How to Use the Photo Bin in Photoshop Elements 14

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

The Photo Bin displays thumbnail views of all your open images in Photoshop Elements. You can immediately see a small image of all the pictures you have open at one time. You can also see thumbnail views of all the different views you create for a single picture.

If you want to rearrange the order of the thumbnails in the Photo Bin, you can click and drag any thumbnail to the left or right.

Creating different views of an image

What? Different views of the same picture, you say? Yes, indeed. You might create a new view when you want to zoom in on an area for some precise editing and then want to switch back to a wider view. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Double-click a thumbnail image in the Photo Bin.

    You must have a photo open in the Photo Editor. The photo you double-click in the Photo Bin appears in the image window as the active document.

  2. Choose View → New Window for <filename>.

    Note that <filename> is the name of the file in the image window.

  3. Zoom to the new view.

    A new view appears for the active document, and you see another thumbnail image added to the Photo Bin.

    To zoom quickly, click the Zoom tool in the Tools panel and then click a few times on the picture in the image window to zoom in to the photo.

  4. Double-click the thumbnails in the Photo Bin to toggle views of the same image.

    Double-click the original thumbnail to see the opening view; double-click the other thumbnail to see the zoomed view.

Viewing filenames

By default, photos open and are displayed in the Photo Bin without the associated filenames. If you want the name of each file shown in the Photo Bin, open a contextual menu on a photo in the Photo Bin and choose Show Filenames.

Using Photo Bin Actions

On the Photo Bin Actions menu, you find handy tasks that you can perform on photos open in the Photo Editor. Click the Photo Bin Options menu to display the menu commands.

Open the Photo Bin Options pop-up menu to display various actions you can perform on pictures open

Open the Photo Bin Options pop-up menu to display various actions you can perform on pictures open in the Photo Bin.

Here’s what each Photo Bin Action does:

  • Print Bin Files: Select the files in the Photo Bin that you want to print and then choose Print Bin Files. The selected files open in the Print dialog box where you can make photo prints of the selected images.

  • Save Bin as an Album: You can add photos to an existing album or you can create a new album. You can do many wonderful things with Photo Albums.

  • Show Grid: By default, no divider lines appear between photos in the Photo Bin. When you choose Show Grid, divider lines appear between the photos.