Run Adobe Photoshop Elements without Creating an Adobe ID

Adobe Photoshop (for Windows) is a huge, expensive, and extremely powerful photo editing package (mostly emulated by the free Paint.NET program, of course) with capabilities that are often far beyond the skills of its users (google for “BP cleanup command center photoshop” for a good example of a botched Photoshop image). The less-expensive “poor cousin” is Adobe Photoshop Elements, which meets almost all the needs of the average amateur or even semi-pro photo editor. Unfortunately, as it comes “out of the box” it requires the user to create an “Adobe ID” and log into Adobe’s servers for use. This is ostensibly to allow online backup of your work. I’m the suspicious, sort, however, and not only do I not need Adobe to back up my work for me (that’s why I have umpteen USB drives and a Home Server), I don’t trust them to keep my data safe from nosy people (including their own employees). So, I called to find out how to avoid the Adobe ID issue. I was told (after a long line of bull) that it was not possible. That was, in fact, a lie.

Of course, you still need the product key; this is NOT a guide to software piracy. If you want that, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

To run Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0 without using an Adobe ID, all you need to do is create two new shortcuts with the following information:

  1. For the Organizer, the “target is “C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Elements Organizer 8.0\PhotoshopElementsOrganizer.exe” (including the quotes) and it starts in “C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Elements Organizer 8.0\”
  2. For the Editor, the target is “C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 8.0\PhotoshopElementsEditor.exe” which starts in “C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 8.0\”

And it really is that simple. Running without the Adobe ID is much quicker at program startup, as well as somewhat more secure. I would bury the “PSE” icon someplace so that you can still use it if you ever need to, but you won’t launch it by mistake.

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