Elements 13: Move folder to the Local Albums

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Hello,I am new there. I bought recently Photoshop Elements 13 (Great product by the way) and I am in the learning phase.I already have my pictures organised in folders on my PC.How can I move them all in the Local Albums, if it is possible?Is the base of the Local Albums somewhere on the C drive? I can't find it.Without using the Import button, because I moved only pictures, but not folders and sub-folders.If I read correctly on this kind of topic, Local Albums got the list of the pictures and not the pictures itself, which will mean I am screwed (sorry for my language) or am I really?Any possibilities to keep the way I organised my pictures in folders and sub-folders are welcomes.Thanks,Jean-Luc
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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Jean-Luc,
Difficult to answer in a single post...
The organizer offers a different way of organizing than folders. As you have noticed, the Organizer keeps lists of your pictures in its catalogs, not the real pictures or copies but the location and properties of the files on your computer. The organization of the catalog is based on keywords and hierarchies. 'Albums', called 'collections' in older version or in Lightroom are just lists (sort of 'playlists' like audio files). The final word is that with the organizer, you don't have to think about folders and files locations: it's a virtual organization.

You don't have to bother with the folders, but you can work with them like in your Explorer/Finder. In your case, you can browse your folders and automatically create an album for a given folder. You can rapidly take advantage of your existing folder organization to create your albums.

After some getting used to the idea, you'll discover that it's a waste of time and efforts to try to keep your folder organization at the same time. A simple folder organization is enough.

An excellent place to get help for the organizer is the Adobe elements users forum:
https://forums.adobe.com/community/ph...
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I always recommend that a folder structure be maintained so that you can easily find your photos from applications other than Adobe Elements (or any other organizer).   Say you are in Word, and want to add a photo to a document,  you need to have a photo file structure you can easily navigate  through to select the photo.  This should be done before you import the first photo into an organizer.  
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You can maintain a folder structure if you want (an need it) It's your choice. The organizer wil find any file irrespective of your folder structure choice.

Unfortunately, with my big library folder structure I am nearly always unable to browse to a given file in my computer. No folder structure can help me take multiple criteria into account like in a saved search in the catalog. And yes, there is a situation where I deeply regret that inability. I do keep a Dropbox synchronized folder where I store selected and resized files to access from any other devices. To find a given file by several criteria, no structure will help.

So, it depends of your own tastes and abilities in organization as well as the way your images have to be used in other softwares (or simply in the explorer). For preparing files for slideshows or mailing, I use the organizer to find immediately the one or the batch of files I need to use; I export them as temporary resized, possibly renamed files in a known desktop folder.
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OK. It is what I thought.

Thank you,
Jean-Luc