Restore custom frames created in Photoshop Elements 15 after reinstalling on another device or upgrading to newer version

You can back up the custom frames that you have created using Frame Creator Guided Edit in Photoshop Elements 15, when you do one of the following: 

  • Uninstall and reinstall Photoshop Elements 15.
  • Use your custom frames on other device.
  • Reuse the custom frames created in this version in another version of the software.

Solutions

The custom frames created in Photoshop Elements 15 using Frame Creator Guided Edit can be restored and reused later. To do this, take a backup of these frames before uninstalling Photoshop Elements. This is because when you uninstall and reinstall, the folder containing the stored frames get recreated with default frames content, removing any user created frames. Created frames are stored at the following locations:

Windows: C:\ProgramData\Adobe\PhotoshopElements\15.0\PhotoCreations\frames

Mac OS: /library/ApplicationSupport/Adobe/PhotoshopElements/15.0/PhotoCreations/frames

Note:

When you name your frames, use a distinctive naming convention like 'Custom_FrameName1', and 'Custom_FrameName2' to filter the custom frames quickly.

Two workflows to back up and restore custom frames are as follows:

Solution 1

Back up custom frames

  1. Go to one of the following locations:

    • Windows: C:\ProgramData\Adobe\PhotoshopElements\15.0\Photo Creations\frames
    • Mac OS: /library/Application Support/Adobe/PhotoshopElements/15.0/Photo Creations/frames
  2. Filter your custom frames. If you have named your frames using the recommended naming convention, search for ‘Custom_’ in the ‘Frames’ folder. If not, filter by ‘Sort By Date’ or ‘Sort By Size.’

  3. From the filtered results, copy all PSDs in a separate folder, for example, ‘Desktop\Custom Frames’.

Restore custom frames

  1. Go to the Graphics panel in the Expert mode in the version of Photoshop Elements where you want to reuse your custom frames.

  2. Select Add Frame from the fly-out menu.

  3. Add appropriate frame PSD from the Desktop\Custom Frames folder. Custom frames are available for use in the Graphics panel.

Solution 2

Back up custom frames

  1. Go to one of the following locations:

    • Windows: C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\15.0\Photo Creations\frames
    • Mac OS: /library/Application Support/Adobe/Photoshop Elements/15.0/Photo Creations/frames
  2. Filter your custom frames. If you have named your frames using the recommended naming convention, search for ‘Custom_’ in the ‘Frames’ folder. If not, filter by ‘Sort By Date’ or ‘Sort By Size.’

  3. Copy all the filtered results (one PSD, one XML, and one JPG file for each custom frame) in a separate folder, for example, ‘Desktop\Custom Frames’.

Restore custom frames

  1. Go to 'Frames' folder for the version of Photoshop Elements where you want to reuse the created custom frames:

    • Windows: C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\\Photo Creations\frames
    • Mac OS: /library/Application Support/Adobe/Photoshop Elements\\Photo Creations/frames 
  2. Copy the contents of Desktop\Custom Frames folder in the ‘Frames’ folder of the selected Photoshop Elements version.

  3. Rebuild Thumb cache by renaming 'MediaDatabase.db3' present at one of the following locations:

    • Windows: C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\\ Locale\
    • Mac OS:  /library/Application Support/Adobe/Photoshop Elements\\ Locale\

Note:

When you launch the working version of Photoshop Elements in which you want to reuse these frames, it starts building the deleted cache files. This process can take several minutes based on the size. Try not to use Editor during this process. After you launch the Editor workspace, open the Graphics Panel in Expert view to use your custom frames.

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