Bring all your photos and videos from any folder on a computer or from devices such as cameras, card readers, and scanners into the Elements Organizer. You can then organize them in many ways and make them look great. 

Convert a catalog from a previous version

When you import media, Photoshop Elements stores the details of the imported files in a catalog. The catalog contains links to the files and records of details, such as tags that you attach to your media. 

If you created a catalog with a previous version of Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Elements prompts you to convert your catalog so that it is compatible with the current version. Converting a catalog is a one-time process. For more information, see Convert a catalog of a previous version.

To launch the Elements Organizer, do the following:

  1. Launch Photoshop Elements, using one of the following ways: 

    • On Windows
      • Find the Adobe Photoshop Elements icon on your desktop and double-click it.
    • On Mac
      • Launch Finder from the Dock.
      • Search for Adobe Photoshop Elements  and double-click it.
  2. Click Organizer to launch the Elements Organizer workspace. 

Photoshop Elements 15 Welcome screen

Start importing photos and videos

Import in bulk

Bulk import helps you to quickly import the photos and videos from your computer to the Organizer. You can either import all in one go or view what folders and subfolders contain and then choose what you want to import.

  1. In the Organizer workspace, click Import > In Bulk.

  2. In the Import Media dialog box, choose the folder that has the subfolders containing your media. If the folder is not listed, choose Add Folder and browse to the folder you want to import photos from.

    Import media
    A. Add a folder B. Remove the selected folder C. Select a folder D. Import from OneDrive (Windows only) E. Watch a folder  
  3. In the right pane, select the subfolders that contain the photos and videos you want to import and click Import.


You can also import files from a folder on your computer by selecting Import > From Files and Folders.

Import from camera or card reader

You can easily bring media files from your camera or card reader, and import them directly into the Elements Organizer.

  1. Connect your camera or card reader to your computer.

  2. In the Organizer workspace, click Import > From Camera or Card Reader.

  3. In the Photo Downloader dialog box under Source, select where to copy or import from using the Get Photos From drop-down list. Use default settings, or set the options in the Import Settings area.


    Import settings
  4. Click Get Media.

  5. If you get the Import Attached Keyword Tags dialog box, select the Keyword Tags you would like to import and click OK.

  6. Click OK in the Files Successfully Copied dialog box.


    If the Elements Organizer is launched while copying the photos, click Yes in the Files Successfully Copied box.

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