I am using a trial of Elements 12 and have already ordered the product on DVD. I believe there is a bug in the recompose tool because it seems to ignore the 'protected' areas. I have watched several videos and read tutorials on the use of the tool and am pretty sure I am using it correctly. However, when I slide the side of the rectangle to push the protected areas together, they get squashed along with other areas. It will also compress unmarked areas before the ones I have marked in red.