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Introducing Photoshop Elements 12

By Mike Rodriguez  ·  September 24th, 2013

Along with the seasonal changes, we welcome Adobe’s release of the latest version, Elements 12. This version features some tweaks and fine-tuning to the major changes unveiled in Elements 11, so let’s introduce you to some of the prominent things you’ll see in version 12. BoxShot12

THE ORGANIZER

For those who use the Organizer as your vehicle of choice for cataloging your images, the enhance- ments in Elements 12 should streamline your workflow even more. Visual searching receives some enhancements and now returns more accurate search results when conducting Object Searches.

FOLDER NAME SEARCH

You’re now able to search based on the name of a folder, along with album and tag-based searches available in previous versions. You can use the full text Search box, or by going to Find>By Details (Metadata) and choosing the Folder Name item from the drop-down menu.

folder-search

A welcome addition to how your media is sorted is Alphabetic Sorting. It is available across all areas of the Organizer, and is accessed from the Sort By menu or from the View menu.

sort-by-alphaA sort-by-alphaB

NEW TAG FILTERS-PLACE AND EVENTS

Elements 11 introduced the People tags section in the Tags panel, and Elements 12 adds two new tag sections, Places and Events, for further organizational enhancements and options.

THE EDITOR

The three areas of the Editor also enjoy some new features. Here’s an overview of the major ones:

Quick Edit

If you’re a fan of Quick Edit, you’ll enjoy some big changes. You now have the ability to not only make adjustments to your images, but also add effects, textures and frames via the new Effects, Textures, and Frames panels, located in the bottom-right corner of the screen. They share space with the Adjustments panel. To access a panel, simply click the one you wish to view.

quick-edit

Guided Edit

The Guided Edit area also welcomes in some new additions. We now have Restore Old Photo, in the Touchup section, the Zoom Burst Effect under Photo Effects, and the popular Puzzle Effect, located in the Photo Play category.

puzzle

Expert

The Expert area of the editor has a few new addi- tions, which, while small, are very nice additions to the already feature-packed editor. As more people discover the editing power in Camera Raw, we now have a much simpler way of opening an image in the Camera Raw plugin. Simply go to File>Open in Camera Raw, select your file, regardless of whether or not it is a RAW file, and click Open.

open-acr

f you’re relatively new to the Expert area of the editor, and are looking for a straightforward place to start, check out the new Auto Smart Tone. Located under the Enhance menu, it allows you to make visual changes, and has the ability to “learn” from your editing choices and get more “intelligent” for future sessions.

auto-smart-tone

Another interesting feature is the Content Aware Move tool, which uses the Content Aware tech- nology and offers two different modes, Move, which allows you to reposition objects within an image, and Extend, which will increase the size of an object (such as a building, for example). Simply draw a selection around the object and drag it to the desired location or position. (NOTE: This tool works best when working on a consistent background).

cont-aware-move-toolbar cont-aware-move

Revel

Finally, Elements 12 introduces integration with Revel, Adobe’s social media platform. Both the Editor and Organizer offer several features around Revel integra- tion, such as working with shared libraries, exporting RAW and PSD files to Revel as JPEG files, and integrat- ing your Organizer albums within Revel.

With the bulk of updating completed in Elements 11, version 12 focuses on refining the product to offer that much more to the tools available to us in the digital darkroom. If you’re contemplating an upgrade, especially if you’re still using Elements 10 or early, version 12 definitely deserves some consideration.

52 Replies to Introducing Photoshop Elements 12:

  1. Diane

    September 24, 2013 at 7:13 am

    I think these enhancements are something I will really use. I am definitely purchasing this new version.

  2. Derek

    September 24, 2013 at 7:32 am

    It all sounds interesting, But why can we not have channels or curves.

  3. Janet

    September 24, 2013 at 8:01 am

    The thing I missed most in 11 was the ability to auto straighten. I probably used that more than any other tool.

  4. Rob

    September 24, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I also miss the auto straighten in 11. I find myself using 10 most of the time since the benefits of 11 are not ones I use on a daily basis. I probably will not be upgrading to 12 since the only real enhancements seem to be to organizer and to guided editing.

  5. Elaine

    September 24, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Everything looks nifty! Looks like I’ll be upgrading as I’ve been working with PSE 8 and waiting for 12. Hope I’ll be able to figure it out!

