Avagadro1: The messages seem contradictory; I ask the following, but with a preface.
PREFACE: The CS version of Photoshop supports 16-bit images, and provides full 16-bit editing capability for most editing including adjustment layers, and certainly for all common adjustment functions such as levels, curves, hue/saturation, color balance, blending modes, etc. And this is true whether one is working in Photoshop “PSD” format or TIFF.
Note: I am not speaking of the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the program as it interfaces with Windows. I am referring to 16-bit (as contrasted with 8-bit) images.
I know that some earlier versions of Photoshop ELEMENTS handled only 8-bit images, and adjustment layers were 8-bit only (even though Corel’s similarly priced PaintShop Pro was all 16-bit long, long ago).
QUESTION: Does the new Photoshop Elements 11, or for that matter Elements 10, provide full support (or mostly so), including 16-bit adjustment-layer editing capability?
Elements will open a 16 bit file. It will let you apply levels, sharpen, and other basic adjustments. It will not allow you to work with layers or to use most filters. You can't use the healing brushes.
John Usa: This new version does open a CR2 file taken with my T4i with its included Adobe Raw 7.1.It then can save it only to a DNG file format.
In PSE the SAVE button in ACR is always only the DNG converter. To save in image formats you open the file in the editor and save it there.
jskrill: Does it now include the new 2012 RAW editor? elements 10 doesn't.
Yes, in the limited Elements form (only basic and details tabs and a much abbreviated version of the profiles tab).