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Where are the current PDF download manuals for Adobe Elements 2021

Explorer ,
Dec 11, 2020 Dec 11, 2020

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The latest download PDF manuals for Adobe Elements Organizer, Photoshop Elements, and Premiere Elements appears to be an old link to 2018 manuals.  Where do we find a current link to the Adobe Elements 2021 Bundled programs?

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 13, 2020 Dec 13, 2020
It's a shame since the online help is is not user friendly at all, i.e. it's much faster just to google than try top find the answer in the online help and that applies to all Adobe products, not just photoshop elements. Yes, those pdf manuals should be available any time with a few clicks when you are edting or organizing. They require a lot of work from Adobe, but I think the present state of customer support is not only based on cutting costs, it's also based on a belief that online help is b...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 12, 2020 Dec 12, 2020

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The pdf manuals have not been updated since 2018.

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Enthusiast ,
Dec 12, 2020 Dec 12, 2020

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Michel,

FYI, I have PDF copies of the PSE 2020 manuals for the Editor and Organizer. They are both dated 11/5/2019. The Editor manual is 394 pages and the Organizer manual is 182 pages. If anyone wants a copy, I'd be happy to put them on my OneDrive for download.

 

Walter in Davie, FL

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 12, 2020 Dec 12, 2020

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The newest ones i can find dated 11/5/2019 for photoshop elements 2020.

 

Photoshop Elements Editor:

https://helpx.adobe.com/content/dam/help/en/pdf/photoshop-elements_reference.pdf

Photoshop Elements Organizer:

https://helpx.adobe.com/content/dam/help/en/pdf/elements-organizer_reference.pdf

 

 

From what i can gather Adobe is just not interested in providing pdf manuals any longer.

 

It's a shame since the online help is is not user friendly at all, i.e. it's much faster just to google

than try top find the answer in the online help and that applies to all Adobe products, not just photoshop elements.

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Explorer ,
Dec 16, 2020 Dec 16, 2020

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[ It's a shame since the online help is is not user friendly at all, i.e. it's much faster just to google

than try top find the answer in the online help and that applies to all Adobe products, not just photoshop elements. ]

 

So true!  Part of the problem is that the online manuals are NOT searchable.  The only search field for an online manual is the general field at the top of the page for the User Guide and it only searches the entire support website.  The results are generally useless, even if you include the name of the application in the search.  In this day and age, we can't imagine that there isn't a program developers utility that could quickly convert their online manual to a PDF for download.  They could have at least provided a search engine that could search the content of a specific application manual.  Their cost cuts are costing us!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 20, 2021 Feb 20, 2021

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And the Premiere Elements Editor if you want the full set 🙂

 

Adobe Premiere Elements (PDF)

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 13, 2020 Dec 13, 2020

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It's a shame since the online help is is not user friendly at all, i.e. it's much faster just to google

than try top find the answer in the online help and that applies to all Adobe products, not just photoshop elements.

Yes, those pdf manuals should be available any time with a few clicks when you are edting or organizing. They require a lot of work from Adobe, but I think the present state of customer support is not only based on cutting costs, it's also based on a belief that online help is better. That may be true for the ease of details updating, but the sad reality is that the belief that AI can be used successfully to guide searches simply does not work.

Today, you are always better off using any search engine like Google than Adobe.

Finding help or learning about a feature from the hierarchical structure of the online help is totally inadequate.

 

So, what could Adobe software users do?

- complain heavily for the lack of pdf docs.

- download today the last existing versions while they are available. (Note: the links do download the pdfs directly without warning, at least for me). Save the links and create shortcuts.

- learn to use Google or similar search. Including 'Helpx' in the search box makes you search in the Adobe help docs.

- Sorry to mention that the Welcome part of Elements has the best of Adobe search. Bypassing it from a shortcut to save a minute to start an editing session is missing a good opportunity.

- Use the shortcuts often included in the menus for contextual help

 

 

What Adobe should do:

- Make more links directly available in the 'Help' menus.

- Prompt users to download the manuals at the end of the install process

- Make the text search line in the Welcome screen available from the F1 key; it's about the only 'AI' Adobe help useful feature.

- Add more links for contextual help in the menus.

- Work to make AI be more useful in the user to user forums;  I mean the suggested similar discussions listed on the right of this forum.

 

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Explorer ,
Jan 25, 2021 Jan 25, 2021

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Thank you so much for the thoughtful reply.  It is hard to believe that such a mainstream application doesn't have an effective help manual.  As many have stated, a simple Google search is more helpful than the  integrated help.  This is almost inexcusable for a complex product like these.  At very least, they could provide a search feature for each product that would constrain the search to the online manual for that product!  We hope they give ear to your suggestions.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 26, 2021 Jan 26, 2021

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>>>It is hard to believe that such a mainstream application doesn't have an effective help manual.

 

I'm finding that's the norm rather than the exception across the board for most apps I use: Adobe, Microsoft and many others.

 

While major software vendors do have learning channels and resources, I find they are aimed at novices and they are hard to search for specific queries. I rarely find what I need there. I can quickly google most of the answers I need. I often find great solutions on some random blog. I suspect the big software companies rely on regular users googling their own solutions.