    Have a great day everyone!

  6. Cecile

    September 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I like many of the new features in PSE 12 but I do have three major concerns that are keeping me from instantly deciding to upgrade.

    1) I understand that the magic extractor will no longer be available in PSE 12. Why is that not mentioned in your promotion? The absence of this important information makes me wonder what other features may be missing in the new version.

    2) I understand that the magic extractor is not being included because you intend to move to a 64-bit architecture. What if any compatibility issues with operating systems and other software applications will that create?

    3) I understand that a free trial of The Cloud will be included with a purchase of PSE 12. Does that mean you plan to move PSE 12 to a Cloud subscription plan?

    I wish these concerns had been addressed in your promotion of PSE 12. As it is, I will have to do more research before I upgrade from PSE 11, which is a terrific product.

    • Mike

      September 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Cecile-

      Just to clarify, this site is not owned or operated by Adobe. PET is a completely different company. As such, I (or any of the folks at PET) can’t accurately answer your questions about plans to move to 64-bit, or the wonderings about the removal of various features & tools, plans to move the Cloud subscription plan, etc. I wish we could, but we’re simply not privy to that information. Only Adobe itself could answer those questions.

      As to why the article above didn’t mention some of the removals, we felt it best to discuss the additions here in this initial review. Perhaps some of the removals and omissions could be covered in a different article at a different time. That will be a decision for the editors.

      I hope that helps to clarify things a bit, and also explain why we at PET can’t directly answer your questions about 64 bit, the tools, or questions about the Cloud.

      Thanks for the comment, and for reading.

      Mike Rodriguez

  7. Christine

    September 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Cecile,

    I’m confused. Who is the ‘you’ that you mention in the comments?
    It’s not Mike who wrote the review right? Photoshop Elements User is totally different from Adobe Photoshop Elements. I also don’t think Mike was promoting PSE12, but just wrote a review.

    Can it be that you have Adobe and this magazine/website mixed up? As I wrote and Mime will probably acknowledge that Adobe Photoshop Elements and Photoshop Elements Users are 2 different companies.

    That is why Photoshop Elements User will not offering PSE 12 in the cloud service but maybe Adobe will, who knows?

    • Mike

      September 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Christine-

      Correct, on both fronts (we’re not Adobe, and the review certainly wasn’t meant to promote anything).

      Upgrading is always a personal choice. We don’t benefit at all if people upgrade to the latest versions or not. In fact, my personal opinion of this particular version is that the motivations to upgrade for people using version 11 are rather minimal. People using version 10 or earlier, it’s probably worth considering. :)

  8. Cecile

    September 24, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    My comments did address Mike’s review of Photoshop Elements 12 (PSE12). I feel that the review was promoting PSE 12 and should have been complete, should not have addressed only the positives, which promote the sale/purchase of the product. My opinion, of course; but that is what ‘Comments’ are for.

  9. Robert

    September 24, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Well, I have Elements 11, so will not be updating to 12. I find I can go at least 2-3 iterations before updating.

  10. Robert

    September 24, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    And I agree with Cecile that the negatives should be brought to our attention as well as the positives.

  11. Richard

    September 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    can I upgrde from elements 9 to 12 directly??

    • Mike

      September 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      Hi Richard-

      Yep, that’s not a problem at all. The versions are completely stand-alone and don’t require owning an earlier version.

  12. Christine

    September 25, 2013 at 4:25 am

    I agree with that point that Cecile makes as well, of course everyone can find their own negatives. What’s important to me isn’t important to you.

    Cecile asks in point 3 if Mike is planning to move PSE into a Cloud supscription plan
    I pointed out that neither Mike nor the magazine Photosop Elements User works for Adobe and thus has nothing to do with PSE going yes or no into a cloud subscription.

    I thought the question was rather strange and confusing and could give people the impression that the Photoshop Elements User is a part of Adobe.com, which is not the case.

