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will Photoshop elements 2021 work with the new M1 chip and big sur

Community Beginner ,
Dec 19, 2020 Dec 19, 2020

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will Photoshop elements 2021 work with the new M1 chip and big sur I am thinking of buying a mini mac that has the new M1 chip in would it work.

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New Here ,
Dec 26, 2020 Dec 26, 2020

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I have the same question.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 26, 2020 Dec 26, 2020

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I know almost nothing about Macs.  Here is the latest Adobe Help article regarding Elements and Big Sur

 

I don't think anyone yet knows about problems with the M1 chip and Elements, but in my quick Google search, it looks like Adobe is not currently supporting it with any of its software.  I expect that will change in time.

 

This does not mean that Elements will not run with this hardware and OS.  But if you are an early adopter, you should not be surprised if you run into problems.  If you have already bought a computer with the M1 chip, you can download a free trial of Elements before buying it.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 26, 2020 Dec 26, 2020

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Adobe's article on the M1 and app compatibility. 

https://helpx.adobe.com/au/download-install/kb/apple-silicon-m1-chip.html

 

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New Here ,
Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021 is not runnig on my Mac Mini M1 

After start Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021 me get an error. Adobe Photoshop is running, but not native, but it better than nothing...

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 26, 2020 Dec 26, 2020

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I can now have a Mini Mac with the M1 chip and big Sur and I haven't run into any problems yet using Photoshop Elements, but it is early days if I have any trouble with it I will keep you up dated.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 26, 2020 Dec 26, 2020

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You're running Elements on an M1 Mac running Big Sur?

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 26, 2020 Dec 26, 2020

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Yes I have been working on some old photos of our daughters that I have scanned in and re-touched on a new Mini Mac 2020.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 26, 2020 Dec 26, 2020

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So I wonder why Elements is not mentioned as a compatible app in Adobe's article on the M1 chip and app compatibility?

https://helpx.adobe.com/au/download-install/kb/apple-silicon-m1-chip.html

 

What you're saying seems to contradict that article.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 26, 2020 Dec 26, 2020

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I have absolutly no idea, as we talk I am re-touching a photo that was taken about 33 years ago scanned in on a Cannon LiDE 400 and useing Photoshop Elements and a Wacom Intuos Pro S, but I am no expert in useing all the tools but I haven't come across anything I can't do on it, it is a big learning curve as I have been a windows user since windows 3.1 and went to being a Mac user because they are supposed to be so much better than windows for image manipulation, and I have to say it is so much quicker than my windows P.C. running a i7 (8th gen) and 8 Gb of ram.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 11, 2021 Mar 11, 2021

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HI Martin 1957.

Let us know what version of PSE you are using with your new Mac and the M1 Chip.

thanks

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 11, 2021 Mar 11, 2021

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Hi,

I am using Photoshop elements 2021.

Regards

Martin

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New Here ,
Jun 18, 2021 Jun 18, 2021

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All Macs with the M1 chip have Rosetta which allows Intel-based application, like Photoshop Elements 2021 to run on the M1 computers.  Hower, the application is not optimized to run straight to M1 chip.  When a version that is optimized for the M1, we should see a big boost in performance.

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New Here ,
Mar 13, 2021 Mar 13, 2021

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Working fine with Big Sur and the new M1 MacBook Air - running PSE 2020. The Imagenomic Portraiture plugin working beautifully as well.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 13, 2021 Mar 13, 2021

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thanks szilasi,

appreciate your respone.  I am using pse 2020 also on a desktop with Catalina. Will be buying a new macbook air in a month or so.   Cheers.

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Explorer ,
Mar 13, 2021 Mar 13, 2021

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Yes it works!   I recently migrated from an Intel MacBook Air to an M1 MacBook Air.   I had a little trouble at first with PSE 2021 on the new M1.   Organizer worked fine, but Elements PhotoShop editor kept prompting me for id and password and even when I entered ID and password it just went back to the same prompt over and over again and never started the editor.   To solve the problem, I completely uninstalled ALL Adobe apps (include Reader).  Not just deleting the apps from the list of applications but by deleting the  any file or folder that had 'adobe' in the name on the ENTIRE disk.   Then I downloaded and reinstalled PSE 2021 and everything is now working just fine -- including the Elements Photoshop editor.   I did have to re-enter by serial number -- even don't have it on file I think you can find it by logging into your account on the Adobe web site.   Maybe what I did was overkill; if you have the same problem I had you might try just uninstalling PSE by simply deleting it from the list of Applications and then re-installing.   But if that doesn't work try my approach.

