Usually the members of the press get a release notifying them of new Adobe products but that didn’t happen this time. Instead, Elements 2018 simply appeared on the Adobe website and was ushered in by a post on Adobe’s Creative Connection blog. The Elements team also wants to assure fans that they didn’t miss versions 16 and 17. As of this year, Adobe is swapping the version … [Read more...] about Adobe sneaks out Photoshop Elements 2018
Photoshop Elements is a cut-down version of Photoshop which has been simplified for beginners and a casual photographers. It includes its own Organizer application for browsing and searching both photos and videos, and has a Guided mode to show how different image effects can be achieved. Most serious photographers are likely find its family-orientated approach and rather dated image effects off-putting. But it is quite cheap, and available on a perpetual licence.
Photoshop Elements comes with a range of pre-designed graphics for creating all manner of home projects like greetings cards, calendars and so on. It's all very cute, but doesn't have much to do with more serious image-editing jobs... except that it is possible to use some of these Elements graphics in more ambitious ways. To show how this can work I've started with this … [Read more...] about How to use the built-in Elements Graphics creatively
I've discovered what I think is a really neat way of producing richer, deeper colours by turning your picture into black and white... well, sort of. If you've got an image which needs more contrast, the usual method is to use curves adjustments. But contrast and saturation are linked, so you get more saturated colours too, and this is often unwelcome. Besides, Elements … [Read more...] about How to use Elements blend modes to boost your colours with black and white!
Levels are one of the most basic image adjustments in any image-editor. They're your first chance to act on the information you get from the image histogram and use adjustments to maximise the tonal range of your picture. In fact, although the Levels dialog may not offer the advanced image control of curves or other image-editing tools, it's still the first adjustment you … [Read more...] about Mastering Elements Levels adjustments
I have to admit that at one time I used to go around telling people that the Elements Lasso tool was fit for nothing because there was no way you could draw a sufficiently accurate freehand selection with the mouse – and that there were plenty of other selection tools which were far better. Until I wrote a magazine article about the Peak Photography Centre, where trainer … [Read more...] about Discover the potential of the Elements Lasso tool
This is one of the big new features in Photoshop Elements 12, and it sounds such a great idea! If something is in the wrong place in one of your pictures, you can select it, move it, and with the content aware move tool Elements 12 will merge it with its new surrounding, and fill in the gap it left behind. It might sound like magic but it isn't, quite – it's just very … [Read more...] about How well does the Elements 12 content aware move tool work?
Elements 12 is designed to be all things to all people, offering simple image fixes for beginners, Guided edits for those who want to try something more ambitious and learn about the Elements editing tools at the same time, and Expert mode, where you have full manual control and can achieve many of the effects you can get in Photoshop. The Quick mode has been part of … [Read more...] about Find out what you can do with the Elements 12 Quick mode
Photoshop Elements can open just as many different RAW file formats as Photoshop itself, since it too comes with the Adobe Camera Raw converter. The version you get with Elements doesn't have all tools you get in the Photoshop version, but Elements RAW conversions do let you optimise your images very effectively before you open them in Elements. So here are a few tips on … [Read more...] about A quick guide to Elements RAW conversions
When you hear the word 'panorama', you usually think of sweeping, letterbox-shaped vistas which are about ten times wider than they are high. Panoramas this wide, however, are very difficult to print and display effectively, and often lack the visual impact you meant them to have. In fact, traditional 'panoramic' cameras didn't always go this wide. The celebrated Hasselblad … [Read more...] about Create a two-shot Elements Photomerge panorama!
Photoshop Elements does not have the curves feature found in Photoshop itself and many other image-editing programs, and many people cite this as one of its limitations. I don't really agree. There's always more than one way to do anything, including modifying the contrast, and I find this 'overlay' method so quick and useful I often use it in Photoshop in preference to the … [Read more...] about How to boost contrast in Photoshop Elements with overlay mode