6 Unique Photoshop Elements Features (That Photoshop CC Wishes It Had)

Every time you open Photoshop Elements and head straight to the Expert Mode, you overlook dozens of shortcuts that could save you hours on your photo editing. Today, I’ll dive in and show you some of features in Photoshop Elements that are not available in Photoshop CC.

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Drag and drop from the Photo Bin in Photoshop Elements 13This is the feature Photoshop Elements users know and love – but today I’ll share with you a few extra tips to unleash the power of the Photo Bin!

But first, what is the Photo Bin? The Photo Bin (also called the Project bin in PSE6-10) located at the bottom of the main Photoshop Elements window.

The Photo Bin will show all your open files, or a selected album from the Organizer.

With the Photo bin you can:

PSE14 auto show tool optionsIf you have a recent version of PSE and the tool options keep covering the photo bin, you can turn that off by clicking the Auto Show Tool Options in the menu to the top right in the tool options panel. At any time you can click the Photo bin button to show it again.

I have both PSE and PS installed on my computer, and the easy access to albums and open files is the number one reason I keep turning to PSE every time I want to scrapbook!

Quick Edit Mode

IPhotoshop Elements quick edit modef you’ve ever been confused about what adjustment layers to add to which photos (or if you don’t even know what adjustment layers are) you will love the Quick Edit mode in Photoshop Elements.

The Adjustments panel in Quick Edit mode takes the most common photo fixes, like exposure, lighting (levels) and color adjustments and puts them right at your fingertips. Just work from top to bottom using the preview images and sliders to get your photo looking good.

Photoshop Elements Quick Edit Effects ModePlus, there are over 50 custom looks you can add to your photos in 10 different categories in the Effects Panel – think of them as Instagram filters, Lightroom presets or Radlab looks. Photoshop Elements does all the hard work and you just click on the look you want, drag a sliders and off you go!

There’s also 10 textures and 10 frames to choose from in the remaining tabs.

If you are new to the quick edit mode, I show you how to use it in my class, Fast Photo Fixes.

Guided Edit Mode

Photoshop Elements New Guided EditsThe Guided Edit mode walks you through more advanced photo editing scenarios with a combination of instructional text and tools.

There are 40 guided edits ranging from Photomerge Group Shot (where you can merge multiple photos to make sure *everyone* is looking at the camera!) to fun edits like the new Speed Effect.

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That said, Photoshop CC users do have access to one Photomerge, the panorama (head to File > Photomerge… to try it in PSCC).

One of my favorite guided edits is the Restore an Old Photo.

If you have Photoshop Elements, you really should take the time to try out out guided edits. You’ll find that there’s a lot creative and useful edits there.

Create & Share

At the top right of the Editor window, there’s two features that are often overlooked. The Create menu helps you, well, create custom projects. The share menu allows you to quickly and simply share your work online.

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The Create menu contains a treasure trove of options, everything from printing multiple photos, to calendars to a Facebook cover.

One of the little known features of Photoshop Elements is the ability to create a whole album within a PSE (Photoshop Elements Project) file. 31 styles of Photo Books are available, and you can also delete the existing designs or create your own using the Advanced mode. You can export your photobooks at 220 dpi as a JPEG, TIFF or PDF. Depending on where you are in the world it also interfaces with photo book printers, such as Shutterfly. This is a great stepping stone for the newer users who want more flexibility than an online photobook creator and aren’t ready for the complications of handling lots of individual files.

Why not take a look at the create menu today!


Photoshop Elements Share menuThe share button makes it simple to share your photos online with Facebook, Flickr and Twitter. Just a little something to make your day easier.


Lphotoshop elements organizer adaptive gridong before Lightroom was even a twinkle in Adobe’s eye, PSE users had the powerful, automated features in Organizer to make managing photos quick and easy.

The Organizer has come a long way since 2003, and with each version it becomes easier (and faster!) to work with a large library of photos or digital supplies.

Your people are recognized, everything is popped neatly onto a map and your events are easy to find and label. All you need to do is select your photos scrapbook!

I could write pages about my love for the Organizer. Oh wait, I already have!

You can jump into Organizer with my two Get Organized classes here at the Daily Digi.

If you want to learn more about organizing your photos to make scrapping easier, you’ll want to join me for Get Organized: Photos. In five 15-minute sessions you can get a handle on your photos and set up a system that works for you!


Get Organized: Supplies will teach you the quick and easy way to get your supplies under control. Inside Get Organized: Supplies there’s a worksheet to help you decide what organizing system will work for you and I’ll walk you through the process step by step. Tame that shopping addiction and use all the beautiful products you’ve purchased with Get Organized: Supplies.

Get Organized: Supplies

So Photoshop Elements lovers, what features keep you coming back?