    • Cecile

      September 25, 2013 at 8:09 am

      I never intended to imply that the Photoshop Elements User community was owned or operated by Adobe Systems, Inc. I just imagined that since the PSE User website managers and commenters were aware of the new features in PSE 12, including the free ‘Cloud’ trial to be offered with the product, they might also know what is intended in terms of ‘Cloud’ use. Therefore, I asked a question about ‘Cloud’ plans. All I expected to get was a ‘yes,’ ‘no,’ ‘I don’t know,’ or ‘Adobe has made no announcement concerning such a move.’ I am confused about where the product is headed and what if any problems I might experience if I upgrade from version 11 to version 12. I apologize if that offended anyone. No insult or challenge was ever intended.

      • Mike

        September 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm

        To clarify:

        - I personally have no knowledge of Adobe’s plans for Elements regarding the Cloud subscription.

        - I’m not at all insulted or offened. Everyone is certainly entilted and encouraged to voice their opinions.

        - I highlighted our reasons for the direction of the review in reply to your initial post.

        :)

  13. Chris

    September 25, 2013 at 6:46 am

    According to this link Interactive layout mode in Photomerge Panorama will not work in PSE12.

    http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1302663?tstart=0

    I am interested to know what this means. Does it mean that one will not be able to manually align panorama images if auto stitch does not work?

    Kind Regards
    Chris

    • Cecile

      September 25, 2013 at 7:43 am

      I’d really like to know what moving Photoshop Elements to 64-biy means for compatibility to operating systems and other software applications, if Adobe had to drop the magic extractor and the Interactive layout mode in Photomerge Panorama because of plans to move Photoshop Elements to a 64-bit architecture. Does anyone know? if so, please explain.

  14. Cecile

    September 25, 2013 at 7:44 am

    OOPs – I meant 64-bit.

  15. Roy

    September 25, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I too lament the fact that there are no channels or curves. it can’t be too difficult or expensive for Adobe to include them in Elements, after all Apples Aperture includes them at a much more modest price. I suspect we are being drip fed features by Adobe to keep us buying their expensive updates on a regular basis. I know that apparently they are not going to put Elements on their new cloud based rental system (devised for the full Photoshop), but this method of charging for regular updates of elements comes to the same rip off! From what I’ve seen I shan’t be rushing for my cheque book, even if I wanted to upgrade it’s much better to hang on until the prices start to tumble.

  16. Dick

    September 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Some nice enhancements in PE12, but in my opinion not enough to upgrade from PE11 to PE12. I stick with PE11, it is a wonderful piece of software that still has a lot of options that I haven’t discovered yet.

  17. Randall

    September 25, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Don’t really see enough bank for the buck here to compel me to upgrade.

    I’m moving to a full 64-bit workflow at this point anyway so I think it’s time to say “so-long” to Elements and move up to Photoshop CC and Lightroom.

    I’m a bit disappointed and surprised that Adobe didn’t provide a 64-bit version in Elements 12 as the only real competitor at this level is Corel PaintShop Pro and in version X6 Corel has provided the program in both 32 and 64 bit versions.

    I think Adobe missed the boat here.

  18. Carolyn

    September 26, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    I’m a little bit confused on the back-and-forth about the 64-bit in PSE12. I read that “Mac users” would be happy because it had it. Through these discussions it sounds like it does in one place and doesn’t in another. I currently use LR5 and have been using PSE11. But I don’t like having to move from LR (64-bit) to PSE (32-bit) to do some of the edits. The 64-bit would entice me to upgrade.

    • Chris

      September 27, 2013 at 6:31 am

      A 64 bit version of Elements would work faster on a 64 bit computer. However as far as I am aware Photoshop Elements 12 is still basically an 8 bit file editing programme. Now if the FULL editing could work with 16 bit files then that would be a real advantage.

    • Randall

      September 27, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Carolyn,

      This “bit” business can get a bit confusing.

      Apparently Adobe had removed a couple of feature from PSE 12 for better compatibility on 64-bit machines, however the program itself is still a 32-bit program.

      To further clarify this strange sounding issue, the 32-bit programs support editing in 8-bit “channels” while 64-bit programs support editing in 16-bit “channels”.

      Now I know this next comment probably won’t be well received on the PET website, however I think that it is only fair to tell prospective Photoshop Elements 12 users that the new Corel PaintShop Pro X6 has both 32 and 64 bit version available.

      Over the past few versions, Adobe really has not done a lot in the way of innovation with PSE which is very disappointing. In the meantime, Corel has been actively innovating and continuing to improve PaintShop Pro and recently purchased AfterShot Pro as well…which they are currently working on the version 2 upgrade to.