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New Here ,
Mar 13, 2021 Mar 13, 2021

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We have had no issues with Elements 2021 with the MacAir 1. I just upgraded since Adobe offered a deal instead of trying the 2020. So far most programs have worked fine. Still sorting out IDrive for some reason. It should be ok.

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Mar 15, 2021 Mar 15, 2021

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I am using PSE 2021 on a Mac Mini with Big Sur OS 11.2.3 and the M1 chip.  I have not been having a very good experience at all.  In fact it's been painful working in Organizer trying to add keywords, places, events, etc. to my 65000+ photos.  I am adding one folder at a time & identifying faces first then adding the rest of the information.  This is what's happening:

1.  I may be halfway through a folder and it jumps back to the beginning of the folder.  There is no quick way to get back to where I was because scrolling only moves 1 to 2 lines at a time.  This happens over and over and wastes a lot of my time.

2.  When working in "People" to identify unnamed faces, if I backspace out an incorrectly identified name from a "unnamed" face, it crashes every single time.  I have to open the individual faces for that stack, highlight them and then name them.  Also, many of the "People" thumbnails under "Named" people are blank - e.g. someone might have 20 identified faces but when you expand to see them all half may have photos and have a just gray circles with a generic figure.

3.  Some place names won't show up under "Places" tag or "Image" tag when I click on the photo; however, the map will show there are photos at that place.

4.  When I click on a thumbnail to see the photo larger, many times it's either blurry or it flashes and goes back to thumbnails.

5.  When I edit a photo going from Organizer to Editor, I can make the edits but when I send it back to Organizer I get an error that says "IAC operation failed."

I have a ticket in with Adobe and on the first call they made some security changes to my computer to allow the program accessibility and did a couple other things.  That didn't change anything.  I asked them to leave my ticket open and they were supposed to follow up in a couple days.  A week later they called when I was not home.  I called back, was transferred to the wrong department and had to call back.  I did and was disconnected.  Then I got another email asking if they could close my ticket.  I'm attaching the document I sent them in response.  I had an issue with regular Photoshop that was resolved by using Rosetta; however, this doesn't look like an option for PSE.  

 

So after all that, is anyone else having similar problems??  I'd appreciate any suggestions on how to fix this. Thank you!

Karen

 

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 17, 2021 Mar 17, 2021

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I am also having the issue that Photoshop Elements Editor 2021 will not open on my MacBook Air (M1) with big Sur 11.2.3. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the program several times, but no success so far. PSE 2021 works fine on my 2018 MacMini (Intel), also running Big Sur 11.2.3

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 17, 2021 Mar 17, 2021

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Here's the workaround my son found.  It worked for me:  https://community.skylum.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360010493999-Luminar-AI-now-not-working-in-Mac...

All of my plugins now work.

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Mar 17, 2021 Mar 17, 2021

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PSE 2021.2 which came out 17th March seems to have done the trick. PSE Editor now launches without issues.

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May 02, 2021 May 02, 2021

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I just installed the update to Big Sur 11.3 yesterday and now the PSE Organizer hangs immediately after it starts.  I have to force quit it everytime.  The photo editor and the "home page" app run just fine.

 

New install (only about a week old) of PSE 2021...fully up to date. 

 

Running on a MacBook Air with the M1 chip.

 

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May 02, 2021 May 02, 2021

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Was your install working fine before upgrading to 11.3?   I've been using 11.2.3 on my M1with no trouble at all but will be careful not to upgrade to 11.3.   Thanks for the heads up!  

 

It continues to be very disappointing that we are not hearing anything from our friends at Adobe about this issue.   All their website says is they are working on a M1 release for their apps, but doesn't mention PSE specifically.  We are going on 6 months or more since Apple released the M1 line.  How long does it take to recompile and test?    I guess PSE is way down on the priority list for Adobe because they don't make enough money off of PSE customers.  I tried Lightbox as my photo organizer but the import from PSE Organizer process changed the dates on a large number of my photos to the date of import.   It changed the dates in the PSE catalog before running the import if you can believe it.  What kind of import software changes the source of the import?   It was a good thing I had a recent backup because I had to restore the PSE catalog from backup to get my photo dates back.   

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May 02, 2021 May 02, 2021

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Yeah, everything was working just.  Don't know for sure the problem is due to Big Sur 11.3, but the timing makes it the most likely candidate.

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Explorer ,
May 13, 2021 May 13, 2021

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michaelb6251476 -- I was wondering if you've had a chance to try BigSur 11.3.1 and if that helps with your PSE problems.   I've been holding off on 11.3 based on your bad experience with it so it would be nice to know if 11.3.1 is any better.   Thanks for sharing your experience.

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