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 Camera and Digital Photography

Digital Camera and Digital Photography

Compared to film cameras, digital cameras are easy to use, fun and extremely versatile. Every day there’s more features being designed. Whether you have the cheapest model or a high end model, digital cameras can do an endless number of things. Let’s look at how to get the most out of your digital camera.

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