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Adobe Photoshop Elements is the #1 selling consumer photo editing software — helps you edit pictures with powerful, easy-to-use options and share them via print, the web, Facebook, and more. Live in the moment knowing you can easily turn your everyday snapshots into sensational photos.

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English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 11

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  • Easily organize and find your photos
  • Create perfect shots with ease
  • Easily create and share
  • Artistically enhance photos
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  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 may have gathered all the attention, but its baby brother Photoshop Elements has been quietly growing up. Now at version 11, it's a mature, sophisticated image editing program that provides 90 per cent of the functionality of the full Photoshop, at a fraction of the cost.

  • It's a very powerful tool, but also confusing and difficult to master (they always make it look so easy in the demos). The interface for the feature really needs to be reworked for Elements.

  • Whether you are considering Photoshop Elements as a new user or as an upgrade for an older version, Photoshop Elements 11 is a choice you likely won't regret. Photoshop Elements 11 offers flexibility, maturity, and has the power and expertise of of industry-leader Adobe behind it.

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User Reviews

  • 16 In total

  • User review from

    Cheryl Cross

    Photoshop is definitely a powerful tool when it comes to editing pictures, but it does require some type of training before using it. I think the tool is great for editing and some design work. I find Canva to be faster and easier to use than Photoshop when it comes to designing ads.

    Pros :

    • With the right training, you can do amazing enhancements to images with Photoshop. Most photographers will use this tool when editing images.
    • I think the tool really excels when it comes to beautifying photographs. I mainly use the tool to edit images either resizing or enhancing the colors.
    • I find the eyedropper tool to be really helpful when I am designing an ad because it allows me to identify exactly what colors are used.
    • Then, I will choose one of the exact colors used in the image to add text to an image.
    • It’s very easy to add text to an image, but I don’t like how in the new version you can’t use the hand tool to move the text. The only way you can move the text is when you’re using the text tool.
    • The blur tool is another great feature as well as the gradient tool.
    • Even though I find the gradient tool to be more challenging than using the blur tool.
    • The history tool is really convenient because it allows you to go back to an image you had been editing at any point of the design.
    • The quick selection tool is great if you want to remove something from an image.
    • I use it sometimes to remove a background from an image.

    Cons :

    • Photoshop takes a long time to load, unlike Canva.
    • In addition, I find it is much faster and easier to design an ad in Canva compared to Photoshop.
    • Canva offers a ton of free images you can use in your designs as well as design templates.
    • I feel this is where Photoshop falls short because it doesn’t offer any free design assistance.
    • Photoshop is expensive compared to Canva, which offers a basic free version. In the free version, you have access to the free images as well as the design templates.andnbsp;

    • June 16, 2016
  • User review from

    David Glow

    I am a longtime Photoshop user, I am a huge fan of the software. Elements is a stripped down version of Photoshop, yet I find the features in Elements to be surprisingly deep and exceeds the needs of most users who are not full time professional graphic designers.

    Pros :

    • The biggest Pros of Photoshop Elements are the tools and features it borrows from Photoshop.
    • Most notable is the content intelligence capabilities, where the tool can analyze the content of your photo and intelligently "fill" in missing details when you want to edit sections of a Photo (i.e. removing person who walked in frame of a beach shot you were taking).
    • This used to take designers a high level of skill and cloning tool usage to correct. andnbsp;
    • The selection and color correction capabilities of the tool are superb and the filters are a lot of fun for users, and used judiciously, can create some very good effects.

    Cons :

    • If you need exact color correction, and deep controls (esp. for color matching to print output, pre-flighting, color swatch matching, etc...) these features are not reflected in Elements. Elements also doesn't have the Photoshop to Web-code output capabilities of the full product (able to generate HTML5 compatible code from exporting regions from your design).
    • Elements has a unique niche- which is more of a mass-market appeal. It is not that it isn't an excellent photo editing tool, but the fact that it's identity is not a full professional-grade photo editing tool. So, if you are truly in for a pro tool- go full Photoshop. But for most people, and the lower end of professional users, Elements is a very solid choice.

    • June 10, 2016
  • User review from

    Sara Luisa Hincapie

    I use Photoshop almost daily as a digital marketer. Photoshop is mainly used for photo enhancement and editing but because is easier to use than Adobe Illustrator,andnbsp;designers, and creative professionals use it for design purposes too.

