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When Will Adobe Photoshop & Premiere Elements 11 Be Released?

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*

Funny things happened in 2008 with the launch of CS4 happening near the same time of year (September 23) – but if you exclude that occasion then the trend is definitely for the Elements release date happening in late September, just after back-to-school.  New versions of the Creative Suite will now always be launched in the spring, followed closely by the big annual MAX conferences.

Will Elements 11 be available on Mac OS, or for Windows only? Well, Adobe has shipped both Mac and Windows versions for eight out of the ten Photoshop Elements releases, and their trend has been increased Mac support in other products, so we think we’ll be seeing both platforms supported again for Photoshop Elements 11.0.

So put it all together and we forecast that Photoshop and Premiere Elements 11 will ship on or about September 24, 2012, with PSE11 available on both the Windows and Mac OS operating systems. We say the 24th because Adobe typically likes to ship new products on a Monday or Tuesday, near the beginning of the week when business activity is greatest. There is an outside chance we could see it coming out the previous week instead, but that would be the earliest ever in September historically.

[UPDATE – Great news:  An alert reader has confirmed this release window while noticing that Adobe will offer a grace period with free upgrades to Elements 11 to anyone who has purchased Elements 10 between September 1 and September 24…]

One question remains: what is likely to be in the upgraded products? Nobody can say for sure, and certainly Adobe hasn’t revealed any of the new features.  The current Elements 10 was largely inherited from CS5.1 and 5.5 – and since that time we’ve had the killer release of Photoshop CS6.  CS6 is the first major new release of Photoshop in two years, so there is a long list of great new features that come with it…

So this means we could possibly see (or hope for) some Creative Suite 6 features moving down into Elements, maybe some bigger and better capabilities from the “knock-your-socks-off” additions like Content-Aware Move/Patch or Puppet Warp… Or perhaps a few of the many smaller enhancements and polished improvements that have given PS CS6 such good reviews and make it a pleasure to work with.

[ Compare Photoshop Editions: CS vs. Elements vs. Extended vs. Lightroom ]

What would you like to see in PSE 11 and PRE 11…?  Leave your feedback below and/or at Adobe’s “wish list” suggestion box.

To see the features added to each of the last five releases of Elements, you can compare all the different versions of Photoshop Elements or of Premiere Elements. Or see what the critics have been saying with the review and rating roundup for PSE 10.

How about free training? Check out a couple of free ebooks you can download for Elements 9 – or four hours of free video tutorials online for PSE 10 & 9, and the same for PSE 8 & 7.

See our track record for forecasting other major Adobe product releases like Creative Suite 6, Lightroom 4, and Acrobat X.
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  1. Bozo

    I would love being able to use our mouse scroll-wheel to make brushes larger or smaller (as used in Lightroom) – rather than the cumbersome current methods that are essentially an intentional “dummying down & crippling” by Adobe.

    More content aware options would be great too…

  2. Juana

    looking forward to this, then we will have more functions, can’t wait

  3. Terry

    PLEASE release a fast native 64-bit version. I’m not buying another version until this is available.
    Speed is more important than new bells and whistles that often don’t get used anyway.
    Cut back on marketing and spend the money on engineering improvements in speed.

  4. don rode

    advanced curves and a channel mixer.

  5. Bradavon

    A toolbar would finally be nice or dare I say it, the ribbon. Photoshop Elements relies far to much on complicatedly long menus.

    It’s very powerful but finding the options for a novice is too difficult. This is okay (just about) with Photoshop CS but Elements is designed with amateur professionals and novices in mind.

    More Content Aware would be nice too.

  6. Bob Rosamond

    I’m hoping that it will open the huge RAW files from the Nikon D3200. 10 won’t and while there is an add on for the D800, Adobe will not allow it to be used in PE10.

  7. Larry

    @ Terry
    I agree whole heartedly with Terry. I have tried other products and Premiere Elements 10 is majorly slow in comparison. One reason I bought it was the 64-bit version. It might be even slower than the 32-Bit one. I am sticking with it for now, because it does something I need better than the other product. But, if they update their features to come even close to what PR El 10 has now, I might be tempted.
    Adobe, do yourself a favour and bring the speed of your product into the 21st Century.

