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Learn Elements iPad app now on iTunes

By Rick LePage  ·  February 25th, 2011

I’m really excited to announce that our first iPad app, Learn Elements, is now available for sale on the iTunes store!

The $9.99 app, based on our Learn Elements Today DVD, is a complete video course for learning Photoshop Elements. It takes full advantage of the iPad, with a scrollable index and a full-screen video view. There are videos that cover every tool in the Toolbox; tips and techniques for working with layers and selections; complete steps for enhancing your photos; and tutorials for getting the most out of the Elements Organizer.

The entire course gets installed on your iPad, so you don’t need an Internet connection to watch the videos, and there are icons in the video list to let you know which videos you’ve watched.

We have plans to create more iPad apps down the road, and would like to create an app for subscribers to view the videos on the P.E.T. site, but we wanted to get this one out as soon as we could.


(I’d also like to thank the good folks at Dim Sum Thinking, who developed the app for us; Daniel Steinberg, the owner, was a dream to work with.)

33 Replies to Learn Elements iPad app now on iTunes:

  1. Robin

    February 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    How does this tell me that it is available in the iTunes store….and if I already subscribe why would it be so expensive? It should be less expensive by far when I have already paid $60 to subscribe on my PC!

    • Rick LePage

      February 28, 2011 at 6:13 am

      We offer a few things outside of the subscription to Photoshop Elements Techniques, because there are many people who don’t want a magazine and website. This is just an iPad-sepcific version of the Learn Photoshop Elements Today DVD, and I’d love to be able to offer it to subscribers at a discount, but Apple is pretty rigid about the way things are sold on their iTunes store.

      We’re a small company, we love what we do, and we try hard to put out good products that Photoshop Elements users will find helpful. With the magazine, the weekly tutorials and videos, and the archive of more than 1,000 tutorials on the site, we feel pretty strongly that we offer a good value for the money.


      • David

        March 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm

        I agree with you Rick, PET is a great value for the money. No need to apologize for the iTunes cost


      • Craig

        December 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

        I tried to load this app but got a message that it is not available in the US. Will you please make this availbe in the US?

  2. Adrian

    February 26, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I agree 100% with Robin.

  3. Hans

    February 27, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Hi Rick,
    It is nice to have a variety of opportunities at hand. It makes that one is not restricted to one spot. The Apple app is one of them. I hope you will give also attention to Android (Honeycomb).

    • Rick LePage

      February 28, 2011 at 6:14 am

      Hi Hans,

      We’ll definitely look into other options – this was just our first attempt, and since we had just come out with the Learn Photoshop Elements Today DVD, it seemed like a pretty good way to go to get something out quickly.


  4. Robert

    February 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    This is great news Rick. I had to run my P.E.T. Disk thru a conversion program to get it on my iPad.
    It really works great to watch the lesson on the iPad while trying it out on the computer. Nice to pause the lesson and try each step.
    Can’t wait for more iPad Apps! Keep us posted as you produce more videos for iPad.

  5. Julie

    February 28, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I’m all for making the learning materials available for various platforms. Wish I had an iPad to try this on! ;-) It is a great DVD and I can see how it would be very handy to work your way through it if it were loaded on the iPad because you wouldn’t have to have both PSE and the DVD open on your screen at the same time.

    Wouldn’t mind having an app to make using the Elements Village forum more usable on the iPhone either…..

    • Rick LePage

      March 3, 2011 at 7:34 am

      Thanks, Julie.

      The issue with the Village and the iPhone/iPad is related to the software used to run it; we have to do a major upgrade to get that one fixed, and we’re not sure when that will happen, since it’s a pretty big deal.


      • Julie

        March 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm

        Thanks, Rick. Good to know it’s on the radar anyway….

  6. Mary

    March 1, 2011 at 5:23 am

    This is a great idea! Now, maybe I can talk myself into buying an IPad!

  7. David

    March 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I’m planning on ordering the iPad2 on Friday. This will be one of my first app purchases!!!

  8. stephen

    March 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I can’t get any sound on the App … Can hear other apps. But nothing from this one … Help pls .

    • Rick LePage

      March 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      We haven’t run into any reports of problems with the sound, Stephen – do make sure you don’t have the mute switch (on the side of the iPad) set. Two other users didn’t realize that the switch turned all the sound off.

      • Dirk

        May 1, 2011 at 7:07 pm

        Rick: I have the same problem as stephen, above. All of my apps with sound are working fine, including key clicks, but I have no sound with Learn Elements. It’s not an issue with the mute switch, because all other sounds are coming through fine (video, iPod, assorted other apps with sounds).

        I downloaded Learn Elements directly to my iPad, not through my computer. When I sync with the computer, Learn Elements does not get transferred to my computer, as other apps do. When accessing iTunes through the computer, however, it is listed as a purchase. Is there a way to re-download without paying again? Perhaps if I could download it to my computer, delete it from the iPad, then reload it from the computer?

        Besides the sound issue, it seems to work fine…all options and menus.

        I’m running the newest iOS 4.3.2.

        Any help you can give me?

      • Dirk

        May 2, 2011 at 8:44 am

        Rick: Please ignore yesterday’s post about lack of sound. It now is working. Not sure what I did, but fiddling around. Great product by the way! Works beautifully on the iPad.


  9. Diane

    April 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Rick – I just got an iPodTouch – is this app available (and practical–screen-sizewise) for this platform, too? Thanks!

    • Rick LePage

      April 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      No Diane, the screen size of the Touch (and the iPhone and other mobile devices of that ilk) really don’t lend themselves very well to viewing videos that show menu items, layers, commands and the like.

      We did a few tests and showed them to some folks, and the consensus was that it really wasn’t helpful at that size.


  10. Henry

    April 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Looking forward to getting the ipad app

  11. patrick

    June 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I have ipad 2 on order and i have just bought P.S.E.9 WILL THE APP HELP ME WITH

    • Rick

      June 11, 2011 at 6:41 pm

      Yes, Patrick – it was created with Elements 9, and is specific to it.


  12. Greg

    June 16, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Love the app. I teach photoshop Elements to seniors and I now recommend it to my students. can’t wait to see what comes in the future.

  13. Libby

    September 20, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I wish you would create an app for iPod Touch.

  14. Kristine

    April 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Late to the game. However, is the current version of
    this app focused on Elements 9 or 10?

  15. Adelbert

    April 6, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Tried to download the app Learn Elements. Not possible. Pls inform what to do. I live in Switzerland.

    • Rick

      April 8, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Hi Adelbert,

      As I noted to another reader, we’ve had to take the app off the store — it was not updated for Photoshop Elements 11.


      • Craig

        April 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm

        sorry. I had just received an e-mail that it was available for the ipad. If you ever do make it available please let me know.

  16. Craig

    April 7, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I tried to load this app but got a message that it is not available in the US. Will you please make this available in the US?

    • Rick

      April 8, 2013 at 11:29 am


      We’ve had to unfortunately take the app off the store — it was not updated for Photoshop Elements 11, and we didn’t want there to be any confusion for people who had the newer version of Elements.

      Sorry for the confusion and the consternation. We’re a pretty small company, and we have to be picky about what we can and can’t do. The app just didn’t sell well enough for us to continue development of it.


  17. Lorraine

    July 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I have the Learn Elements Today app on my iPad but I cannot get any sound – can you explain why that is?
    Thank You

  18. Craig

    July 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I cannot seem to purchase this app. When I am clicking on the app (Buy App) nothing happens. Same if I try to load it straight from my iPad.

    • Diana K

      July 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Sorry Craig, this app is no longer available.

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