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.

If you have the product box, you can install the software from the DVD. Alternatively, You can download Photoshop Elements from the Adobe website and then install it.

Install from DVD

Before you begin

  • 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.com.

  • 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. If you purchased the product from Best Buy, peel the sticker at the back of the box. Use the redemption code to generate your serial number online.

Install Photoshop Elements (Windows)

  1. Insert the Adobe Photoshop Elements Windows DVD (disc 1) into your DVD drive.

  2. In the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 dialog box, click Install Adobe Photoshop Elements

    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. If any security warnings appear, click Yes.

  3. On the Welcome screen, click Install.

    Welcome

    Note:

    You can click Try option if you want to try Photoshop Elements. You do not need serial number during the trial period.

  4. Sign in with your Adobe ID.

  5. In the License Agreement dialog box, click Accept.

  6. Enter your serial number and click Next.

    Serial
  7. On Options screen, do the following and click Install:

    • Select language
    • Specify installation location
    Options
  8. Launch Photoshop Elements after installation completes.

Install Photoshop Elements (macOS)

  1. Insert the Adobe Photoshop Elements Mac DVD (disc 2) into your DVD drive.

  2. In the Adobe Photoshop Elements dialog box, click Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018.

  3. Navigate to Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018/Install.app and launch the installer.

  4. On the Welcome screen, click Install.

    Welcome screen

    Note:

    You can click Try option if you want to try Photoshop Elements. You do not need serial number during the trial period.

  5. Sign in with your Adobe ID.

  6. On the License Agreement screen, click Accept.

  7. Enter your serial number and click Next.

    Serial number
  8. On Options screen, do the following and click Install:

    • Select language
    • Specify installation location
    Options

    Note:

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

  9. Launch Photoshop Elements after installation completes.

Download and install from adobe.com

Before you begin

  • 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.

Download Photoshop Elements

  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 it from Create an Adobe ID page.

  3. Select the platform and language for download.

  4. Click Download.

Install Photoshop Elements (Windows)

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

  2. Specify a location to extract the installation files and click Next.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Select Launch Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 and click Finish.
    • Open the Set-up.exe file from the specified folder.
  4. On the Welcome screen, click Install.

    Welcome

    Note:

    You can click Try option if you want to try Photoshop Elements. You do not need serial number during the trial period.

  5. Sign in with your Adobe ID.

  6. On the License Agreement screen, click Accept.

  7. Enter your serial number and click Next.

    Serial
  8. On Options screen, do the following and click Install:

    • Select language
    • Specify installation location
    Options
  9. Launch Photoshop Elements after installation completes.

Install Photoshop Elements (macOS)

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

  2. On the Welcome screen, click Install.

    Welcome screen

    Note:

    You can click Try option if you want to try Photoshop Elements. You do not need serial number during the trial period.

  3. Sign in with your Adobe ID.

  4. On the License Agreement screen, click Accept.

  5. Enter your serial number and click Next.

    Serial number
  6. On Options screen, do the following and click Install:

    • Select language
    • Specify installation location
    Options

    Note:

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

  7. Launch Photoshop Elements after installation completes.

Convert a trial version into a full version

When you launch a trial version, a screen shows the number of days remaining for the trial to expire. On this screen, you can use the License This Software option to covert your trial to full version.

License the software

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. 

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