Creating new catalogs

Like me, you may be perfectly content to live with a single catalog. With all the great organizational tools Album provides, you can have your entire inventory of photos and clips neatly identified and categorized. But, just in case you want to, Album allows you to create additional catalogs.

For example, maybe you don't want to mix business with pleasure and feel better if your business and personal files reside in two separate catalogs. Or, if you share a computer with the family, you may want your kids to have their own catalogs, especially if they want to use their own tagging system. Why clutter your Tags pane with tags like "Lollapalooza Mosh Pit?"

If you decide to go the multiple catalog route, be warned that you can't move photos or tags between catalogs. You also cannot search across more than one catalog at a time. For more on locating files, see Chapter 8.

Here's how to create a new catalog:

1. Choose FileOCatalog.

The Catalog dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 7-1. Note that if you want Album to import free music files (these files are installed when you install Album) into your new catalog, select the check box at the bottom of the dialog box.

Figure 7-1:

Creating multiple catalogs allows you to divide your files for different purposes or for different Album users.

Figure 7-1:

Creating multiple catalogs allows you to divide your files for different purposes or for different Album users.

2. Click the New button.

The New Catalog dialog box appears.

3. Select a location for the catalog or use the default Catalogs folder, shown in Figure 7-2.

I recommend using the default Catalogs folder. You will remember where it's stored because it simply makes sense to store a catalog in the Catalogs folder. However, if you have a really large catalog and need to store it on a separate hard drive, you can do so.

If you want to change the default folder to any catalog you create, check out the next section "Changing the default catalog folder."

Figure 7-2:

You can store your catalog in the default Catalogs folder or create a folder to your liking.

Figure 7-2:

You can store your catalog in the default Catalogs folder or create a folder to your liking.

4. Enter a name for the catalog in the File Name text box and make sure the Save as type says Photoshop Album Catalogs (*.psa).

5. Click Save.

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