Photoshop Elements 12 Release Date – Now Available!

Photoshop elements and premiere elements 12

Updated September 23, 2013: Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12 are now available! Here are the new features found in version 12:

  • Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 12 both have all new organizers that focus on syncing and sharing photos on your mobile device. It now uses Adobe Revel (similar to Apple iCloud) to help you easily transport the photos on your mobile phone to your other devices/computer through the cloud. So now you don’t need to plug-in to your laptop when you want to export your photo library. Unfortunately, Revel does not come free – You’ll need to pay a $6.00/month for unlimited imports after the first month.
  • There are three new buttons in the Adobe Elements Editor’s Quick mode for one-click editing – Effects, Textures, and Frames. There is also new guided edits, including Zoom Burst Effects (to help you simulate motion in your photos), Puzzle Effect (for creating a puzzle out of your photo), and Restore Old Photo (to help clean up imperfections and tears when importing scans of older photographs).
  • Photoshop Elements 12 will learn your editing style remembers how you use the features it and help you automatically apply edits the more you use the software.
  • Red-Eye tool that now not only works on people but on animals as well.
  • You can now open and edit your photos in Camera Raw, including delete layers.
  • Finally, which many Photoshop CS6 users will appreciate, there is the additional of the content-aware move tool. This lets you select an object in your photo and move it while not disturbing the background (the program matches where would have otherwise been a white hole after the cut and fills in the background by analyzing what else is in the background). This is a really cool feature.

Here is the full list of new features in version 12 compared to the last four versions:

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What are your initial thoughts about the new Elements 12 line? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

  1. October 4, 2013

    Judy Norris

    I have trouble whitening teeth !!!! Can some one advise me on this?? I remember one version had a “toothbrush” tool and you could do it with that. I have V.10 and thinking of upgrading to V.12 – now. Please email me.

  2. September 24, 2013

    francis salzano

    I have purchased copy of elements 11, can I upgrade to 12 ? I have owned it since Christmas of last year Dec 2012.

    Francis Salzano

    • September 27, 2013


      Hi Francis,

      Adobe will typically give you a free upgrade if you are within a 30-day window from when the new version was released (they have a 30-day return policy if ordering from If it’s beyond that, then it becomes more difficult. We recommend contacting their customer service line as soon as possible to see if there is anything they can do for you.


  3. September 12, 2013


    There are massive problems with still images in Pre 11 compared with previous versions. They should give us the new version with this fixed for free.

  4. September 7, 2013


    I JUST bought the Canon 70D body. It is an amazing camera. However, Adobe is not offering support for Canon Raw. Adobe’s chat rooms want to sell you CC, not an option with me. I have tried to install a beta version of 8.2, they say it is not compatible with what i have, PSE 10, 11. The Canon software that comes with it is ok for single images, but you cannot batch correct color temperatures. Once you have driven a car with power windos, you do not want to go back to manual windows you crank.

  5. September 3, 2013


    I use elements 10 and would like to see the print for commands much more clearer. The gray background makes it very hard to read.

  6. August 27, 2013

    Marie March

    I would like the same type of Content Aware Fill/Move included as what is in CS6. That’s my only complaint against Photoshop Elements 11. If they could include the same hair extraction as in CS6, I don’t know why they couldn’t have included this same technology in 11.

  7. August 27, 2013


    I agree to all of the comments below, but I would also like to see that they develop the features to be a little more advanced just like in Photoshop CS6.

  8. August 26, 2013

    Eddie Stringer

    Would love to see actions especially for resizing large batches for printing

  9. August 26, 2013



  10. August 24, 2013


    Currently have PSE10 and would like ot see a 64bit PSE12. Also better facial recognition capabilities.

  11. August 22, 2013


    I would like to see the warp and patch tool added.

  12. August 18, 2013

    Ted Lewis

    I would like to see more enhancements to the “Refine Edge” capability for wispy hair and smoke photography.

    Thank You

  13. August 18, 2013


    I would like to have the ability to open multiple JPEG files in the RAW editor, instead of the current only one open at a time. Can be done with RAW files. It would make editing so much easier !

  14. August 16, 2013


    More space needed in the working area. tool options take up too much room.

  15. August 9, 2013


    I’d like Premier Elements to handle 3D, so automatic manipulation of both images. Currently its a nightmare with registration and continuity of effects, where you only know if really works after burning a disc.

  16. August 9, 2013


    I use Lightroom for most of my editing, so I don’t worry about Organizer improvements.

    I’d like to see the new camera shake feature from the latest CC version of PS, as well as the upgrade to a 32-bit application.

  17. August 7, 2013


    I currently have the bundle version 10 and tend to upgrade every 2 releases. The main issues I have are as follows:

    The organiser is dire and cannot handle a large database. You also lose the precise tagging of people on a group shot on the back up.

    The menus on the movies are dull. It would be nice to have a more creative structure to work with.

  18. August 6, 2013


    It needs to be brought into this decade and run as a 64 bit program. how many people have computers with less then 3gb of ram now or even three years ago.

  19. August 4, 2013


    Still have problem with tiny font. Really strain my eyes to use this software.
    When picking CURVES, from color adjust, Window is way too big. Covers the work.
    Would like a one step noise reduction.

  20. August 1, 2013


    I’d like to see Premiere Elements do the following:

    1) Save the media to the hard drive I designate, not always to C: drive.
    2) 50 markers instead of the present of 25.
    3) Presets to include 60 fps and HD.
    4) The ability to create your own title page.
    5) The program scene line to initially save to video 1 and audio 1, not video 3 and audio 3, as does mine.
    6) The ability to utilized the Nvidia video card for rendering.

    • August 8, 2013


      What I would like to see in Adobe Premiere Elements 12 is an easier way to add Lyrics to a song so that it matches with the song lyrics (like if I write the song out I can get it to line up easier). I think Adobe needs to make it easier to make a Chapter DVD & more DVD Menu’s. I would also like to see where I can make my video either a 4:3 or 16:9. Also Like to see 5.1 Auto.

  21. July 29, 2013


    I would like to see in PSE 12 noise reduction, a clarity control, a pen tool and lastly, a Warp filter as used in making page curls.

  22. July 28, 2013


    Camera Profile for Sony A-100 on up to the current model. The ability to add noise reduction plug in to the process multiple file quick fix area. The ability to add actions to elements, same as photoshop.

  23. July 26, 2013


    I would like to see PSE using retina display capabilities for Mac users.

  24. July 21, 2013

    David Beglinger

    Thanks for the tips. I will definitely wait until Sep to upgrade from PSE 10. I agree that 16 bit would be a terrific improvement. Anything that can be done to improve the so-called Organizer would be appreciated

  25. June 24, 2013


    Can anyone tell me if Elements 11 can handle raw-files from Nikon D7100

    • June 28, 2013


      yes it does erik

  26. June 7, 2013


    I have not upgraded my Premiere Elements since the reduction in scene markers to 25. I need aminimumof 32.

    To date I have not seen any explanation, or apology, for this limitation.

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