Elements: A way to change the UI colors

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Is there a way to change the Photoshop CS5 and Elements 9 user interface and application colors? With the black and dark grey colors it is extremely difficult to use. Earlier versions like Photoshop CS4 and Elements 5 have a much cleaner user interface and background colors that is so much easier to see and use. Please help, I'm going blind trying to see dark gray on black.
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Please also include Lightroom in this proposal. I, and some of my associates find the side screens very difficult to read under some lighting conditions. The screens are very pleasing, but there needs to be more contrast between the lettering and the background. an increase in the font size od 'boldiing' might also be of help.....
Thanks for considering.....
Henri Monnier
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probably need a separate request for lightroom -- they aren't likely to see the request under all this Elements discussion.
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This thread is the one you can voice your suggestions about Lightroom's interface: Lightroom: More customizable *look* to the interface
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This is all so frustrating. I find it difficult to take on board that a supposedly highly reputed software firm as Adobe could be SO stubborn and wooden-headed!

I have been continuing with a correspondence with the individuals who I got passed on to after I'd sent a letter of complaint and urging real and decisive action to Shantanu Narayen, Adobe's CEO (who I have to assume never saw or at least significantly read my letter, it just getting passed to staff lower down in the pecking order). I think one of the problems is that I have apparently been pretty well on my own doing this. Just look at a quote from the e-mail I have just had from the "Tier 3 Technical Support Consultant" who has been corresponding with me over the last week or so (referring to the 'case' that he opened to cover my individual "feature request" for an alternative, properly readable UI colour scheme):

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"I would like to close this case for Photoshop Elements. We have come as far as we can with this - we cannot simply issue a patch for the application since changing the UI would require the engineering input followed a lot of testing to make sure that everything was correct.

The volume of requests we have received since the dark UI was introduced in Photoshop Elements 6 (some 4 years ago) is low and does not justify the engineering effort and cost required to fix this and previous versions. We receive feature requests all the time and class them in order of volume received. The dark UI is not one that has appeared as a high priority on that list. Since your comments and the thread on the feedback.photoshop.com forums, this has now moved up the priority list. This will hopefully help in getting this feature included in a future version.

Let me know if you have any further comments regarding this.

If I don't hear from you in the next 2 days, I will close the case. We can of course re-open this or create a new case at any time."

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So, after all this time, and a new version with no material improvement, the best I can get out of these people is, once more, "Possibly jam tomorrow (or the day after...)".

Actually, to be as positive about this as possible, he does say that the light UI option request has been moved up the priority list as a result of our various representations, but there is clearly ENORMOUS inertia against this most obvious and reasonable request of ours (will a genuine UI colour scheme improvement come before the end of my life??), and there is still this mind-numbing, Kafkaesque unwillingness to have the actually involved people communicating with customers at all, either directly or in any material way indirectly.

I do have to say that Corel have been much more communicative and indeed genuinely responsive to my correspondence with them about issues with PaintShop Pro X4, which appears to me to be a potential close competitor against PSE. Although PSP X4 is currently unusable for me because it doesn't save IPTC metadata, the signs are that the issues I have raised with them will be addressed quite soon, and then I and no doubt many others would be looking much more seriously to turning our backs on Adobe products altogether - not least, in the light of the massive display of inertia and user indifference that Adobe has been showing us.
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Philip Goddard quotes an adobe rep, "changing the UI would require the engineering input followed a lot of testing to make sure that everything was correct."

