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What Are the Differences: Photoshop vs. Elements vs. Lightroom?

January 17th, 2013 64 comments

What's the Difference Between the 4 Photoshops?

“What’s the difference between the different Photoshops?”

We’ve seen this question sooo many times, we just had to write a complete article about it.  With four different members of the Adobe Photoshop family, it can be confusing what is what and which to get…  And now that Elements 11 is out, it’s a good time to look at this.

If you ask Adobe, they’ll tell you:

Q:  How do Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Extended, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Lightroom software differ?

A:  Photoshop Elements 11 (US$99) is designed for people who are just getting started with digital photo editing, and delivers powerful yet easy-to-use options that help you organize, edit, create, share, and help protect your personal photos.

Photoshop CS6 (US$699) is the professional standard for creating and manipulating powerful images, and Photoshop CS6 Extended (US$999) delivers every­thing in Photoshop plus tools for creating and editing 3D images and objects. [Both of these versions have recently been replaced by Photoshop CC, which is available by sub­scription (US$10-20/month), and has additional features compared to CS6.]

Photoshop Lightroom 4 (US$149) addresses the workflow needs of professional and serious amateur photographers, enabling them to import, process, organize, and showcase large volumes of digital photographs quickly, or develop a single image. [Lightroom 4 is succeeded by Lightroom 5 – see the differences between the two.]

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Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 are Out!

September 25th, 2012 124 comments

Get Elements 11 Now

Yes – Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 are just out and avail­able immediately!  Pretty much on the timeframe we forecast, both products are available on both Windows and Mac with the same features across platforms…  See what you can do with these tools now with the Elements family comparison.  You can instantly download the free trials as well, and the new software will work side-by-side with any previous release(s) of Elements you may own. If do you have an earlier version installed, you can automatically import and convert your work.*

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Compare: Differences Between Photoshop Elements 11 vs. 10, 9, 8, 7

October 3rd, 2012 50 comments

New Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 is here, and one of the recurring upgrade questions we see is what’s new, what’s different, and what’s improved compared to Elements 10?  Or more essentially, what are the key new features in PSE 11, versus PSE 10, 9, 8, or even version 7?  We published a quick list here of what’s changed since the last release, but how about a version-by-version, feature-by-feature table? You’ll find this down below (or shortcut here), but first let’s take a closer look at some of the major additions.

Try Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 Now - for Free

The biggest news with Elements 11 is the user interface has received a welcome upgrade, as its big brother Photoshop CS6 did earlier this year.  Responding to years of feedback, Adobe has reengineered the PSE Organizer and Editor to make them faster and more efficient while being easier to use at the same time. The redesigned interface is fresh and clean with three editing modes you can smoothly switch between: Quick, Guided, and Expert (full). Providing these different levels allows the program to work according to your abilities and vice versa, making it easier to learn, use, and improve your skills. Reviewers generally are saying positive things about the crisp new user-friendly editing environment and the improved performance.

Some other significant new features in Photoshop Elements 11 are Mapping (geo-tagging of photos), a new Actions Panel, a very handy Refine Edge Detection capability for complex selections (including hair and fur), new Guided Edits (Tilt-shift, Vignettes, and High- and Low-key effects), new Filters (Lens Blur, Comic, Graphic Novel and Pen & Ink), plus an updated Adobe Camera Raw engine with new algorithms and controls.

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Free Adobe Photoshop Elements Tutorials: A 3-Hour Video Course

September 26th, 2012 69 comments

Watch Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 Free Tutorials

We’ve previously covered 30 hours of free video tutorials for Adobe’s Creative Suite 6, as well as four hours for Lightroom 4 – so here are some helpful (and free) new learning resources for the just-released Elements 11 product line

Because Elements 11 has an all-new intuitive editing environment with a revamped Organizer plus other new features, the content here doesn’t carry well to older versions of Photoshop Elements.  However, we do also have a page still available with several hours of free tutorials for PSE 10 & 9 and earlier.

In the brand new course given below, the experts share how to get started with Photoshop Elements 11, the basics of the software, new features, how to use key tools and functions, plus their favorite tips and techniques. In sum, there is nearly 3 hours of free training video, with 33 separate chapters.

Most modern cameras now also take great videos in addition to photos, so Photoshop Elements is well-integrated with Premiere Elements for video editing – and since many people use the tools together, we’ve also included links for over two hours of free tutorials for learning how to use Premiere Elements 11.

If you need a copy of Photoshop or Premiere Elements 11 to get going right away, just download the free trials and they will work fully for 30 calendar days, which should be plenty of time to get through the classes. Note at the bottom of this page, you’ll also find quick demos of the two programs.

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Photoshop Elements 11 Direct Download Links: Free Trials, Premiere

September 25th, 2012 107 comments

[UPDATE (October 2016) – These still work to download the old Elements 11 trials. We also now have the new Elements 15 Direct Download Links!]

Continuing our custom of providing 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 all-new releases of Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11, for both Windows and Mac OS.

Direct Download Links for Adobe Elements 11 - 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 Elements on Windows (both PSE 11 and PRE 11), 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 location. For the Mac, it’s just a single .dmg file for each program.

