Sarah Cousens

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How does El­e­ment’s photo- edit­ing tools work for this il­lus­tra­tor?

What are your favourite new fea­tures in Ele­ments 15?

The im­proved tag­ging in the Or­gan­iser. I have count­less pho­tos, any­thing to make them eas­ier to sift through is a huge bonus!

Which fea­tures do you wish had been added?

For photo edit­ing, Chan­nels would be a great ad­di­tion to Ele­ments.

What do you use Ele­ments for on a day-to-day ba­sis?

Mainly for cre­at­ing sur­real photo com­pos­ites. And oc­ca­sion­ally for per­sonal use, such as edit­ing fam­ily pho­tos. I make a lot of com­pos­ites, so the Quick Se­lec­tion tool is the fea­ture I find my­self us­ing the most. I’ve al­ways found it sim­ple and ac­cu­rate. I also of­ten use photo fil­ters and ad­just­ments, to unify dif­fer­ent source im­ages.

Are the guided ef­fects use­ful?

I don’t use many of the fun ef­fects to be hon­est. But the photo-en­hanc­ing ef­fects work well and are quick to ap­ply. The main im­prove­ment I’d like to see would be in­creased cus­tomi­sa­tion of some tools, such as the Brush.

What would be a good rea­son to up­date from ver­sion 14?

If you share pho­tos via so­cial me­dia or edit pho­tos of hu­man sub­jects, there are a few new fea­tures, such as fa­cial fea­ture ad­just­ment, that make it worth up­grad­ing.

Why choose Ele­ments 15 over Pho­to­shop CC?

The price dif­fer­ence! If you only need to do sim­ple photo edit­ing and com­posit­ing, Ele­ments is ad­e­quate and much cheaper. To get the most from the soft­ware, ac­cess eLive for loads of ar­ti­cles, tips and guides from Adobe.

If your art­work could come to life, what would you cre­ate?

It would have to be some­thing cute and furry. Maybe a hy­brid of dif­fer­ent baby an­i­mals!

Co-founder of the il­lus­tra­tion com­pany Cool Sur­face, Sarah pro­duces photo com­pos­ite art for mag­a­zines and other clients. www.cool­sur­face.com

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