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What's the Difference Between Adobe PSE 13 vs. Versions 12 & 11?
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Hi – thanks for your reply.
Unfortunately the link does not solve the problem – it still crashes.
I must wait until Adobe releases a new Lightning-Effect version, that will work on PSE13. (if they do???)
I have an ooooold version Photoshop 7.0.1 that includes Lightning Effects – maybe I should try to install both programs on the same PC – this way I will be able to use the feature. I tried to make the files from PS7 work with PSE13……and it didn’t :(
I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Thanks Brian and same to you!
Not sure if anyone can help. I was looking to buy photoshop elements 13 from my local store but didn’t as they said the license is for only 1 year. Does that mean I need to get a new license every year? If so how much is it each year?
Hey Karl, not sure about your local store, but all Elements 14 licenses purchased direct from Adobe are “perpetual,” meaning they’re good indefinitely…
It’s also possible that store is confusing Photoshop Elements with the complete Photoshop CC 2015 – Adobe’s flagship image editing tool and Elements’ full-featured big brother – which is purchased on subscription basis ($9.99).
I have been an avid PSE 11 user for a couple of years now, but just did a trial of PSE 13 to see if I wanted to upgrade. My biggest disappointment was that the “magic extractor” was missing. I use this all the time to remove backgrounds to make layered graphics. Did this get moved? Or is there another way to still accomplish this? I would be all in for the new version if not for this :/ Thanx!
Hi Alice, the Magic Extractor tool was actually replaced in Photoshop Elements 12 (2013) with the modern, non-destructuve “Refine Edge” technology developed in the pro version of Photoshop… For more details, see this page:
Elements: Magic Extractor gone in version 12?
Does Photoshop Elements 13 have a “clone” feature?
Hello Jana, do you mean the Clone Stamp Tool? If so, yes.
I am currently working with Windows XP/Vista system. Will Photoshop Elements 13 download onto my system? Thanks so much.
No, sorry Tom – the last version of Photoshop/Premiere Elements to support Windows XP or Vista was Elements 12… For more details, see:
Adobe Elements Operating System Compatibility Chart
In order to properly run the new Photoshop & Premiere Elements 13, your computer must meet Adobe’s minimum system requirements.
I have PSE13 and find that Photo Mail is gone. I want it back. I need to embed a photo in the body of the email, not as an attachment. How do I do that? Also, I’d like the background available in Photo Mail.
Greetings Jerry, this information comes per Adobe:
Hi. I don’t know if this is the best place to ask my question or not, but I will try. I have PhotoShop Elements 4.0 for Windows XP. It was the most current version when I bought it. My computer skills are better than basic, but not advanced.
After struggling to understand and use PSE 4.0 for a few months I paid for an on-line class to learn how to use a portion of the program. I have enjoyed using all the functions I was able to learn through that class and have kept a detailed notebook to refer to if I want to try to use a function that I did not use after taking the class and have forgotten how to use. It was very helpful.
Since then, many new versions of PSE and Windows operating systems have been released. I continued to use PSE 4.0 with later versions of Windows operating systems when I had to get a new computer, twice. Currently I am still able to use all the functions I use most even though my current computer runs with Windows 8.1. I realize that PSE 4.0 is not intended to work with Windows 8.1 and feel lucky to be able to still be using it as much as I am.
After saying all that, I would like to purchase a new PSE program that is compatible with Windows 8.1, but I am concerned that it will be so different from the version I am used to (PSE 4.0) that I will not be able to use it without significant help. Do you have any comments or suggestions that can help me to figure this out?
Nature photography is a hobby for me, not a profession, but I take hundreds of pictures. I actively process my pictures, editing many and then sharing them with friends and family via Shutterfly. Primarily, I use lighting adjustments, cropping, cloning, the straighten tool, red eye tool (when it works right), and text.
Thank you for any comments or suggestions you may have.
You’re right, naturally the latest release of Photoshop Elements is different from old versions, with many new features and improvements, and an updated interface. So you will of course see changes when upgrading.
However, there are plenty of free resources that can help you in getting going and comfortable with the new software. Here are a couple:
Download Free Photoshop & Premiere Elements Books (185 Pages)
Free Adobe Photoshop Elements Tutorials: Watch 3-Hour Video Course
Hope that helps! See also our reply to the next comment below.
