Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 – Is This All You Need?

October 7th, 2012

Matt K thinks the new version 11 of Photoshop Elements that was released a few weeks ago is “the best version of Elements yet.” And frankly I would trust Matt over just about anyone to make this call since he’s been co-authoring the popular Photoshop Elements xx Book For Digital Photographers for years and has recently been updating this book for version 11.

The post that Matt has over at has a really nice summary what the full version of Photoshop has that Photoshop Elements 11 doesn’t have and what are the features that are the same between Photoshop Elements and full Photoshop.

Over the last several years Elements has been getting a lot better and I recommend to beginning real estate photographers that springing for the full version of Photoshop isn’t essential. Sure the content aware tools, more RAW features, smart objects and adaptive wide angle correction are really cool and can save you time but if keeping your expenses under control is a priority they are not essential.

Oh ya, one other detail that affects Mac users. I noticed that the Mac App store still only has Elements 10. My guess is that Elements 11 is still on it’s way through the Apple approval process and will be in the app store soon. To me, it’s worth the wait to be able to buy it through the App store! Life is too short for keeping track of CDs or dealing with the Adobe Store.

Update Oct 8: There is a free 30 day trial for PSE 11 here: Adobe site.

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5 Responses to “Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 – Is This All You Need?”

  • Paths and the Pen Tool “not a photographer thing”? I beg to differ.

  • Larry

    One of the capabilities that Elements still doesn’t have that Photoshop does, is the ability to control Brush flow. The ability to VERY slowly paint or erase is extremely helpful when painting out shadows and also, for many other situations.

  • Everyone has choices and one of them is financial. How much do you earn, how much could you earn and what are your expenses? These dictate your budget for software as well as software that can increase your earnings through additional capabilities and products you can offer your customer. Based on your budget your choices range from Elements to Photoshop and not to exclude Corel Paint products as well. Included in your budget is do you really need all that power – yes/no. Learning curves and support are also important. Using this type of analysis – Elements offers a lot for the pop! including the elements version for stills and video. Like everything else – you should have a pro/con on a yellow legal pad and make your choice!

  • I have PSE9 and also Topazlabs photoFXlab and all the plugins.
    I wonder if PSE11 has more and/or better features than what I already have.
    Can somebody tell me?

  • @Ronny – and all, the best way to find out if it works for you or is better than what you now have is to try it out for 30 days – see: for 30 free trial.

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