Photoshop Elements 13
Simple, fun and basic photo-editing has been made simpler than ever
Photoshop Elements is the basic alternative to Photoshop CC. Now in its thirteenth iteration, new features include an easier way to merge photos, a new crop suggestion tool, extra effects and a way to create a combined Facebook profile and cover photo. It’s also now fully compatible with High DPI Windows machines and has Retina support for Mac.
Another new introduction is the eLive feature – this draws together tips and articles from around the web, and has its own tab in the Organizer.
You don’t need a subscription for Elements and it comes bundled with Elements Organiser. Available standalone or as part of a package with Premiere Elements video editing software, you can get it cheaper if you already have an existing version. Elements ships with the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw, so you’ll have support for most of the latest cameras’ RAW format files – as new versions of ACR are added, a free upgrade should become available Head to the Media tab to see your photographs and sort them into albums. There seems to be no way to organise by file type, which is a little annoying. You can also place images on a map and sort this way. Click on the People tab and the organiser will analyse your photos and ask you to label people individually. You will then be able to sort your photographs depending on who’s in them.
From within the Organiser window you can create several things, such as a Photobook, DVD jacket and the new Facebook cover option.
There are three different ways to use the main editor. For those just starting out, the Quick mode introduces you to simple tools. Head into the Guided section for walkthroughs on how to achieve certain edits, such as Brightness and Contrast or Levels. The last way you can use the software is in Expert mode. This displays an interface which is similar to the full Photoshop software, and hasn’t seen any major changes from Elements 12.