What's new in Photoshop Elements 12


For information on the new features in Organizer, see What’s new in Elements Organizer 12.

Content-aware Move

You can now reposition objects in your photograph, and automatically have the background filled in with an intelligent content-aware fill. In addition to removing something with the Healing Brush, you can now select an object in your photo and move it to another position.

For more information and a video, see the article on how you can move and reposition objects.

Auto Smart Tone

Automatically modify the tonal value of your photograph. Let Photoshop Elements make a recommendation based on its unique algorithm that also learns from your previous actions. Or, you can move the Auto Smart Tone tool (Enhance > Auto Smart Tone) joystick around on the photograph, to view the effect of different tonal values being applied to the photo.

For more information and a video, see the article on the Auto Smart Tone tool.

Enhanced Quick edit mode (frames, textures, and effects)

Apply frames, effects, and textures without having to be an advanced Photoshop user. Take any photo and convert it into a work of art. All three embellishments - frames, effects, and textures - are accessible in the Quick mode.

For more information and a video tutorial, see the article on the enhanced Quick mode.

Greeting card printing | USA, Canada, & Japan

In previous versions of Photoshop Elements, foldable card layouts could only be ordered online (using an online service like Shutterfly). From Photoshop Elements 12, you can now print foldable greeting cards with a locally available printer.


The feature to print foldable greeting cards on a local printer is available for users in USA, Canada, and Japan only.

New Guided Edits

You can consider a Guided Edit a set of step-by-step instructions, to accomplish a complex-looking effect, with just a few selections and mouse clicks. In Photoshop Elements 12, three new Guided Edits have been added.

Zoom Burst Guided Edit

The Zoom Burst Guided Edit simulates a technique in manual photography, of zooming into an object with the shutter on the camera open.

For more information on how you can apply this effect, see the section on the Zoom Burst Guided Effect.

Puzzle Effect Guided Edit

The Puzzle Effect Guided Edit simulates the effect of a photograph being put together in the form of pieces of a puzzle. You can choose from options that let you determine the size of the individual puzzle pieces. Displace a few pieces of the puzzle to make the effect look even more realistic.

For more information, see the section on the Puzzle Effect Guided Edit.

Restore Old Photo Guided Edit

The Restore Old Photo Guided Edit brings all the tools you need to retouch a photo, into one location. The tools available in this Guided Edit are the most often-used tools by professional retouchers and gives you considerable, finely-tuned control. Use the Guided Edit's tools to remove blemishes, repair imperfections, and restore your older photos.

For more information, see the section on the Restore Old Photo Guided Edit.

Content-aware fill for edges of straightened photos

When you perform straightening in photos, gaps are introduces along the edges of the photo when the content of photograph is rotated. This happens when you choose to maintain the original size of the photo, or grow/shrink the photo while keeping the background as transparent pixels.

When you select the new Autofill edges option in the Straighten Tool, content-aware technology automatically fills the empty gaps intelligently, with relevant image data.

For more information, see the section on how you can automatically fill empty edges while straightening an image.

Pet eye effect removal

Take the dreadful pet eye effect out of pictures of your pets. The flash on your camera is one of the main causes of the pet eye effect. However, taking pictures of your pet indoors or in low-light conditions without a flash is, often, not an option. Now, use the Pet Eye option available in the Red Eye Removal Tool, to make the eyes of your pets look more realistic.

For more information and a video, see the article on removing the pet eye effect.

Printing and sharing photos from Editor

From Photoshop Elements 12, you can used Editor to easily and quickly share and print photos online. Social sites that you can share with online are Revel, Flickr, or Twitter. Service providers whom you can use to print your photos and creations include Shutterfly, Costco, Photoworld, and more.

The availability of online sharing and printing services, however, depend on the locale you are in. For a description of services and availability, see the article on how to print or share photos online.

Revel Albums in Editor


Adobe Revel is no longer available. For more information, see www.adoberevel.com.

Integration with the Revel online service has been extended into Photoshop Elements Editor as well. You can now access any Revel photograph in Editor, using the Photo Bin drop down. Log in to to the Revel service only from Organizer, though. Some important features in Editor:

  • If you are logged in to Revel (through Organizer), then all your Revel folders are displayed in Editor (in the Photo Bin dropdown)
  • Photos from Revel-based albums that have been downloaded in Organizer, are available for use in Editor (in the Photo Bin dropdown)
  • Any dialog that displays the folders (and options to select photos from folders) already available in Organizer, will display your Revel-based folders and downloaded photos. For example, in the Print dialog in Editor, you can choose to add photos from your Revel albums by clicking the + button.
  • Any changes that you perform on your Revel photos, or versions of Revel photos that you create, are automatically synced back to your online Revel account. A Revel agent that runs on your computer constantly monitors your Revel-based folders and keeps them in sync at all times.
  • Any changes to your online Revel photos through other applications are automatically updated on your computer, through Photoshop Elements Organizer.

Open in Camera Raw

The Open as menu item has been replaced with the Open in Camera Raw option. You can now open your files directly in the Adobe Camera Raw dialog and process them, before opening them for further work in Photoshop Elements Editor. You can use the ACR dialog to open files of type:

  • Photoshop,
  • Camera Raw,
  • JPEG, and,
  • TIFF.

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