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Old 01-10-2019, 12:14 PM
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That is kinda funny. I am exactly the opposite. I started out mixing kits regularly then I got a CT position and had to adjust to using only one kit. I found it frustrating when I really wanted to add an element that wasn't provided in the kit. Now I have to revert back to multiple kits. That is not hard but I don't have the same program to find various elements from various kits which takes me so much longer to create a page.
I was interested in the program Karen Shultz recommends but my hubby thinks other than the tagging of elements it would be just another photo program taking up space. Too bad there wasn't a program that just lets you tag things you have in your computer already and not take up space in PSE like my old program did.
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:41 PM
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I used to tag everything when I was using PSE years ago but then when subsequent versions came out and that area changed significantly I was faced with the task of tagging everything again and I was like......... NO!!!

I started using my File Explorer and have been doing so for the last 4-5 years......... I have a main folder for the store, then the designer folders are underneath. All 'new' stuff is unzipped to a new file under the store folder, called NEW. Once it is used I move it to the relevant designer's folder. So I just work with those folders and drag stuff to over to either PSE or Photoshop.



For the Mini O, I make a folder under the New Files folder and then unzip everything to that, when I have used them to make a page I then put the individual products into their own folders "Name of Kit, Papers etc Mini O-Jan19" and then place it into the relevant designer's folder.

So in a nutshell I don't have to tag anything and it really doesn't take me long to find the things that I want to make a page with.

(In File Explore I have the folder structure set up so when I click on the folder in the Folder Pane (on the left hand side) I can view the contents on the right hand pane and so I just drag from there onto my layout.) Here is a visual to show what I mean.







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Old 01-10-2019, 10:35 PM
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Interesting Ona!! I wonder if this could work on a Mac?
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I can't see why it shouldn't Trudy? do you have a File Explorer type area? I haven't had a lot to do with Mac so not sure what the operating system looks like, but you should be able to just drag stuff over from your file location to your layout I would think.
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:37 AM
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That is how i find my stuff too. Never tried to drag it into pse directly, but going to try that.
I use right click on the element and choose the option open with photoshop elements.
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I pretty much do the same as you Ona. Except for every designer I have a preview file placed at the top of the kit folder where I place all the previews for that designer. When I need something, I just head to the designer previews to look at the kit. (labelled with kit name and date) This helps me know which kits I have in my stash as well as a quick look to find a suitable kit.

It is a bit slower than having a program that has all the blue butterflies I have in my stash from every source come up when I search for them.


The only thing I put in PSE is things like brushes, templates, masks, stamps. Pretty much working tools only Never any kits or photos. Too much in there slows down the program. I am pretty close to using all of the space I have,
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The only thing I put in PSE is things like brushes, templates, masks, stamps. Pretty much working tools only Never any kits or photos. Too much in there slows down the program. I am pretty close to using all of the space I have,
Karen, I do the same - only working tools are stored in PSE. Yep, I am needing to remove a bunch of kits/collections as I am getting close to the limits again. I do have them on an EHD and also copy them onto DVDs as another back-up.

I don't put the files under stores as I have several designers who sell at multiple stores. I put them under files by Designer's name first - then kit name.

I can do a search by element name [not by color of elements] but many designers have gone to just numbering them with no description name... element1, element2, etc.... so many won't show up when I do a search. But, I have way too many kits to try to tag them or put them in the PSE organizer.

I very seldom 'drag' anything from a file... I like to have everything loaded in the photo bin so I can do a quick scan of it and load from it to the page.
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I used to tag everything when I was using PSE years ago but then when subsequent versions came out and that area changed significantly I was faced with the task of tagging everything again and I was like......... NO!!!

I started using my File Explorer and have been doing so for the last 4-5 years......... I have a main folder for the store, then the designer folders are underneath. All 'new' stuff is unzipped to a new file under the store folder, called NEW. Once it is used I move it to the relevant designer's folder. So I just work with those folders and drag stuff to over to either PSE or Photoshop.



For the Mini O, I make a folder under the New Files folder and then unzip everything to that, when I have used them to make a page I then put the individual products into their own folders "Name of Kit, Papers etc Mini O-Jan19" and then place it into the relevant designer's folder.

So in a nutshell I don't have to tag anything and it really doesn't take me long to find the things that I want to make a page with.

(In File Explore I have the folder structure set up so when I click on the folder in the Folder Pane (on the left hand side) I can view the contents on the right hand pane and so I just drag from there onto my layout.) Here is a visual to show what I mean.








how do you drag from explorer onto layout - wonder if that would help the lack of photo bin in photoshop - scrapping is horrible without it. someone told me they use 2 monitors to do that but i have only one.
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Stacey, I use Windows 7 on a PC. The File Explorer icon is located on the lower left hand corner of the bottom toolbar. After I open Photoshop and start creating a layout I click on the File Explorer icon to open it up. You may need to resize this so you can see the layout screen behind it. Find the element/paper or whatever you want in the File Explorer and then just click and drag onto your layout.

In the File Explorer, you need to make sure there are two things set:
1. The Preview Pane
2. Viewing an Icon rather than just the file name (text)


To turn the Preview Pane on and off:






2. To change how you view the contents of your folder


Hope that helps, just holler if you want any more info!
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ona - is that windows file explorer - if so doesnt look anything like mine - dont have any menu bar
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