I want to create a web page mockup to show a client, does Photoshop elements allow you to create layered pages?

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    Welcome to GD.SE. Your question doesn't feel well-researched; a quick search for 'photoshop elements layers' yielded the answer I gave below. If I misread your question and didn't adequately answer it, then definitely elaborate to be more clear!
    – Brendan
    Feb 11, 2013 at 18:52
  • I edited your question's title to refer to the specific question you are asking. If you meant to ask the more broader question, I'd suggest adding a bit more to your question in terms of what you define as being 'good enough' for your particular type of web mock-ups.
    – DA01
    Feb 12, 2013 at 19:55
  • @DA01 I can't say for sure not knowing the asker, but often people ask questions like this places like this because they don't yet have a clear definite crisp list of every feature they might want to use, and they're hoping to learn from other people's wider experience. I read it as: "Is elements good enough for typical web knockups? I know layers are one feature I'll definitely need, does it have that, for example? [implicit: If it does, is it lacking anything else important for web knockups that I should know about?]". Feb 13, 2013 at 14:07
  • @user568458 I would agree with, but that's not what the body of the question says. I'd either revert the title back to ask specifically about layers, or add in your question edits as well so that the title and question matches better.
    – DA01
    Feb 13, 2013 at 16:46

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For the more general question, "Is photoshop elements good enough for website mockups?", it is good enough. For web work, Elements is surprisingly adequate - it's got most of the key features in some form, including layers.

Most of the differences between full Photoshop and Photoshop Elements are about convenience, speed and workflow: so the money for full Photoshop may pay for itself when time and productivity mean more money coming in, but when starting out or doing occasional knockups, you can do most of what you could do in full Photoshop using Elements (just maybe not so fast and using more workarounds).

A few limitations of Elements I'm aware of:

  • You can't customise keyboard shortcuts and are much more limited in customising the interface, workflow, actions etc. Fine if you're not busy rushed off your feet with design work.
  • While it supports layers, it's not so good for really complex multi-layered images (e.g. working with multiple groups of layers) and more advanced layers features like the full range of adjustment layers. Fine if your images are reasonably simple, which typical knockups will be.
  • It's not good at preparing files for professional print. Fine if you're working for the web.
  • It's not so good for advanced fine photo editing. Fine if you're using it for design.
  • The interface isn't so familiar to experienced photoshop users. Fine if you're new to it (actually, I think in many cases the Elements interface is better designed, certainly for newcomers - though finding tutorials will be harder)
  • It's not so good for fine typography and text controls. Fine for web knockups because the web isn't so good for fine typography either...
  • Less time-saving features like slices (personally I rarely used these anyway)
  • No animated gifs, apparently... but there are plenty of animated gif makers if you really really want one...

Those are the main ones from my experience/memory, see also comparisons (e.g. 1,2).

If you're looking for a cut price Photoshop alternative for web design, also consider:


Yes, Photoshop Elements does layers. Here's a link to Adobe's documentation on it. Go to Windows > Layers to activate the Layers panel.

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