Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14 are finally here, with tons of new features to make editing your photos and videos easier! Thank you to Adobe for helping me to share this post and giveaway with you.
Over the past year, I’ve written posts about some of my favorite Photoshop Elements features, such as How to Organize Your Digital Photos , Food Photography Tips & Easy Post-Process, How to Fix Orange Photos and How to Convert Your Photos to Black & White.
And now there are even more cool effects and editing tools available in the new version, Photoshop Elements 14, and I’ll introduce you to a few of the new features in this post. I’ll also briefly touch on the new Premiere Elements 14 that was released at the same time.
I’ve spent a lot of time working with this software and have come to appreciate what a powerful tool it is. And, even better, the price won’t break the bank! There are three different levels (Quick, Guided and Expert) available for processing your photos, depending on how fancy you want to get, so don’t feel that you need to be an expert in post-processing to be able to use this software.
Here are some details on a few of them:
Set the scene: you’re on vacation and there’s a spectacular mountain or ocean view in front of you. You raise your camera, adjust your settings and CLICK, take the picture, sure that you’ve caught the essence of that unforgettable view. However, when you download the photo, the view is nothing like you remember it because of a haze hanging in front of your subject.
Photoshop Elements 14 now has an exciting, new feature called “Haze Removal” and it does exactly what its name promises. You can either use the Auto Haze Removal feature, which will do the trick in most circumstances, or use the Haze Removal option that allows you to control the sensitivity (i.e., determining what is haze and what isn’t).
This feature is also really helpful with backlit portrait shots, when the backlight causes a ring of haze around the subject.
This new feature is being touted as “your selfie’s best friend”. You know when you’re trying to take a selfie and pushing the button causes your phone to move slightly? Or you’re standing in a precarious position, trying to capture that “I’m a daredevil” shot? It’s hard to capture that daredevil mood when the picture is shaky.
As with many features in Photoshop Elements, you can choose an auto version of the feature, or use the more hands-on option, which allows you to adjust which areas of the photo are adjusted for shake.
Photo courtesy of Adobe
Smart Looks (Quick Edits)
There have always been some really fun effects in Guided Edits but, in this new version of Photoshop Elements, the looks are more customized to the photo.
Previously all five effect choices were the same for each photo, but now the choices are different dependent upon the photo you’re editing. Think of this as applying an Instagram filter kind of look to your photos.
Speed (Guided Edits)
I haven’t told my two boys about this new Guided Edits feature yet. Once I do, I know they’ll be asking me to take pictures of them running, riding their bikes and cruising on their skateboards. With this edit (found under Fun Edits), you can apply a blur effect to show speed. Increasing or decreasing the angle and adding focus areas enables you to produce a really cool effect on movement photos.
Let’s talk about Premiere Elements 14 for a minute. This software gives you some amazing options and control when editing videos. While I won’t go into all of the aspects of this software, let’s focus on a couple of new features.
When editing videos in the past, I’ve always been able to work with the visual part of the process without difficulty. However, dealing with the audio portion always resulted in at least one visit to help forums to figure out what to do. Now Adobe has made life so much easier by making the Audio view much more prominent and including a Dropup menu for easy access to the tools.
When you’ve finished editing your video and just want to download the darn thing, you don’t always want to mess with the gazillion downloading options. Now, there is a Quick download feature that just requires you to add a title. I can handle that!
This is just the tip of the iceberg! Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14 allow you to edit photos and videos, and create some amazing effects, all with the click of a few buttons.
Disclosure: This post is part of my brand ambassadorship with Adobe. All opinions are my own.