Upgrading to Photoshop Elements 11– Part 1


In an earlier post I wrote about deciding whether or not upgrading to Photoshop Elements 11 was for you. In this article, I will describe what I do when I upgrade from one version to another. In Part 2 of this mini-series, I will address the differences you will find immediately after upgrading.

In this article, I am assuming the simplest scenario. You are not changing computers and are going to install PSE 11.

First, before installing PSE 11, you want to clean up your Catalog in whatever version of Elements you are currently using. The reason for this is that when you install PSE 11, it is going to convert your existing Catalog to PSE 11 format. If you current Catalog has structural problems,they will just be carried into PSE 11 and could cause problems with the conversion.

  1. Reconnect all missing files, or as many as practical, or remove their thumbnails  from the Catalog. To do this click on File > Reconnect Missing Files.
  2. Next run the Repair Catalog command. If it comes back saying no errors were found, select Repair Anyway option.
  3. Run the Optimize Catalog command.

The PSE 10 screen shot below shows how to access these commands. Earlier versions are similar.

PSE 10 Catalog Commands

Now you are ready to install Photoshop Elements 11. During the installation it will convert your Catalog to the new internal structure.

Multiple versions of Elements can coexist on your computer. Therefore, I would not uninstall your older version until after you are sure that PSE 11 is handling your tags and other aspects of your Catalog properly.

But remember, once you start using PSE 11, your old Catalog becomes outdated and does not reflect the changes you have made to your picture collection.

In Part 2, I will cover changes you will see in PSE 11, regarding your tags, albums, etc.

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