Posts in Category "Photoshop Elements"

How to change the workspace color in Photoshop Elements Editor

While working on varied types of images sometimes we would like to change the gray workspace color in Photoshop Elements (PSE) Editor. Here are easy steps to change the color:

  1. Launch PSE Editor.
  2. Open any image.
  3. Right click on gray workspace area in PSE when you will see below screen:
  4. Choose either Black or click on Custom to set any other as per your choice.

Photoshop Elements Workspace Color

Note: This only works in Expert mode so you need to navigate to same prior to change the color.



Open JPEG files in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop Elements

Adobe Camera Raw  also called ACR is one of the most powerful powerful plugin which is being used and enhanced from time to time with new advancements in digital imaging domain. Adobe Camera Raw has all those powerful and easy to use features to give your images that look which you get from hours of manual editing.

But most of us being unknown about power of Photoshop Elements and Camera raw together have thoughts about it being accustomed for professional or power users who shot most of their images with rocket lenses and them import RAW using ACR and do edits.

In this article I would share with you the power of Elements and Camera Raw for majority of our hobbygraphers who shot mostly in JPEG but still would like to know if there is any way to open these as Raw images in Adobe Camera Raw and do powerful editing in clicks.

Here are the steps which would explain how you can open your JPEG images in Adobe Camera Raw dialog box:



  1. Click File->Open As (Alt + Ctrl + O)
  2. Browse to your JPEG file location.
  3. Select file.
  4. In the Open As dropdown choose Camera Raw.
  5. Click Open
  1. Click File->Open (There is no Open As in PSE   Mac)
  2. Browse to your JPEG file location.
  3. Select file.
  4. Choose Camera Raw from dropdown.
  5. Click Open

Open As Camera Raw Photoshop Elements





















With the above simple steps you should be able to edit your JPEG images with powerful editing capabilities of Adobe Camera Raw dialog box and flaunt your editing skills…

Photomerge in Photoshop Elements 11

With Photoshop Elements 11 release most of us are wondering about Photomerge options being removed or lost or moved to some other point in applicaion. Below is the information on where you can find the Photomerge options in Photoshop Elements 11 Editor and Elements Organizer 11.

  • In Photoshop Elements 11 Editor you can find all the Photomerge options in Enhance menu under Photomerge category. You would have to navigate to Expert mode to see some of the options active which are not activated in Quick or Guided Edit modes.


  • In Elements Organizer 11 you can find all the Photomerge options in Edit menu under Photomerge category. You would have to select file(s) to make the options active as per your choice of workflow.



Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 Editor available on Mac App Store

Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor is now available on Mac App Store to download. It is Editor only and does not include Elements Organizer similar to PSE 10 Editor on Mac App Store. Click More on product app store screen to learn more details about features.

Photoshop Elements Editor


Tips to enhance Photoshop Elements performance

We all know that image editing is a resource-intensive operation and can make our computer crawl, especially when we have to work with a large number of images. Photoshop Elements (PSE) provides several performance-boosting options that come handy in such scenarios. When you sit down for a marathon editing session in Photoshop Elements, make sure you configure your preferences to enable these options. Restart Photoshop Elements to ensure that the changes are reflected.

  1. Quit Photoshop Elements Editor if already launched.
  2. Double-click on desktop icon for Adobe Photoshop Elements which launches the Welcome Screen.
  3. Click on Edit to launch PSE Editor, Navigate to Edit-> Preferences (Ctrl/Cmd + K) -> Performance









Moving the mouse cursor over each section will show more info in description section.


Modify the Memory Usage settings

By default, Photoshop Elements uses 70% of the available RAM. You can increase the RAM usage for Photoshop Elements by dragging the slider in the Memory Usage section.

Here’s the maximum amount of RAM available to Photoshop Elements in 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems:

Photoshop Elements


Maximum RAM for Photoshop Elements



1.7 GB



3.2 GB

Modify the History & Cache settings

Reduce the number of history states (Undo states). By reducing the number of available History states, you potentially reduce the number of copies of your image using scratch disk space. And that’s a huge gain!

