How to install Photoshop Elements

Installing Photoshop Elements is fairly straight forward, just pop in the DVD and install it as you would any other program.

Don't forget to also install the content CD. These are used with collages and other items in the Create tab.

Installing a downloaded version?

Look for the Setup application. Double click it and follow the prompts.

Need the trial?

You can get a free trial of Photoshop Elements here

Upgrading to newer version of Photoshop Elements?

If you already use the Photoshop Elements Organizer to import and tag photos or supplies you'll need to:

Back up your Organizer

Go to File – Backup to CD, DVD or Hard Drive to start the backup process. Go an have a cup of tea! It takes quite a while (up to 3 hours depending on how many images you have in your catalogue)

Then install the new version.

When you first open Organizer you'll be prompted to convert your catalog. Click yes and go have a another cup of tea! It takes quite a while (up to an hour depending on how many images you have tagged).

Transferring Presets

I'f you've installed actions, styles or other presets, you'll need to move the files to access them in your new version of Photoshop Elements.

See my tutorial on Moving your Photoshop Elements Styles for more details.

Getting Started

Now head over for my overview of the Photoshop Elements Workspace to get started.

Are you interested in more step-by-step Photoshop Elements tutorials? Jump into Digital Scrapbooking Primer course and I'll have you up and running in no time!

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  • llheilm

    I just installed Photoshop Elements 12 for the first time and it does not have a content CD. I looked on installation CD too and don’t see anything. It is included in the installation now? Thanks Lisa H

    • Melissa Shanhun

      Hi Lisa

      You are right – in Version 12 the content is downloaded as you use it, so there’s no content CD. :)

      I hope this helps!


      • Lisa H