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Elements 10 Arrives

By Mike Rodriguez  ·  Issue: November/December 2011 (V8N6)

Photoshop Elements 10–which is available for both Mac and Windows systems–retains the look and feel of version 9, but adds welcome new features that aim to take the guesswork out of cropping, cut down on the time you spend searching, and put you in greater control of your text. Here’s a closer look at what the newest version has to offer.


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16 Replies to Elements 10 Arrives:

  1. Craig

    January 4, 2012 at 2:10 am

    I’ve used Elements from version 5. Then went 7, then 8, then 9. This time I’ll pass. Not enough new features to intrest me. Many of the new tools are just a shotcut to some of the old tools or effects.
    I’m still waiting for a real curves tool, and some more camera raw options.

  2. Linda

    January 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I actually HAD to buy Elements 10, because my computer was destroyed by United Airlines (another story) and when I took my Elements 9 and wanted to install it on my new computer, Elements would NOT let me install it. They said that even though I paid my almost $100 for this product and I had the right numbers, that since I had it on another computer, I could not put it on my new machine. They told me that in fact I had NOT PURCHASED the program, but rather rented it from them and I was only allowed to put it on 2 computers (which I did, one work, one home) and that unless I uninstalled it from one of them, I could not put it on my new one. Since my personal computer had been destroyed, I could not “uninstall it” and so I was stuck purchasing for another $100 Elements 10. I’m not a happy consumer at the moment ……

    • Lawrence P

      January 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      Adobe does allow you to “unregister” software on one computer so that you can load the software onto another computer. That is critical for those of us who happen to upgrade computers with some regularity. But there is a serious issue concerning the inability to “unregister” a product from a computer that has “died,” either physically like yours, or due to an usuable hard drive.

      Apple handles this issue far more appropriately. You can unregister all iTunes content from all of your allotted computers from a single computer, and then reregister back onto five computers one by one. That is really helpful when you are upgrading computers.

      Sadly, you are not purchasing the softwared when you buy a program from Microsoft, Adobe, etc. You are purchasing a license to use the software on a permitted computer. The software lawyers have tied this down pretty tight.

    • Randall

      September 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Hi Linda,

      I’m sorry to hear about your experience with United. That sounds like every computer travelers worst nightmare come true.

      However, even though I haven’t suffered exactly the same scenario you are describing, I did one sell a laptop to a friend and I forgot to deactivate my installation of Acrobat Pro before selling it.

      Adobe was very understanding and their customer service provided me with a new serial number by phone that I could use to install the program on my new computer.

      It sounds like you may have gotten a rep that was having a bad day or something. If that ever happens again, try calling back for another rep. They are correct about the terms of the license, however they are usually more than willing to keep a satisfied customer over worrying about a $100 purchase price.

      I have a lot of Adobe products however and they probably didn’t want to jeopardize my relationship with them. Just a thought though.

  3. Roy

    January 10, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Have reviewed PS Ele. 10… Very sorry to say I will stay with present version… Just not enough new material to make it worthwhile..

  4. Roger

    February 5, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I recently upgraded to Elements 10 after using Elements 8 for quite some time. I agree, there’s not much difference even with skipping an upgrade. But I am experiencing a problem I never had with 8. When using the Lasso Tool for more than 5 seconds I get “not responding” in the Elements 10 Title Bar. Is this a bug with 10 or am I the only one having this problem? I still have Elements 8 installed and the Lasso Tool works just fine.

  5. Elmer

    February 11, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Hi Mike;
    This is me again, Elmer. About 2 years ago I emailed you regarding a way to fill a shape with text. At that time I was looking for an InDesign-level software, but I settled for the Elements. Now I have PSE10, and am eagerly trying to get this workflow to work (meaning getting text to conform to the shape’s contour). In this article of yours, you made text ‘conform’ to the shape of a pear. Can you please expain in more detail how you did this? Thanks a lot again.
    Elmer Marapao

    • Kelly

      February 12, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Hi Elmer,

      Hopefully I can help you out with this one. To make text flow within a shape in Elements, use the Custom Shape tool (it looks like a heart) to draw out the shape you want. (You can pick from the shapes within the Custom Shape Picker in the Options Bar.)

      Then select the Horizontal Type tool (T). Now click once inside the shape and you should be a bounding box around the shape and a text cursor at the top of the shape. Select a text size and color and start typing. The text should flow within the shape. By the way, this works best if you use a small text size.

  6. Charles

    February 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I haven’t used my program to-date (my daughter has and she likes the program..I’m in the process of using it after looking at your videos and also this day I received Photoshop Elements Techniques.via mail and I am looking forward to exploring the techiques that is on the 2 DVDs. with my health issues, I realize it will be a challenge; but a very welcome one for me I shall keep you posted,
    Thank You,


  7. Julie

    February 23, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Is there a way to start a new catalog and not import all the folders from the previous catalogs. It seems that deleting a folder from a new catalog deletes it and the pictures in the other catalogs.

  8. John

    February 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I’ve been using Elements since it appeared and also the full version up to Photoshop 7. Once I installed Elements 8, it covered everything I needed and the full version went bye-bye. I skipped 9, but the text on a path tool in 10 alone made the upgrade worthwhile. I’m a real happy camper.

  9. Ineke

    April 19, 2012 at 5:26 am

    I like Elements to grow to 64 bit

  10. Michael

    April 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I’m new to this. I have photoshop elements 9 and premier elements 9 (purchased as a bundle). I like the new additions to 10, but am wondering if I need to purchase the bundled 10 or if I can save some money and upgrade from photoshop elements 9 to photoshop elements 10 without giving up features that I havent used in 9. I have only used premier elements 9 to create CD’s and DVD’s for my children and grandkids.


  11. Richard

    April 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    what is the easy way to learn adobe element 10, I have never worked with photo shop ever before ? what will walk me though this process ?

    • Raul

      May 24, 2012 at 3:22 am

      My suggestion which is what I intend to do since I have not used PSE in many years, is to buy: “Learn by Video: Adobe Photoshop Elements 10″ ( purchased from Amazon and also purchase: “Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Classroom in a Book” from Adobe, also sold by Amazon. You’ll be up and running in less than a week.

  12. Graden

    April 28, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    This is my first “session” at this site. I won’t have an oinion of the site until I try to have a question answered. I’m anticipating the first question wil have to do with transferring RAW images from a Canon S100. I’ve got a problem bt can’t format it into a concise question yet.

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