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