      In my humble opinion, if you are not going to use Photoshop CC and/or Lightroom, your next best choice is PaintShop Pro X6 either with Lightroom or AfterShot Pro as your digital photo “hub”.

      I’m tired of paying Adobe $100/year for a few slightly different feature enhancements. Most notably, they screwed up the user interface between version 10 which I thought was better than version 11, but I prefer a darker interface personally (which is another point to PaintShop Pro).

      Hope this helps clarify.

      • Carolyn

        September 27, 2013 at 7:41 pm

        Thanks, Randall, for the clarification. Yes, it is a “bit” confusing. Sorry, couldn’t resist. I tried the PSP, but it was a little more confusing to me than PSE and just seemed a bit cluttered or busy. That could be because I haven’t used PS full version or CS, so I’m not used to the full-power stuff. Maybe I’ll give it another try, as I’ve been seeing the new notices out. Thanks again.

      • Randall

        September 28, 2013 at 9:17 am

        Hi Carolyn,

        I agree that PSP definitely has a “busier” interface than PSE, however that is largely due to the more advanced nature of the program.

        If you would like to move up to a more advanced photo editing program for about the same money as PSE, I don’t think you can beat PSP. Obviously the cadillac program is Photoshop, but PSP is excellent and doesn’t require the capital outlay or the CC subscription that Photoshop does.

        Corel has what they call their “Discovery”center which has lots of videos and tutorials on how to use the software. Also, if you are interested in any 3rd party plug-in apps that work in a PSE or PS workflow, the Topaz Software collection of plugins are compatible with PSP as well. I’m not sure if the onOne plugins will work directly in PSP, but they will work as a standalone product so you can still use them along side your PSP workflow.

        In my humble opinion, those are the two most robust plugin suites. There are many others. A lot of folks like Nik plugins, but they use a different, proprietary technology called “U-Point” which I’m not going to explain here, but suffice it to say that it is a different approach to making adjustments than other programs use. Also, the Nik suite only has 6 modules to it while onOne has 8 and Topaz has 14, so these two have more different features and effects that can be created than Nik or AlienSkin, another popular brand.

        All of this discussion about plugins in short is to say that with PSP and Topaz and/or onOne and either AfterShot Pro or Lightroom as your hub, you can have nearly the power of Photoshop for a fraction of the price.

        Lightroom is definitely the better program at this point, although AfterShot Pro is currently in version 2 development so it will be interesting to see what the come up with when it is released. Right now one clear advantage to Lightroom is that it is compatible with Topaz and onOne plugins directly into the program itself so there is no need to exit Lightroom to use your plugins.

        It is about $100 more expensive, but worth it for all of the extra features it brings to the table. And it is truly one of the ONLY programs ever designed from the ground up FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS!

  19. Margaret

    September 27, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Removed Magic extractor..why???

    • Cecile

      September 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      I READ THEY REMOVED THE MAGIC EXTRACTOR BECAUSE THEY ARE GETTING READY TO MOVE TO A 64-BIT ARCHITECTURE AND THEY WOULD HAVE TO COMPLETELY REWRITE THE PROGRAM TO KEEP IT. iT WOULDN’T BE WORTHWHILE (THAT IS, EXCEPT TO THOSE WHO USE IT.)

  20. Doris

    September 28, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Thank you for the review. Think the content aware move/extend and the straighten edge fill are great new additions. My one lens doesn’t have a good horizon line, so the straighten edge fill works great. For newbies, think the photo restoration, zoom, and new effects are pretty easy to use.

    Do look forward to the day windows gets the 64bit application. Thanks again.

  21. Doug

    September 29, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I am not upgrading because I need a break from the cost. I have typically upgraded at Chirstmas each year, but there hasn’t been a price break for loyalty. But bottom line, I agree with many of the posts above that the features don’t warrant an upgrade for me either.

  22. Brian

    September 30, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    It seems like the biggest difference this year is that Adobe shut down photoshop.com and moved everything to revel. Only 11 and 12 support revel.

    • Randall

      September 30, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      @Brian, Interestingly, the last I heard, Revel still did not support RAW, DNG or TIFF files either. The only images they support is JPG. There are several other good online photo services to use. I highly recommend using something other than Revel until Adobe decides to actually invest in making Revel a competitive online photo storage and sharing site.

