Adobe Photoshop Elements

Version2020(as of 11/7/2019)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
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Rating:2.6  |  82 Votes

Main Features

  • Affordable, advanced digital photo and image editing capabilities
  • Home screen with tutorials and ideas to help you create
  • Streamlined, intuitive workflows and photo organization
  • Intelligent automated editing and step-by-step guidance
  • Creative showcasing options include collages and calendars
  • Remove camera shake in photos to reduce blurriness

Software Overview

Screenshot of Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020
Screenshot of Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020

Adobe Photoshop Elements is a popular graphics editing program developed for home users. It supports layer-based editing, filters, and different color modes. The program is an affordable alternative to the full version of Photoshop and includes robust image editing capabilities, but does not include some of Photoshop’s professional-grade features.

Photoshop Elements includes a variety of image editing capabilities for modifying digital photos. Using color adjustments, filters, and lighting effects, you can easily reduce and remove shadows and enhance picture foregrounds. You can also replace backgrounds to create new scenes, remove camera shake blurriness, and design text with images. Besides advanced editing tools, Photoshop Elements supports many camera RAW formats, including .CR2, .CRW, .DCR, .DNG, .ERF, .MEF, .MOS, .MRW, .NEF, .ORF, .RAF, .SRF, .X3F, and .3FR. Each of these types can be imported, edited, and then exported to a variety of raster image formats.

Another useful aspect of Photoshop Elements is its intuitiveness. It provides a Home screen with tutorials and ideas to help you get started and perfect your creations and you can organize imported photos by people, dates, subjects, and places. When you are finished editing your artwork, you can display it in unique ways, which include collages, scrapbook pages, calendars, and cards. You can also view and share your photos anywhere on your tablet or smartphone with the mobile albums feature.

Photoshop Elements is a great choice for home users and photographers. The program offers advanced image editing capabilities for graphics and digital photos and supports many camera RAW and image formats. If you don’t need all of the advanced features of the full version of Photoshop and would like to save some money, Adobe Photoshop Elements is a great option.

Primary File Type

psd icon.PSDAdobe Photoshop Document

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.PSDAdobe Photoshop Document
.3FRHasselblad 3F RAW Image
.BMPBitmap Image
.CR2Canon Raw Image File
.CRWCanon Raw CIFF Image File
.DCRKodak Digital Camera RAW Image File
.DIBDevice Independent Bitmap File
.DNGDigital Negative Image File
.ERFEpson RAW File
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.MEFMamiya RAW Image
.MOSLeaf Camera RAW File
.MRWMinolta Raw Image File
.NEFNikon Electronic Format RAW Image
.ORFOlympus RAW File
.PDDAdobe PhotoDeluxe Image
.PDFPortable Document Format File
.PDPAdobe Portable Document Format File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.PSEPhotoshop Elements Photo Project
.PXRPixar Image File
.RAFFuji RAW Image File
.RLERun Length Encoded Bitmap
.SRFSony RAW Image
.TIFTagged Image File
.X3FSIGMA X3F Camera RAW File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
Updated 11/7/2019