Using folders to create subcategories and tags

If you have your music CDs alphabetized and you feel faint if someone returns a CD out of that alpha order, you probably already have your digital image files grouped in appropriately named folders on your hard drive.

You can extend your tagging system to your pre-existing folder structure by using the Folder Location command to display your files and then create tags.

Figure 5-10:

Custom tags display a question mark icon until you attach them to files.

Figure 5-10:

Custom tags display a question mark icon until you attach them to files.

Here's how to apply tags to an entire folder of images in one fell swoop:

1. Choose ViewOArrangementOFolder Location.

You also can choose Folder Location by using the Photo Well Arrangement button in the Options bar. For more on viewing files, see Chapter 9.

Your files are then displayed in the Photo Well by the folder where they reside. The folder's pathname appears above the thumbnails, as shown in Figure 5-11.

2. Scroll through the Photo Well until you see the folder of images you want.

3. Using the Tags pane, create the tag for your folder. Or you also can create a subcategory by choosing TagONew Sub-Category.

Details on how to do either are described above in the sections "Creating tag subcategories" and "Creating custom tags."

4. Click the folder pathname in the Photo Well to select all the images in that folder.

5. Click the Attach button in the Tags pane.

The tag is now attached to all the images in that folder. See the next section for more on attaching tags.

Folder pathname

Figure 5-11:

You can use images already grouped in folders as a basis for your tagging system.

Folder pathname

Figure 5-11:

You can use images already grouped in folders as a basis for your tagging system.

Selected photos in folder

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