There was a lighter interface a few versions back. How much new engineering and testing could it possibly take to make the old interface an option?
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Thanks to Philip Goddard for his attempt to communicate the problems we are having to a higher echelon in Adobe management. At least it worked to a certain degree in advancing our request upward in the list of possible modifications (to unknown future releases of course). It was surprising to learn that whatever level the letter reached at Adobe, it was clear they were not aware of any dissatisfaction with the current dark UI, which they say has been around since PSE 6. I suppose that is as far as our request will go with Adobe - put it on a list of changes that may or may not come to fruition. I think we deserve better for all the frustration we have suffered with this UI, but the message from Adobe is "Please keep buying our new releases every year and we might surprise you with something you can use without going blind". My message to Adobe is "No Thanks".
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Philip, all I can say is thank you for taking it as far as you could. Each Comment I read on this thread just takes me further down the road of disappointment and frustration with Adobe. I really should just take myself off the list, but keep hoping against hope that there will someday be a positive response. Evidently not
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You're not alone, Linda. I keep thinking to myself, 'You dope, just get off the list'...but then 'Oh, surely Adobe will do something and I can go back to using PSE.' The list of posts just keeps getting longer, and I find that yes, I really can get more disgusted with the company.
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This subject abot the UI is also a heavy topic on the Lightroom side. The side screens are so ban under some lighting conditions that they are impossible to read. It seems that Adobe has a blind eye towards listening to it's customers. In Lightroom they allow several UI changes in the center portion of the sceen (where your photo images are) but none on the side screen on the richr and left where all the menu structures are. Thats either stupid or arrogant, not sure which. I'd guess you'll not see a change in your lifetime. They just do not care.
henri Monnier
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Maybe the programmer who designed the UI has quit Adobe and there is no-one who can unravel his/her code except to tweak the colors.
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In addition to the UI color usability issue, I'd love an improvement to whatever code decides what color to display tool location and size parameters over image areas. I'm frequently flying blind because of extremely low contrast of the tool over some color ranges.

It's ironic that we're provide more control over the Bridge UI than Photoshop's. And more consistency between applications would be greatly appreciated.
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I have used and taught, through SeniorNet, every version of Adobe photo editing software from PhotoDeluxe v.1 through PE v.9. No more. With some reluctance and aggrivation, I will continue to use PE 9 while I look for an good alternative; I will monitor this site for advice. Adobe seems to have no regard for valid, well thought out customer complaints. Until Adobe becomes customer oriented, I will bad mouth PE in every on line forum that I find convenient, and by word of mouth. And I doubt if Adobe even cares!
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In sheer disgust, I have written a review of PE v.9 on Amazon. Suggest that others of you may want to do the same. They still have v.9; I did not look to see if v.10 is available through them. More people are likely to hear our views at Amazon than at Adobe, it seems.
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I want to let others know that Elements 10, the newly released vs. has the same problem. Black & gray work space that can't be changed. Adobe DID NOT listen to customer complaints. I wish I would've been aware of this before I purchased. Absolutely inexcusable! I feel like I've been duped.
Since I purchased this produt from Amazon I will be sure to write a not so favorable review. Those looking to purchase PE 10 should be informed about the lousy User Interface and that it has been an ongoing problem that Adobe has chosen to ignore.
I wish somebody with the skills could write a "fix program" for those of us that are stuck with the problem. I suppose that is wishful thinking. See Philip Goddard's reply with quote from "Tier 3 Technical Support Consultant". Evidently it is too difficult for them.
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I want to try making an announcement on this subject, but the atmosphere has become quite toxic here and I'm afraid I'm going to have my head chewed off. Everyone has gone from asking for change to demanding it. (Personally, I never let my son demand anything of me. Even if he has finished his dinner, he still has to say "please" to get his dessert. Anything else would be considered rude.)

This thread and it's flood of support has not been ignored. However, product development cycles are a bit longer than most seem to think. We didn't start working on PSE10 the day PSE9 came out, it had been in process for a while before then. And making changes to an application requires more time than it seems on the surface. Photoshop Elements 10 was well on it's way to completion before this conversation started. That is why there wasn't a fundamental change. It's not that we don't respect your opinions or that we can't empathize with your struggles.

