Photoshop Elements 2022 from Adobe
Adobe has just released the all new Photoshop Elements 2022. Should you upgrade? Let’s take a look.
What’s New for Digital Scrapbookers?
- Warp Tool. In my opinion, the BIG feature in PSE 2022 is the new Warp tool. Essentially, this tool allows you to quickly and easily alter the shape of any layer. It really is amazing. I’ll be showing you things you can do with this tool in the coming months.
- Artistic Effects. Sometimes it’s fun to do extraordinary things with ordinary photos.
Take a look:
This new Warp tool is actually a mode found in the Transform options. After switching from Free Transform to Warp mode, you have the ability to manipulate the edges of your photo to create new shapes.
As a fan of art, I love seeing how my ordinary photos can be transformed into 30 different styles of art. You’ll find this feature by opening the Effects panel and clicking on Artistic.
Yes. That’s basically it. But that in itself is a reason to upgrade. Here are a few more honorable mentions:
- Automatic Software Updates. Keeping your software up to date is important, and now this happens automatically in the background. Of course, you can disable this feature in Preferences > Application Updates.
- 2 More Guided Edits. If you enjoy playing with the Guided Edits in Photoshop Elements, you’ll enjoy the two that were added in this version. They are:
Perfect Pet Guided Edit
Make your furry and feathered friends look their best. Frame them up just right, adjust color and lighting, select and refine detailed edges like fur, fix pet-eye, and remove collars and leashes in a few simple steps.
Extend Background Guided Edit
Create a stunning landscape or reposition your subject for the perfect social media post by easily extending your photo’s background. The magic of Content-Aware Fill makes it all possible.
Digital scrapbookers should upgrade if:
- You have PSE 2019 (v17) or earlier. Why? Computer technology is changing faster and faster every year. Older versions of the software were not built to work with newer computer hardware and software.
- You think you would benefit from the new Warp tool. Knowing what I know, I think you will benefit. I’ll be working to show you what you can do with it in the coming months.
Photoshop Elements vs Premiere Elements
Adobe is going to work very hard to sell you their complete package featuring both Photoshop Elements 2022 and Premiere Elements 2022. But as a digital scrapbooker, do you need the full package? The answer is no.
- Photoshop Elements 2022 is for photo editing, and is what digital scrapbookers use to create scrapbook pages.
- Premiere Elements 2022 is for video editing. Unless you’re creating video scrapbooks, this software program is unnecessary.
How and When To Buy
I have to admit, from the information I received from Adobe, I never did find a way to actually buy PSE 2022. Apparently, they do not want to sell it to me?? Weird. Either way, here’s my recommended process for purchasing and downloading the software.
- Step One: Download a TRIAL of Photoshop Elements 2022.
- I always recommend downloading a trial and then purchasing your serial number somewhere else.
- Before downloading, make sure you have a fast and steady internet connection. A slow internet will often result in a damaged download file. I’ve also heard that things will go faster if you eat chips during the download process…but that sounds sketchy.
- A trial download of PSE 2022 is exactly the same as the full software, it just stops letting you save files after 30 days.
- A trial download from Adobe will always be up to date with current bug and incompatibility fixes.
- A trial download can be licensed with a serial number purchased from any reputable website. (ie. Amazon, Best Buy, etc).
- A trial allows you 30 days to scope out a sale! My money doesn’t grow on trees. I bet yours doesn’t either!
- Step Two: Wait…and then find PSE 2022 on sale and purchase it.
- The regular price for Photoshop Elements 2022 is $99 through Adobe. If you provide your serial number from a previous version, you will be eligible for the upgrade price of $79 from Adobe.
- Your purchase (regardless of website) will include a download link and a serial number.
- Don’t use the download link unless you purchased from Adobe.
- Do use the serial number to license your trial version. There’s no need to download again.
- It’s very typical to find a 20% off sale on PSE 2022. Adobe hosts 20% off often, and it’s great to purchase from them. But, other websites also host sales. You will find 30% off and even 40% in the coming year. I typically wait until a 40% off sale from Amazon. We try to keep our Community members up to date on sales.
- Step Three. Always register your program with Adobe. Adobe keeps track of all your serial numbers for you. If you ever need to reinstall and don’t have your serial number saved, all you need to do is log in to your Adobe account and it will be saved for you.
Is there an advantage to buying a CD package?
- The answer is yes…and no.
- Buying the CD is perfect for those that have slooooow internet. Downloading the software with slow internet can result in a damaged file.
- The CD is also nice in the case that your computer crashes and you didn’t save your download link or serial number.
- The CD copy of PSE 2022 you receive in the mail will always be out of date. You will have to install updates after you install it on your computer…unless, of course, you don’t want the bugs or compatibility issues fixed.
PSE 2022 Installation Tips & Notes
- Download from Adobe, but buy somewhere else during a sale. I highlighted my recommended process above, but I wanted to stress that the BEST place to DOWNLOAD the software is Adobe. I personally would not download it anywhere else.
- Save your download link and serial number! When you’re given the link to download PSE 2022, save the link in a safe location. I keep my download links in a note on my computer along with the serial number I was given. Doing this will be a BIG help if you ever need to uninstall and reinstall.
- You don’t have to uninstall previous versions. I’m often asked if it’s okay to have more than one version of PSE on your computer. My answer is yes. I regularly have up to 6 versions installed with no problems. Many people, however, have found that uninstalling previous versions will help their current version to run better.
- PSE 2022 is Version 20. For anyone keeping track, Photoshop Elements 2022 is actually version 20 of the program. I know. It’s confusing.
- Stay current with our classes and tutorials. At Digital Scrapper, our classes and tutorials will start featuring PSE 2022 starting January 2022. After January 2022, PSE 2018 and earlier will no longer be supported.
- Need the system requirements for Photoshop Elements 2022? See them here.
Author: Jen White, Owner of Digital Scrapper | Contact Us
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