Increase the number of cache levels for better speed.

Modify scratch disks

When the system does not have enough RAM to perform an editing operation, Photoshop Elements uses scratch disk memory. A scratch disk is a drive that has free memory. By default, Photoshop Elements uses the hard drive on which the operating system is installed as its primary scratch disk. You can assign up to four scratch disks.

Here are some guidelines for using scratch disks:

  • Choose a drive other than the physical drive on which Photoshop Elements is installed or any large files you are editing resides.
  • Choose a local drive and not the one accessed over a network or through a removable USB or external hard disk.
  • Defragment scratch disks regularly.

Set Maximize PSD File Compatibility to Ask

The Maximize PSD File compatibility feature increases the size of your file by attaching a flattened copy of your image when you save your image. This extra data ensures that a PSD file saved in Photoshop Elements will open in earlier versions. Non-Adobe programs that read PSD files can only read them when this option is on.

To change the Maximize File Compatibility option:

  1. Select Edit > Preferences > Saving Files.
  2. Set Maximize PSD File Compatibility to: ‘Ask: Prompts on save to maximize file compatibility’.

Close unnecessary files

Always open and work with only those images that you want to edit. Opening many images at the same time takes up memory. If you have many files open and see sluggish performance, close Photoshop Elements and open only those images that you have to work on or close unnecessary files.

There are host of tips and tricks available here  and some of those are helpful for Photoshop Elements as well.

So, review, try and adjust your settings to get maximum benefit out of your software.

Load plug-ins at launch of Photoshop Elements

Here is one quick, easy and dynamic way to install or load your favorite third-party plug-ins during launch of Photoshop Elements (PSE) Editor with a keyboard shortcut key.

  1. Quit Photoshop Elements Editor if already launched.
  2. Double-click on desktop icon for Adobe Photoshop Elements which launches the Welcome Screen.
  3. Press Ctrl (Cmd) + Shift, and in the Welcome Screen click Edit (or Editor for older versions). Keep it pressed until you see the below window (you might have to click on blue screen as sometimes it appears behind welcome screen)
  4. Navigate to desired third-party or any other plugin file location. Select and click Ok.
  5. Now Photoshop Elements Editor will be launched with your plug-in loaded with app.













How to confirm if plug-in is loaded or not:

In PSE Editor navigate to Edit->Preferences->Plug-ins window (Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor->Preferences on Mac) and your plug-in location should be present there as seen below (for one of the plug-ins I loaded):



Skip loading of optional and third-party plug-ins in Photoshop Elements

When we first buy any software we try to explore, use, and learn as much and as early as possible. With prolonged use we excel in our workflows and output.

Some of us use third-party plug-ins (mainly referred to as everything which may or may not be shipped with the product, either free or paid) to achieve some of the outputs. These help us in saving time in manual steps.

In time you may end up using many additional plug-ins. Once in a while, a plug-in gets corrupted, and makes the parent software unstable, or may even prevent the software from starting. At that point you might think of existence of any magic key which would skip loading of all these plug-ins and still launch the product with full functionality.

Review the below steps to skip loading of optional and third-party plug-ins with Photoshop Elements (PSE) Editor while launching:

  1. Quit Photoshop Elements Editor if already launched.
  2. Double-click on desktop icon for Adobe Photoshop Elements which launches the Welcome Screen.
  3. Press Shift, and in the Welcome Screen click Edit ( or Editor for older versions). Keep it pressed until you see this message:







4.   Click [Yes] and your Photoshop Elements Editor will be launched without any optional and third-party plug-ins.

If a plug-in is causing issues:

If you suspect a specific third-party plug-in is causing issues with running PSE, you can remove it from here (I would recommend you move the file from the location below to a different one, and restart PSE to see if the issue is solved):

  • Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements [Version Number]\ Plug-Ins\
  • Mac: //Applications/Adobe Photoshop Elements [Version Number]/Support Files/Plug-Ins/

Open EPS files in Photoshop Elements 11

With EPS, Ai, and other allied file-format support being dropped from Photoshop Elements 11 (PSE11) some of us are probably wondering about how to open such files. You may be looking for known workarounds which would make your life easy when you browse all those great files of yours.

