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Organizing Photos in Flickr

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Steve Holzner shows you how to organize your photos and videos in Flickr, including how to use the Organizr, which allows you to batch photos together for easy editing en masse.
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There's more to creating a photostream than just uploading a pile of photos. When you've got a pile of photos, you don't have much organization—just a lot of photos, some related, some not.

Flickr lets you take your piles of photos and organize them for easier access. You can create sets of photos and organize your photos by adding them to the sets. If you're a Pro user, you can also create collections—that is, collections of sets—and you can also create maps of photos.

We'll take a look at bringing order to the chaos of a mass of photos in this lesson. Then in the next lesson, you'll learn how to share some of your organized photos with others.

Introducing the Organizr

The handy Flickr tool for organizing your photos is called the Organizr. (Surprised?)

The Organizr lets you create photo sets and add photos to them; and if you're a Pro user, you can also create collections of sets with the Organizr tool.

Let's take a look at the Organizr. You can access it easily from any Flickr page by clicking the Organize link that appears on all Flickr pages. For example, go to your home page at Flickr.com, as shown in Figure 3.1.

Figure 3.1

Figure 3.1 Your Flickr home page.

Note the Organize link in the link bar just below the Flickr logo in the upper left of the page. You'll find that link on every Flickr page, and it brings up the Organizr.

Click the Organize link now to display the Organizr (see Figure 3.2).

Figure 3.2

Figure 3.2 The Organizr.

Note the tabs at the top of Organizr:

  • Batch Organize: Lets you group photos together to work on them en masse. Drag and drop photos here to batch them together.
  • Sets (Sets & Collections for Pro accounts): Lets you create and manage sets of photos (and collections of sets if you're a Pro user).
  • Groups: Lets you manage the groups you're sharing your photos with.
  • Map: Lets you organize your photos geographically.

The middle section of the Organizr is the workspace, and you can drag and drop photos here to create batches of photos that you can edit en masse.

One of the first things you notice in the Organizr is the list of photos in the strip at the bottom. That's the Findr, which lets you select the photos you want to work with in the Organizr.

To select photos in Findr, you have the following options:

  • To select one photo, just click it.
  • To select a number of photos, hold down the Ctrl key (Command key for Mac users) and click the photos.
  • To select a range of photos, click the first one in the range, hold down the Shift key, and click the last on in the range.

Let's start by creating a batch of photos so we can work with a group of photos simultaneously.

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