Photoshop software names

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I'm a novice, using Photoshop Elements 2018.  I sometimes search for PSE18 tutorials on YouTube, etc. The returns often say something like "Make a logo using Photoshop."  I open the tutorial and after a minute or two I realize that it's about Photoshop CC!  I don't have Photoshop CC.  Why can't Adobe use more locked-down descriptions of its software so that these bleed-over descriptions don't fool new users (Photoshop/ShopCC/Lightroom, etc.)?  Using the same name for family members should be restricted to George Foreman.
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Cristen Gillespie

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I'm no novice, but believe me, having everything named almost the same thing can be a problem here, too. However, the good news is that YouTube will distinguish between them if you search "Photoshop Elements," and the suggestion list will carry the year if that's important to you — as a novice, the only problem with the older tutorials might be difficulty finding things if the interface has changed very much.

So even if Adobe has decided naming should be Photoshop (Photoshop Lightroom, anyone?LOL), you can do a search. You simply have to type more and be more alert to seeing that Elements is in the name. I wouldn't wait for Adobe to make more distinction between the names of its programs—they're rapidly moving in the opposite direction.

I should say, YT's own search bar, not Google, is where you want to find help distinguishing between programs.
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Cristen, Thank you so much.  I've obviously been too quick to slam the software name into the YouTube search box without considering that I can slow down, spell it out more fully, and get a more pointed reply(s).  You've helped me a lot and I'm grateful.
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You're very welcome. Now let's hope the YT videos don't disappoint.
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Cristen, This thread has stayed in my mind and I now realize that I neglected to point out that, generally speaking, the problem arises when those who post to YouTube inaccurately label their video(s) as being "Photoshop Elements" and I then realize when opening the video that they're actually using Lightroom, CC, etc.  So the problem is not isolated to me with inaccurate search terms.  Therefore, I still believe that Adobe would do the community a service by more acurately naming their software products so as to preclude others from wrongly labeling their tutorials, etc.  Sorry to belabor this, but I think I have the nugget of a valid complaint against Adobe.
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> the problem arises when those who post to YouTube inaccurately label their video(s) as being "Photoshop Elements" and I then realize when opening the video that they're actually using Lightroom, CC, etc.

I'm finding that very puzzling. Are they adding multiple tags hoping for more eyes on their videos?  They certainly should know what software they're using. It could be that they think they can "apply" what they're demonstrating to more than one software program, but especially new users need to know how to find features in the interface. They might as well say "Affinity Photo" when they're demonstrating Curves or Blend If, since those concepts reside in more than Photoshop alone. If I owned Affinity Photo and never had owned Photoshop, I'd be puzzled by the Blend If interface, I can tell you that.<G>

To me it's misleading even to add metadata to try to get more exposure for their videos, and any such videos that are labeled Photoshop Elements should have to be Photoshop Elements—I'd immediately keep a list of YouTubers to never watch again if I came across videos that explicitly said Photoshop Elements and demonstrated Photoshop or Lightroom.

As for Adobe not doing us a service with their naming conventions, well, most of us are agreed upon that, but it's not going to do much good. They appear to have gotten more confusing about it, not less, so evidently they have their own course charted on this one. Or have their head in the sand, fingers stuck in their ears, and singing la, la, la at the top of their voices to drown us all out. We choose which we want to believe. <BG>