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Slideshows in Photoshop Elements - Instructions: A picture of a slideshow preview playing in Photoshop Elements.

Slideshows in Photoshop Elements: Overview

            Slideshows in Photoshop Elements are a fun way to share your photos with others. You can add text, interesting transitions, and audio files to make a truly impressive slideshow. If you open a slideshow created in an older version of Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Elements automatically converts the old slideshow to the new slideshow format, so you can play it.

            You can create slideshows in Photoshop Elements from photos selected in the Organizer window. You can also create slideshows in Photoshop Elements from currently opened photos in the “Photo Bin” of the Photo Editor. Note, however, you cannot include photos in the Photo Editor that have unsaved changes unless you first save the changes.

            To create slideshows in Photoshop Elements from the Organizer window, open the Organizer window. Then select the pictures to add to the slideshow. Then click the “Create” button in the Shortcuts Bar. Choose “Slideshow” from the drop-down menu to launch a preview of the slideshow in the “Slideshow” window.

            Alternatively, to create slideshows in Photoshop Elements from opened photos in the Photo Bin of the Photo Editor, click the “Create” button in the Shortcuts Bar. Then select the “Slideshow” command from the drop-down menu to first load the Organizer and then launch a preview of the slideshow in the “Slideshow” window.

Slideshows in Photoshop Elements - Instructions: A picture of a slideshow preview playing in Photoshop Elements.

Slideshows in Photoshop Elements – Instructions: A picture of a slideshow preview playing in Photoshop Elements.

            As the slideshow plays, you can see toolbars both above, below, and to the left of the slideshow. You can use the buttons in these three toolbars to control the slideshow playback, edit the slideshow, save the slideshow, export the slideshow, or exit the slideshow. The playback scrubber and volume setting in the bottom toolbar let you control the slideshow playback and volume. You can click and drag the small dot within the slideshow timeline scrubber to rewind or fast forward the slideshow. You can click the “Pause” button at the left end of the toolbar to pause the playback. After clicking it, this button turns into the “Play” button, which you can click again to resume playback. There is also a button for this within the middle of the slideshow screen when it is paused.

            After initially creating a slideshow, you can click either the “Media,” “Themes,” or “Audio” buttons in the toolbar at the left side of the slideshow to both expand and collapse the pane for each section and change the slideshow’s settings.

            To save the slideshow, click the “Save” button in the toolbar at the top of the window. Doing this then opens the “Elements Organizer” dialog box. Enter a name for the slideshow and then click the “Save” button to save it. After saving a slideshow, clicking the “Save” button simply saves any unsaved changes. To open the “Elements Organizer” dialog box again after saving it, click the drop-down button at the right side of the “Save” button. Then choose the “Save As” command from the pop-up menu that appears.

Slideshows in Photoshop Elements - Instructions: A picture of a user saving a slideshow in Photoshop Elements.

Slideshows in Photoshop Elements – Instructions: A picture of a user saving a slideshow in Photoshop Elements.

            You can also export a slideshow by clicking the “Export” button in the toolbar above the slideshow preview. You can select either the “YouTube,” “Vimeo,” or “Export video to local disk” commands in the drop-down menu that appears either to export the slideshow to YouTube, Vimeo, or export it as an HD mp4 video file to your local hard drive.

            If you select the “Export video to local disk” command, the “Export” dialog box appears. Type a name for the slideshow video into the “Filename” field. The default folder into which to save the file appears in the “Location” section. To select a different location, click the “Browse” button to open a “Browse for Folder” window. Then select a new destination folder and then click the “OK” button. Use the drop-down in the “Quality” section to select the HD quality of the video to produce. Then click the “OK” button to export the slideshow to a video file.

            Alternatively, you can export the slideshow to YouTube or Vimeo by selecting either the “YouTube” or “Vimeo” commands from the drop-down menu. Photoshop Elements then prepares the video for uploading and asks you to log into the site to complete the upload of the video file.

Slideshows in Photoshop Elements: Instructions

  1. To create slideshows in Photoshop Elements from the Organizer window, open the Organizer window.
  2. Then select the pictures to add to the slideshow.
  3. Then click the “Create” button in the Shortcuts Bar.
  4. Choose “Slideshow” from the drop-down menu to launch a preview of the slideshow in the “Slideshow” window.
  5. Alternatively, to create slideshows in Photoshop Elements from photos opened in the Photo Bin of the Photo Editor, click the “Create” button in the Shortcuts Bar.
  6. Then select the “Slideshow” command from the drop-down menu to first load the Organizer and then launch a preview of the slideshow in the “Slideshow” window.
  7. As the slideshow plays, you can see toolbars both above, below, and to the left of the slideshow. You can use the buttons in these three toolbars to control the slideshow playback, edit the slideshow, save the slideshow, export the slideshow, or exit the slideshow.
  8. The playback scrubber and volume setting in the bottom toolbar let you control the slideshow playback and volume.
  9. To rewind or fast forward the slideshow, click and drag the small dot in the slideshow timeline scrubber.
  10. To pause the playback, click the “Pause” button at the left end of the toolbar.
  11. After clicking it, this button turns into the “Play” button, which you can click again to resume playback. There is also a button for this in the middle of the slideshow screen when it is paused.
  12. After initially creating a slideshow, you can click either the “Media,” “Themes,” or “Audio” buttons in the toolbar at the left side of the slideshow to both expand and collapse the pane for each section and change the slideshow’s settings.
  13. To save the slideshow, click the “Save” button in the toolbar at the top of the window.
  14. Doing this then opens the “Elements Organizer” dialog box.
  15. Enter a name for the slideshow and then click the “Save” button to save it.
  16. After saving a slideshow, clicking the “Save” button simply saves any unsaved changes.
  17. To open the “Elements Organizer” dialog box again after saving it, click the drop-down button at the right side of the “Save” button.
  18. Then choose the “Save As” command from the pop-up menu that appears.
  19. To export a slideshow, click the “Export” button in the toolbar that appears above the slideshow preview.
  20. If you want to export the slideshow to YouTube, Vimeo, or export it as an HD mp4 video file to your local hard drive, select either the “YouTube,” “Vimeo,” or “Export video to local disk” commands in the drop-down menu that appears.
  21. If you select the “Export video to local disk” command, the “Export” dialog box appears.
  22. Type a name for the slideshow video into the “Filename” field.
  23. The default folder into which to save the file appears in the “Location” section.
  24. To select a different location, click the “Browse” button to open a “Browse for Folder” window.
  25. Then select a new destination folder and then click the “OK” button.
  26. Use the drop-down in the “Quality” section to select the HD quality of the video to produce.
  27. Then click the “OK” button to export the slideshow to a video file.
  28. Alternatively, to export the slideshow to YouTube or Vimeo, select either the “YouTube” or “Vimeo” commands from the drop-down menu.
  29. Photoshop Elements then prepares the video for uploading.
  30. It then asks you to log into the site to complete the upload of the video file.

Slideshows in Photoshop Elements: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Creating a Slideshow,” shows how to create slideshows in Photoshop Elements. This video lesson on making slideshows in Photoshop Elements is from our complete Photoshop Elements tutorial, titled “Mastering Photoshop Elements Made Easy v.2019.”

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