I am on your side in this issue. I have been pushing for just this sort of change since version 5. But my voice alone is not enough. Nor were the few voices of users who made feature requests in the past. Some of you may have voiced an opinion on this forum or that, or blogged about it, but there are far too many channels of communication for us to monitor them all. That is why we created this Feedback.Photoshop.com web site, to act as a central hub of communication.

I have monitored this topic for quite a long time, and when Sharon posted this thread, I personally sent out invites to all of the people whom I found had made an attempt to contact us on this issue (whether through the Adobe Forums, the Feature Request form, or other channels). I knew this would be the best way to get everyone together, to add strength to our voices and make a change.

And guess what? It's worked!

I know you don't believe me, because PSE10 has very few changes (there are some things that have been changed to make them easier to see, but they are very subtle and in specific places...). But as I just mentioned, the revolution was too late to effect PSE10.

But change is coming.

I cannot speak to what types of changes or when, but rest assured that we have been effective in our mission.

So everyone, please, just cool your jets. We don't expect everyone to purchase every new version of our product as it comes out. Every 2-3 versions is more reasonable. Or only when there is a new feature that you can't live without. Or when you've upgraded your OS and the old version no longer works in the new environment. And we invite you to try the software for 30 days before buying it. If you don't like it, skip it, and keep working with the version the suits your needs.

Adobe employees feel attacked when trying to enter this conversation and it's extremely disheartening. Really, it's becoming a sort of Cold War in here and it seems we are headed for MAD.

Please, just have a little patience with us. We're doing what we can and I'm sorry it isn't happening as fast as modern technology seems to promise.
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First of all, we are NOT Adobe's children. That was a poor anology. We are customers and without us, Adobe would not be around! Are the Wall Street protesters children of the big financial institutions? Second, I believe the topic started out on a more friendly tone, with people requesting, not demanding. There has been very little meaningful response from Adobe and we all got frustrated. The responses from you such as "adjust your monitor" or "change the lighting" were ridiculous and only sparked more anger and frustration. I am glad to hear that maybe something may be done about this issue but what puzzles me is how the developers at Adobe could not see this flaw in Photoshop Elements that all of us users could see right away when trying to use it. How could it get all the way to production without being tested by a variety of individuals with different monitors? I have to strain to see the tiny fonts and low contrast icons and I have decent vision. I was expecting so much more from Adobe. I purchased version 8 and had never used Photoshop Elements before, always using Paint Shop Pro which never had this problem. Truly, I was shocked when I opened the program because it was so blatantly obvious to me that it was barely readable. I do not understand how the developers could not see this. It also is not nearly as user friendly as Paint Shop Pro X is. I don't know about the later versions however. Well, I do hope this issue is fixed in the next version. I will continue to voice my dissatisfaction where ever possible until it is.
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Again (see my response to Linda below), I apologize, I'm not trying to say you are (my) children. I was just trying to illustrate that I do not respond well to rude behavior, as most people do not. Politeness still has it's place in the world, even on the internet.

And yes, my point of this post was that this topic started out on a positive note. I invited people here so we could have a conversation but the tone changed and started driving away the people who needed to hear what was being said. We could all see the torches and pitchforks coming out. I'm trying to bring things back to where they were, civil and productive.

Changing your monitor settings is not a ridiculous suggestion. It is possible to change the settings so that it is impossible to see any application. I just wanted people to be aware that this was possibly an issue and to make sure it wasn't the source of the problem. I mention such things because for me, I have no issues reading the PSE interface, and it may be the case for some that if they adjusted their monitors properly (making an assumption that their monitor is incorrectly setup) it could "fix" the issue. Obviously, this would not solve the problem for everyone. I'm just trying to improve the situation until the real solution comes along.

This dark UI isn't necessarily an obvious flaw. Again, I can see it just fine, as can many other customers. In fact, I have more trouble reading this web page than I do reading the PSE interface. Some prefer PSE's current color scheme.

