Importing Photos from CDs, DVDs, and Adobe Resources

When importing images from a CD or DVD, you have two options:

i You can import the files and have a full-resolution copy stored on your hard drive and displayed in the Photo Well.

i You can import them and have a proxy (a low-resolution copy) stored, while leaving the original, full-resolution image on the CD or DVD.

This is known as storing them offline. A proxy is like a stand-in image for the real thing. It is linked, or points to, the original, full-resolution image, and Album prompts you to insert the CD or DVD when it needs to pull that information to execute a command like printing and making creations and so on. At that time, you can choose to insert the disk to import the master image, use the low-resolution proxy, or cancel the command. Storing images offline is a good idea if you are short on hard drive storage.

Follow these steps to import files from a CD or DVD:

1. Insert your CD or DVD in the appropriate drive.

2. Choose FileOGet PhotosOFrom Files and Folders.

Or you can use one of the following options:

• Choose HelpOQuick Guide and click the Get Photos button or tab. Then click the CD button.

• Click the Get Photos button in the Shortcuts bar and choose From Files and Folders from the drop-down menu.

The Get Photos from Files and Folders dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 4-7.

3. Navigate to your CD or DVD drive.

4. Select the photos you wish to import.

5. If you want to copy only a proxy of the photo to your catalog, check the Keep Original Offline option. If you want to copy the full-resolution original, leave this option unchecked.

If you select this option, Album creates a link to the full-resolution original image on the CD/DVD.

6. If you checked Keep Original Offline, you can choose to type in an optional Reference name for the CD or DVD for easier identification later.

Figure 4-7:

You can store images from CDs or DVDs as proxies or copied originals.

Figure 4-7:

You can store images from CDs or DVDs as proxies or copied originals.

Reference name for easier identification

Although it is optional, I recommend providing a descriptive reference name so that when Album requests the master file, as described in the first paragraph, it will provide the reference name of the disk, making it easy for you to retrieve. Generic names like "Volume 71" or "Photo CD" leave a lot to be desired. Choose something more descriptive, such as PhotoDisc Modern Living Stock Photos.

7. Click the Get Photos button.

The Getting Photos dialog box appears briefly, as shown in Figure 4-8, and your images are imported in to Album.

Album may display a dialog box that tells you that only newly imported files are being displayed. Click OK if you desire, and also the Don't Show Again option to turn this prompt off.

The images are then displayed in the Photo Well. Click the Shortcuts button in the Shortcuts bar or the Clear button in the Find bar to see your entire catalog.

A photo stored offline has a CD icon on its thumbnail in the Photo Well, as shown in Figure 4-9. The link information is also referenced in the Properties pane also shown in the figure.

Figure 4-8:

The Getting Photos dialog box appears briefly to show the status of your import.

Figure 4-8:

The Getting Photos dialog box appears briefly to show the status of your import.

CD icon

Figure 4-9:

Photos stored offline are annotated with a CD icon.

CD icon

Figure 4-9:

Photos stored offline are annotated with a CD icon.

Proxy image

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