So, leave aside your worries, as, yes, there is a quick and simple workaround explained below on how you can open such file formats in PSE 11 Editor.

Files of type: Photoshop EPS or EPS Tiff Preview

  1. Click File->Open As (Windows) or File->Open (Mac).
  2. Choose your EPS file.
  3. Choose Tiff from Open As dropdown (Windows) or format dropdown (Mac).
  4. Click Open.

Files of type: Generic EPS (AI3, AI4, AI5, AI6, AI7, AI8, PS, EPS, AI, EPSF, EPSP)

*Would require older PSE version installed on machine.

  1. Quit Photoshop Elements 11.
  2. Copy the file ‘EPS Parser.8BY’ (Windows) or ‘EPS Parser.plugin’ (Mac) from:
  • Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements [Version Number earlier than 11]\Locales\[Your Locale]\Plug-Ins\Parser
  • Mac: //Applications/Adobe Photoshop Elements [Version Number earlier than 11]/Support Files/Plug-Ins/Parsers

3.  Paste the file in:

  • Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 11\Plug-Ins
  • Mac: //Applications/Adobe Photoshop Elements 11/Support Files/Plug-Ins

4.  Restart Photoshop Elements 11.

Note: If you have installed PSE 11 on some other drive please navigate to respective drive location and perform above steps.

New filters in Photoshop Elements 11

Ever wondered how to give your images an artistic look with single click, within seconds. You can do this With the three new cool Cartoon Filters available in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11

Found in Filter menu > Sketch category are three new filters namely Comic, Graphic Novel and Pen & Ink, which can transform your normal images giving them an artist`s brush touch and all this without hassle and no professional learning giving even real artists a run for their dimes.

So, what are you waiting for? Launch PSE Editor and explore this cool new feature and share your hidden artistic talent with your friends and family. Some quick tips to add ‘wow’ to your final outputs:

  • Resize your images to small size (Image->Resize-> Image Size or Alt + Ctrl/Cmd + I) preferably 1024*768 as the strokes thickness and effect really comes out well here.
  • Convert your background image to layer. Duplicate layer and then click on one of the fliters to launch filter window.
  • There are a host of settings to play around with and customize the effect. Once you are done with customization of various sliders, just before clicking OK, hit on Smooth (not available in Pen and Ink) to add a more clean polished layer on top of your output.
  • After clicking Ok on the filter dialog box, try playing around with types of blending modes as shown below

Blending Mode

  • You can also try couple of other filters (Filter->Filter Gallery) over and above these to play around with your wild imagination of your artistic instincts.
  • When done save (File->Save/Save As or Ctrl/Cmd + S) in your desired format and your artistic dream is ready to share.

Here are some of the ‘cartooned‘ outputs to give you glimpse of powerful yet easy to use feature:

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco






Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco (Comic with Comic preset)

 Mangi Tungi Hills, Maharashtra, India







Mangi-Tungi Hills, India (Comic with SunnyDay preset)







(Comic with Comic preset)

Langkawi, Malaysia

(Graphic Novel with Painted Gray preset)

Langkawi, Malaysia

(Graphic Novel with Painted Gray preset and Luminosity blending mode)

Pebble Beach, 17 Mile Drive

17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA (Graphic Novel with Painted Gray preset and Luminosity blending mode)

Yosemite National Park


Yosemite National Park (Comic with Comic preset)

Yosemite National Park

 Yosemite National Park (Graphic Novel with Painted Gray preset and Dissolve blending mode)