You mention PSE8, which did have the ability to change the UI, dark or light. Did neither of these options help? Or is you main concern the font size?

You are free to voice you opinion, but please make it less personally hostile. Keep it about the product and not the people behind the product.
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Changing the color in PSE8 from dark to light does not help at all, in fact it is worse because then the menu items across the top are tiny black fonts on dark grey. It is mostly the tiny font size and any of the black on dark grey icons that are the most bothersome. Changing the dpi in Windows settings does not change anything in PSE8 except if I go down to 96dpi as was recommended somewhere I can then see the menu items across the top in the organizer, but it makes all my Windows fonts outside of PSE way too small. So I changed it back to a comforable viewing size. The only way I found out how to find the menu items in organizer was to Google it and found out there is this white minute down arrow with a nearly imperceptible black on grey icon above it and if you click it, it opens the menu list. How user friendly is that???? I leave my monitor settings at the recommendation of 1920x1080. That is where it should be for my monitor. I am not going to change everything else on my computer for PSE. No other program that I have on my computer has fonts this tiny uses black on a dark grey background.
The background for the window that the photo is displayed on is o.k. grey but all around it should be a light color with good contrast for all the icons, tools and palettes.
I was just getting more and more frustrated because all the suggestions that were made by you seemed more just to pacify the customer when it seemed that Adobe had no intention of changing anything. I am sure you are limited as to what you can and cannot say but I am glad to have a little bit of hope that maybe this problem will be addressed in the next version.
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Hi Brett, first I want to thank you for letting us know that change is finally coming. I'm glad I have kept monitoring this forum after all, even when despair seemed the order of the day.

You can surely understand why those of us on this forum have become so angry. Your comment above is the FIRST positive statement we have seen here that our comments have actually had any effect. All employee statements up until now have seemed very wishy-washy, ranging from appearing to blame the user, to hoping that the tech guys may someday make a change.

And I'm sorry, but I just can't let your comments pass about your not even letting your son demand things, that he must say "please" and not be rude. We on this forum ... as far as I can tell, every one of us ... started out being very polite for a very long time, and the whole situation only degenerated into what you call "toxic" when it was becoming (apparently) clear that Adobe had no intention of listening to its customers. Brett, we are paying customers ... and I, for one, do not appreciate being chided as if I were a child. Our complaints have all been legitimate business complaints, and have been couched in business terms. Please do not speak to us again in terms of what you will and will not allow your child to do. And that's all I have to say about that.

In addressing the atmosphere of frustration and anger here, I will also state my personal opinion that, unfortunately, in today's business model, it appears to be the one thing that can actually get some action from The Head Office. "Nice guys finish last" seems to be truer than ever, and when websites, blogs, and Amazon.com reviews start giving more and more negative reviews, THAT's when attention is paid, and not before. It's really unfortunate, because I don't enjoy being angry, and I don't think anybody else here does, either.

As far as this forum is concerned, I do appreciate your setting it up in the first place, and for keeping us updated. The above update at least gives me a little hope. Thank you.
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I did not mean to chide with the comments about my son. I just wanted to point out that some comments here have become quite aggressive and rude and it is not appreciated. While it seems like the world has changed to one where nice folks finish last, that isn't a reason to become mean spirited. It's just a vicious cycle (hence the MAD reference).

As they say, loose lips sink ships, and our responses have been as they have because we really aren't allowed to say anything on the subject of future releases. Unfortunately, dealing with the information publicly available leaves no room for providing the answers people want to hear. In fact, I may have overstepped some boundaries and my boss may have some chiding to do. But I felt it was worth the risk at this point.
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I appreciate Brett's latest posts here. He is evidently in a difficult position, which has led to his inadvertently saying a few things that some of us would feel to be a bit inflammatory in this particular context, but it points to a fundamental very major flaw in Adobe's attitude to its customers, in not allowing any staff to say anything about any plans or action toward program improvements and even fixes for complained-about problems with the program. That is intrinsically an aggravatory company policy with regard to dealing with users who have problems with the program.

