Customizing the Photoshop Elements Workspace

Adobe Photoshop Elements is probably the most popular software for digital scrapbooking enthusiasts – it’s the software I started with (way back at version 2!), and if I didn’t need more sophisticated tools for designer work, I’d still be using it today.

Photoshop Elements or the Full Version?

I’m often asked if the full version of Photoshop is a better choice for scrappers and, as you might guess, I have a very strong opinion about that.The short answer, in my opinion, is “no!”. Adobe has made some terrific feature enhancements to PSE and honestly, even if you spend the full $79 retail price, it’s a way more practical (not to mention economical) investment than Photoshop CC. Costco and Amazon frequently have PSE for $10 or $20 less and Adobe has spot sales if you’re paying attention – I got my copy of PSE 15 for $49! Photoshop CC, on the other hand, is only available by a monthly or annual subscription, which, unless you can get for an education rate is a substantial outlay of Cash. I personally feel that many users suffer from “FOMO” – fear of missing out – and get suckered into paying for a boatload of technology most of which they will never uncover. I’ve been using CC for six years now and as skilled as I am, I know I’ve not even scratched the surface of it’s capabilities. If you’re contemplating making the switch from PSE to Photoshop CC, ask yourself what it is you need to do that PSE cannot. If that list is substantial, then by all means go for it. If there’s something you THINK you can’t do in PSE that you WANT to do, ask me and I’ll research it for you.

Having said that, one of the things I really like about Photoshop CC is that you pretty much have complete control over your workspace. Versions of PSE prior to 11 offered no control at all, so imagine my surprise when I discovered, after a little digging, that the later versions are so much more flexible!

Although this tutorial was written using Photoshop Elements 11, the same steps will apply for versions through 15 – the most recent version as of today.


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