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Enthusiast ,
Jan 26, 2021 Jan 26, 2021

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I actualy started making my own user friendly help manual.... designed for new users.   Lots of pictures, answers lots of the basic  quiestions new users have.   I used PSE 2020 to start it with. 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/320x7zt5rz670br/ch1%20and%20ch2%20%20an%20ch3%20.pdf?dl=0

Below is one of the pages from the "manual"--- alot of the last bunch of pages are blank- and the table of contents is not completly updated.

The users is this group could easilly "crowdsource" our own, user freindly manual.   The adobe help stuff is pretty dry.


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Community Beginner ,
Apr 16, 2021 Apr 16, 2021

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Dear Glenn,

I just purchased "Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021" and have a need for a user manual.

Would you allow me to download your Manual?
If so, can you please let me know how to do this.

At my age (86) I do have practical problems with the growing complexity of, in this case finding a simple user manual  for Elements. 

Thanks for reply and your help!

 

Harry Briels

Keerbergen, Belgium

 

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Enthusiast ,
Apr 16, 2021 Apr 16, 2021

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Be my guest, it's in my drop box, I think you will like it!

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Enthusiast ,
Apr 16, 2021 Apr 16, 2021

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Here'sthe link to the fb page I made for the daily challenges... I don't montior it much, I used it jsut to "Park" the challenges in one place poeple could find......

Adobe Photoshop Elements Daily Challenge & Daily Cup of Knowledge | Facebook

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 16, 2021 Apr 16, 2021

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Glenn:

Sorry but I have no idea how to get to a "drop box"?

Can't you please mail me the file I need to click to open en then safe your manual?

My e-mail<email address removed>

Thanks for your help!

 

Harry

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 16, 2021 Apr 16, 2021

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Just click the Dropbox link in Glenn's post above and you can access the PDF file.

 

Here's the link again. Just click it.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/320x7zt5rz670br/ch1%20and%20ch2%20%20an%20ch3%20.pdf?dl=0

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 01, 2021 Jul 01, 2021

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Hi. I get a message that the file has been deleted from dropbox. Would you please restore it? Thanks!

 

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Enthusiast ,
Jul 01, 2021 Jul 01, 2021

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I deleted everything a couple of days ago to clean it up- it's back.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/320x7zt5rz670br/ch1%20and%20ch2%20%20an%20ch3%20.pdf?dl=0

 

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Explorer ,
Jul 01, 2021 Jul 01, 2021

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Thank you so much for posting this, Glenn, you have done a beautiful job!  My only question is regarding why the latest link above brings up a "Rough Draft" whereas the first link in this thread does not.  Which link is the best for downloading your most current manual?

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Enthusiast ,
Jul 01, 2021 Jul 01, 2021

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The one I just uploaded.

 

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Enthusiast ,
Jul 01, 2021 Jul 01, 2021

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ABOUT THE "ROUGH DRAFT"- it's not perfect, and always is something I'm tweaking.  I also will not get into debates about the contents "that's wrong... you need to do it like this..." sort of things.

Most email servers have a 10 MB limit on attachments.   Anything over 5MB I generally just upload to my dropbox, and send a likn k for downlaod from there.  You don't need to pay to use drop box- I use the free version- it as a 2 GB limit.  A few days ago I got a notice my dropbox was almost full--- I only had 50MB free- so instead of picking and choosing what to delete I wiped everything, and started over. 

You don't need dropbox to download- just the shared link.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 02, 2021 Jul 02, 2021

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Thank you!

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Enthusiast ,
Jul 03, 2021 Jul 03, 2021

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I've started working on it again-- I figure between 50 and 75 more pages.  Some in the past have written me and saind "dude, you're doin' it wrong- do it this way"- when what they meant was "You're not doing it the way I do it so it's wrong"...I show one way, for me, a simple way, of doing something.  Within the PSE world there are generally 4 or 5 ways reaching the same goal.   I'm not going to watch a 28 minute video explaining how to write some text on the edge of a circle when a slide or two can explain it.  
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Community Beginner ,
Jul 03, 2021 Jul 03, 2021

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Thank you for your continued work of providing tips, tricks and tutorials. Much appreciated!

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 26, 2021 Jan 26, 2021

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@Glenn 8675309, I have taken a look at your excellent manual and if you don't mind, I will bookmark it and refer others to view it.  (I hope you don't mind but I have added a few comments to correct what I believe are some errors.)  Perhaps when you have completed your opus, you should start a new thread with it so that it will not be buried in this one.

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Enthusiast ,
Jan 27, 2021 Jan 27, 2021

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That's all fine, go ahead.   In a photoshop elements group on facebook, many of of the users are a bit older (50+) and were often compaining abotu spending hours watching youtube videos on various things, and still not understanding it.   I started making screenshots of various things and people said they liked it, so I kinda ran with it.    

Of course I always explain there are typically 3 or 4 ways of doing  what I show- I just talk about the way I like doing things.  That doesn't make my way any better, or worse than your way of doing it--- I like using the paint bucket A LOT.   

I also have been posting  a "Daily Cup of knowledge"  simple, 1 post a day- all the info must fit on that one graphic.   

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In the facebook group people will often take a photo of their screen, with their phone- and it often doesn't show what is needed, or is out of focus, or is too small...Mint Green and White Outdoors Facebook Post (1).png


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