Enhance your photos using Layers, Layer Masks, and Blending Modes.


Editing with Layers

  • Layers allow you to add components to an image without permanently changing your original image.
  • For each layer, you can adjust color and brightness, apply special effects, reposition layer content, specify opacity and blending values, and more.
  • The Layers panel lists all layers in an image. Turn layers off or on to see what changes you want to keep in your composite.


Using Layer Masks

  • A Layer Mask is an overlay that you can add to a layer to control what to hide and what to show on the layer.
  • Areas you paint in black are hidden.
  • Areas you paint in white are visible.
  • Areas you paint in shades of gray appear in various level of transparency.
  • To add a layer mask, select the part of the image that you want to show and click the Add Layer Mask button in the Layers panel.


Transfrom the mood

Blending modes adjust how layers interact. Each mode creates different effects. Try them out to see the impact on your image. Modes like 'Screen' lighten, while 'Multiply' darkens. They're handy for creating cool effects, adding depth to your photos, and more.

Create photos you'll love to share.

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Frequently asked questions.

Photoshop Elements 2024 is photo editing software for anyone who wants to edit and create with their photos. It’s a one-time purchase that doesn’t require a subscription. It offers:

•  Easy editing with automation and AI

•  Step-by-step guidance for editing and creating

•  Fun ways to make and share creations, effects, prints, and gifts

•  An Organizer to easily categorize and find your photos

•  Web and mobile companion apps (English-only beta)


Adobe Sensei AI technology* powers automated options in Photoshop Elements 2024 to make things easy, and there’s always room to add your personal touch. Learn more

No, it’s a one-time purchase. A subscription is not required.

    • Photoshop Elements is designed for consumers who are just getting started with photo editing and want an easy way to organize, edit, create, and share their photos. Automated options deliver great results to enjoy as is or use as a starting point for creative exploration. Photoshop Elements is offered as a one-time purchase — no subscription required.

    • Photoshop is the professional standard for creating compelling images and designs.

If you like to take and share videos and photos, get the bundle to:

    • Use a common Organizer for easy access to all your videos and photos.

    • Edit and share videos and photos together in creative ways.

    • Get a great value. Learn more

Yes, you can download a free, full-featured 30-day trial. Once the trial period ends, you can purchase right from the trial software so you don’t have to download and install it again.

You can start with visiting our FAQ page for more information.