How to Use the Slide Show Toolbar in Photoshop Elements 12      - dummies

How to Use the Slide Show Toolbar in Photoshop Elements 12     

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

To take an alternative view of your Organizer files in Photoshop Elements, 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. To navigate the slide show, use the Slide Show toolbar.

The toolbar shown in the figure offers the following options for slide viewing (from left to right):

  • Previous Media: Click the left arrow to open the previous photo or other media.

  • Play/Pause: Click to play or pause a slide show.

  • Next Media: Click the right arrow to advance to the next photo or other media.

  • Theme: This item was named Transitions in earlier versions of Elements. Click the Theme tool, and the Select Transition dialog box opens, as shown in the figure. 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.


  • Film Strip: Click this tool to show or hide the filmstrip that appears at the bottom of the Full Screen window.

  • View: The View tool displays a pop-up menu when you click the tool. From the pop-up menu, you have two choices: View media side by side horizontally or vertically. Choosing either option splits the screen where two media items are shown. When one of these options is chosen, you can return to the default for a view of a single item onscreen by selecting the single monitor icon.

  • Sync Panning and Zooming: This tool is only active when you view media side by side vertically or horizontally. Click the tool, and both media items sync when panning and zooming.

  • Settings: Click to open the Full Screen View Options dialog box. (See the figure.) In this figure, you can choose a music file to play background music while viewing a slide show, set the page durations, and display items such as captions.


  • Fix: Click this tool to open the Edit panel.

  • Organize: Click this tool to open the Organize panel.

  • Info: Click this tool to open the Properties panel.

  • Exit: Click this tool to exit Full Screen view and return to the Organizer window. You can also press Esc to exit Full Screen view.

  • Show All Controls (right arrow): Click the tiny left-pointing arrow on the right side of the toolbar, and the toolbar expands to reveal additional tools and changes to a left-pointing arrow to collapse the panel and hides the Fix, Organize, and Info tools.

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. Windows users have more permanent options for saving files as slide shows that they can share with other users.