Adobe Photoshop Elements/Mac Monterey Temporary Workaround and FlamingPear Freebies

“Floating Rose Pink Squares” ©️Robin King

After a couple of days of trying things I figured out that Adobe Photoshop Elements will function normally on my Mac (Monterey) exactly one time per computer startup. In other words, if I start the Mac and open PSE (Photoshop Elements) it works fine. If I close PSE and then reopen it (without restarting the computer), PSE won’t open. So…if I do open it I have to leave it open until I’m ready to shut off the computer. PSE will start again and run fine following another computer startup. Weird, but there it is. 

Note: I posted about this problem earlier:

Here’s some fun news: Years and years ago (2006?) I first downloaded the “Freebies” pack of Adobe Photoshop Elements plug-ins from FlamingPear. So useful! So easy work with! Over the years, each time I got a new version of PSE I downloaded and installed the Freebies. Today I was happy to see that the Freebies work with my new PSE! Here’s a link if you’re interested:

They really are free and are simple to install. I edited “Floating Rose Pink Squares” (above) using the “Kyoto Color” filters.

I made the image itself using Image Tricks Lite (Belight Software). It’s also free:

If you don’t see me here for a couple of days it’s because I’m playing with my “new” digital toys – including Affinity Photo and Pixelmator Pro.


“Floating Rose Pink Squares” is now available in my Redbubble Shop:

An Affinity for Lines

Diagonal lines – nice. But I want something else…
THIS is what I want!

Yesterday I posted a request for advice about either Affinity Photo or Pixelmator Pro. You can see the specifics in this post:

Thanks to Phil Perkins – Perkins Designs – I was able to do exactly what I wanted, using Affinity Photo. Thank you, Phil!! And thank you, also, to Ed Ritchie – eRitchieart – for letting me know that I can do the same thing using Pixelmator Pro. I haven’t had an opportunity to try that yet but I’m sure it’ll go well. Thank you, Ed Ritchie!!

Do you use Affinity Photo? Pixelmator Pro? Is this possible? That’s all I need to know.

First of all, I could do what I need to do quickly and easily using Photoshop Elements but I just bought the new version and it won’t open on my Mac (OS 12.0.1). That problem ought to be addressed by Adobe eventually because I’m only one of many users in the same becalmed boat. But I reallyreallyreally need to make some images NOW.

Second, I have Affinity Photo and Pixelmator Pro. I’m still learning how to use them which is why I don’t know the answer to this question:

Is it POSSIBLE to take one image, make four copies of it, and paste them as layers onto one image that’s double the dimensions? Example: Let’s say I have a 4000x4000px image. I want to create a new image that’s 8000x8000px that will have four copies of the original 4000x4000px image in it – in the top left, top right, bottom left, and bottom right? Actions will be copying, pasting, and rotating on the horizontal and vertical. When all four copies are arranged properly they’ll need to be merged (flattened) into the background layer or only visibly merged, depending on how the file needs to be saved.

Can this be done using Affinty Photo? Or Pixelmator Pro? I’m guessing that it can but my attempts so far have been unsuccessful, I’m running out of time, and my level of cyber-frustration is unprecedented.

There are other programs I could probably do this with (GIMP, Sketchbook, etc.) but my options are Affinity Photo and Pixelmator  Pro. I don’t need instructions – I’ll figure it out how to do it if I know it’s possible.

So…is it possible?