How Photoshop Elements has Changed Throughout the Years

As I read the discussions in various forums and Facebook groups, it is apparent that many users continue to use older versions of Photoshop Elements. Many users are even using older versions than PSE 11, released in the Fall of 2012. This version is significant, because Adobe changed the complete look and feel of the program in that version.

One of the most commonly asked questions from users of older versions is whether or not it is worthwhile to upgrade to the then current version. The answer for a given user depends upon their circumstances. It is often driven by changes in the computer they use, its operating system, and/or the camera they use.

Today, we are probably about half way through the product life cycle of PSE 2020. If history repeats itself, PSE 2021 will be released sometime this Fall. So the question many users ask is should I upgrade to the latest version. Adobe has a excellent table that compares PSE 2020 features with previous ones going back to PSE 15. You can access it at the link below:

PSE 2020 Logo

For several years now I have maintained my own table. It is more detailed than the one in the above link and goes back to PSE 11. The link below is to my current version. It is an Excel spreadsheet. 

Feature Comparison PSE 11 Through PSE 2020

If you have been struggling to decide whether to upgrade or not, I hope you found this information helpful. If so please star-rate it or Like/Share the post. Also, I am always open to comments.

Until next time…

Addendum: Some were not able to open my spreadsheet. I have converted it to a PDF file. The link to it is below.

Photoshop Elements Feature Comparison PSE 11 through PSE 2020 PDF File.


The Evolution of Photoshop Elements: PSE 11 through PSE 2018

One of the recurring topics that routinely show up in Photoshop Elements forums and social media is what are differences between different versions of Elements, and is it worth upgrading. Whether it is worth it or not is certainly up to the individual, but having a idea of what each version adds (and on occasion removes) is the first step in making your decision.

Sometime ago I put together a table that compares the current version to an earlier one. The PDF file that is linked below is my latest version of the table. It compares PSE 11 through PSE 2018. Hopefully, it will of some help to those who have struggled with the question of whether or not to upgrade.

PSE Evolution

Let me know if you found this table helpful. Don’t forget to explore my blog for other helpful digital photography articles and tutorials.

Until next time…

Photoshop Elements 15 Folder View

In this tutorial we will cover the Folder View in PSE 15’s Organizer. This view can be extremely helpful if you want to do some disk storage housekeeping. Viewing the folder layout in this view and then reordering the files and folders can be done without risking the common mistake of disconnecting your images within your catalog. This is because you are working from within the Organizer and not an external program, such as Windows Explorer.

Also, those of you who have organized your file structure relying on folder names, will find this view to be very familar.

Click on the link below to display and access the PDF file.


If you find this tutorial helpful, please Rate, Like, or Share it with others using the applicable links on the page. I welcome any comments you may as well.

Thanks for stopping by, and see you next time.

Using the Backup Command in Photoshop Elements


How one should go about backing up their photos when using Photoshop Elements continues to be one of the most frequent questions asked by new and more experienced users of Photoshop Elements.

I have written on this subject a few times in the past on this blog. If you enter applicable keywords in the area provided at the bottom of the string of posts near the bottom of this page, you will get links to those earlier posts.

In this post, I will provide a link to a video tutorial I made some time ago, which covers both the Backup command and the Restore command in the Organizer of Photoshop Elements 6.

However, the same process and screens that are displayed when using these commands remain the same in Photoshop Elements 14. The video quality is certainly not the best, but I believe it is adequate to clearly describe the process. I plan to update the video with a better quality version soon, but in the meantime, I hope this one will help answer the many questions that keep coming up about the subject.

Click on the figure below to watch the video.

PSE 12 Does Not Always Display Events Dates – Easy to Fix Though

I have been a long-time user of Photoshop Elements, upgrading with each and every version since the original PSE. I’m also a big user of its Organizer.

Like many people, it took me awhile to become comfortable with the new interface and associated workflows introduced in PSE 11.

One of my favorite improvements added in PSE 12, was the addition and handling of the  Events and Places to the Task Panel on the right, as had been done with People in PSE 11. Now I can easily add new Events (and Places) using the new workspaces at the top of window, or continue to add them via the tagging process I have been using for over a decade.

My large Catalog (currently 41K items) was converted from version to version, essentially automatically, as I installed a new PSE version.

Now, I generally add new Events via the Events button at the bottom of the Organizer’s screen. Doing this works as expected.

My 250+ existing Events were converted from my PSE 11 Catalog and added to both the Events workspace and the Events Tags in the right panel   when I installed PSE 12.

After quickly checking the Catalog conversion after installing PSE 12, I did not use the Events workspace to view existing events, instead finding/viewing them from the Events Tags panel in on the right.

At some point, I noticed that my Events as viewed from the Events workspace  at the top of the screen showed Unknown Date instead of the actual Event date, even though each photo was labeled with the shot date. This is illustrated in the figure below.

Cropped No Event Dates

On the other hand, Events added via the Events workspace, sometimes referred to as the Events environment, were labeled properly.

But the fix is easy if not obvious – at least to me.

  1. Right click on an unexpanded Event in the Event workspace that shows the Undated label.
  2. Select the Edit option in the popup context sensitive menu.
  3. Note the Event’s dates are shown in the edit dialog box.
  4. Click OK

Now the proper dates for the Event are shown.

Events Date Corrected

Processing RAW Images – PVNET Class Preview

The subject 5-week class will be taught at PVNET adjacent to the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall beginning October 30th.

This YouTube video previews the class.

To register for the class, click on the following link.

Adobe Announces Photoshop Elements 12

PSE 12 Welcome Screen

As Adobe has done for the past several years during the fall, they have announced a new version of Elements, Photoshop Elements 12. Remember last year when PSE 11 was released, it sported a completely new user interface for both the Organizer and the Editor compared to previous versions. PSE 12 is more like an incremental update when compared to PSE 11. However, improvements added to both the Organizer and Editor will provide enough new features to encourage many to upgrade to this latest version, even if they already have PSE 11. I’ve been working with it for some time now  and find several of the new features quite interesting and fun to use.

To get a quick overview of how this release compares to earlier versions CLICK HERE.

For a number of years, I have produced a table that compares the various versions in a more detailed format. My latest version is SHOWN HERE.

Last year I posted an article describing the new features of PSE 11. In that post, there was a link to a chart where I compared PSE 10 to previous versions. CLICK HERE to see this article.

As time goes on, I will post more details regarding the new features and their use, so stay tuned.