How to Email Photos from Photoshop Elements

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Rather than save your file from Elements and then open your email client (such as Outlook or Apple Mail) and select the photo to attach to an email, you can use Elements to easily share photos via email with one click.

When you want to email a photo or a creation, follow these steps:

  1. In the Organizer, select the photos you want to email to a friend.

  2. Open the Share panel and select Email Attachments.

  3. Choose a quality setting for the attachment and click Next.

    Drag the Quality slider and observe the file size noted at the bottom of the panel where you see Estimated Size. If the file is large, you may need to resize it in the Image Size dialog box before emailing the photo.

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  4. (Optional) Add recipients.

    The next panel provides settings for adding a message and adding recipients from an Address Book.

    You can bypass adding recipients from your Address Book. If no recipients are listed in the Select Recipients panel, you can add recipient email addresses in the new message window in your email client.

  5. Click Next.

    The photo(s) are attached to a new email message in your default email client.

    Elements attaches the media to a new email message. You need to toggle to your email client in order to see the message and send the mail.

  6. Review the To, Subject, and Attach fields to be certain the information is correct. Then click the Send button.

    By default, Elements uses your primary email client application, which may or may not be the email program you use. You can change the default email client by pressing Ctrl+K (Command+K on the Macintosh) to open the Preferences dialog box when you’re in the Organizer and then clicking Sharing in the left pane. From a drop-down list in the Sharing preferences, choose the email client application that you want Elements to use.

Elements now supports using web based email clients. If you use Yahoo, Gmail, or even another account, you can send your photos using your existing mail client. If you choose Other in the Email Preferences, you need to supply your SMTP Server and the Port number. If you need help with setting up the mail for other accounts not listed in the Email Preferences, contact your ISP for assistance.