Elements 11 Editor crashes: photo montage issue

I'd like to make a photo montage (not collage) for someone's birthday but am experiencing difficulty because the Editor keeps crashing.
This is similar to what I'm trying to create (taken from a commercial site):
Using Elements 11 I'm selecting parts of photos the individual appears in and pasting each one into a new file, then adding a 10 px white outline to each selection using Stroke (Outline) Selection from the Menu. The aim being to compile all of them into a photo montage where each photo in it is distinct, due to the 10px white outline.
So far so good! When I try to save the file, however, after adding the white outline, the option for where to save the picture is displayed for several seconds but before I've finished typing the destination the Editor crashes, logs me out of the application and virtually all the menu options in Elements 11 become greyed out. My screen then displays the picture with the border I was working on but I'm then unable to close the application normally (or to save it) and have to force quit the application using the Activity Monitor.
I'm using:
OS X 10.9
2.7GHx Intel Core i5
8GB 1600 MHz DDR3 memory
Elements 11 is up to date
Any help will be much appreciated, thankyou

Hi Barbara thanks for the link
I'd already used the second option mentioned in it to access the Library: ie Finder > Go > Alt click. 
I found this file list in the Library under Preference Panes > Preferences. If this is the correct file list which of these need to be deleted please?
I searched in vain for the first file you mention: com.adobe.PhotoshopElements.plist:

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