I’m upgrading my hard drive & Adobe Photoshop.
Here’s what I have:
Adobe Photoshop Elements V4 (yeah yeah, I have obviously got my money out of this one!!)
Here’s what I’m getting:
Adobe Photoshop Elements V 13
My question is …… am I going to have problems moving my photo files over to V13?
Appreciate any comments.
Yes Gail, you should be able to move or migrate your photo catalog up from an older version of Photoshop Elements to the new PSE 13…
Usually the catalog conversion will happen automatically for you – but for more details on how to do the transfer, see the Upgrade Notes in the Photoshop Elements 13 documentation.
If you’d like to try it out first, then just download and run the free Elements 13 trial and see how it works for you… It will run side-by-side with your older version, without interference. If you decide not to purchase the software after the trial is up, then you can just uninstall it and everything before will remain as it was.
Wow …… answers coming in from all over the place. Thanks. And great job. Feeling a bit more comfortable now.
I see where it says “do you dabble? $9.99 a month” above – do you get all the features as if you were buying the software?
Yes, absolutely Shannon – it’s the same level of full Photoshop + Lightroom that people used to pay over $1,000 for, it’s just that now you get everything for that much more affordable price… In other words, there is no difference in features with the subscription.
Your comparison chart is helpful, but not complete. I want to know what features in previous versions of Elements have been deleted from version 13. I’m using the Trial download of version 13, and have found a couple of missing (or dumbed-down) features, e.g. the Text Panel is no longer in Effects (or at least I couldn’t find it). What else has been deleted? Thx.
Sure Judy, we looked this up for you and found a short list on this page:
What Has Been Removed from Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 vs. 12?
(Most of that functionality taken out was reliant on 32-bit code which is no longer supported in the new native 64-bit version of Photoshop Elements.)
Hi there, I plan on upgrading to Elements 13. I would like to know, when purchasing the upgrade on the Adobe website, it asks which version are you upgrading from. I have version 9 and version 11 of Elements.
Can I purchase 4 upgrade licenses of Elements 13 while I currently own 3 of Elements 9 and one of Elements 11?
Yes Kirk, you should be able to upgrade each older copy of Elements that you own at the special discounted upgrade price.
I’d like to know the difference between Photoshop CS5/CS6/CS7 and Photoshop Elements 12/13, etc.
And, what is the latest Photoshop for Windows 7?
How do I check on my desktop to know my computer is 64 bits or 32 bits?
What are the requirements in terms of Windows and bits for Photoshop CS and Photoshop Elements? How much does it cost for each of them?
Hi Viviane, this guide should help answer your first question:
What’s the Difference Between Photoshop CS/CC vs. Photoshop Elements?
The most recent release of Photoshop is CC 2014, which was last updated in December 2014. It is available (together with Adobe Lightroom) for US$9.99 a month via the new CC Photography Plan. You also get ongoing new feature updates included with that, as soon as they’re available.
Photoshop CS6 was the last perpetual version (from 2012) and is still sold by Adobe, but the regular price is $700-1000 upfront. So paying only $10 a month with free upgrades is probably a better deal for most people.
If you’re unsure whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows computer, then see this Microsoft page for how to determine which type of system you have.
Finally, here are the complete system requirements for: Photoshop CC 2014, Photoshop CS6, and baby brother Photoshop Elements 13.
Hope that answers all your questions, if not then just post back!
I have windows 7 premium, will elements 13 work? using version 10 at this time. thanks Ed
Yes Ed, Elements 13 is supported on both Windows 7 and Windows 8… For more details, see Adobe’s minimum system requirements for the products.
i have purchase pse13 from best buy. my dvd drive on my computer quit working. how can i get my pse13 into my computer now with out buying a new dvd drive
That’s an easy one. You would just download & install it using the Elements 13 Direct Download Links.
What are the differences between 11, 12 & 13 in terms of RAW editing?
Hey Steve, all three of those versions of Photoshop Elements allow raw editing – versions 12 and 13 are similar, with some modest improvements in PSE13… PSE 11 however uses an older Process Version.
