have photos from multiple days in a destination simply rename your folder to something like ‘Milos Day 1’, ‘Milos Day 2’, etc.

Note: You can also reveal the location of your folder on your computer and delete folders by right clicking on the folder name and choosing either ‘Reveal in Finder’ or ‘Delete Folder’.

Editing the Date, Caption and Ratings of an Image

Highlighting and right clicking on a single image will result in a pop up window which gives you a variety of options including Copy, Print, Delete, Edit with Adobe Photoshop Elements, Edit with Premiere Elements, Adjust Date & Time, Add Caption, Update Thumbnail, Ratings, Visibility, Add a Person, View Photos in Sidebar and last but not least Show File Info.

Let’s bring our focus on the most important options: Editing the Date & Time, Caption, Ratings and Visibility of a selected image.

1. Date & Time: You can edit the date and time of any image by right clicking and choosing ‘Adjust Date & Time’. This is useful if you’d like to categorize an image or a group of images by date. Time on the other hand isn’t really as important. While the correct date and time of an image is set by your camera by default, when traveling, your camera might be set to for example the Eastern Standard Time (EST) timezone when you’re half way across the globe. With Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer, you can now sort your images by date and time by simply changing the default date/time to the date/time of your choice.

2. Add a Caption: Adding a caption is simple and straightforward. Please note that adding a caption does not affect the image outside of Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer. This feature is helpful for those who want to create a little note about the image. For example, my caption for the photo of my friend and I in the dingy would be something like “Exploring the Sikia Caves!”. Searching and finding a captioned image at a later time will now be even easier.

3. Rate your Images: Rating your images makes it easy for you to filter out the good versus the bad when it comes to your photos. If there’s a photo that you love, rate it high (4 or 5 stars) and if there’s a photo you’re not thrilled with rate it low. This feature is helpful when you’re searching for the best quality images in your folder. All you need to do to search for the highest rated photos is to click on the Ratings tab on the top right hand side of the window and choose the rating you’re looking for.

4. Visibility: Hiding an image from your gallery is as easy as ever using the Visibility option. Simply right click on an image, click on ‘Visibility’ and choose ‘Mark as Hidden’. To show all images right click anywhere in your folder, choose ‘Visibility’ and choose ‘Show all files’.

Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer - Searching for Images

Searching for Your Travel Photos Using Elements Organizer

Searching for your photos is as easy as utilizing the powerful search bar feature located at the top right hand side of the Adobe Photoshop Elements Organzier.

When you enter text into the search bar the organizer searches for Folder names, Filenames, Captions, Notes and more.

Now, you’ll never have to worry about losing track of another photo again.

One more thing to mention is that you can search photos by Keyword tags which can be set by highlighting an image and then clicking on the Keyword Info button on the bottom right hand side of your screen.

A side bar menu will pop up on the right hand side where you’ll be able to input keywords to categorize your images.

These images can then be found by either searching for the keyword using the search bar or filtering your album by specific tags using the Keyword/Info sidebar.

Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer - Places

Organize your Photos By Destination with Places

With the Places tab, you can now search for your photos by destination.

This is an incredibly handy feature for those of you who love to travel and want to be able to see your photos from around the world all on one big interactive map.

Adding photos to the map is simple. Here’s how you can use Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer to create an interactive photo map of your own.

Step 1. Highlight an image or multiple images.

Step 2. Locate the search bar on the right hand side. Fill in the destination in the search bar on the right hand side and click Search.

Step 3. A drop down menu will pop up and give you suggestions on destinations. Select your destination and the map will automatically zoom into where your photo was taken.

Step 4. At this point it will prompt you to add the selected image to the destination.

Note: Another way to add photos to your map is to highlight the images and drag and drop them onto your map.


Well that just about wraps up this tutorial on how to import and organize your travel photos using Adobe Photoshop Elements 14.

I hope you enjoyed it and found some of my tips useful.

Also, please be sure to check back each month (now to Februrary) for a brand new Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 tutorial.

Stay tuned for more!