Adobe Photoshop Elements is now running version lucky number 13, which comes packed with upgrades and new features. Whether you’re a budding photographer or a pro graphic or web designer, you’ll want to check out the latest version of PS Elements. In this post, we’re highlighting 3 powerful new features that have been added to version 13, as well as some noteworthy updates, all of which are covered in greater detail in our Photoshop Elements 13 training course by Andy Anderson.
This feature in PS Elements allows you to combine multiple images into one continuous image. For example, you can take several shots of a landscape scene and piece them all together into one smooth-flowing panoramic image. This feature will fill in all of the corners and make the image look flawless. Find this feature in Elements by going to File>Automate>Photomerge, then choose the images you’d like to merge and specify the layout and blending options.
Introduced in Elements 13, this tool will automatically display four suggestions for cropping, allowing you to choose the best one for your needs. You can continue to crop further once you’ve selected a suggestion or rejected all four. Using this tool is simple: open up a photograph in Elements 13 and choose the crop tool. Four thumbnails will appear in the Tool Options box that display the automatic suggestions.
Quick Mode Effects:
Elements has made it so that you now get four variations of your favourite effects, for a total of 50 one-click enhancements. Plus, if you use Expert mode, you’ll notice the effects will be applied to a duplicate layer, complete with a layer mask, allowing you to hide the effect from specific parts of your image. This feature is perfect if you like to experiment with effects and filters on your images.
In Elements 13, you now have access to eLive, which features a number of online tutorials and photographic inspiration.
Slideshow creation was also simplified, and features new themes, meaning you can produce a professional-looking, entertaining slideshow to show off your photos!
Finally, you can easily organize your images by people, places, or events. Organizing by places will even pinpoint the location down to the street!
To learn more about these great new features and updates, or if you’re new to Elements and just want to learn the basics, check out our Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 training course, authored by Andy Anderson.