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Direct Download Links for Adobe Photoshop/Premiere Elements 12

[UPDATE (September 2015) – These still work to download the old Elements 12 trials. We also now have the new Elements 14 Direct Download Links!]

In keeping with our custom of publishing the direct download links for major Adobe products such as Creative Cloud, CS6, Lightroom 6/CC, and Acrobat DC, below you’ll find the direct links from Adobe’s servers for the free trials of the new releases of Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12, for both Windows and Mac OS.

Direct Download Links for Adobe Elements 12 - Get It Now

These links go to the authentic and secure files residing on Adobe’s servers, are guaranteed genuine, safe, legal, and will not change. They are especially useful when you are unable to down­load Adobe’s free trials via other means – often due to difficulties with the Akamai Download Manager or Adobe Download Assistant…

With the links provided below, you can use your own browser’s download capability (without DLM), or another download manager of your choice.

For setting up PSE 12 and/or PRE 12 on Windows, each program consists of two down­loaded files: an .exe and a 7-Zip file (.7z). The .exe file will only work (and install) once the .7z file is fully down­loaded and resides in the same folder. For the Mac, it’s just a single .dmg file for each program.

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Note: Very Important Instructions

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You must have a free Adobe account and be logged into it to use the links below, as Adobe sets a session cookie on your browser that allows you to access the direct download links. Otherwise, you will receive an “access denied” or “no permission” message block­ing the connection. So please follow these instructions carefully or the links will not work!

  1. Adobe recommends temporarily turning off any surfing restrictions you might have running, like site or cookie blocking, filtering, firewalls or antivirus software.
  2. Click «HERE» to visit this page first, before clicking any of the links below – this is critical!
  3. If asked, sign in with your Adobe ID or take a minute to create one for yourself (free).
  4. Click the big blue “Download” button at the bottom of that Adobe page – but then immediately cancel the download that starts, and close the windows that popped up.
  5. OK! Now you’re logged in at Adobe with the trials cookie set, so you can instantly download any of the software below. Just make sure you have enough disk space.
  6. Download the files either by clicking directly on the DDL links, or by right-clicking and choosing “Save Link As…” on the popup menu – and save all files to the same place.
  7. Then follow the product installation instructions here.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 (PSE 12) Direct Download Links

Photoshop Elements 12 – Windows (1.1 GB):   File 1   File 2

Photoshop Elements 12 – Mac (1.4 GB):   File 1

Adobe Premiere Elements 12 (PRE 12) Direct Download Links

Premiere Elements comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions…  64-bit offers higher perfor­mance but choose the 32-bit flavor if you’re unsure what your Windows system is.

Premiere Elements 12 – Windows 32-bit (1.1 GB):   File 1   File 2

Premiere Elements 12 – Windows 64-bit (1.2 GB):   File 1   File 2

Premiere Elements 12 – Mac (1.4 GB):   File 1

Product languages supported: The Elements 12 tryout versions are currently available in English, French/Français, German/Deutsch, and Japanese on Mac OS… On Windows, you can additionally choose from Chinese, Czech, Dutch, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, or Turkish.

Adobe has not released new “Bonus Content” for Premiere Elements 12, but the Additional Content for PRE 10 (containing InstantMovie themes, title templates, DVD/Blu-ray menu templates, and music to enhance movies you create) should continue to work with version 12.

Installation Tips

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  • You do not need to uninstall previous versions of Elements; some users prefer to keep the older, familiar version(s) around as they come up to speed with the new version’s features.
  • Install with an account that has administrative privileges (not a Limited User Account if you are using Windows).
  • For the easiest installation experience, quit any open programs, including virus protection software, prior to installing Elements 12.
  • Read the accompanying Photoshop Elements 12 Release Notes in English, French, or German.
  • If you run into any difficulties, see the Elements 12 Installation Troubleshooting page.

We suggest using a browser other than Internet Explorer to download the files above. They can be quite large and IE has been known to drop the extension (like “.exe”) from the Windows filename. If this happens and you can’t open a file, then just rename it to add back the extension. But generally, using Firefox or Chrome will work better – and if you have any issues getting the downloads to work with one browser, then try another.

*** Note: If you have any problems getting the files to download or install, be sure to read the earlier comments on this page – as most questions have already been asked and answered below!

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  1. flmmsx

    I installed pse12 on windows xp. It did not install correctly. Went to install it again and as the first install it finished downloading and then just sits there. Tried to do the same on another machine and Firefox, no different. Is there a step that I am missing?

