Pho­to­shop El­e­ments 13

Sim­ple, fun and ba­sic photo-edit­ing has been made sim­pler than ever

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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.

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