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Learn Video Editing! Free Premiere Elements 11 Tutorials [2 Hours]

January 28th, 2013 6 comments

Watch Adobe Premiere Elements 11 Free Tutorials

We’ve previously featured 30 hours of free video tutorials for Adobe’s Creative Suite 6, as well as four hours for Lightroom 4 – so here are some terrific (and free) learning resources for the recently released Elements 11 product line

In the course given below, the experts share how to get started with Premiere Elements 11 for editing your videos, the essentials of the software, new features added in PRE 11, how to use important tools and functions, plus their best tips and techniques. In total, there is over 2 hours of free video training, spanning 21 separate chapters.

Most modern cameras now take both great photos and videos, so Premiere Elements is well-integrated with Photoshop Elements for your image editing – and since many people use the two tools together, you may also be interested in three hours of free tutorials for learning how to use Photoshop Elements 11.

Because Elements 11 has an all-new intuitive editing environment with a revamped Organizer plus other new features, the content here doesn’t carry well to older versions of Premiere Elements.  However, we do also have a page still available with several hours of free tutorials for PRE 10 & 9 and earlier.

If you need a copy of Premiere or Photoshop Elements 11 to get going right away, just download the free trials and they will work fully on your computer for one month, which should be plenty of time to get through the classes. Note at the bottom of this page, you’ll also find quick demonstrations of the two programs.

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How to Solve It When Adobe Programs or Updates Won’t Download

March 20th, 2017 67 comments

The Adobe CC Desktop App Manager: How Does It Work?

We’re on the Adobe Help Forums every day and regularly see users posting queries like “Can’t install Photoshop CC from the Creative Cloud” or “CS6 won’t download,” or “my product updates aren’t working”… It could be for the free trials or for the full paid versions.

Often the issue is related to one or the other download managers (DLM) that Adobe uses to deliver its software install­ers. Over the years and for various tools, they have used the Akamai Download Manager, the Adobe Download Assistant (ADA), the Adobe Application Manager (AAM), and most recently the Creative Cloud’s CC Desktop App.

Adobe employs these helper utilities because their downloads are usually large – multiple gigabytes – and download managers can help correct for unreliable Internet connections, and resume a download after it has been paused or unexpectedly broken.

But it turns out there can be interactions between the DLM and some configuration on the user’s computer, web browser, anti-virus software, Internet connection, or something else which causes it not to work… So the first step is to try something different with those.

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It’s True: Adobe Bridge CC Is Completely Free for Everyone, for Life!

November 13th, 2015 71 comments

What Is Adobe Bridge?

In response to our How to Join Adobe’s Creative Cloud for Free post last week, we received this question from a reader:

Hi – is it really true that Adobe Bridge (the full version) is totally free to download and use forever, and I don’t have to pay for it or have a subscription?

The answer is yes, it’s absolutely true – although not that many people know about it because Adobe hasn’t really publicized it widely…

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Coupon: Save up to $50 on Adobe Photoshop/Premiere Elements 10

July 24th, 2012 2 comments

Save US$50 on Adobe Photoshop & Premiere Elements 10 with Coupon Code!

[UPDATE – See all of Adobe’s current deals & discounts!]

New discount offer! Save up to $50 on award-winning Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10 in the Adobe North America Store with coupon code. Elements has been the #1 selling consumer photo- and video-editing software for many years, and these latest Elements 10 tools make it even easier to edit, enhance, and share photos and video clips… And here with this sale you’ve got a great package for capturing the fun of summer vacation, trips, and get-togethers.

When using the new promotion code SummerElements, you’ll save $50 on the full version of the Photoshop Elements 10 & Premiere Elements 10 software bundle (becoming $99) – or save $30 on the full version of Photoshop Elements 10 or Premiere Elements 10 standalone, if you want only one of them individually. This offer is available when purchasing directly from the Adobe North America Store only, and you must enter with the coupon link above to receive the instant savings. The promotion code is valid for the download or boxed versions in the U.S., Canada (excluding Quebec), and Mexico from July 24th through August 6th, 2012, with one instant discount per customer.

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When is Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 Coming Out?

July 11th, 2012 26 comments

Welcome to Adobe Photoshop Elements 11

NEWS! (9/25/2012) — Adobe introduces all-new Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11, both products are now available for direct download!

We’ve had a few reader questions about this recently, so it’s time for a post – when will Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 be available?

Adobe historically ships a new version of Elements every year, in the fall – but when exactly? Let’s do some digging and find the release schedules for recent versions:

Version Announce Date Ship Date Based On Platforms
     * Our estimate
Elements 6 Mon., Sept. 24, 2007 Sept. 24 CS3 Windows, Mac
Elements 7 Tues., Aug. 26, 2008 Oct. 6 CS3, CS4 Windows
Elements 8 Weds., Sept. 23, 2009 Sept. 23 CS4 Windows, Mac
Elements 9 Tues., Sept. 21, 2010 Sept. 21 CS4, CS5 Windows, Mac
Elements 10 Tues., Sept. 20, 2011 Sept. 20 CS4, CS5.1 Windows, Mac
Elements 11 Mon., Sept. 24, 2012* Sept. 24* CS5* Windows, Mac*

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