The Project Bin in Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

The Project Bin in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

The Project Bin displays thumbnail views of all your open images. Regardless of whether you work in Full Photo Edit or Quick Photo Edit mode, 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 thumbnails in the Project Bin, click and drag horizontally to reorganize the order of the thumbnails.

Create different views of an image in the Project Bin

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 Project Bin.

    You must have a photo open in Full Photo Edit mode. The photo you double-click in the Project 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 Project Bin.

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

  4. 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.

Use the Bin Actions menu in Photoshop Elements 10

A nice feature in Elements is the Bin Actions menu at the top of the Project Bin (Windows) or the Options menu on the far top-right side of the bin (Macintosh). Click Bin Actions (Windows) or open the Options menu (Macintosh) to start a new creation, share photos, print all the files open in the Bin, and save the Bin files as an album.

To the left of the Bin Actions menu, you can find another feature for viewing files in Elements. Labeled Show Open Files by default, this drop-down menu offers two options: the default option to show open files and another choice to show files from the Organizer. Choose Show Files from Organizer to add the files in your Organizer to the Project Bin.