Photoshop Elements 13.1

Today Adobe released the 13.1 update for Photoshop Elements 13.  According to Adobe it includes:

  • User interface improvements
  • Stability-related fixes
  • Elements Live improvements
  • An option to enable Photoshop Elements Editor to switch to 2x resolution

To install the update, just go to the Help Menu->Updates in the Editor.

Photoshop Elements 12 and Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10)

Since Apple released Yosemite, it’s been kind of puzzling–most people have had no special trouble with PSE 12 since the update, but some people have been having a heck of a time with any of the tools in the Enhance section of the PSE toolbox causing PSE to freeze completely.

It appears that the problem is something to do with trackpads only, so for now, if you switch back to using a mouse everything should work again.

A Reminder for Mac Folks upgrading to Yosemite

If you use a Mac and Photoshop Elements and plan to upgrade to Yosemite (OS X 10.10)  right away, just a reminder that in all recent versions of OS X, it has been critically important to delete all preferences before running PSE.

If you have once run PSE it is necessary to also delete the saved application states.
So you would need to go to your user library and delete:

Adobe Photoshop Elements < version > Paths
Adobe Photoshop Elements < version > Settings
com.adobe.Elements Organizer. < version >.plist
com.adobe.ElementsOrganizer< version>.plist

and any lockfiles with the same names, then (if you’ve used Elements in Yosemite) go to Saved Application States (at the same level as preferences) and delete any for PSE, then repair permissions and launch PSE again.

To see the User library, click the Go menu in the Finder and hold down the Option key and it will appear below the little house for your user account.

I’m not using Yosemite myself yet, but I would not be surprised if some of the older versions of PSE that work fine in 10.9 no longer work in 10.10, so I would suggest that if Elements is important to you, be sure you have a good clone of your system somewhere so that you can revert it if necessary.


EDIT 9/19/2014: Some people are having a lot of trouble with Elements 12 in Yosemite, especially the tools in the Enhance section and layer behavior, so if you are using Elements 12 and don’t wish to upgrade to PSE 13, you might want to stop and think before going to 10.10 if PSE is important to your work.

Adobe Announces Photoshop Elements 13

Adobe has just announced PSE 13, which is a pretty major update to Photoshop Elements, although the biggest changes are under the hood. There’s  a 64-bit version for Windows (there’s still a 32-bit version if you need that), and finally Elements works correctly with high-resolution displays, like Apple’s retina display.


Other features: no more having to hassle around with adobe mail verification codes–you can use any email provider now. Content-aware fill, new crop tool, more effects and frames in Quick Edit, a new Refine Selection brush for tweaking selections, Photomerge Compose to help move stuff from one photo to another, a totally new slideshow (good and bad–now there’s feature parity on both OS X and Windows, it’s easier than the old slideshow, but much less customizable), a new Create project for building a facebook cover photo, a new view in the Organizer, a revision of the albums/folders tab from PSE 12 that puts each section into its own tab, some new guided edits, and Elements Live, which is kind of like Postano for PSE–a new tab in both the editor and the organizer  that aggregates tutorials and inspirational stuff for PSE from all over the web, not just Adobe.

Missing features this time: no more photo mail (a small price to pay for sane emailing), and if you have a 64-bit version of Windows, no more TWAIN scanning (still available in the 32-bit Windows version and the Mac version).

Also, you need at least Windows 7 or OS X 10.8 for PSE 13. As always, I’d suggest downloading the trial and giving it a good hard workout.


Adobe Updates PSE 12–Auto Analyzer Disablers, A Reminder

Today Adobe released Photoshop Elements 12.1, which PSE 12 users can get by going to the Editor’s Help Menu>Updates.

A reminder to those who’ve disabled the Auto Analyzer by adding a space to the name: Go back and delete the space before running the update to be sure it can run properly. I don’t yet know if the update fixes the undead Auto Analyzer problem, but if it doesn’t, you can put the space back in again after updating.

EDIT In Windows, the update will usually run without doing this, but it’s probably skipping the auto analyzer when updating. While the space doesn’t prevent the rest of PSE from updating, it’s a good practice to put the space back, then turn the Auto Analyzer back off again afterwards.

On a Mac you’re likely to see Error U44M1P7  if you forget to remove the space and try to run the update. Put the Auto Analyzer’s name back to its original form, and the update should run.

Adobe updates Camera Raw for PSE 11

If you use Photoshop Elements with a newer model camera, you’ll be pleased to know that Adobe has released Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 for PSE. To install it, launch the Editor and go to Help->Updates, then follow the onscreen instructions. You need to have PSE 11 to install this update. It won’t work with earlier versions of Elements.

Here’s a list of the twenty new cameras whose raw files now work with the raw converter in Elements:

1.Canon EOS 6D

2.Canon PowerShot S110

3.Canon PowerShot G15

4.Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

5.Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000

6.Casio Exilim EX-FC300S

7.Leica M-E

8.Nikon 1 V2

9.Nikon D5200

10.Nikon D600

11.Olympus PEN E-PL5

12.Olympus PEN E-PM2

13.Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS

14.Panasonic DMC-GH3

15.Pentax K-5 II

16.Pentax K-5 IIs

17.Pentax Q10

18.Sony DSC-RX1

19.Sony NEX-VG30

20.Sony NEX-VG900


Adobe Patches PSE 9 for Macs

If you have Photoshop Elements 9 for Mac and saw the mysterious Adobe logo in your OS X menubar today, here’s what’s going on: Adobe has issued a patch for Elements 9 for Macs, to fix the problems with using the Organizer’s Import from iPhoto command with the latest version of iPhoto (iLife 11). It’s also supposed to facilitate smoother Organizer imports from iPhoto 09.

Download the update from the link in the menubar, or by launching Elements. If the Adobe Application Manager doesn’t appear automatically, then go to Help>Updates, or you can download it here and install it manually:


If you don’t like having the Adobe notification in your menubar, here’s how to get rid of it. Go ahead and run the update, then click Preferences button at the upper right of the Application Manager screen, and turn off this checkbox:

From now on, you’ll only get nagged about updates when you actually launch Elements.

And once again, if you got the Missing Manual in black and white from amazon, contact them for a real copy, please.