About photo projects

Photo projects include photo books, photo calendars, photo collages, greeting cards, and CD/DVD jackets and labels. The Create button, available at the upper-right corner of the Photoshop Elements window, lists the available photo projects in Photoshop Elements.

Note: Photo books are designed specifically for online printing. You can print them locally, but each side of a spread is treated as a separate page.

Photo projects are saved in the Photo Projects Format (.pse) format. Unlike conventional image formats, which require you to open and edit each image separately, you can print up to 30 pages from the PSE format.


Because multipage files can be large, a computer with at least 1 GB of RAM is recommended for optimum performance.

When you start a photo project, you can specify a size, printing option (local or through a service provider), and theme for the project type. For example, the CD Jacket template has different size options than the Photo Collage template. However, both offer layout and theme options that are common to most projects. At this time, you also specify whether to use the Autofill With Selected Images and Number Of Pages options (when applicable).

After you specify these primary options, the photo project opens in Photoshop Elements. The Pages, Layouts, and Graphics buttons on the bottom-right of the application window, let you add or modify frames, backgrounds, and layer styles. For example, instead of default backgrounds, you can apply a unique background to every page of a photo album using the Graphics tab.

After you finish a project, you can share it in various ways. For example, you can print or email greeting cards or photo collages from Elements Organizer. You can also have your projects professionally printed using online services, if available in your region.


If a photo project has missing files, you can save the project but can’t print it.

Setting photo project options

The Create drop-down list is the starting point for making new photo projects. When you select a photo project, say a photo book, you can specify a size, printing option, and theme. Only a limited number of sizes are supported for each printing option. Select Autofill With Selected Images to add all the images open in the Photo Bin in one step, instead of manually adding them later.

For example, if you click Photo Collage in the Create tab, the photo projects dialog box provides the following options:


Provides preset page sizes for each project. The size chosen becomes the default for all pages in the project. Each project type offers different size options. For example, the greeting card template sizes are smaller than the photo book template sizes.


Provides various preset designs to complement your images with preset frames and backgrounds. The theme and frame chosen becomes the default for all pages in the project, but they can be modified later in the Layouts and Graphics panels. For example, you may want to apply a different background to each page of a scrapbook.

Autofill With Selected Images

Places selected images in the project automatically in the same order they are arranged in the Photo Bin. You can select open files, albums, or files selected in the Elements Organizer to autofill the project. You can also open the images in the Photo Bin and autofill the project later through the Photo Bin context menu. To arrange images in a particular order, rearrange them in the Photo Bin before starting a project. To rearrange the images later, drag them from the Photo Bin or add them directly from their folder location.

Types of photo projects

About photo collages

Photo collages let you create large picture projects, such as photo collages or unique photo prints. You can print photo collages with your home printer, order them online, save them to your hard drive, or email them.

Photo Collages
Sample photo collages

About greeting cards

Greeting cards let you add various layouts and designs to your images, and allows adding up to 22 photos on a page. You can print greeting cards with your home printer, save them to your hard drive, or email them. Greetings cards can also be ordered online from Adobe Photoshop Elements Online Services for some locales.

Greeting cards
Sample photo greeting cards

About CD and DVD jackets

Photoshop Elements lets you create disc jackets (covers) for a CD and DVD case. You can print them with your home printer, save to your hard drive, or email them as PDFs.

CD and DVD jackets
Sample CD and DVD jackets

About CD and DVD labels

Photoshop Elements lets you create adhesive disc labels for CDs and DVDs, or labels for printable CDs and DVDs, using an inkjet printer. You can print them with your home printer, save them to your hard drive, or email them as PDFs.

CD and DVD labels
Sample CD and DVD labels

About slide shows

Slideshows are a fun way to share media files. With Photoshop Elements, you can customize slideshows with music clips, clip art, text, and even voice narration. Images in PDF do not display in slideshows.

After you complete a slideshow, there are several ways to share it.


For a video about slide shows, see www.adobe.com/go/lrvid913_pse_en

Make a photo collage, label, CD, and DVD Jacket

  1. In Elements Organizer, select the photos you want to use in your project. Or, if you want to add photos after creating it, open Photoshop Elements.

  2. Click the Create button, and select the project you want to create from the drop-down that appears.

  3. Select a size and theme.
  4. Select Autofill With Selected Images.
  5. Click OK.

    The project opens, and you can modify the design using the Pages, Layouts, and Graphics tabs in the Create panel.

  6. Add photos (if you have not yet added) to the photo project.

  7. Click Advanced Mode or Basic Mode, to set the mode in which you want to view and modify the photos you want to work with. You can perform basic operations like adding text in the basic mode, to retouching the images and pages in the advanced mode.

  8. In the Taskbar, click Save, or choose File > Save. By default, projects are saved in your My Pictures folder, although you can save projects to another location.

  9. By default, Include In The Elements Organizer is selected, which places the project in Elements Organizer. Deselect this option if you do not want the project placed in Elements Organizer.
  10. Type a filename, and click Save.

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