I've been using Photoshop since 1991 and just purchased Elements. I can't believe this program was okayed for release - it is quite possibly the worst version of Photoshop ever created. It's as if the developers decided to create a program that would be nothing but a frustration for people who use it. Not only does the tool box not undock from a 'workspace', the workspace is a dead weight atrocity, with tool options locked into a grey area that can't even be brought forward by clicking on it. So it sits there in the background like a useless block. Constraining images now automatically locks in and requires users to hold the shift key - or not, depending on how the program decides to respond to the command - creating another headache for users. Pasting into is now a complete nightmare as Elements pastes in on one layer instead of two and locks in the pasted image at a normal setting which can't be adjusted. Gone are features like rasterization and the warp option in the transform commands. And this is just a scratch of the surface of how awful this program is for users. I can only hope Adobe creates an update to fix these issues, otherwise I've wasted $200 on this pile of garbage.
I can feel your frustration as I’ve used Photoshop CC & Photoshop Elements. There are differences hence the title. The consumer package only has elements of the pro package. But I find I can get most things done with familiarity. For example rather than paste try the menu:
Thanks for the hints. I just can't wrap my head around the fact that they locked the toolbox into a 'workspace' that isn't even that functional. The worst part is the by updating to High Sierra my old version of Photoshop has been rendered useless. I get that Elements is a scaled-down version but what I don't get is why they threw out some of the best most basic features of PS. By the way - is the toolbox really locked in to the workspace or is there a way to separate it? Cheers
I just bought Elements because my previous PhotoShop just stopped working. Bought Elements because I couldn't afford to buy another pro PhotoShop. I have to agree, it's kinda sad. It totally reminds me of Windows Paint. It's very limited.