Website Programming Question

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Website Programming Question

I'm relatively new to PS and have been wondering about a couple of things related to the sorting of items on PS on the website. I've played with searching via Graphics vs. Commons, or just the Home search functions. Also using the various categories to refine a search or simply hitting Random. Often when I can see that despite the huge number of individual "things" on the site, on a particular day if I have it set for Newest, I can tell that there are only a few new items. Other times it seems like there are a lot, but I'm having to scroll through a number of pages with the almost identical rather boring Project Life or Pocket Card weekly identifier cards. As in 52 of "Week 29... Week 47, etc).

So my question is whether there is way (such as you can do on Google using - or NOT) to filter out a category? Better yet I would like to see the Project Life type stuff in a whole separate grouping in the way that designer graphics and commons elements are. This could be helpful to both those people who work pretty much exclusively in that style and those who don't (like me) who are spending a lot of time having to view them.

Likewise, even if say you filter your categories enough to say get 200 frames or whatever, your options are to start at the beginning or end, or add random. Again having a filter out option would be helpful. Then you could more likely get to 50 items and quickly scroll past them all. As it is I feel like I am missing a lot of the depth of the site because it takes too long to go through any category (such as papers, red, textured, etc) even when multiple filters are used. One can only look at so many pages at a time. So I never get to the middle, just the edges of what is there. I do like having the Random feature, but it doesn't help with doing a thorough search.

P.S. I just discovered that at the bottom the thing that functions as a slider which will get me to the middle or other places different than either end. I had only thought I could click on the arrows at left and right to go page by page. Thought the slider was just an indicator. For some reason had not thought to drag it.

Ok Mountain Laurel, yes you can use the -. For example I went to graphics and there is a search box above the graphic images. I put in pink and after it searched for pink items I selected Date Created to see the most recent. There were many of the project life cards you are speaking about. So I then adjusted my search. I typed in pink -"project life". [Note: I feel quotes are important if you have a phrase you want to filter out.] It then showed all pink items without "project life" tags. Again I selected the Date Created to see the most recent but this time it showed items without the "project life" tagged graphics. Hope that helps!! And Happy Searching smiley

Oh and just as clarification "Project Life" isnt really a category its a tag. You can filter ANY tag using the above method. smiley Just as a warning tags are done individually so some project life cards may still show because they were not tagged project life. Some of my early journal cards are not tagged as project life so they would show up if they are tagged pink as per my above example. I more recently started adding those tags so no recent stuff will show with that filtered out. Just giving you an idea how things are laid out.

Thanks Jessica Dunn for the 2 clarification posts! That is very helpful. I had assumed since there are all those check boxes that that is the suggested way to search, though I have used the search box. Knowing that the site operates like you describe helps since what you say tells me that I can the subtract - and quotes just like I do when doing genealogy research on Google.

And I do understand that filtering is not always exact & often with overlap. I have been using PSE 15 to tag my digi stuff (in a separate catalog than my photos since each are close to 60GB). Some things are clearly a single element or a background paper etc. But some things blur. Like the 12x12 black outline backgrounds that could be used as is as an overlay over a colored background, or used as a template to clip a color to the outlines. Even with that though, using PSE is really great to be able to find stuff.

You have changed my life with your tip Jessica! I often want to filter out certain things when I'm searching!

I didn't realize you can use the "-", thanks Jessica!

If there's ever a best tip award Jessica, you certainly deserve it for the "quotation" tip.

My original post above came partially from knowing when I do genealogy that I use ""s, -, and NOT a lot when I search. Recently my husband who uses Google from scratch every time (vs bookmarking into folders as I do) was having a tough time finding something & I got him results quickly. He was unaware of these things.

Anyway, another digiscrap use for them is in finding various type of digiscrap over many websites. In looking for quilting patterns (yet another interest) I found Google Images very helpful when used in conjunction with filters. For digi even if you look for say just papers or just frames you are inundated with tons of results.

While I do love Pinterest, when just using their site, if I am doing Google Images I add in -Pinterest to filter those results out. The reason is that if you click on a result it takes you to P, then you have to click on the image again, then you have to go to the actual website. So you wind up having a few extra steps each time. Also, while nice to look at, many of the P pics are very old, which in the case of freebies usually means expired.

When doing G Images searches I also do a -Etsy. This is because those results excludes anything free, and often the prices are even a good bit higher than other websites.

Sometimes I also might filter out using -"name of site" a particular designer. Not because I don't like them but because I want to try finding something different. I can think of favorites I like who seem to do mostly clusters, or word art, or page templates, who I already have a number of items by them. So I search with one type of item and filter out the designer that makes them all the time.

And did you know that you actually can restrict the time range for when something was put onto Google or G Images? Use 3 periods between the years. 2016...2018 will eliminate those really old results.