Creating Subcategories and Custom Tags

In Album, calling yourself a tagger is a good thing and won't result in the City Graffiti Removal Unit paying you a visit. While you can organize your images by date, folder, batch, or color and be perfectly content, attaching tags to your files puts you in the major leagues of organization.

Tags are tidbits of descriptive information that you attach to your files. You can use tags to group types of images together for easy access. For example you may want to tag some images with a keyword, such as Family or Places. By default, Album categorizes tags into four categories of tags: People, Places, Events, and Other.

When you attach a tag to a file, the tag appears as an icon on your image thumbnail, as shown in Figure 5-4, and the descriptive keyword displays in both the Properties and Tags panes and in the Large Thumbnail and Single Photo views (also shown in Figure 5-4) in the Photo Well.

Tags are powerful for several reasons:

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l The additional identifying information makes finding and organizing your files easier, quicker, and more specific.

l You don't have to remember the name, date, or location of your files.

l You don't have to go through the hassle of filing your images in folders by topic. Album performs the manual labor for you and wrangles the tagged files from wherever they're located. To get the lowdown on using tags to locate your images, check out Chapter 9. The next few sections take a look at the Tags pane, which manages the world of tags, and tag categories. You find out how to create subcategories and custom tags.

Tags can be applied not only to photos, but also to video and audio clips and to creations.

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Figure 5-4:

Tags displayed in Large Thumbnail and Single Photo

Tag icon Tag

Figure 5-4:

Tags displayed in Large Thumbnail and Single Photo

Large Thumbnail view

Single Photo view

Large Thumbnail view

Single Photo view

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