      It really seems like Adobe is “all-in” on the Creative Cloud being their future and non-CC programs and services probably are not going to be seeing much in the way of upgrades or innovation.

      If that’s the way it’s going to be then Adobe should just say so and either include Elements in CC or discontinue the program. But don’t play this game of making one or two subtle tweaks to the code and trying to tell me it’s a “new version” that I can upgrade to for $80.

      I didn’t initially like the CC model myself…and truth be told, I would probably still prefer the older model (don’t care for change much), but I reluctantly have migrated to CC as I am migrating to a completely 64-bit RAW workflow and am moving up to the full Photoshop CC rather than Elements. However if Elements were included in CC I would probably install it as well for those times when I just want a quick an simple edit and I don’t need Photoshop. On the otherhand, having a single program to learn (two if I include Lightroom) will eventually make my editing workflow more seamless as I will eliminate several smaller editing programs, including Elements, that I formerly used.

      I know that will be a learning curve, but kelbytraining.com and NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) both have reasonably priced learning materials that should help me get up to speed relatively quickly. Additionally, they have some extremely good photography tutorials as well to help me hone my craft as a photographer.

      In the long run, I think I am going to be far more accomplished and mature, both as a photographer and a post-production editor, by going this route.

      At least both Photoshop and Lightroom are both still seeing meaningful upgrades from Adobe that justify my continued CC payments. I use Acrobat Pro a LOT in my business work as well, so using those three apps alone makes CC a decent value for me.

      To each their own, but PSE 12 just doesn’t show me enough to command another upgrade expense. If you are staying in this price range I would either recommend staying with PSE 11 or consider switching to Corel PaintShop Pro X6 which will offer you a LOT more features for the money. It will appear more complex at first glance, but there are tons of help videos and tutorials to get you up to speed fast and Corel actually continues UPGRADING PSP with each new version. Check it out on corel.com or youtube.com and search for PaintShopPro X6. There are several videos on YouTube.

  23. Janet

    September 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    When I added two years to my subscription (well in advance), I wasn’t thinking about how useless it could be to me if I choose not to upgrade. When articles go forward and I stay behind, I guess I still have the archives to fall back on, but nothing new. That’s disappointing.

    • Mike

      September 30, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      Hi Janet-
      While it’s quite possible some future articles and videos will likely cover features found only in Elements 12, there will also be plenty of material that will apply to several versions. Even if an article or video uses Elements 12, it’s very possible, if not likely, that the project, task, etc. can be done in several older versions of Elements as well. Especially Elements 11, as this is a rather minor upgrade, as far as upgrades go.

      And, of course, if you’re not satisfied, I’m sure customer support will be happy to work with you on some sort of refund on your subscription.

      • Janet

        September 30, 2013 at 10:37 pm

        Thanks for pointing that out. I’m currently using 11 but am seriously thinking about returning to 10. Eleven has never been a comfortable fit for me.

    • Randall

      October 10, 2013 at 10:49 am

      I feel the same way Janet. I guess I never thought this would be the course of future development with PSE and PRE. I still think v. 10 is the best to date and even though I do own v. 11, it is not installed and I do not use it. I definitely will not be purchasing v. 12.

      PSE has been a relatively easy to use program compared to the learning curve involved in trying to learn the full Photoshop w/ Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw. However, seeing the absolute “magic” those programs can create makes me know that the pain of the learning curve will be well worth it.

      My future investments will be with NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) – http://www.photoshopuser.com – and Kelby Training – http://www.kelbytraining.com. Their stuff is much more relevant to the Photoshop/Lightroom user as opposed to PET which is geared to the PSE user.

  24. Robert

    October 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I really don’t see enough of reason to upgrade from 11 to 12. I’ll stick with 11 until 13 or 14.