  2. Tom H


    I want to download the software and am getting this error :

    Access Denied
    You don’t have permission to access “…/AdobeProducts/PRE/12/win32/PremiereElements_12_LS26_win32.exe” on this server.

    What is the problem ? Please help, Thank you.

  3. Tom H

    OK, find out the NOTE above

  4. al m

    Purchased photoshop elements 12, can’t get the organizer to install and run properly…

    Have tried the links above for 64-bit but when I try to open error message states states–problem extracting files check space available [have lots] and write privileges [think i did that]. Have installed Elements 13 trial version and it runs perfectly.

    I have installed and uninstalled my Elements 12 version 4 times and stll getting problem, have contacted adobe got problem # but now can’t seem to be able to find link to chat line.

    • Hi Al, sorry you’re having difficulties… Sometimes a problem or error message like that comes from a corrupted or incomplete download, or trying to install the software on a different disk from where you download the installers to (like from a USB flash or thumb drive). Also knowing the details of what system you’re running could be helpful.

      Anyway, here is the link to contact Adobe directly for assistance:

  5. Pat Scala


    1. Follow the installation or product launch screens until you see a link that says “I cannot connect to the internet” or “Having trouble connecting to the internet”. Click the link and follow the instructions on the subsequent screen to initiate offline activation. Instructions there will tell you how to generate a Request Code.

  6. Dominick Saccente

    Hi, having difficulty downloading my purchase of elements 12. keep getting access denied. Please help as I am new at this’

    • Hello Dominick, please make sure you are carefully following the download instructions (required by Adobe) that are given above in the article, near the top of this page…

      Otherwise, the PSE direct links will not work and you’ll get that message instead.

      Then, if you still have any problem, try with a different web browser or another computer, all the while still following those essential directions.

      Also, make sure you’re not blocking or filtering anything with your browser(s) – like cookies, downloads, or any sites or URLs – or running blocking utilities like Ghostery, AdBlock, or Disconnect. Adobe recommends temporarily turning those things off.

      To complete the installation, you must have Administrator privileges on your computer, plus your antivirus software must allow you to install programs.

  7. Amanda

    Hi, I bought the download of elements 12 and premiere 12. downloaded them all under the same folder. But when I try to open them, I get an error message that says:

    “The file part of adobe photoshop elements 12 is missing, you need all parts in the same folder in order to extract adobe premiere elements, please download all parts.”

    So idk what this means or how to fix it

    • Greetings Amanda, on Windows you’ll need to download both File 1 and File 2 for each application… So for both Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, that’s a total of 4 files you should have in the same folder/directory.

      Also on Windows, note that File 1 should have a .exe extension, and File 2 should have a .7z extension. If you don’t have that, then it’s possible your web browser dropped an extension while downloading and you’d need to rename the file(s) to add back the extension(s).

      (If you don’t see any extensions on your filenames at all, then see here for how to turn them on.)

      Hope that helps!

  8. Joyce

    Hi… I have a old version of Adobe Premiere Elements (3.0) – will this version (12) open my old files?

    • Welcome Joyce, it probably will. Normally Adobe software can open files produced with previous versions of the programs. Your best bet to confirm that is to download and run the free trial and see how it works for you…

      But don’t use the version given on this page – go with the current (latest & greatest) release instead, Elements 13 – it came out two months ago; it’s better and has more new features.

  9. Joyce

    I have Windows XP and Adobe Elements 13.0 will not work on XP

  10. Joyce

    I can’t get into and use Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 because it’s no longer supported when I go and download it into my new XP…is there any way to get 3.0 to work for me?

  11. Please advise how to get a non-corrupted download of Photoshop Elements 12 that I have paid for.

    The comments for the last download are as below.

    You don’t have permission to access “…/AdobeProducts/PRE/12/win64/PremiereElements_12_LS26_win64.exe” on this server.
    Reference #18.bfc9183e.1418928260.71834d

    Vic Oliver

  12. Victor Oliver

    There is no ‘log in’ available and if you click on ‘free Adobe account’ I get ‘Infection blocked’. And as I click on the recommended blue items, I get advertising for ‘Flash Player/Free download’, ‘Windows 7 PC Repair’, Click and I get, with a notice that the page cannot be displayed and further down, ‘Free Malware scanner’.

    All I want is a copy of Adobe 12 elements that I have paid for!!

