What’s new in Photoshop Elements 2018? We explore the features
Discover the key new features in the latest Photoshop Elements version including an excellent Double-exposure tool, explains James Paterson
Photoshop Elements 2018 is the latest version of Adobe’s beginner-friendly photo-editing app. It follows on from Elements 15 and brings several interesting new features, the headline being an ‘Open Closed Eyes’ tool that lets you replace blinking or closed eyes with an open pair. It’s clever, but results range from usable to laughable. You need to be careful with your choice of replacement eyes – ideally using a similar frame of the same person, with the face straight-on. We’ll explain how it works here, along with other key new features.
Another new tool is Autoselection, designed to make it easier to select tricky shapes like people or animals. All you do is drag a rough selection with the Lasso tool, and then let the Auto-selection tool do the rest. It can be a bit hit-and-miss, but on the right subject it works well.
Along with these new tools are several new ‘Guided Edits’ that take you through the process of creating effects or performing basic editing tasks. The excellent new ‘double-exposure’ effect blends two images, mimicking the traditional film-based technique. Other guided edits explain how to create watercolour effects, replace backgrounds, and blend shapes with your photos.
In this tutorial we’ll explore some of the key new features on offer in Elements 2018. First we’ll fix the half-closed eyes in our starting image before heading into the Double-exposure Guided Edit, where the step-by-step guide not only lets us create the fun effect, but also brings the new Autoselection tool into play.