HELP! When I opened my Photoshop Elements 11 Organizer all of my folders/albums were gone. There was an error message that said the media files had been moved since import and were now gone with no backup. There was a button for RECONNECT which I hit...but all the computer will do is search for the missing files for hours....Thoughts?
Please make sure that 'Left panel' is turned on , if not click on 'Show' butto on task bar.
If your files gone missing, stll there should be no impact on left panel contents (album/folders). Could you please paste a snapshot of Elements organizer?
Missing files is another problem that can be dealt by refering 'How to resolve' section of the blog: http://tinyurl.com/aswpylz
I went to the HOW TO RESOLVE section and have done the necessary steps....but not for the first time. This search will go on for hours...and produce nothing as it has the last three times I have tried this method:(. Two days ago I downloaded another session and I cannot afford to lose these pictures. I did drag/drop a pic to my desktop....edited it....but now there is another gray box with a ? mark....and I can't locate that one pic in the Organizer. Super frustrated as I don't have any idea on what is going on....or how to rectify it.
And thanks for you help in advance.
I have never heard it referred to as trash, are you on a PC or Mac? If your pictures are not in the recycle bin(or trash, which I am assuming is the same), nor when you do a search in Explorer can you find them I am afraid they are gone. You will need to do a restore from a backup unless someone else has an idea.
Let me understand the workflow here. You have some images (which are perfectly fine) in Organizer (as well as on hard disk drives). When you edit them, the original image has ? and you are unable to located them back on your hard drive. Please let me know if i missed something.
You are correct. Put maybe I am not following the correct workflow. I load the card directly into Organizer....but you are saying that they are not then on my hard drive. If that is the case....how do I get them on the hard drive and Organizer as well.
Thanks so much.
So the original images are located on 'card/flash drive'. When the card is plugged in, everything works fine. You are able to edit the image. Once you removed the card, the original pics has ? sign and you are unable to located them onto Hard drive (that is because they aren't really on hard disk drives'.
If the problem is what I mentioned above, then to fix this, please follow:
1. Plug in the card (so that now all images are connected).
2. Select all images (belonging to card) and click on 'File->Copy'. Select 'Copy' if you want to retain copies on card as well as on hard disk and move if you want to 'mov' your images from card to hard drive. In both cases they will remain in Organizer.
3. In the next dialog, select the destination (where on hard drive) do you want to put them and click on 'ok' button.
Please let me know if I missed something in the workflow.
I am still not following the work flow....
I plug in the card. iPhoto starts....Organizer starts....I am trying to find the photos....and it is chaos....the photos are downloading right and left....
So....if you can help with steps that are specific to a MAC for I could not even find FILE-COPY....I would greatly appreciate it....it says file-copy-move....
To step back...I plug in the card. How do I 'select images' belonging to the card and then how do I get them into FILE-COPY? I obviously want them on the hard drive. But how do I select a destination? .
I have tried to follow this path that you discussed....did the best I could....then I edited a photo. It is now 'gone' with the ? mark in its place:((((....and I have no way to retrieve. I cannot find a decent tutorial to help...and am so frustrated that I won't take on any clients because of something as 'simple' as not wanting to lose their pictures...or to edit them...and then to not be able to retrieve them.
Also, in PSE....is there a way to look at each 'save as' when I add an action or flatten the image?
I would like to use Bridge which seems like the best way to go....but I do not believe that Bridge works with PSE 11? However, I only want to use Organizer, not iPhoto, for the time being. (I downloaded a trial version of LR....but am in tech overload and just want to get the workflow and process under my belt).
Are there video tutorials that you can direct me to? Are there PDF's that explain the steps from download to printing....?
And of course, I appreciate your help in advance.
Yes, you can still use bridge if you still have your older copy of PSE installed, or if you have another adobe program that uses bridge. For PSE bridge, the only problem is that you won't be able to see thumbnails for or use Bridge to convert raw files from camera models from recent years.
So is that what you prefer? Why are you using iphoto at all? It's not mandatory, you know, unless you want to use it.
I do not have Bridge....everyone I know does....and recommend it. However, I would simply like to be able to use the Organizer correctly with PSE 11.
And I use iPhoto if I shot in jpeg or use my iPhone.
Okay let's see if a different approach makes this any clearer. The organizer and iphoto are meant to be your home library for all your photos, the program you go to whenever you want to use a photo for anything at all. If you have photos in two different organizing programs, you will never find anything. You really need to decide which one you want to use.
You can use organizer and forget all about iphoto. You can use iphoto and set PSE as your external editor and forget organizer. But to maintain a double set of images for no reason is just going to make you confused and crazy. If you want to test organizer to see if you like it, export some photos from iphoto to the desktop, put them in a folder wherever you want to keep them permanently, and use "from files and folders" to import the copies to organizer. Then try both for a little while, but sooner or later you need to make a choice.
I would like to use the Organizer....but every time that I load a card, both iPhoto and Organizer open simultaneously...everything is running....and I don't know how to get the pics onto the hard drive at that moment...obviously I thought that once the photos were eventually placed in Organizer they were also on the hard drive. Next, when I would edit....I might do 5 'save as' - desktop....and those specific images today are the only ones that I can find. I have let the computer try to find the files by reconnecting....but to no avail.
And....is there anyway for me to find all of the photos that I edited....that were in Organizer....and this issue alone keeps me from moving forward due to my fear of not being able to find the images.
Also, I shoot in raw...but am finding that when I download them into Organizer they show up as jpeg's????
Obviously I am seriously struggling and I have watched Adobe tutorials...etc. But I just feel like I am missing something....a huge piece of the puzzle...and frustrated:(
The mac version of the adobe downloader must be called up deliberately each time from the menu in the organizer.
Go to the iphoto preferences and choose No Application here:
Then nothing will happen when you connect your camera until you tell it to, by launching the organizer and the photo downloader.