Photoshop Elements 13 Release Date Rumors from Adobe

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Updated August 24th, 2014: We’re getting pretty close to the next major release of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements – And after tracking Elements releases for some years now, we’re pretty sure when the next version will be released.  So when will version 13 come out? Well, they have been pretty good in releasing the new version right in time for the holiday shopping season and pretty consistent about it (with the last four releases happening on the third Tuesday of the month in September). Here’s our prediction:

Photoshop Elements 12 & Premiere Elements 12 are expected to be released on Tuesday September 23rd, 2014.- Rumored Elements 13 Release Date

But don’t expect any dramatic discounts at launch except on the outgoing version 12 (see the current deals and discounts). Most of the deepest discounts begin after Thanksgiving around the Black Friday weekend. See below for the release date history for the all of the previous versions:

  • Elements 12 – This is the current version. It was released on September 23rd, 2013.
  • Elements 11 – Released on September 25th, 2012.
  • Elements 10 – Released in September 2011.
  • Elements 9 – Released in September 2010.
  • Elements 8 – Released in September 2009.
  • Elements 7 – Released in October 2008.
  • Elements 6 – Released in October 2007.
  • Elements 5 – Released in October 2006.

What happens if version 13 is released right after I bought Elements 12?

We absolutely hate buying and then finding out that two weeks later a newer release is out and we would have to pay for an another upgrade to have the latest new features. That’s why most software companies, including Adobe, have a technology guarantee; if you purchased a license during the last 30 days before the new version went on sale, then you can qualify for a complimentary upgrade to the newest version. Adobe doesn’t go out and notify customers who purchased single-user licenses about complimentary post-announce upgrades so you’ll have to just verify your eligibility with their customer service team. If you ordered at Adobe.com, be sure to have your order number ready. Just note that not all purchases from resellers will qualify for the free upgrade, so just be sure you know if the store is included in Adobe’s upgrade protection plan.

What do we want to see improved in Elements 13?

Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements is a great alternate to the much more expensive Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) and CS6, it still could use some improvements.  These are the ones that top our wishlist:

  • More power – We would love to see it become a 64 bit program like Photoshop and Lightroom have become. Plus the addition of the camera shake feature from the latest CC version of PS would be a big plus.
  • RAW file capabilities – RAW files are still pretty clumsy in Elements 12. Plus some have also reported difficulties in exporting processed raw files (especially in Windows 8.1).
  • Easier emailing capabilities.

What do you want to see added or changed in Elements 13?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

  1. September 15, 2014

    Terry

    16bit color
    64bit performance
    I can adjust size with mouse wheel in LR – why not PSE?
    Lose Organizer
    Return image to LR ALL the time not just at random times

  2. September 15, 2014

    jmf

    I’m surprised by your comments. I have an used, 4-year-old completely revamped laptop with SSD and W8.1 pro, 4 GB of RAM, and 2.3 ghz dual core . Among other products installed there is Paint Shop Pro 7, 32 & 64 bit and Photoshop Elements 11 which is very well suited to my Windows + SSD . I had no problems running it, however it is true that the slow PES 11 is compensated for SSD speed (between 15 and 20 times faster). The extreme speed of the SSD can prevent some software like NERO 9 run correctly but for me it is an isolated case.

  3. September 14, 2014

    Michel Morin

    Don’t get me wrong, I have been using Elements since version 3 but find it lacking a lot compared to the competition. For a very specific use, editing astrophotography pictures, I have bought Corel Paintshop Pro version 7 for only $59.95. The capabilities of this software are more comparable to Photoshop CS6 than Elements 12. You get all kinds of adjustment layers like curves that you don’t have in Elements. You also get channels and working with vectors. It is even compatible with Adobe .psd files. I can even use it with Lightroom. Most of all, Paintshop Pro is 64 bits while Elements is only 32 bits.

    Frankly, if the next version of Element doesn’t offer useful functions instead of gadgets, I won’t buy it anymore and stick with Corel. At least it answers my needs without having to rent CS6 and pay every month.

  4. September 12, 2014

    Rob

    I’d like to have the ability to cut and paste media from the story line of one file to the story line of another file.

  5. September 7, 2014

    Robert Bluck

    I think it’s best to wait till December ’14 to buy Adobe Photoshop Elements 13. That way one should get a trouble free version.

  6. September 5, 2014

    Trish McAuslan

    I have 10 and would upgrade if Actions were added.
    I create audio-visuals and setting up an action for repetitive tasks is invaluable.

  7. September 5, 2014

    Trish McAuslan

    I have 10 and would have upgraded if it had Actions.
    I create audio-visuals an being able to set up an action for repetitive tasks is invaluable.

  8. September 4, 2014

    Dave

    Decouple it from Organizer. Make them 2 separate purchases. I have no need for the Organizer.

    • September 7, 2014

      Francisco Sousa

      Wonderful idea. The Organiser is a PITA.

    • September 15, 2014

      Delia

      o. I agree. I quit using organizer a long time ago I hate it when I have to go into organizer for printing multiple copies.