For more details, see:
Photoshop Elements Help – Processing Adobe Camera Raw Image Files
Does photoshop elements 13 support photo stitching?
Hi MS, you mean joining together multiple photos to create a pano, for example?
Yes, Photoshop Elements can do this by using Photomerge Panorama to merge adjoining shots – check out:
Adobe Photoshop Elements Help – Stitching Together Panoramas
I am not sure whether this is the right place to post my question. I joined an online course where I have to do some exercise files using elements 9 and I have bought Elements 13 recently. are they compatible? is there any pitfalls? Any loopholes to be concerned about?
Welcome SHK, you should be able to open/read files (PSD, TIFF, PNG, JPG, etc.) that were created/saved by older versions of PSE into newer releases of Photoshop Elements…
So hopefully you won’t encounter any issues going from PSE 9 to PSE 13, but feel free to post back here if you do.
I just upgraded from Photoshop elements 10 to Photoshop elements 13, where can I find the Magic extractor tool or is there something else I can now use instead that will do the same sort of thing?
Greetings Lynshiel – for the answer to that question about the Magic Extractor in Photoshop Elements 13, please see our response to Alice just above.
I have an extensive library on PSE8 on a Windows 7 PC and am thinking of going for a Mac. I have read a few conflicting pieces of information.
Is it correct that the only way I could move my library across platforms is by installing a newer version of PSE on the Windows machine and then use the same disk (as newer versions are mac compatible) and then restore the catalogue to the mac?
Or is all this a load of rubbish because I have also read that PSE does not have the library/organiser side on Mac??
My photos are the key as to what I next purchase, so i could really do with some definitive advice please.
Sure Steve, most of what you heard is correct. The newer Mac versions actually do have an Organizer – and to make the transfer easy, you’ll want to install the same version of Photoshop Elements on both your Windows and Mac machines… Then you can upgrade your existing catalog and move it over from the PC to the Mac.
This guide gives all the steps:
How to transfer your Elements catalog from Windows to Mac OS
And if you run into any difficulties, this Adobe forum thread will help you troubleshoot them:
Copy/restore (Windows) Photoshop Elements catalog onto Mac?
Hope that helps!
Obvious questions probably, but after reading all Adobe help pages, I can’t figure out how to do this.
I have Elements 10 for Windows, but have a new Mac computer. Can I migrate this to the new computer? and how do i do this?
From a friend I got Elements 8 for MAC, but the serial number is not being recognised.
Anyone out the who can advise on this issue to get Elements on my Mac?
Thanks so much
Yes Ineke, please see the previous comment!
Just keep in mind that you can never migrate from a newer version to an older release – the path must always be to the same version or newer… That’s because the Elements catalog format usually changes between revisions, and newer versions can read older formats but not vice versa.
I have pse 13 In editor I can not use the print functions without locking ps editor. I have to restart my computer to get it working. I can save and close and print from the organizer but….
Not sure, we’ve never heard of having to do that! You could try this page and see if it helps:
Photoshop Elements: Basic troubleshooting to fix most issues
Will adobe premiere 13 do a better job processing my raw astronomy pictures than version 11 will?
I use adobe premiere 11 and it does a great job on my raw astronomy shots, and now I see I can get Adobe 13 Premiere Elements for half price this weekend. Is it worth it just for the astronomy processing of pictures. I use DeepSkyStacker and stack from 5 to 50 pictures and then use adobe to fix the final picture.
Hey Max, for the most part it depends on which features you use exactly…
Check out this list to help you decide:
Adobe Premiere Elements Comparison Chart, Version 13 vs. 12 vs. 11
Will Photoshop open EPP files? I have Photoshop 12, do I need to update prior to installing Windows 10 or after?
Hello Kathy, do you mean .EPS files?
As far as Windows 10 goes, Adobe says Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13 are both compatible:
Adobe Elements Help – Microsoft Windows 10 Compatibility and FAQ
In which case, upgrading your Adobe programs before your operating system would probably work best.
Photoshop Elements 11 would open RAW files from my Canon 7D, but not from my new Canon 7D Mark II. I tried updating 11, but didn’t have any luck. Elements 13 (after an update after initial install) does open RAW files from the 7D II.