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Tagging Along
11/6/2012
Want to organize your digital photos? Follow our lead — we'll show you the step-by-step secrets in Photoshop Elements.

If you take digital pictures or scan old family photographs, it doesn't take long to accumulate masses of image files on your hard drive. You're too overwhelmed to label them all, and locating a particular picture is tougher than finding a needle in a haystack. What's a genealogist to do?

Let photo software come to your rescue. Programs such as Adobe's Photoshop Elements <www.adobe.com> ($99.99), Google's free Picasa <picasa.google.com> and Apple's iPhoto <www.apple.com/ilife/iphoto> ($79) make it easy to add captions and descriptions to your photos, video clips and audio clips, as well as attach "tags" (virtual labels) so you can search the files quickly. Windows Vista, the newest Microsoft operating system, also has strong photo-management features. To demonstrate the organizational possibilities, we'll show you how to use Photoshop Elements 6 to make your pics accessible within a few clicks.

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