Adobe Photoshop Elements is a raster image editing product. Targeted at hobbyists and consumers, it is sold at a fraction (roughly 1⁄6) of the cost of its professional sibling, Adobe Photoshop CS. It contains most of the features of the professional version but with fewer and simpler options. The program allows users to create, edit, organize and share images, all from the same product.
Originally introduced alongside Photoshop version 6, Photoshop Elements targets photography enthusiasts and thus lacks many features that make it useful in a proper print production environment.1 For example, Photoshop Elements cannot export files in the CMYK color mode (without using a third-party plug-in), supports a simplified color management system, and excludes detailed soft-proofing. It also either eliminates completely or offers simplified versions of some of the more powerful plug-ins, and instead has a number of features aimed at non-experts (such as removing the red-eye effect or changing the skin tone in a picture). An example of a redesigned feature would be the Variations correction dialog. Some versions can, however, open, edit, and save PDFs.
Photoshop LE (Limited Edition) was Adobe's consumer raster image editing product prior to the introduction of Elements. Photoshop LE had similar limitations to Elements.
Adobe has also released a new free image editing web application, Adobe Photoshop Express, with many more limitations than Adobe Photoshop Elements.
||Released for Windows
||Released for Mac
||Following Photoshop Version
|Photoshop 4 LE
|Photoshop 5 LE
||5.5 February 1999
||6.0 September 2000
||7.0 March 2002
||CS October 2003
||CS2 April 2005
||CS3 April 2007
||CS4 September 23, 2008
||CS5 April 30, 2010
||CS6 May 7, 2012
Note: PSE8 for Mac OS does not work on Mac OS X with Russian, Polish, Czech and some other primary languages.
A screen shot of the earlier Photoshop Elements 3.0
A picture showing the "Filter" examples of Photoshop Elements 5.0
The sumi-e and poster edges effects
- Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop Elements 11, by Mike Wooldridge and Brianna Stuart
- The Photoshop Elements 11 Book for Digital Photographers, by Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 for Photographers, by Philip Andrews
- How to Cheat in Elements 9, by Asch & Caplin
- Photoshop Elements 4 Solutions, by Mikkel Aaland
- Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual, by Barbara Brundage
- The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 4, by Richard Lynch