  8. Alexandria

    I don’t why people keep saying the current version of elements 10 is based on the then current version of photoshop cs5.
    This is simply not true. While a few technologies from cs5 may be in pse 10, content aware fill for example, the vast majority of the code is still based on photoshop cs4, as it was in pse 8 and pse 9.

    Photoshop elements 11 will be mainly based on cs5 code, not cs6 code.

  9. Papy Gribouille

    Ce que j’aimerai avant tout:

    1°) C’est l’assurance de réussir à faire une sauvegarde incrémentielle du catalogue (après l’éventuelle ‘complète’) sur un seul dossier. (seule “astuce” à ce jour, je refais une sauvegarde ‘complète’ a chaque fois!!! c’est long lorsqu’on a des dizaines de milliers d’images!

    2°) Lors d’une restauration sur un autre PC ou disque dur ça serait que les étiquettes s’installent directement dans leur dossier au lieu du dossier “d’Etiquettes de mots-clés importées.

    Merci à Adobe.

  10. Doug

    I would like to see PSE version 11 working in Tiff files to open HDR images.

  11. Surmont Dora

    Date for the Dutch release of PSE 11?

    • Hi Surmont, Adobe is moving more and more towards simultaneous releases in different geographies and languages – so we’d expect it around the same time or shortly thereafter (within 2-3 weeks).

      Thanks to everyone for your great comments, ideas, and suggestions – keep them coming!

  12. Rinske

    Please add a mapping feature – including possibility to only see pictures on the map of person X or person Y or person X+Y (through their tags).

    And geotagging photos with help of a .gpx file

  13. Wally

    Well I can tell you Elements 10 doesn’t install 64-bit on Windows 8 64 bit RTM, even when you use the 64-bit disk.

  14. pepepe

    The Austrian Adobe Store is showing an advert on the right hand side saying “Now Available: Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 & Adobe Premiere Elements 11 – Free Shipping till November 20.” Clicking on the image gives an error message though. In any case, the release date must be very close!

  15. Anon

    Looks like Elements 11 is now live, just with Elements 10 advertising.

  16. Tbolt

    What I would like to see Adobe do is sell upgrade modules to Elements. For me, I can’t justify the price of the full Photoshop CS6 over Elements but there are a few things I would like in Elements.

    So one module to add more features to Camera Raw, and another module to add a few new tools. I know Adobe wants people to upgrade to the full version but some people just are not going to do that.

  17. Charan

    Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 will release on 25-09-2012 in North America, Europe and Japan countries. Rest of the world will be released on 08-10-2012.

    The Interface is made very easy and there are 3 stages, Beginner, Advanced and Organizer.

    Tools made self explanatory, overall it looks good.

  18. Bob Rosamond

    PSE11 is first class and does have the 3 stages as described above. I’ve been testing it and will be purchasing it.

  19. Anon

    I think Charan is basing it off Adobe’s Upgrade policy product announcement page, which is updated as needed for upcoming products. Elements has been featured on the English page for a little while now:

    “If you purchase any of the following products between September 1 2012 and September 24 2012, you qualify to receive a complimentary upgrade to the equivalent Elements 11 product at no additional cost when it becomes available.”

    So logically this would be the 25th. I want to speculate that Australia and New Zealand will get it on the 25th as well, as the UPCs for that region seem to be arriving on that day, though I could be wrong.

  20. 1. Faster 64-bit system
    2. Support of Nikon D600
    3. Enabling mouse scroll wheel to change brush size

  21. Bestter

    @ John Harding

    In France, PSE 11 will be released between 25th September and 15th October 2012.

    It is possible to pre-order it from Amazon:

    Where the shipping date is shown as 15th October 2012.

    You will see the new box !

    Photoshop Elements 11 is also on Fnac, where the release date is given as 25th September 2012.

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