Any claim that may be made, that such 'silence' is necessary for business reasons, is thrown right out of the water by the fact that other even major software firms are not so aloof, and they still apparently do well business-wise. I have found Corel MUCH more communicative in response to my communications about problems with PaintShop Pro X4, which prevent me at the moment from 'migrating' to PSP from PSE.

So, the actual 'villains' here are not anyone who has been posting here but those who are laying down that staff cannot have a meaningful dialogue with users about what is being done, and when, to rectify problems that the users have raised. I must say, I think it must be a horrible working environment in Adobe, and I would not care at all to work there, being muzzled and forbidden to to have any reasonable dialogue with users about improvements and bug fixes, and then (depending on my position) having to field a whole lot of customer frustration because of that enforced lack of proper communication.
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Well done Brett - I hope you don't get into too much trouble for breaking the Adobe policy of not releasing any useful information to its customers. I think most of us realize the Adobe employees that communicate with us on this forum are indeed on our side. If some of us sound demanding or rude, or if the mood on this forum is toxic, as you put it, that is the result of our requests being ignored by Adobe when we asked for a fix to software that we paid for and cannot use. When I say Adobe I mean the top managers collectively, so there is nothing personal here, our gripe is with your managers. You gave us an answer and now we know there will be no patches for older versions, and it may be at least a year or more for our requests to be fulfilled. So be it - the squeeky wheel finally got a drop of oil, but not the grease we were asking for. We will have to live with that.
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Blaine said it better than I did. Thank you, Blaine!
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I have just installed Elements 10 - I find the white/grey type on a dark background to be ugly and not particularly legible - I would welcome the option to have a black type on a white background.

Please Adobe listen to the many users who are older in years with not such good eyesight!!!
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Brett- Let them sip haterade if that's what they want to drink. Haters are a sign of success. The more you have, the more successful you are. It's only natural. I promise for every hater, there's ten times as many lovers. Adobe is doing great. Looking forward to future releases!
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That's a very selfish attitude. There are obviously a lot of people who struggle with the UI - mostly older people with less-than-perfect eyesight. Maybe you're young and don't give a damn about anyone else, but encouraging Adobe to ignore genuine complaints is thoughtless and stupid: one of these days you might find yourself in the opposite camp.

What beats me is why people go on banging their heads against Adobe's brick wall. I downloaded Picasa some time ago, and I love it. I'm unlikely ever to return to Photoshop Elements now - not even if they fix the UI. Why pay for something when there's a better alternative that's free?
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The other major point is that the posters here *aren't* "haters" of PSE--they're people who have likjed the software and want to be able to keep using it. Silly reader, jumped to his foregone conclusion without noticing the difference!
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Yes, indeed! I have not yet found anything to equal PSE for my purposes, and that's all the more reason for me to be nagging Adobe about the lack of a properly readable UI colour scheme. PSE 'hater'? - No way!
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Oh my goodness. If we didn't love PSE we wouldn't be so upset about not being able to use it. (snort)
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I agree - we are not haters, we are frustrated lovers of PSE trying to get some improvements made to the programs usability. It is still the best photo editing software around that has advanced tools for a reasonable price.
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Brett, like mentioned by several posters here, we like PSE. We like it so much we choose to complain instead moving on to another product. These frustrations are valid as indicated by the various users posting here. Many of the posters have years of experience working with programs of this type. Early on, the Posters clearly and politely pointed out the problems and frustrations.
You are the Adobe spokesperson for this site and with that; we expect a certain amount of professionalism. YOUR comments have elicited the anger and frustration on this site.
Comments like “I never let my son demand anything of me”, “Adobe employees feel attacked”, “Changing your monitor settings is not a ridiculous suggestion.”, and my favorite “I just wanted to point out that some comments here have become quite aggressive and rude and it is not appreciated. It's just a vicious cycle (hence the MAD reference)”.
These are not the comments of a professional and serve no purpose in this discussion. You’ve alienated people because of this. We have the right to demand, we purchased the product! Monitor settings, most of us have calibrated our monitors to our printer, etc. to get the closest matching colors for printing our photos. This is not about Monitor settings, so get over it! “Feeling attacked, mean spirited, aggressive, rude” are not the remarks of a professional.
We would appreciate a strong fair minded and reassuring approach. Perhaps you are not suited for this job. One of the first things taught when dealing with customers is DO NOT take things personally. REFRAIN from using negative language and professionally address the situation.
Because you are, “in charge” of this post, you have no one but yourself to blame for the negativity expressed here. We wouldn’t be here if we thought Adobe wouldn’t listen. Please consider this when posting to us. We truly want a change and just as importantly, we want to know that Adobe cares and is willing to acknowledge us as paying customers.
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since I use After Effects and Audition every day, I've gotten used to the dark gray UI (although not as dark as PSE) and I WISH that PS CS5 was that dark! I'm sick of that light, pale gray color in PS.. I was so relieved that in Illustrator you can change the UI color to match AE and Au.. wish it were so for PS.. However, I don't use PSE and that UI is a bit too dark..
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Scott Kelby is voicing a concern with Adobe's pricing of CS.
http://www.scottkelby.com/blog/2011/a...

