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Difference between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements 

What is the difference between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements?  


You are probably wondering what the difference is between these two programs since they have similar names. And yet, despite features that can sometimes seem identical they do not meet the same retouching needs of amateurs; and photography professionals.  


Photoshop Elements: software for photo editing beginners  

It was created in 2001. Firstly Adobe wanted to target clientele that would be rebuffed by the high number of functions of Photoshop.  

Photoshop Elements has been extremely simplified compared to its big brother since the Adobe team limited the number of features; in it. For this reason you can only: 

  • Firstly clean items from your images that are not right for you 
  • Then add text 
  • Next create panoramic photos 
  • Finally make very simple photomontages

Adobe ended up with two programs that have nothing in common. Wishing to create a simplified version in order to attract different clientele so the developers developed something completely different. 


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Photoshop: software for professionals  

One of the differences between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements is the intended audience. Indeed, Photoshop is the most used photo editing software in the world both by photographers who want to process their photos and by designers who want to create logos complex posters, or photomontages requiring all the power developed by Adobe Photoshop.  

With this software whose only limit is your imagination you will be able to make changes of exceptional precision to your photos and images by using the many tools such as trimming, changes to colors, perspectives, layers, etc.  

Using Photoshop requires very good knowledge of photo editing. That’s why  Lightroom  and Photoshop Tutorials offers you its Photoshop training to guide you step by step through the use of this software and learn the essentials of Photoshop in just 5 and a half hours which you can follow at your own pace thanks to its 58 video tutorials. Above all to access this training follow the link:

The real difference between these two software? Automation and artificial intelligence  

Some of you may be afraid of the automation, but in this case that’s what allowed the creation of Photoshop Elements.  

In fact, Photoshop Elements integrates many automatic or semiautomatic features that allow you to save valuable time provided that the modifications to be made are not too burdensome. So that’s the big difference between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements! However, the functionalities offered by Photoshop Elements do not compete in any way with those of its big brother which remains the reference software for photo retouching.  

Photoshop Elements offers you automatic slideshow creations and photo collage thanks to Adobe Sensei – Adobe’s artificial intelligence technology.  

Do you have your eyes closed in a photo? To this end Photoshop Elements will automatically fetch a photo where you have your eyes open and modify the defective photo. So you will be able to easily move objects that make up a photo without having to plot around the item in question, etc.. but you will not be able to make all the changes you want.  

The difference between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements: the balancesheet  

As you will surely have understood, despite almost identical names these two softwares have little in common. Then the main difference between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements lies in the fact that the second one is intended for people wishing to make minor retouches to quickly improve their daily photos thanks to increased automation of corrections while Photoshop is for professionals and experienced photographers wishing to make profound changes to their shots. So there is no doubt that Photoshop remains THE software to have!  

Since Photoshop Elements and Photoshop are both from the Adobe suite, it is possible to work with these two programs simultaneously and even integrate  Lightroom – for which we offer training at the following link:  into the process.  

In other words, this will allow you to import your photos into  Lightroom  to sort, classify and annotate them and perform the first serial retouching operations. Then export them to Photoshop Elements to perform basic tweaks that can be automated. For your photos or photomontages requiring more complex or more precise technical operations so nothing will prevent you from reprocessing in Photoshop and exporting everything to  Lightroom  for final filing and/or sharing.  

In fact, as we explained in the article on the difference between Photoshop and  Lightroom  (, Photoshop and  Lightroom  are available via the Adobe offer «Creative Cloud» for  $11.99  per month. So that Photoshop Elements can be purchased once for  $99.60.  

Therefor what is the difference between these two software? Now you know…  

Give us your opinion, and share your experiences in the comments.  

Overall, if you think it helped you, share it!  

Have a nice photoshoot !  

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February 17, 2020

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