Learn Photoshop Elements 13

photoshop-elements-12-300x300Adobe released the latest version of Photoshop Elements 13 this week.

Like it’s predecessor, Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 maintains the right amount of robust organizational and editing tools that have made it extremely popular. These new version further build on Adobe’s efforts to make their products relevant to the ever-growing number of photographers whose work is destined to be published online, particularly on social media.

Photoshop Elements 13 provides the capability to create blended Facebook profile and cover photos for a more unique, more personalized, or simply more visually appealing profile page. For those who love the process of trying filters on their photos, the Quick Edit preview has been updated to show five different variations on a selected theme. This variety helps make sure that the look which best suits an image is more likely to be applied without the need for additional adjustments before uploading to an Instagram or Twitter feed.

Whether they are taken with a DSLR or with a smartphone, wide-angle images can frequently result in empty space or clutter within the frame that can reduce a picture’s impact. The crop tool’s new Crop Suggestions feature shows four crop options, any of which can bring the viewer’s focus where it needs to be, or it can provide a previously unconsidered perspective to the image being edited. A selection can be made from the given options, or a custom crop set by the user can be applied instead.

Three Guided Edits under the Photo Effects feature provide possibilities for expressing oneself in black and white. B&W Color Pop allows for the selective addition of colors within a black-and-white image; B&W Selection can be used to create sections of black and white within a previously all-color image; and Black and White applies a global monochrome conversion. In instances where the desired elements of an image are spread over multiple pictures, Photomerge Compose can be used to create the perfect shot. People or objects can be copied from one photo and pasted into another, while colors, lighting, and proportions can be adjusted to help ensure that the final product looks as though it was captured in-camera.

Photoshop Elements 13 is also designed to help its users continuously improve their work. Integrated within Photoshop Elements 13 is Elements Live, which provides channels for learning, inspiration, and news. Easy access for help with the program is also provided within the Elements Live interface.

The time-saving capabilities of Premiere Elements are further enhanced in version 13 though the Favorite Moments feature. By clicking on just the “favorite moments” within a video clip, Premiere Elements 13 can automatically generate a finished movie, ready for uploading. New Guided Edits add drama with effects or blurs that help focus the viewer’s attention on a specific part of a scene, while another new Guided Edit shows how to add Hollywood-style professionalism and excitement to titles by running a movie inside them.

This isn’t a watered-down version of Photoshop

In fact, for the majority of photographers (including many professional photographers), Photoshop elements has all the photo editing features you need. It integrates smoothly with Lightroom, allows you to use your favorite plug-ins ad actions, and best of all you don’t need a subscription to use it! (For those who don’t know, the full version of Photoshop is now only available as a subscription service starting at $120 per year)

Hands-on Photoshop Elements Instruction

If you are interested in learning Photoshop Elements, there is no better way than by taking a hands-on class through the Washington School of Photography.  The next class starts on October 1st and there are still spaces open available. Veteran instructor, Dave Mullen, and I will be teaching the class. While the October class will be primarily focused on Photoshop Elements 12, I’ll be pointing out the differences between versions to students who have recently purchased Elements 13 or who are interested in upgrading. Future classes on Photoshop Elements will be primarily focused on the latest version.