Adobe announced the availability of the new versions Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14, their consumer photo and video-editing software. The new Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14 offer features with Adobe’s intelligent technology of suggesting edits that make photos or videos look great, including the ability to get rid of camera shake and hazy horizons in photos. This year’s versions also feature an all-new user interface that makes it even easier to find and navigate your way around your media library.
When Adobe announced the update to their professional Creative Cloud 2015 tools back in June, there were many new technologies introduced in Photoshop CC 2015 and Lightroom CC 2015. Two of the biggest were ArtBoards in Photoshop and the DeHaze command in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom. These powerful tools have now found their way into Photoshop Elements 14. Elements has the same Adobe Camera RAW engine found in Photoshop and Lightroom. Adobe says, “Now you can easily remove haze to make the background as crisp as what’s up front.” When I was in art school I learned Leonardo da Vinci coined the phrase “Atmospheric Perspective”, where he would paint the haze in a landscape to create a sense of depth. Today, many landscape photographers do the same thing. While that phrase from Adobe probably came from the marketing folks, DeHaze has lots of creative potential like removing haze when photographing through a window, or actually adding haze to a photo. Still very cool!
The other Adobe Magic technology in Elements 14 is Camera Shake Reduction. Shake Reduction has been in Photoshop for the last few iterations. It is a powerful sharpening tool command that at first wasn’t very intuitive. As development of this tool continued in Photoshop, it has now made its way into Elements, offers two flavors, Auto and Manual. With the click of the mouse, Elements can do a pretty good job of removing camera shake to produce a “sharper” photo. Or, you can use manual mode for more control. Either will make those quick phone photos look great. Just a note, this is about camera shake or slow shutter speed, not camera focus.
In the Creative Cloud 2015 update to Photoshop, ArtBoards was introduced. Artboards allow you to created different size canvases inside of one document and share the graphic assets with each different Artboard. For example, you can create an ArtBoard for a phone, a newsletter, and a web site all within one Photoshop document. All of this is now adapted for use in Photoshop Elements 14 with its Share options. You can share memories in scrapbook pages and cards that show your style. Share photos to Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and more—and put a cool twist on your Facebook page with a custom cover photo.
Photoshop Elements 14 has several other amazing features to help photography enthusiast get the most out of their photos. There are new navigation tools allowing every memory to be at your fingertips. Also from the Lightroom CC 2015 update, the ability to quickly find photos by favorite people, locations and events With Dynamic Help, get fresh content curated by Adobe, right inside the software. Get tips, tricks and tutorials. Find out about contests, new versions and other news in the world of photography and video. And, get the help you need when you need it, without leaving Elements.
There’s a whole lot more like Snap Selection, Quick Edit Mode, Guided Edits. Plus, Elements has always been ahead of Photoshop with output options like Slideshows which now offers many new features. You can find out more here, and also download the 30 day trail to see what’s possible.