    This isn't by any means "photoshop light" as some people refer to Photoshop Elements, on the contrary, the platform has powerful tools that are aimed at more of a beginnerandnbsp;crowd because of the easiness of use and the pre-built templating and guides the platform has.

    The platform delivers easy to use and guided photo editing but doesn't stop there, it also permits power features for a more advanced crowd such as designers, professional photographers, and digital artists among others. So I would advice the platform for newbies but also for design professionals.

    The pricing is a little expensive (Taking on account some other photo editing software, but is a very good investment for someone that edits photographs or handles online graphic materials on a daily basis)

    On the interface, the user experience triumphs with bigandnbsp;buttons and a guided tour ( It has an easy access to helpful tutorials to start any artistic or digital project using imported photographs or graphics)

    For someone working in the design field, the platform is very intuitive permitting the seamless use of people that comes from other design and photo editing andnbsp;programs such as Corel.

    Organizingandnbsp;and geo-tagging are also another feature that I want to point out. You can add keywords to individual pictures and also drag thumbnails onto they keyword list.

    For beginners, this program has a lot of projects that people can create with their photos including photo albums, cd jackets, calendar, instant movies among andnbsp;other features. People only need to use templates and personalize the designs.

    Pros :

    • Seamlessness of use.
    • Geo Tagging.
    • User Interface.
    • Kewword tagging and collection organizing.

    Cons :

    • Price is a little bit steep for the common user.

    • May 30, 2016
  • User review from

    Joe Winfield

    I’ve never used Photoshop Elements before until the last year or so. I've always been a Photoshop CS4 to CS6 kind of guy. In short, it’s a cut-down version of the full Photoshop (which I have used in the past several years ago and found it a bit vast and daunting to use to it's full potential). My first impressions were that version is extremely simpler to understand and aimed at just the basics, typically involving photo editing and touch ups. My first impression stuck and is still my overall impression of Photoshop Elements, it's quick, easy and effective!

    Pros :

    • Like I said above, it's easy to use and get an understanding of, especially if you're used to Photoshop or similar Photo Editing apps such as Gimp or Illustrator, etc.
    • A great feature of this application is that if you're unsure of some of the features, for example, the filters, there are 'auto' options for you which are well-educated suggestions made by the app which 80% of the time is exactly what you needed in the first place, or then again not that far off it. This would be tremendously helpful to newbies or someone who's in a rush, then again the manual option is available for the experts too who despise using auto!
    • As with all versions of Photoshop and similar apps, there are still an abundance of features, but doing the basic things that everyone wants to do is simple enough and if you need to do the more complex things there is always an option there for you.

    Cons :

    • Even though it's a basic version of the full Photoshop Application, it still does the job nearly to its full potential.
    • Every now and then you will feel that it's lacking a certain feature here and there (if you're used to older versions of Photoshop) but overall you can't complain knowing that it's so incredibly cheap for what you get. Approx €50/$70 for this? Bargain! andnbsp;

    • May 29, 2016
  • User review from

    Laura Palumbo

    I am a graphic designer and illustrator, and I use Adobe Photoshop Elements since 2010 for my job, of course. I can honestly say that this software is the best for photo editing and retouching that you can find "on the market".

    Photoshop Elements is a scaled down version of the most famous Photoshop CC, but thanks to his simplicity, it allows also to beginners to modify photographs in the most comfort and easiest way, everything with some photo editing elements.

    I think PS Elements can be very useful for those who don't want to buy the full version of Photoshop CC because they don't need all of its components, but it's a good compromise for working in photo editing.

    Pros :

    • As I said before, it's very easy to use, because you can understand its graphic interface in a very short time, thanks to its comprehensibility. Even if you're a beginner in this software, Photoshop Elements helps you with an advice section, just for helping all the new users.
    • Maybe, this version is also more intuitive than the CC full version, because obviously there are less functions.
    • I think the 64-bit support is very important right now.
    • You can export all of your projects in all the way you want, just like the full version. It's a great pro.

    Cons :

    • Of course, being this a scaled down version of Photoshop CC, it's also more limited regarding the general tools choice you can use.
    • According to me, not supporting CMYK colors is a great important lack.
    • I think the costs could be a little lower, because it's not the full version. Maybe it's too much expensive for what they offer, so I think it's not worth the price.
    • If you were using Photoshop CC before this software, you can be a little confused by that, because it's not the same. Maybe this thing can be a little improved.

