The Album work area is chock full of bars, panes and areas to work in. I make a lot of references to these features in the book, so it would good to get an idea of where they reside and what they do. Here is a brief synopsis of each component of Album's work area. To get the details on each, see the referenced chapter.
All of your files — photos, video clips, audio clips, and creations — are imported and displayed in the Photo Well, organized in a grid of thumbnails, shown in Figure 2-6. The size of the thumbnails depends on your selected viewing option, which you can change at any time. You also can view your images as single photos. How your photos are organized depends on how you've sorted your files. By default, files are sorted by date, newest files being first. But you also can sort by folder location, import batch, color similarity or media type. The easiest way to change the viewing options, both in size and sorting criteria, is to click the icons in the Options bar, located below the Photo Well. Video clips are displayed by the first frame of the clip. Audio clips are displayed with a generic audio icon. Depending on the size of your thumbnails, date, time and tags will also appear on or around your thumbnails. When you search for images, the Photo Well displays all search results. For more on working with Photo Well, see Chapters 4 and 5.
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