It will be interesting to see if and how Adobe responds. Photoshop Elements does not have a such a well known user/evangelist.
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There's a separate topic for this concern here: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
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Thanks, Sharon, this was an interesting read. And thanks, Jeffrey, for the link to the separate topic for CS. However, Sharon's point, I believe, was that it's too bad that Photoshop Elements seemingly does not have such a well-known and relatively powerful evangelist for our product, in order to get Senior Management's ear so forcefully.

This forum has been a big help (at least in allowing us to air our concerns and frustrations, and hopefully to make a tiny mouse's squeak in the elephant's ear). Thank you.
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Linda, thanks. We hear you on both the Elements and the CS front. We have many different users and they're all important to us.
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Linda Minton

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Nice ... thanks. ;^)
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didi

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Their money is important to us would be the honest answer...
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A small solution for me

I have installed "Display Changer", freeware for personal use, 32-bit and 64-bit for Windows. The program changes the native resolution of my pc (1920x1080) when I start an application like PSE and changes to the native resolution when I close the application. For me, the best resolution for PSE is 1280x720.
To start PSE with the desired resolution I have changed the shortcut of "Display Changer" to:

{"C:\Program Files (x86)\12noon Display Changer\dc64.exe" -width=1280 -height=720 "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 9\PhotoshopElementsEditor.exe"}

The colors are not changed, but letters and icons are bigger.
I hope this could be helpful for someone...

Greetings from Germany
Carolina
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I have Elements 9.
Please send me a repair patch that will remove the useless black bar at the bottom of the edit page...where you have pop ups of useless suggestions for editing. Also include a patch to change the backgound color from black to light gray so I can see the icons better. Also move the redo and undo buttons back over to the left where they are more easily reached. Also the icons in the liquid screen of the distort options are not clearly visible...please fix that. Please remove the bar at the bottom of edit image that indicates the size of the image and make the project bin bar a verticle bar at the left side of the bin. These two bars take up space that I need to fully view the images I am working on.

Thank you

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop Elements: Absolutely necessary repair patches needed for elements 9.
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When you get the patch, please pass it on. Don't hold your breath waiting. Most of us here have been waiting for such a pach for seemingly ages, and nothing seems forthcoming from Adobe.
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I have learned to live with PE 9, as bad as the interface is. ( squint a lot!) BUT, I am choosing not to upgrade to PE 10 until/unless Adobe responds to customers with a dramatic fix to the interface. Adobe's response in this forum has become ridiculous and unprofessional.