You're not alone in wondering about how to get photos 'out' of Starter Edition. There are a few posts like this in the forum, all of which are based on the false assumption that Starter Edition has exclusive access to the photos that appear to be 'in' the program.
It is a common misconception that Starter Edition 'stores', or copies, your files into it. But the program does not move or copy files at all, rather it scans your system's My Pictures directory, and generates miniature versions of your pictures (called thumbnails) so that you can browse a 'flat' list of thumbnails of your photos, overcoming the inconvenience of having to go into separate folders in Windows Explorer to have to find files.The thumbnails, as well as any tags, and Albums that you create in Starter Edition are all stored in the Photoshop Album catalog file, separate from your pictures, and your pictures remain where you originally copied them to your computer.
If you use Photoshop Album to subsequently download files from a digital camera or scanner, the default location where the program will create those files would be in the My Pictures>Digital Camera Photos folder. But if you do NOT use Photoshop Album Starter edition to download files from your camera, then you will find that folder empty.
The thumbnails in the Starter Edition catalog will exist, even if you decide to move or delete the original photos that were added to the program. This will cause files in the Photoshop Album catalog to become 'disconnected' from the original photos. To reconnect the files, you can use the File>Reconnect Missing files command to see if the program can locate the original files in a new location, and once again re-link the catalog thumbnails to the files they once referenced.
Since Photoshop Album has been discontinued, I recommend that folks find an alternative solution. One alternative that will preserve most of what you've created in Starter Edition is the Photoshop Elements 8 trial. Install that, and it will automatically convert the Photoshop Album catalog to a current format, and the program will not time out, as Starter Edition did. If you want to purchase more Editing power, you can also choose to purchase the full program, but it's not required.
If you are like many who have come to this forum wondering how you can get to your photos, now that the program has become locked or expired, don't worry; your photos have never been moved by Photoshop Album; they remain wherever you intially put them, on your hard drive. To get to them, you can navigate your file system using Windows Explorer. They are typically in your My Documents>My Pictures folder. Here is a handy How-To that you could refer to to find photos on your system, as well as some other tips for how you can use folders to keep your photos organized: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/maintain/filemgmt.mspx
Hope those tips help!
Hi Mark - can you tell me if the basic editing features (such as crop & red-eye removal) of Photoshop Album Starter are available indefinitely in the Elements free trial version? That's really all I use my Album Starter for and I just like how easy the features are (plus I'd like to avoid having to learn a new program), but I got a new laptop and so the Album Starter I downloaded will expire soon since it's no longer supported. Alternatively, is it possible to copy my old (unlocked) version of the Album Starter to the new laptop and have it continue working indefinitely? Thank you.
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Yes, you can do those things, and they are not limited.
I would say not to bother installing Starter Edition on the new laptop; get the Elements tryout right off the bat.
I'm in the same situation as other users on this thread. I like your solution of upgrading to Elements 8 Trial. Could you please let me know where I can download it?
My photoshop3.2 also was locked. But I found the answer ! And it surely wasn't from Adobe themselves. They were totally useless. However, I was cleaning out old emails,(from March 2009 yet) and I found one from adobe with my unlock code in it. And guess what! It unlocked my pictures. So check your back emails.
Have you not got your photos stored on your pc somewhere like I have from Adobe?
It creates a folder with dates. If I need to reformat the hard drive I move all my important stuff like photos and music on to an external hard drive
,I never need to access Adobe starter, only use it to upload stuff as it's simple
did you ever get access to your photos? I am having the same problem.
I have Windows XP with the Photoshop Starter Edition 3. and do not wish to upgrade Windows. Any solutions for this, as Revel has to have Windows 8 - HELP - Edition 3 has been operating up to Aug. 2015 -with no problems.
I found my file of Adobe photos and able to print them and re-organize.
thats all I need thank you very much