Elements 13: Is there a Fade command available?

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I rely on the Fade command in the ancient version of PS that I have used for 12 years. I recently purchased PSE 13 and there is no equivalent that I can find in any of the menus. Is this valuable command no longer available?
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Elements does not have a Fade command like the pro version of Photoshop. You can however achieve the same results in Elements using this technique: https://books.google.com/books?id=EmK...
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Thanks for the response, Jeffrey.
That's a relatively cumbersome process compared to the PS command that I probably use half a dozen times per photo edit. I wonder what Adobe's rationale is for the limitation.
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I would suspect it's considered an advanced concept that's not in Element's customer wheelhouse.
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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People coming from the full Photoshop often wonder why such or such a feature is missing in Elements.
When people relatively expert with Elements look at those requests, they wonder why it's so difficult to simply use and combine basic (fundamental) steps instead of having ten times the number of features.
I never need the fade effect in Elements. To be fair, I also have a very affordable add-on, Elements+ which covers fade and one hundred missing features from CC. I don't need to use it because the 'fade' effect is naturally avoided by other layer blend modes and opacity so that you don't need to correct afterward.
So, the alternative is either a host of pre-cooked features, or to use combined 'basic bricks'. Think about the RISC computing strategy (reduced instruction set).
But I think Jeffrey is right, other features like 'blend if' or 'calculations' are not typical of what Elements customers are after.
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Wait a minute Michel... Jeffrey said it was an "advanced concept." You agreed with him. It is an awfully simple command.

I'd rather not "use and combine basic steps." I'd prefer a simple one-step approach. YMMV. However, if there is one thing that I have learned from many, many years of using advanced programs such as Photoshop and multiple CAD programs on different platforms, it is that there are a myriad of ways that users achieve their goals through their software. In my mind, none of them is more correct than the other.

I don't see that the fade command would be a big burden on RISC strategies. However, I'll adapt and try to reach your level of expertise.
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David,
To adapt and reach to my level of expertise clearly means stepping down to a lower level... which require some efforts. Those efforts are worth the trouble for most users; the result will not only offer other ways to achieve your goals, but a better general understanding of digital editing.
There are several profiles of CC/Photoshop users trying to master Elements.
- Photoshop experts trying to teach Elements
- average and occasional Photoshop users who don't adhere to the subscription model for economical reasons or by principle.
And there are Elements users trying to follow Photoshop tutorials.
As I said, there are free or affordable add-ons to recover features like Fade.
I suppose that if your request gets support (votes) from other users, Adobe can easily take it into account. Jeffey's answers reminds us that Element is targetted at another public.