Adobe Photoshop Elements

Version2022(as of 2/25/2022)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
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Rating:2.6  |  99 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
  • Removes camera shake in photos to reduce blurriness

Software Overview

Screenshot of Adobe Photoshop Elements 2022
Screenshot of Adobe Photoshop Elements 2022

Adobe Photoshop Elements is a raster graphics editing program developed for amateur photographers that do not need all of the advanced tools included with the more expensive Adobe Photoshop. While it is not as powerful as Photoshop, it supports layer-based editing, filters, different color modes, and many image and camera RAW formats.

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 various 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. Then, when you finish editing your artwork, you can display it in unique ways, including 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 perfect for amateur photographers that don’t need all of the advanced features of the full version of Photoshop. While it is leaner than Photoshop, it still offers helpful image editing capabilities and supports many camera RAW and image formats. So if you would like to save some money and do not need all of the professional tools included with Photoshop, try Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Primary File Type

psd icon.PSDAdobe Photoshop Document

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.PSDAdobe Photoshop Document
.3FRHasselblad 3F RAW Image
.ARWSony Alpha Raw Digital Camera Image
.BMPBitmap Image
.CR2Canon Raw 2 Image
.CRWCanon Raw CIFF Image File
.DCRKodak Digital Camera RAW Image
.DIBDevice-Independent Bitmap Image
.DNGDigital Negative Image
.ERFEpson RAW File
.FFFHasselblad RAW Image
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.HEICHigh Efficiency Image Format
.IIQPhase One RAW Image
.KDCKodak Photo-Enhancer File
.MEFMamiya RAW Image
.MOSLeaf Camera RAW Image
.MRWMinolta Raw Image
.NEFNikon Electronic Format RAW Image
.NRWNikon Raw Image
.ORFOlympus RAW File
.PDDAdobe PhotoDeluxe Image
.PDFPortable Document Format File
.PDPAdobe Portable Document Format File
.PEFPentax Electronic File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.PNSPNG Stereo Image
.PSEPhotoshop Elements Photo Project
.PXRPixar Image File
.RAFFujifilm RAW Image
.RAWRaw Image Data
.RLERun Length Encoded Bitmap
.RW2Panasonic RAW Image
.RWLLeica RAW Image
.SR2Sony RAW Image
.SRFSony RAW Image
.SRWSamsung RAW Image
.TIFTagged Image File
.X3FSIGMA X3F Camera RAW File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
Updated 2/25/2022