Elements Organizer projects overview

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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