Photoshop Elements Techniques FAQ

Here, you can find answers to a number of questions about Photoshop Elements Techniques magazine, the back issues found here on the CDP website, videos, and more.

  1. How do I get the issues on my iPad?
  2. How do I unzip the extras files?
  3. I don’t want to have to download each issue and extras file individually. Do you have an alternative?
  4. How useful are these issues, really?
  5. Is there anything missing from the magazines?
  6. What about the videos?
  7. How about the cheatsheets for the videos?
  8. What can I do with this content?
  9. What was PET, and what happened to it?
  10. What is CDP Press?
  11. Is all of this really free? What’s the catch?


How do I get the issues on my iPad?

There are may ways to do it: you can download the issues directly on the iPad and save them to iBooks (or other PDF reader app you might use); you can email them to you from a PC or Mac and save them that way; you can use iTunes (Mac or Windows) to copy the files over to iBooks; and, if you have a Mac, you can use Apple’s AirDrop to copy the issues between devices.

If you have more questions, the Dummies website has an article, “How to transfer PDFs to an iPad with iTunes,” that you might find helpful.

How do I unzip the extras files?

You can decompress zip files on Windows by right-clicking on the file and choosing Extract All from the pop-up menu. On Mac OS, most systems’ default setting is to automatically decompress zip files after downloading them; if not, you can double-click on the file and it will unzip.

You cannot unzip files on an iOS device (like an iPad or iPhone), however.

For more, check out “How to zip and unzip files in Windows 10” and “How to zip and unzip files and folders on a Mac,” respectively.

I don’t want to have to download each issue and its extras file individually. Do you have an alternative?

You bet! If you really want all of the issues and corresponding extras, we’d actually prefer you go to our download archives page to get the issues and extras by year, or, if you have a fast internet connection, you can download all of the PDFs and extras in a single (large) zip file for each type. Just head on over to there and download to your heart’s content.

How useful are these issues, really?

PET covered every version of Elements from version 3 through version 14, and Elements changed enormously in that time. The biggest issue is that the interface is quite different, which can make it hard to adapt some of the older tutorials to more recent versions of Elements.

In general, we’d say that many of the editing concepts and tutorials found in the issues after 2008 and 2009 are still valid with more modern versions of Elements, although you might need to adjust the steps in some of the older tutorials to get them to work properly.

Is there anything missing from the magazines?

Each issue has an associated Extras file (in ZIP form) that includes any sample images, templates or other files to help you work along with the tutorials in that issue. Some tutorials, however, had related articles on the PET website; unfortunately, those articles are not currently available. The PET website was taken down not long after Photo One shut down, and we were unable to save those files. (Well, more that we haven’t been able to find them. If they turn up, and there is an appreciable demand, we will look into it.)

The other thing you’ll probably find is that many web links and URLs from older issues are broken.

What about the videos?

We had planned on creating a YouTube channel that would include many of the site’s most popular videos, but after some serious consideration, we decided that this wasn’t something we could do. The size of the video library, the lack of descriptions and other information with the files, and the fact that many videos were a decade old (or more) all made it hard to justify the project.

How about the cheatsheets for the videos?

The cheatsheets (with a searchable index) can be found here: Photoshop Elements Techniques cheatsheets index.

What can I do with this content?

Feel free to use the back issues for any personal work done with Photoshop Elements. All we ask is that you respect the copyright of the original authors and CDP Press, which now is responsible for this content. Please don’t sell or redistribute any of the work, repost it on a website, or represent anyone’s work without proper attribution.

For example, if you modified a PET tutorial to work with the latest version of Elements, and you posted a new version of that tutorial on a forum or website, all we ask is that you give the author credit, and note that it came from PET. That’s all.

What was Photoshop Elements Techniques magazine, and what happened to it?

Photoshop Elements Techniques was founded in 2004 by the Kelby Group, and was purchased by Photo One Media in 2008. Originally a print magazine, Photo One added a subscriber website with videos, additional content, and PDF editions. In 2015, the poor economics of print publishing (and mailing, to be honest) forced PET to a digital-only magazine. In mid-2016, Photoshop Elements Techniques stopped publishing altogether, due to waning subscriptions and the decline in general of the Photoshop Elements market.

What is CDP Press?

CDP Press is the publisher of the upcoming 9th edition of Complete Digital Photography, one of the classic digital photography books of the past 20 years. It is run by Rick LePage—the former editor of Photoshop Elements Techniques—and Ben Long. The easiest place to find out more about us is on the Welcome to the new Complete Digital Photography page here on; our About Us page also has more detailed information. (Last year, we also published Hudson Henry’s Panoramas Made Simple ebook, which you can find out more about here.)

Is all of this really free? What’s the catch?

Yes, this is really free, and there’s no catch. CDP’s Rick LePage ran Photo One for nearly six years, from 2008 to 2012, and when PET shut down, he wanted to make sure that most of the back issues and videos would be made publicly available, not only to former subscribers, but to anyone interested in Photoshop Elements.

Elements usage has declined over the past few years, but we know there are still many people out there who like the simplicity of Elements and the fact that no subscription is required to own the app. We’ll always be looking to see if there are things we can do for that audience; if you have suggestions, you can send us a note via our Contact Us page.

If you’d like to show some appreciation for our work, you could think about buying Complete Digital Photography (print and ebook versions are available in our store); we think it’s a great book for photographers. Or, if you shop at Amazon, you could use our Amazon link: we get a small commission with any purchase you make.

We won’t be doing any more than what you see here in this minisite; we appreciate all the support over the years.


Rick LePage

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