    If you can’t supply a direct download, please advise if you can send a DVD copy?
    If not please refund my payment so I can get a copy from an alternative source.

    Regards Vic Oliver

    • Yikes! Sorry Vic, not sure what’s going on – but it sounds like your computer is really messed up and has a virus or something bad! That stuff is definitely not coming from us, nor from any normal process going on here…

      Strongly suggest getting a good antivirus program (try AVG Free) and thoroughly scanning your system.

      If you have any further questions regarding Elements, please get in touch with Adobe directly – thanks:

  13. Victor Oliver

    After considerable trouble, I have finally downloaded Photoshop elements 12 and on the request of: “enter serial number”, I have been informed that the number supplied by you in the following email is not valid. Please advise action to be taken?

    Dear Victor Oliver,

    Thank you for your purchase! Here are your order details:
    Please use following the steps below to download your product(s):

    XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX Adobe Photoshop Elements 12

    Best Regards,
    Buy Tech Solutions

    • Yep, unfortunately you have been totally scammed… You were sold a bogus pirated non-working serial number by some random entity. You didn’t get that from Adobe nor us (we don’t sell anything here actually).

      This is why we say to never buy from anyplace that you’ve never heard of before… Without a doubt, the safest and easiest place to get your software is always direct from Adobe.

      So this has nothing to do with us, but we’d advise trying to get back in contact with whoever sent you that email message and seeing if you can get your money back (probably not).

      Also definitely, absolutely get the best antivirus & antimalware program that money can buy and please scan your system very thoroughly, because it certainly sounds like it has been compromised.

      Good luck!

  14. Dianne Maggs

    HELP! I purchased a downloadable Photoshop Elements 12 Premiere and having trouble installing. I have followed all the steps but still no luck, I download both into the same folder, no problem. The two files are as follows:

    PremiereElements_12_LS26_win64 1.17 GB and
    PremiereElements_12_LS26_win64 1.46 MB

    When I double click on one of them it asks to open with? If I click on anything I get a message Incorrect command or some such. Is anyone able to help this poor old lady who is feeling like a complete fool?
    if so, many thanks.


  15. brenda

    I purchased a new mac and now my photoshop elements 12 is not working. I have to re-install it. But I purchased it online and do not have a disk. How do I do this?

  16. Colin

    After having difficulty downloading through Adobe Web site I arrived at Pro Design Tools.

    The download of Photoshop Elements & Premium Elements was straightforward and easy.

    Thank you ProDesignTools

  17. trudi darwin

    have just purchased and downloaded photoshop elements on my new mac pro, but i cannot open the file, it says that they cannot find the server to open it, then it says the file may have been corrupted and also that it does not support os x.

    i don’t know what i have to do, please help

  18. ellen

    i have been trying to install photoshop 12. adobe sent me a link but it does not work. when i look on PS website it shows elements 12 for mac and nothing for us… please help.

  19. Walter Broomell

    can not download Elements 12 Photoshop. Adobe download site tells me that a part is missing, But adobe has shown one of the parts has been labeled not available, So it is impossible to retrieve the program. Adobe’s Techs can not help me put the egg back together. Any suggestions. Sure could use some, for the last three day I’ve done all that I knew to and contacted Adobe, Windows, all kinds of help sites.

    • Hey Walter, it sounds like your browser (especially IE) may have dropped or changed the file extension(s) when downloading the program… In that case, your computer might not know how to open it, or might think it’s a text file instead.

      If that happens, you would need to rename the file(s) to add back the proper file extension(s). On Windows, File 1 is always a .exe file, and File 2 (if present for the application) is a .7z file.

  20. Meghan

    Do I have to pay for something with this?

  21. Donna

    getting really frustrated here, I purchased a few years back Photoshop elements 12 and was using it right up until I purchased a new laptop last week and now I cant seem to find the actual download link anywhere. the one I thought was 12 ended up being 14, I have paid for 12 and have the license for it but now I cant replace it on the new pc?

  22. Elena


    Where can i buy photoshop elements 12 for mac? (no longer available at adobe)
    I download it from here but is the trial version.


  23. Leilani

    Is this only a trial? Or will your links allow unlimited access?

    • All the downloads on this site are free of cost. They are the free trials, which can be purchased for use past 30 days (without needing to reinstall the software on your computer).

      However, this version is not offered any longer. For the latest/best version of Elements from Adobe, you do not want this page… For those, you definitely want the newer version 14 instead.

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