Importing with the Photo Downloader

Once you install Photoshop Elements, a helper program called the Photo Downloader automatically appears whenever you connect a camera or card readereven if Elements isn't running. The Downloader window is divided into two main parts (see Figure 8-1 ). On the left side are the thumbnails of your photos. The little checkmarks next to each image indicate which photos the Downloader will import; just turn off the checkboxes for the ones you don't want to work with in Elements. (If you've already imported some of the images, Elements tells you so and doesn't import them again.)

On the right side of the Downloader window, you can choose where to store your picture files and control other import settings. From the drop-down menu at top, you select where you're pulling pictures from (a camera, a card reader, and so on).

Figure 8-1. In the Downloader's main window, you can use the image size slider (indicated here by the cursor) to adjust the size of the thumbnail photos. Move it left to see more thumbnails; move it right to see fewer, larger ones. When you click Get Photos, Elements imports the selected photos from your camera or memory card, then opens the Organizer window and shows you the results.

Digital Cameras For Beginners

Digital Cameras For Beginners

Although we usually tend to think of the digital camera as the best thing since sliced bread, there are both pros and cons with its use. Nothing is available on the market that does not have both a good and a bad side, but the key is to weigh the good against the bad in order to come up with the best of both worlds.

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