    • May 20, 2016
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    While I have been a user of Photoshop before, this is a bit different package that focuses on light version and "elements" of photoshop reorganized for the photography hobbyist in mind. This particular set has some nice features that make it quick and easy to snap, edit, and share your photos in a semi-professional manner. This software seems to have the modern, progressive in mind with a fairly clean, simple design. That is good. The core product of Photoshop is anything but simple. So this is good for those wanting to get quickly going. It can automatically place where you took photos on a map, if they were geo-tagged or can be done manually. Kinda cool. You can even organize them into events. Finally, the expert mode really helps guide and fancy up your edits to your images. Overall, a nice piece of software for focusing on just photo editing, without getting distracted by other items.

    This would be a great piece of software had it had elements of its big brother. I think it just was shy of becoming a great piece of software instead of just good. What I would like to see is the ability, even if it were limited.

    I also would like it if there were some other features that seem to be missing here. Like a cloud storage and backup right through the app or program would be nice.

    I guess in the end it would be very nice to be able to have all that we want, but it works for what it is. I think pricing is decent enough for all interested, at least it is not as spendy as photoshop. Would love to hear what others have to say about the elements as described here.

    Pros :

    • Free 30 day trial.
    • Combination packs available.
    • Guided Editing.
    • Shake reduction feature.
    • Haze reduction feature.

    Cons :

    • Requires 5 GB of hard drive space.
    • Slow at times with import.
    • Might be too many fluff items like geolocating map.

    • May 13, 2016
  • User review from

    Steven Lewis

    The Adobe Cloud is a great subscription product we use to keep our software up to date hassle free. Between Photoshop and indesign plus their new image catalogue, Adobe Cloud has become a necessity for our promo and product display creations. From online promos, to ads, book covers, to videos, it is a valuable tool for most any business. Anything that you do not have to stop and repurchase to stay up to date on, is a money saver in my book.

    Pros :

    • Adobe Cloud allows for the individual all the way up to large business plans.
    • A really nice feature that we like is that we have two accounts that only use PhotoShop so that is all we pay for, and other accounts that use the full suite.
    • They have very flexible plans that help you manage what you need vs. paying for the product you won't use.
    • Adobe will download to Mac and PCs.
    • It enables you to know when there are updates as well.
    • Adobe also lets you pay based on a yearly subscription to shave a bit of the monthly price, or you can just go monthly.

    Cons :

    • I feel they could offer more fonts and more images as well.
    • Also, PhotoShop itself is a bit tricky to learn, but once you know it, creating designs is a piece of cake.
    • They could offer a bit more "help" in the help sections as you are learning. When in a pinch, just go to YouTube, we have always been able to find how to videos for the processes we want to accomplish.
    • An auto-saves feature like Microsoft does would be a nice as well.
    • With any contract, there is a fee. And if you do choose to do the yearly price plan, and have to back out at some point the fee is 1/2 of the remaining months' fees. So make sure you are committed to long term to this product.

    • April 27, 2016
  • User review from

    Alessandro Castellani

    Light and streamlined version of the bigger brother Photoshop. This derivation of the software is mostly directed towards amateur photographer or hobbyists that need a tool to quickly retouch their pictures.

    A limited amount of tools, focused on photo retouching, it's good to remove the clutter and overwhelming feeling of Photoshop, if you want to achieve something quick and simple, like editing the gamma, controlling curves, or removing unwanted elements from your image.

    A couple of extra filter and tools makes it perfect to quickly extract elements, remove camera shaking, and improve your picture structure and gamma without spending too much time on tweaking different values. The built-in finder it's also pretty good, a sort of lighter version of Bridge.

    Pros :

    • Easier to use for beginners or non-professionals that don't need the full Photoshop package.
    • Quick filters to enhance your pictures automatically with a good image analyzation.
    • Good built-in finder to organize your picture.
    • Good built-in search functionality to filter by face, events, place, etc.
    • Probably the only standalone software from Adobe that you can still buy without a subscription.

    Cons :

    • Too simple for the price. The list of features is really limited, and it looks like a hybrid between Photoshop and Lightroom. You have a bit of both, but doesn't feel like a complete product.
    • This is a product for amateur or nonprofessional photographer, and the price is not really accessible for that demographic.
    • The prebuilt effects look a bit cheap.
    • The interface and options are similar to photoshop but slightly different, just the right amount to create a sort of disconnected feeling between the two apps. If you're used to working in Photoshop, you'll find Elements a bit weird.