    • September 16, 2014

      remco

      My story is totally the opposite. Although the Editor is a good piece of software, I am a heavy user of the Organiser. I sticked with version 10 because that gives me the most fluent workflow. I have about 25k images from projects and find it very easy using the tree-like tagging and just double-click the tag to view only the images from a certain project.
      I tried 11 and 12 but found this function changed and not easy to use.

  9. September 3, 2014

    Louise Celli

    I think the ability to change brush size using the mouse in combination with a key, such as the ALT key, is absolutely crucial to a smooth work flow. Having to go to the slider and mess around with finding the appropriate size is annoying and a major waste of time. Right clicking and scrolling is equally as inefficient and annoying. If Corel can do it for Paint Shop Pro, surely Adobe can give this to us as well.

    • September 6, 2014

      Elements User

      You can change the brush size by pressing the [ key to reduce the size or the ] key to increase the size. Repeat brush size change keys are [ and ].

      You can also change the brush size by clicking on brush size label and changing it. For example: change 47 px to 100 px by typing it in.

  10. August 19, 2014

    Bill

    Curves. Real histogram functionality. No more social media navigation and usability factors cluttering up everything else.

  11. August 19, 2014

    Mary Anderson

    Would love to see the patch tool, and the ability to save action presets in Elements 13 or down the line somewhere.

  12. August 12, 2014

    Andy

    Not a very experienced user of PSE but I’d love to see PSE better utilise touch screen technology. I’d want to be able to use my finger or stylus to draw, erase, chose etc… Imagine how much faster and easier each project would become.

  13. August 10, 2014

    Mike Godfrey

    I really fancy having a go at focus stacking.

  14. July 31, 2014

    Josh

    1)Fix all the errors the previous versions had, they seldom release patches.
    2)Move away from the “Creative Cloud” monthly money leaching and focus on standalone polished products that the user can choose to upgrade when they want to, like it used to be. Who can afford these prices for something you never ‘own’?
    3) x64 bit PC version with ability to use the video card’s processing to speed things up (AGP) (for the Premiere Elements bundle) Hello 2014…
    4)Don’t claim social media integration as new features, not all users want to connect social media to Adobe.

    • September 5, 2014

      roger

      Couldn’t agree with you more.

  15. July 29, 2014

    Jirada Hutasing

    Be sure all features work on Windows 8.1. The Photomerge tool on my Elements 12 stopped working after I “upgraded” my Windows 8 to 8.1. At first, as soon as I went to Photomerge, a notice would appear stating that “Photoshop has stopped working. Windows is looking for a solution. You will be advised.” I was never advised. Instead, after several months, the Photomerge tool vanished.

  16. July 25, 2014

    stevebon

    I’d like to see an improvement in the Content Aware fill as well as Clone Stamp–too often, I get a dark blotch when using these functions. (No, I am not setting the brush size so large that it collects unwanted portions of the image.)
    I’d like to see the ability to use the lasso tools in this way: Start to enclose an object (main object), suspend the main object operation and tweak the selection a little bit when it grabs a small, unwanted portion of another item, and resume the original main object selection. Too often, I have to re-start the selection process when it grabs an extraneous item.
    I’d like to see finer gradations in the Adjust Color tool, as well as larger “after” panels showing the changes. The current “after” panels are so small that it is sometimes hard to discern the changes.
    Thanks

  17. July 24, 2014

    photophysicist

    support for multi-core/multi-cpus like the Mac version already does.

  18. July 23, 2014

    Denny Knepper

    It would be nice if they could get the upload to Flickr working again.

  19. July 13, 2014

    Matt

    I would really love chroma keying to be added to the Mac version, as well as anything else that’s not on both platforms.

  20. July 9, 2014

    John

    I would to see in the next version:
    Put the keyword tag functions back the way they were before version 11; i.e. right click to add a group (instead of navigating through the tags to get to the drop-down function); put the tag selection back on the right side of the screen — leave well-enough alone – don’t fix it if it ain’t broke!
    Fix the Sharing function (Photo mail, attachments) once and for good — I have had trouble with these features for the last 4 releases: Windows Live Mail option does not work!

  21. July 6, 2014

    Piet Stroobants

    Extension of the “actions” functionality. It should be possible to create and modify actions (like in PS). Recording actions (macros) could easily be stored and modified when required. It would enable PSE users to automate “daily” actions and focus on more complicated adjustments in PSE ! Looking forward to this implementation !

    • August 12, 2014

      gary

      Piet – ABSOLUTELY agree!

  22. June 23, 2014

    Larry

    I would like the following things in the organizer:

    1. Ability to pull up multiple catalogs and move/copy items from one catalog to another. (I do genealogy stuff and I don’t like headstones, etc., cluttering up my regular catalog).
    2. Ability to stream albums to my smart TV. Nero photo organizer has this ability as well as Microsoft’s old Media Player but I don’t want to have to recreate albums in another program just so I can send them to my TV. (This function would be really nice to curl up in front of my TV with a glass of wine and watch old photos. There’s not much else on TV these days worth watching).

