Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard photo editing tool for professional designers and photographers. It can look daunting if you’ve never taken a digital photography course or if you have seen the lengthy reference guides from earlier versions. What if you love photography, but don’t need all the complexity of the full-powered Photoshop? Adobe Photoshop Elements targets students and hobbyists who want a simple approach to common photo filters, effects, and techniques. It gives the user the option to use quick workflows, try guided edits or dabble with the expert level with the training wheels off.
On Sept. 25, 2015 Adobe Elements 14 was announced with enhancements in Adobe Photoshop Elements (as well as Adobe Premiere Elements). Below are videos that introduce the most recent Adobe “magic” features available in the educationally oriented Adobe Photoshop Elements. Beginners can view tutorials in Elements Live rather than scour the internet for relevant advice. When you are ready to showcase your projects, there’s an easy way to export. Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube is as simple as clicking a button.
A note to teachers: rethink your curriculum this fall. This is the affordable and interactive raster graphics editing software your photography students can enjoy while you prepare them for using the big league Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.
Introducing Photoshop Elements 14
As this video illustrates, Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 has some new and improved features. You can use shake reduction to fix a picture with blur caused by motion. It realigns the image, pixel by pixel. You can remove haze from atmospheric photos, which is a great resource for landscape photography, Guided edits help facilitate students and novice photo editors towards learning new techniques until they are comfortable navigating the expert level. This used to have only 50 effects for any type of photo, but now “smart looks” will analyze the photo and give five suggested edit options from a database of 2500 effects. You can also refine edits for masking objects that have difficult textures like feathers, fur, or hair. The photo organizer is updated, too. If you want to search by location, a map will appear with pictures and videos in the pinned view whereas unpinned view will show you your images by chronological time. If you have a point-and-shoot or an older DSLR without GPS tagging, you can add a location to visually see where your photography has taken you, all over the globe.
Camera Shake Reduction
If you are into the latest craze of using a selfie stick, you may soon realize that these protruding devices are not steady like a tripod. If you are trying to get a group shot at the top of a mountain with full wind, you have potential to get some serious camera shake. This can be developed into a much sharper image with a little help from shake reduction, available with automatic correction or manual controls.
Haze is caused by moisture in the air when you capture landscape photos. This is especially common near water. If you want crisp results that look like your aperture was wide open, use the remove haze feature. The auto settings will suggest the finished result or you can fine tune it yourself.
Adobe Elements 14 Organizer
Keep your database of photography and videos in one spot. You can quickly retrieve projects based on facial recognition, GPS coordinates for connected devices like smartphones or events based on timeline.
We’re excited for this update to an accessible non-subscription based program in the Adobe Photoshop family. Adobe Photoshop Elements is available for only $99. Find out more information here.