    • April 26, 2016
  • User review from

    Alejandra López

    I have been using this software for 10 years and the continued evolution of this software over the years has been incredibly amazing. It is definitely my favorite software from the Adobe family.

    First of all, it has all the tools a designer needs, the amount of options available are endless. Look out for tutorials, you will be amazed with everything you can create with a single software. It is definitely a must for every designer.

    Pros :

    • There are endless pros about photoshop, I'll list some of the things that has amazed me about it, but I'm sure you'll find a lot more than the ones I listed below:
    • You can create all sorts of printing media (flyers, posters, banners, billboards..)
    • Digital painting has been a very popular thing this days, with the evolving tablet tools which allow you to make beautiful paintings virtualized. It creates a link for anyone beginner who's interested in the world of animation.
    • 3D is also one of the newest popular tools out there, and Photoshop doesn't stay behind.
    • You can very easily make the look and feel of a web page without the need of coding, plus with the help of compatible applications you can even launch said web page.
    • Saving options such as gif allows you to create motion pictures for your web.
    • Creating realistic mockups for your products is an easy thing with Photoshop, you are also able to purchase or free download mockups that are very easy to manipulate.
    • Photo editing is one of the basics in Photoshop, with photoshop the only limit is your imagination!

    Cons :

    • Maybe the only thing I don't like about photoshop is the fact that it doesn't include smart text boxes like InDesign does, though editorial is not exactly the purpose of photoshop, however I believe this can easily be improved, like it has over the years for other tools.
    • Maybe the use of ram can be reduced for high res documents, or the list of plugins for digital painting can be amplified. Other than that I believe Adobe's on the right track with Photoshop.
    • Amazing software, worth every penny.

    • April 18, 2016
  • User review from

    Eric Matthews

    Adobe's foray into the consumer social media photo editing industry has long since separated itself from its more celebrated and professional brother. Leaving it free to realize its own path as a top of the heap social media app. The latest version keeps Elements firmly in that spot as it shines above most of its competitors. With Pro level camera shake reduction, the ability to remove haze, and the ability to interface with FaceBook (Like iPhoto and Aperture), download your contacts and attach tags to your friend list. This alone puts it ahead of most of its competitors.

    The application is divided into two sections which present themselves at the programs' launch, the social media app, the Organizer and the Editor, efficiently called Edit. Each section is appropriately named as the Organizer, which operates much like Adobe Creative Cloud's Bridge application, allows the user to group, link, manage, organize, and associate Photos with Media, Live Events (called eLive), Events, People and Places with the software adding intelligence to filters by suggesting effects based on a photo's attributes, while the Edit section allows more in-depth manipulation of an images attributes such as applying resource hungry filters, sophisticated blues, haze removal, object removal, comic, graphic novel and various Photoshop related task. The Edit section is also home to powerful add-ons such as the Recompose Tool, which allows you to scale, move and change the aspect ratio of an image without squashing or stretching. Guided Edits gives a novice a quick and painless wizard to image manipulation on par with Photoshop's toolset. Rounding out the Toolset is advanced HDR (High Dynamic Range) image manipulation and Panorama creation tools which compete with every consumer app in its marketing space.

    Finally, the User Interface is extremely simple to grasp and will seem, to the social media savvy, to be second nature as it doesn't ask the user to learn a different way to work once you leave FaceBook or Instagram. Tactile select and swipe are integrated when operating on the tablet and mobile. Which isn't a new thing, but Elements provides a lot of power, in a package that doesn't become complicated. In the end, Elements delivers on its promise, Photoshop tools for the social media junkie.

    Pros :

    • Simple Interface.
    • Photoshop power without the Photoshop learning curve, the Recompose Tool.
    • Guided Edits Wizard, above average facial recognition, the Organize section which overpowers its competitors with Instant Analysis and Repairing of content, (Red Eye, Luma and low contrast).
    • Elements can also watch a folder and automatically process and group photos into stacks based on user defined criteria such as recognizable faces, places or events.
    • Events allow "skimming" through images grouped together similar to iPhoto.

    Cons :

    • Installs at over 1.4GB and expands to 3GB on the hard drive, so ample space is a must have. Built on Photoshop technology, so it craves resources upon processing task, so make sure your system meets the requirements. Facial recognition is above average and struggles with faces which are nearing 90 degrees from camera plane. While the Organizer section is well thought out, extremely robust and simple to use, the Edit section lags behind and needs to match it's partner its superior, efficient design and function.

    • April 15, 2016
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