Elements: Deleting unsorted photos and orphaned albums

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I recently divided my single large PSE 10 catalog into several smaller catalogs after the main catalog became corrupted (and I lost all my albums!). This has caused a number of problems I would love some help with.

The main issue is that the above has left me with an online collection of albums (at Photoshop.com) that I can’t sync with my new set of catalogs. I would just erase everything online and start over again but there are some online albums I would love to keep (e.g., my “best shots” album which is comprised of pics that are now spread across multiple catalogs on my PC). My first question is this:

1. Is there some way to select and delete ONLY the photos that are NOT in my best shots album at Photoshop.com? Maybe delete all the photos in the Unsorted group in my library (I assume these are backups of photos that are not in online albums, but that’s just a guess).

My second question relates to orphaned albums in one of my new catalogs on the PC. After I created the new catalogs I mistakenly began a sync with my online library, which I aborted but not before a slug of online albums was created on my PC. These are all empty as it turns out (the albums were created on the PC but no photos were actually synced). My question here is:

2. Can I just delete these empty albums? When I choose delete I get a warning that if I do this it will delete the album and all of the online photos as well. I would not want that to happen, for example, to the best shots album online.

Thanks very much for any suggestions!!
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Richard Rice

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Richard, For your second question: To delete folders after I have made major changes to the organization of my photos, & working through PSE on my pc, I choose Display > Folder Location. I then right click the folder I want to delete and select Reveal in Explorer. I can then double check that there are no files within it, right click again, and choose Delete. I believe the message you refer to is standard, whether there are actually photos in the album or not. This is with PSE 9, so hopefully it will still work for you.
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Thanks. This is a good technique for safely deleting folders. My question though was regarding ALBUMS on my PC synced to Photoshop.com.

WHAT I DID IN THE END WAS THIS. For question 2: I renamed the albums on Photoshop.com before deleting the empty/orphaned albums on PSE 10. That may have been overkill/unecessary but it worked. I put a PSC (for photoshop.com) at the beginning of each albums name. This haD the added benefit of making it clear that these albums now only exist online so I Won't have to wonder about that in the future.

For question 1: the answer turns out to be yes, the Unsorted folder on Photoshop.com contains only photos that are not in any album. I was confused about this because I turned up several photos in the unsorted folder that I knew were in an online album. However, I confirmed that these were duplicates by doing a search in the Everything folder for any such photo and it always turned up at least two identical photos. If I then highlighted each individually I could see from the properties display on the right-hand side of the library that one was in an album and the other in the unsorted folder. And to seal the case, if I deleted any such photo from the unsorted group, the other copy was always alive and well in the album.

Another tid-bit for those interested in deleting files in their unsorted folder to free up room online is this: instead of selecting and deleting each photo individually you can select the first one, then do a shift+select on the last one and all the photos in between will be selected.