  23. June 22, 2014

    Bill

    Want a history brush and color mixer brush

  24. June 12, 2014

    Iain Robertson

    I would like to see the color balance tool (the curves that pop art) to have 9 panels instead of just 4 panels, a kaleidoscope edit, or have it just be the same as in Photoshop CS2 to make expert edits with all its bells and whistles.

  25. June 9, 2014

    Ron

    “RAW file capabilities – RAW files are still pretty clumsy in Elements 12. Plus some have also reported difficulties in exporting processed raw files (especially in Windows 8.1).”

    I don’t find Adobe Camera RAW clumsy. Yes, it would be nice if it had some more of the features from the full Photoshop ACR, but it does work well. I run Windows 8.1 and have no trouble “exporting” processed RAW files. You just click on the Open button.

  26. May 24, 2014

    Ken

    I’d like to see
    1) Support for High Dpi screens… I use 3840*2160 the selection icons are tiny at the moment…… I like to see most of the pixcells my camera takes !
    2) Radius control in Shadows and Highlights same as the big versions of Photoshop

  27. May 18, 2014

    Justtin

    I have version 11 which is 64 bit on a mac but, not on PCs and that makes me feel left out.

    I also loved the pen tool when I used and older version of Photoshop 4.

    I think 16 bit files are pretty common, I can’t see why they are stuck in 8 bit. (which is really old technology like Elements 1 or 2 old) Photoshop cc would still have an advantage in the fact that it does 32 bit and more in the future I’m sure. (So why not adobe??)

  28. April 26, 2014

    Stefan Dade

    Like to see the fill, content aware, like in CS5.
    Ability to use 16 bit color with all features in Editor
    64 bit
    Camera Shake feature
    The fill light when processing in raw
    Adobe bridge would be nice also

    These would make my day

  29. April 23, 2014

    Dexter Wheeler

    Text kerning and cmyk color are the two missing features most desired here.

    Rebecca Evans – one commenter (above) stated “Bring back the render-spotlight filter.” – in what Photoshop Elements version did this filter cease to exist?

  30. April 17, 2014

    Tammy Davis

    I would like the pen tool (after seeing a demonstration of how it works!) and I would like to be able to change the blend mode on the shadows.

  31. April 16, 2014

    Tom

    CMYK

  32. April 15, 2014

    Ken Thomas

    I know the Program is aimed at the inexperienced user, but think the more serious users who cannot afford PHOTOSHOP, would love to see the HDR feature enclosed in The Elements 13, please consider that a lot of Elements user are very loyal to the Product, and this added feature would be a great asset the Artistic user.
    This is still a wonderful and powerful Program. many thanks

  33. April 15, 2014

    Robert Lehrer

    If Adobe adds16 bit color editing, that would be enough reason alone to make me order version 13 as soon as possible.

  34. April 11, 2014

    bitm2007

    64 bit OS, it’s so annoying when you’ve worked on an image and can’t save it when you’ve got plenty of RAM not being utilized in your machine.

    I would also welcome fully functional16 Bit Editing, CMYK color mode and soft-proofing

  35. April 9, 2014

    Ron

    I would like to see the following enhancements:

    1. Automatic Chromatic Aberration removal in Adobe Camera RAW
    2. Ability to use 16 bit color with all features in Editor
    3. Photomerge Focus Stacking sub option
    4. Ability to select interpolation method (Bicubic Smoother, etc) when you change PPI with the crop tool, as you can when you do it with Image, Resize.
    5. Smart print sharpening based on print size and available resolution

  36. April 1, 2014

    K.Wemyss

    I really want the 64 bit and the magic extractor or a version of it. Also a larger memory for in the organizer for scrapbook elements and kits

  37. March 30, 2014

    Liz

    I would like to see Spell Checker.

  38. March 13, 2014

    Frederick

    Having the nearest neighbor setting in the preferences would be very useful to photographers whether they are armature or professional. I don’t always want the image to blur when I resize it or change the dpi.

  39. December 29, 2013

    Caroline Jackson

    I would like to see the following,

    1. Bring back the render-spotlight filter. It was invaluable.
    2. Don’t hide the metadata under Tags-ino. It took a long time to locate it. Why not go back to right click and all the data comes right up?
    3. Adobe needs to appreciate there are those of us who produce images, not just snapshots. In its zeal to make a program anyone could use – they are losing out to photographers, and catering to the snap shot shooters. Elements is losing me on these things.
    4. Make the full Photoshop a purchase again – no more monthly fees for use.
    5. Have some realistic help – A call in number such as Nik Software. To pay $39.00 to speak with someone in India reading from a script is not helpful. The tech could not answer my question and suggested I call Nik Software. Nik immediately fixed the problem with a live body, for free.
    6. The on line forums are just unwieldy. They are not user friendly.

    It seems that in Adobe’s zeal to make a program that requires almost no thought as to editing, they are overlooking those who actually produce images, and not just shapshots. These are items that would bring some photographers back to elements.

  40. November 28, 2013

    Theodore Leo Rossman Jr.

    I have 11 and would buy the next version if it had soft proofing.

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