To take an alternative view of your Organizer files in Photoshop Elements 11, you can see your pictures in a self-running slide show (in Full Screen view), complete with transition effects and background music. Full Screen view takes you to a slide show view.

For the purposes of clarity, think of Full Screen view and viewing a slide show as the same thing. Full-screen viewing temporarily hides the Elements tools and menus and gives you the most viewing area on your monitor to see your pictures.


Set up your slide show and/or enter Full Screen view.

Open the Organizer.

Select images that you want to see in a slide show or use all the images in the Organizer for your slide show.

Click the Slideshow button at the bottom of the Organizer window or press the F11 key (Command+F11 on the Mac).

After choosing the menu command, you jump right into the Full Screen view with some panels and tools displayed.

View the slides.

Exit the Full Screen view and press the Esc key on your keyboard to return to the Organizer window.


Work with the edit tools.

Full Screen and Slideshow views provide you with several editing tools. When you open selected photos from the Organizer in Full Screen or Slideshow view, you find two panels on the left side of the screen. The Edit panel provides Edit tools for editing photos, such as sharpening images and removing red-eye. The Organize panel permits you to add keywords for easily organizing photos with keyword identifiers.

To open the Edit panel, click the vertical tab on the left side of the Full Screen window or click the Fix button on the Slideshow toolbar. The Edit panel opens.

As you move the mouse cursor over the tools, tooltips display the tool name. You can easily locate tools in the Edit panel and make image adjustments without leaving the Full Screen/Slideshow view.


Work with the Organizer tools.

The other panel on the left side of the Full Screen/Slideshow window is the Organize panel. Click Organize on the left side of the window to open the panel or click the Organize button on the slide-show toolbar.

As you can see, this panel offers you choices for adding images to existing albums from the current images in the Full Screen/Slideshow view, and you can tag photos with keyword tags.


Use the slideshow toolbar.

The toolbar in Full Screen view offers several options for slide viewing. The Theme option was named Transitions in earlier versions of Elements. Click the Themes tool, and the Select Transition dialog box opens. When you enter Full Screen view, this tool is selected. Four different transition effects are displayed in the dialog box.

You can preview a transition effect by placing the cursor over one of the images. When you find an effect you like, click the image and click OK to change the transition.

The main thing to keep in mind is that the Full Screen view is a temporary viewing option you have in Elements. It’s not permanent. You use the view for a quick display method on your computer when you want to show off some photos to family and friends.


Access the Context menus in Full Screen view.

When you are in Full Screen view, you lose the top-level menus. If you’re wondering how you can add the slide images to an album or create a slide-show movie file (Windows only), you need a menu command. Because the menus are hidden, you must open a context menu in the Full Screen view.

In a context menu, you find options not available in the panels or the slide-show tools. You have menu commands for adding images to an existing album, removing an image from an album, creating a slide show (Windows only), marking for printing, and several commands for working with Keyword Tags.