Syncing Photoshop Elements Photos with Your iPad

I learned something new the other day. You can sync Photoshop Elements Albums to your iPad. Actually, you can sync all of your Albums to your iPad if you like. And by the way, this is not something new. Photoshop Elements has been able to do this for several versions now. I was just slow to learn about it.

Generally speaking, I am not interested in seeing my entire photo collection (nearing 40K now) on my iPad or iPhone. However, I would like to have a few current pictures of my family on them to show friends at times. In other words they would play a similar role the wrinkled photos in my wallet.

Here is how I did it.

  1. Make an Album in Photoshop Elements.
  2. Connect your iPad to your computer via its cable.
  3. Start iTunes on your computer.
  4. Once your iPad is recognized by iTunes, click on it as shown in the figure below.

iPad Connected iTunes

5. In iTunes, click on Photos as shown in the figure below, then…

  • Select Photoshop Elements from the drop down list.
  • Click to select Selected Albums.
  • Click on the Photoshop Elements Album made in Step 1.

6. Click on Apply. See the figure below

iTunes PSE  Photo Sync

To view the photos in the sync’d Elements Album, use the Photos App on your tripod to view the Album. This is illustrated in the figure below.

iPad Fam Photo Album

Now whenever I want to update the album on my iPad, I simply modify the applicable Photoshop elements 11 album, and sync my iPad through iTunes.

6 thoughts on “Syncing Photoshop Elements Photos with Your iPad

  1. This was great functionality and I used to love it. I was a bit behind and jumped up a few versions though … I now have PSE 13 and iTunes…. and it does;t have the option to select PSE as a sync source – it only shows iPhoto and Photos….
    Any advice?


    • Amber, as you know I wrote this a few years ago. Things may very well have changed. Let me look into it more fully, and I will report back here.

      P.S. I appreciate you reading my blog!


    • Amber,
      I just ran through the steps on my iPad 3, using PSE 14, and iTunes 12.3… on my Windows 10 PC. Things still worked for me. Are you saying you no longer see Photoshop Elements when you click the drop down are in the Sync Photos section?
      PSE Photo Sync

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      • Hi
        Thanks for looking at this for me.
        I’m on a MacBook and yes I no longer see photoshop elements in the drop down in iTunes as an option in the sync photos drop down. It’s a real loss!


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