  25. Chester

    October 4, 2013 at 10:03 am

    My 2cents? I have had PSE since rev1. Worked thru all the problems and workaround, but loved the software. 6 was my favorite until 10. I love 10, works like Photoshop. Interface is intuitive, for me at least.
    Then came 11…. totally hosed the interface, with no way to use the classic interface that I have been using for years. The light grey gives me a headache if I work too long. I really have tried, seriously, I really like some of the new features, I just can’t use it. It is not intuitive to me, I still use Photoshop at work and this is totally different. So back to 10, my favorite. Though they won’t support it anymore with updates. They took away Photoshop.com which was integrated in 10 and went to REVEL which is only integrated into 11 and 12. So I have closed my revel account. People in my photo club have dropped adobe because they feel Adobe is forcing us to upgrade but also think they know what we want. The interface change and making it uneditable in 12 shows that they don’t listen to the customers. But with all that being said (sorry for the rant) I won;t be upgrading and will stay with 10, It does everything I need for my studio and If I need more power I can use Gimp or Corel.

    • Randall

      October 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      I totally agree with you. 10 was the last decent edition!

      I did purchase 11, however have been very disappointed with it and now 12 really doesn’t seem to be much different.

      As long as you are okay with not having the “latest” or having Adobe supporting the program any longer, I also recommend staying with 10. If you want to upgrade beyond 10, then either PSP X6 or moving to the full Photoshop CC is the better move.

      If you purchase Lightroom on a perpetual license, you can get a single app under CC for $9.99/month for the first year. Not a bad deal if you are a photographer and just want to use LR and PS!

      Under no condition would I recommend that anyone upgrade to PSE 12.

  26. Philip

    October 10, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I’ve enjoyed reading the previous posts. I actually came here looking to see if any discounts were mentioned for PS12. I’m using PS11 and have been constantly upgrading since version 7. After reading some of comments I’m not sure now if I’ll upgrade. I’m in it mostly for the Organizer and only edit occasionally although I’m learning more and more with a subscription to PET. Someday I hope to take a really nice photograph, do some edits and get a quality print suitable for hanging. But, back to the Organizer, I’m been considering Lighroom so maybe I’ll stick with the PS11 editor and get Lightroom for file organization.

    • Randall

      October 10, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      Excellent decision Phillip. Lightroom is a superior organizer in every possible way…as well as features all of the non-destructive RAW editing of the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw found in Photoshop CC.

      Lightroom does not have the ability to work with layers however, so if you may need a layered workflow you will either need an editor such as PSE or PS or a third party plugin such as onOne Software’s Perfect Layers program.

      Honestly, unless you want to do some extremely advanced and ultra creative edits, you can probably get by just fine with LR 5 and PSE. The power of Photoshop CC is probably wasted on the majority of home users unless you are a fanatic about photo editing.

    • Joseph

      October 19, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Philip the only way I get a discount is when I wait for Costco to put it on sale for $49 (currently $79) which has happened regularly over the past several years. I do use Lightroom as my organizer and it is a worthwhile addition.

  27. Ron

    October 22, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Can I continue to use Bridge CS4 with PSE12? Can I transfer my keywords in Bridge to the Organizer?

  28. Hugo

    October 24, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I think it is a great program – slightly confused though by the Camera Raw Converter – moved from PE 9 to PE 12 – the sliders now have different names and a different order – I am quire sure I have seen somewhere a list how to compare the old sliders to the new ones – can anybody help me where to find this comparison?

    • Chris

      October 25, 2013 at 8:40 am

      Hugo, I don’t have PSE 12. What are the new sliders called? If they are similar to Lightroom then

      Exposure similar to brightness in PSE
      Contrast same
      Shadows similar to fill light
      Whites set white point
      Blacks set black point

      This link may help:
      http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop-elements/using/processing-camera-raw-image-files.html

      Kind Regards

      Chris

      • Hugo

        October 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        Spot on Chris – really helpful – greetings from Amsterdam

  29. Gene

    October 28, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I am still mired in OS10.6. Will PSE12 be compatible ??

  30. Robert

    October 31, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Iam a PSE user since version 4, slowly learning as I go. I am a home user. I recently switched from a PC to a MAC. Everything seams to work about the same exempt for the print part of the program. I have used “picture packages for years and it is not available on the MAC version. I use it for printing family photos and portraits, etc. What is the work-around or is Lightroom a good alternative. I just loaded PE 12 and not developed any opinions yet.

    Regards’

    Bob

  31. charles

    March 9, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    how to convert raw to jpeg

    • Mike

      March 9, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      HI Charles-
      One way would be to open the image in the Editor from Camera Raw, then do a Save As or Save for Web, and choose JPEG as the format.

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