With Photoshop Elements, you can create magic with your photos. You can have more than one version of Photoshop Elements installed on your computer. So, there’s no need to uninstall earlier versions.

Install from DVD

  • Make sure that you have administrative privileges for the account you are using.
  • Use the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
  • Ensure that you have a DVD drive (not CD drive) connected to your computer before you begin installation. Insert the DVD into the drive and follow the instructions.

Note: If your computer does not have a DVD drive, you can download Photoshop Elements from Adobe website and then install it. For more information, see Download and install from Adobe website.

  • Temporarily disable firewalls, antivirus software, and third-party security software. Disabling them speeds up the installation process.
  • Locate the serial number. The serial number is located at the bottom of the DVD sleeve. For more information on finding the serial number, see Find the serial number of your Elements products. If you have a redemption code, convert the redemption code to a serial number. For more information, see Help with redemption codes

  1. Insert the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 DVD in your computer.

  2. In the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 dialog box, click Install Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020

    Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020
    Install Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020

    Note:

    If you close the dialog box or if the security settings on your computer do not permit AutoPlay, browse to the DVD using Windows Explorer and double-click Setup.exe from the Adobe Premiere Elements 2020 folder. If any security warnings appear, click Yes.

  3. Sign in with your Adobe ID (usually your email) and password.

  4. On the Installation Options screen, do the following and click Continue:

    • Select language
    • Specify installation location
    Installation options screen
    Installation options
  5. In the screen that appears, click Photo Editor.

    Install Photo Editor
    Install Photo Editor
  6. In the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 screen, click License This Software.

    License the software
  7. Enter the serial number in the next screen and click Next.

    Enter the serial number
    Enter the serial number

    Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 launches successfully.

    Note:

    Can't find your serial number? See Find the serial number of your Elements product to know more.

    Received a redemption code? Use your redemption code to get your serial number. See Help with redemption codes to know more.

  1. Insert the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 DVD in your computer.

  2. In the Photoshop Elements 2020 dialog box, click Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020

  3. Navigate to Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 > Install.app and launch the installer.

    Note:

    Enter your system's account password if you are prompted.

  4. Sign in with your Adobe ID (usually your email) and password.

  5. On the Installation Options screen, do the following and click Continue:

    • Select language
    • Specify installation location
    Installation options
    Installation options

    Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 begins installing on your device.

    Photoshop Elements installing
  6. In the screen that appears, click Photo Editor.

    Photo editor

    Follow the onscreen instructions to activate and launch Photopshop Elements 2020. For more information on how to activate Elements products, see Licensing Photoshop Elements, Premiere Elements || macOS.

Download and install from Adobe website

  • Make sure that you have administrative privileges for the account you are using.
  • Use the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
  • Make sure that you have a valid Adobe ID. 
  • Disable pop-up blockers in your web browser.
  • Temporarily disable firewalls, antivirus software, and third-party security software. Disabling them speeds up the installation process.
  • Make sure that you have a valid serial number for Photoshop Elements.
  • Make sure that you are connected to the Internet until the installation is complete.

  1. Open the Adobe Photoshop Elements download page in your web browser.

  2. Sign in with your Adobe ID.

    If you don't have an Adobe ID, you can create an Adobe ID.

  3. Select the platform and language for download.

  4. Click Download.

  1. Open the Adobe Photoshop Elements installer file that you downloaded from the Adobe website.

  2. Sign in with your Adobe ID (usually your email) and password.

  3. On the Installation Options screen, do the following and click Continue:

    • Select language
    • Specify installation location
    Installation options screen
    Installation options
  4. In the screen that appears, click Photo Editor.

    Install Photo Editor
    Install Photo Editor
  5. In the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 screen, click License This Software.

    License the software
  6. Enter the serial number in the next screen and click Next.

    Enter the serial number
    Enter the serial number

    Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 launches successfully.

    Note:

    Can't find your serial number? See Find the serial number of your Elements product to know more.

    Received a redemption code? Use your redemption code to get your serial number. See Help with redemption codes to know more.

  1. Open the Adobe Photoshop Elements installer file that you downloaded from the Adobe website.

    Note:

    Enter your system's account password if you are prompted.

  2. Sign in with your Adobe ID (usually your email) and password.

  3. On the Installation Options screen, do the following and click Continue:

    • Select language
    • Specify installation location
    Installation options
    Installation options

    Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 begins installing on your device.

    Photoshop Elements installing
  4. In the next screen, click Photo Editor.

    Photo editor

    Follow the onscreen instructions to activate and launch Photopshop Elements 2020. For more information on how to activate Elements products, see Licensing Photoshop Elements, Premiere Elements || macOS.

Convert a trial version into a full version

When you launch Photoshop Elements, a screen shows the number of days remaining for the trial to expire. Depending on your operating system, do the following:

Windows users

Click License This Software and then follow onscreen instructions to convert your trial to full version.

License the software

macOS users

Click Buy now and then follow onscreen instructions to convert your trial to full version.

Convert trial to a purchased product

Use the serial number you have received to convert the trial version to a full version. The serial number starts with the number 1057. You receive the serial number depending on the type of purchase: 

  • From Adobe website: When you purchase Photoshop Elements, you receive the serial number in an email from Adobe. Look for the subject line "Your Serial Number" or "Your Serial Numbers" in your mailbox.
  • DVD: You can locate the serial number on the back of the DVD case. If you have an envelope for your software, the serial number can be on the envelope instead. 

Note:

A serial number has 24 digits, and is different from a redemption code which is alphanumeric. You can use your redemption code to get your serial number

Troubleshoot installation

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License  Twitter™ and Facebook posts are not covered under the terms of Creative Commons.

Legal Notices   |   Online Privacy Policy