Working with tag categories

As I mention earlier, Album provides you with four default tag categories: People, Places, Events, and Other, as shown in Figure 5-7. These four categories cannot be edited or deleted, so learn to love them. You also cannot create a new tag category.

Shortcuts Search Criteria bar in Find bar Organize button

Figure 5-5:

Attaching multiple tags enables you to pinpoint the images you're looking for.

Shortcuts Search Criteria bar in Find bar Organize button

Figure 5-5:

Attaching multiple tags enables you to pinpoint the images you're looking for.

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Selected tags

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New tag Delete Edit Attach View options

Figure 5-6:

Attaching multiple tags enables you to pinpoint the exact images you're looking for.

New tag Delete Edit Attach View options

Figure 5-6:

Attaching multiple tags enables you to pinpoint the exact images you're looking for.

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Custom tags

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Category -Subcategory

Custom tags

-Selected tag

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But don't let this fact deter you from taking advantage of the ample organizational opportunities that the existing tag categories give you. You can create and organize your own subcategories and custom tags, arranging them in countless permutations in the default categories.

Although you can attach category tags to files, category tags are best used as organizational headings for other more descriptive subcategories or custom tags. For example, the People category doesn't really tell you a whole lot, except that human beings are involved. A subcategory of "Family" or "Friends" is a little more descriptive. And a custom tag of "Joe" is more descriptive yet.

Here are a few tips on how you can use the four default categories:

People: The People category is for tags featuring, well, humans. (If you consider the family pet worthy of the People category, I'm certainly not going to argue with you.)

Figure 5-7:

There are four tag categories.

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By default, Album graciously provides you with two subcategories under People — "Family" and "Friends" (refer to Figure 5-7). But if you prefer, you can either edit or delete these subcategories.

^ Places: You can use the Places category for tags that tell where a photo was taken. You can create tags based on particular destinations, such as "Japan," "New York City," or "Vacation Cottage, Lake Winnebago." Or you may want to add Places tags that represent generic locales, such as "The Beach" (which contains every picture you ever took of anyone at any beach) or "School" (which contains every school picture, from kindergarten to law school graduation).

You can create custom tags under the subcategories as well. For example, if the subcategory is Japan, you could then create custom tags such as "Mt. Fuji," "Tokyo," and "Kyoto" to further identify the images.

^ Events: The tags you can create in the Events category are endless. For example, holidays, birthdays, reunions, graduations, sporting events, competitions, performances, and vacations are all possible Events sub-categories.

Although you could then create separate custom tags for the year of each event, for example, "First Birthday," "Second Birthday," and so on, you don't have to. You can just use the timeline to select your desired date. Then only those tagged photos with that specific date will appear in the Photo Well. For more on using the timeline, see Chapter 8.

i Other: I am sure you have a few files that don't fit nicely in the preceding three categories. That's where the Other category comes in handy. You can create subcategories for "Work," "Hobbies," "Church," "Volunteering," "Barn Raisings," or plain old "Miscellaneous." And, of course, you can have lots of custom tags under those and other subcategories.

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