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Elements Organizer projects overview

  1. Elements Organizer User Guide
  2. Introduction
    1. What is Elements Organizer?
    2. What's new in Elements Organizer
    3. System requirements | Elements Organizer
    4. Workspace basics
    5. Importing media in bulk
    6. Using Elements Organizer and Adobe Premiere Elements together
  3. Workspace and workflow
    1. Workspace basics
    2. View and share auto-created collages, slideshows, and more
    3. Use Media view to manage photos and videos
    4. Keys for editing photos
    5. Keys for finding photos
    6. Keys for viewing photos
    7. Using Elements Organizer and Adobe Premiere Elements together
    8. Selecting country or region
  4. Importing media files
    1. Importing media from cameras and card readers
    2. Importing media in bulk
    3. Importing media from iPhoto library (Mac OS only)
    4. Importing photos from scanners (Windows only)
    5. Importing media from files and folders
  5. Viewing and fixing media files
    1. Use Media view to manage photos and videos
    2. View video and full-screen images
    3. Grouping photos in version sets
    4. Fixing photos in Elements Organizer
    5. Fixing photos and videos using other applications
    6. Auto-curate your best photos
  6. Marking places, faces, and events
    1. Adding and managing place (location) data
    2. Marking faces and organizing media in People view
    3. Adding and managing event data
    4. Creating event stacks using Smart Events
  7. Managing catalogs, folders, and albums
    1. Creating albums and album categories
    2. Editing albums and album categories
    3. Create and edit catalogs in Elements Organizer
    4. Back up or restore catalogs | Elements Organizer 2018
    5. Tag your media
    6. Using Smart Tags
    7. Creating and editing Saved Searches
    8. Back up or restore catalogs | Elements Organizer 15 and earlier versions
    9. Troubleshooting catalog issues
  8. Searching photos and videos
    1. Using Enhanced Search
    2. Using the Find menu
    3. Finding media files by keyword tags
    4. Search options to find media
    5. Searching for media files
    6. Finding media files using Timeline
  9. Creating photo projects
    1. Elements Organizer projects overview
    2. Slideshows
    3. Creating photo calendar
    4. Creating slide shows (Windows only) | Elements 12
  10. Creating video projects
    1. Create instant movies and video stories
    2. Viewing video projects
  11. Printing, sharing, and exporting
    1. Printing photos
    2. Sending photos and media files by email
    3. Email photos as PDF file
    4. Share videos
    5. Export photos
    6. Share photos using online services
    7. Set e-mail preferences

Learn about the different types of projects and how to use them in Elements Organizer.

About projects

The Elements Organizer and the Photoshop Elements Editor provide quick and easy ways to be creative with your media files. You can complete some projects in the Elements Organizer. For other projects, start by selecting the media files you want to use in the Elements Organizer and then complete the project in the Photoshop Elements Editor.

The projects under Create guide you through the process of using professionally designed templates to create your own unique projects. When you complete a project, you can either share it online, or print it on your home computer or through a professional printing service.

Your projects are displayed in the Elements Organizer workspace, in the Media view. The project file and related subfolders that contain the document or web page files for each project are created on your local hard drive. To maintain the link between these project files, subfolders, and page files, avoid moving them using Windows Explorer. Instead use the Move command in Elements Organizer.

You can share projects in various ways. For example, you can export a slideshow to a local disk or share it online using the various online services available.


Sometimes, projects from previous versions of Photoshop Elements do not open in the current version. In these cases, you have to use a previous version to open some projects.

Find saved projects

  1. In the Elements Organizer, choose Find > By Media Type > Projects.

Identify different types of projects

Elements Organizer identifies the different types of projects in the Media view.

  1. In the Media view, look for the following icons in the upper-right corner of thumbnails:
    • Photo projects: Multi-page documents created in Elements Organizer, and saved in PSE format.

    • Projects: Documents created in a previous version of Elements Organizer.

    • Slide shows: Slide show projects created in Elements Organizer.

    • PDF files: Documents saved in Adobe Acrobat format.

      Photoshop Elements projects are created as .pse files and are displayed in the grid under Media view.

Open saved projects

You can open saved projects at any time to edit or republish them. Projects appear in the Media view by default along with all your other media files.

Saved projects in the Media view

To view projects in the Media view, choose View > Media Types > Projects in the menu bar.

  1. Do one of the following in the Media view:
    • Double-click the project.

    • Right-click/Ctrl-click a project in the Media view, and choose Edit in Photoshop Elements Editor from the context menu.

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