View Photos in a Slide Show in Photoshop Elements 12 - dummies

View Photos in a Slide Show in Photoshop Elements 12

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Are you ready for some exciting viewing in Photoshop Elements? To take an alternative view of your Organizer files, you can see your pictures in a self-running slide show (in Full Screen view), complete with transition effects and background music.

For the purposes of clarity, think of Full Screen view and viewing a slide show as the same thing. Full-screen viewing temporarily hides the Elements tools and menus, and it gives you the most viewing area on your monitor to see your pictures.

Viewing files in Slideshow view can be helpful for quickly previewing the files you want to edit for all kinds of output, as well as for previewing photos that you might use for an exported slide show (available on Windows only).

Creating slide shows and outputting to a movie file is supported only on Windows. However, viewing slide shows in Elements is supported for both Windows and Mac users. Also, both Windows and Mac users can create PDF slide shows. The only limitation Mac users have is that they cannot export slide shows directly from Elements as movie files unless they have Premiere Elements installed.

Taking a quick view of the slide show

To set up your slide show and/or enter Full Screen view, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Organizer.

  2. Select images that you want to see in a slide show or select none to use all the images in the Organizer for your slide show.

    If no images are selected when you enter Full Screen view, all photos in the Media Browser are shown in Full Screen view.

  3. Click the Slideshow button at the bottom of the Organizer or press the F11 key (Cmd+F11 on the Mac).

    After choosing the menu command, you jump right into the Full Screen view with some panels and tools displayed, as shown in the figure.


  4. View the slides.

    By default, the photos change every 4 seconds, but you can change that interval in the Settings dialog box that you can open in the Slideshow toolbar. You can watch the slide show or you can click the arrow keys at the bottom of the screen to move forward and back through the slides.

    You can also scroll through slides by pressing the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.

  5. Exit the Full Screen view by pressing the Esc key to return to the Organizer.

You can also open Full Screen view by choosing View→Full Screen or pressing F11 (Cmd+F11 on the Mac). Opening the Full Screen view is the same as clicking the Slideshow button in the Organizer. Laptop owners may need to use the Function key with the keystrokes to open Full Screen view.