The Photo Bin in Photoshop Elements 12 - dummies

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You might have several images you want to edit in Photoshop Elements. You might have some image data you want to copy from one image and paste into another image, or maybe you want to enhance a series of images so that the brightness and color appear consistent in several images taken in the same lighting conditions.

The photos are added to the Organizer, and you can easily see their thumbnail images in the Media Browser. But you don’t want to continue returning to the Organizer to open one image or another in an editing mode.

Fortunately, thumbnails for all your open images appear in the Photo Bin, as shown in the figure. To see the thumbnails, click the Photo Bin button at the bottom your editing workspace.


Additionally, notice the top of the image window. All open files appear nested in the image window as tabs with the filename displayed for each open image. You can close an image by clicking the X to the right of the filename.

You can change the behavior of windows in the preferences. Options exist for making the panels default as floating windows or tabbed in the Panel Bin.

You can easily access the images shown in the Photo Bin by clicking the respective filenames above the image window. You can also open several files in the Photo Editor and create a project from the files, such as a calendar or photo book. What you see in the Photo Bin are the files that are open in the Photo Editor in Expert mode.

In the figure, six images are open, and they all appear in the Photo Bin when the Panel Bin in hidden. (Click Layers, and the panel disappears.) If you want to work on the images and do something like move image data between the photos, you need to organize the photos in the image window a little differently.

To work between photos, you need to view each photo in its own separate window.

You can easily undock the photos and have them appear in separate windows by choosing options on the Layout menu. Click Layout at the bottom of the Photo Editor workspace and choose an option to view photos differently in the image window. In this example, All Grid is chosen, as shown in the figure. The photos then are displayed individually in separate windows.