Photoshop Elements 15 New Features Review
Photoshop Elements 15 is here and it’s chock full of compelling new features that, in my opinion, are definitely worth the upgrade. In fact, this year Adobe has outdone itself giving Photoshop Elements 15 new guided edits and some terrific new capability in both the Editor and the Organizer.
For those of you who prefer video, here’s my 6 minute YouTube video on the new features of Photoshop Elements 15.
Here’s a list of my top dozen new features in the order of MY personal preference. Since there are so many new features, I’m simply going to list them and tell you what they do, but if you’re interested in digging deeper and want to learn more about how to actually use the new features, I have a class on Skillshare.com called Master Photoshop Elements 15 Artistic New Features! See below for more information about the class.
1. Smart Object Preference
My absolutely favorite new feature is the ability to check “Disable Smart Objects” in Preferences > General. I only wish Adobe had disabled Smart Objects by default, but at least there’s an option now to disable it! Smart Objects have tripped people up more than any other single item in Photoshop Elements, so I’m glad to have a way to turn it off.
My next favorite new feature is the ability to group layers into folders. I use this all the time in Photoshop, so I’m thrilled to see this capability available in Photoshop Elements! Folders keep your layers more organized and allow you to add special effects to a group of layers, like changing the blend mode or opacity or adding a layer mask to a group of layers.
It’s a very useful feature that you may end up using more than any of the others I mention in this post!
3. Adjust Facial Features
This allows you to tweak different parts of a face one at a time—the mouth, the eyes, the nose, and the face, and it’s amazing to watch. Just think of all the photos you can save using this feature!
4. Painterly-Guided Edit
If you’re not familiar with Guided Edits, these are easy-to-follow tutorials that create fun effects without you having to know what to do—you just follow the steps one-by-one and Photoshop Elements creates the effect for you. There are 5 new guided edits in Photoshop Elements 15—that’s a lot! They’re all good and some of really good.
5. Effects Collage-Guided Edit
This turns a single photo into a grid collage and allows you to add a different effect to each panel of the grid. There are multiple grids to choose from, so you’re not just stuck with one grid. It sounds like it would be difficult to do, but it’s actually one of the easiest guided edits and produces very nice effects!
6. Frame Creator-Guided Edit
This guided edit helps you turn a frame you’ve created (or have received from a designer) into a drag-and-drop photo frame and saves it for you inside Photoshop Elements in the existing frame library.
7. Smart Tags in the Organizer
If you’re not familiar with the Organizer, it’s a program that comes bundled free with Photoshop Elements to help you organize and more easily find your photos and files, among other things. I love the concept of Smart Tags in the Organizer because they tag my photos and files for me based on the content of the photos. I’ll take any help I can get!
8. Photo Text-Guided Edit.
This transforms any photo into text and allows you to add an embossed look and drop shadows. This is especially helpful for newbies who aren’t familiar with clipping masks yet, but I have to say it does a very nice job and is easy to use.
9. Speed Pan-Guided Edit
This adds a motion blur behind your subject to create a dramatic stop-motion effect.
The last three new features on my list are:
10. Enhanced Search in the Organizer—use multiple search combinations to find a photo.
11. Enhanced Instant Fix in the Organizer—edit multiple photos at the same time.
12. Touch Friendly—both the Organizer and Quick Edit mode in the Editor are now Touch Friendly, for computers that have that capability. Just tap to do all your finding, sorting, and quick enhancements.
So there you have a quick rundown of the best new features of Photoshop Elements 15—it’s definitely worth upgrading to this version, in my opinion. Remember that Costco usually has a rock bottom sale sometime in November, so if price is an issue, keep an eye on Costco.
My New Skillshare Class
Again, if you want to see many of these new features in action and get some great tips for how to make the most of them, you can take my class on Skillshare.com called Master Photoshop Elements 15 Artistic New Features! (Note: Skillshare is another teaching site that has nothing to do with Digital Scrapper.)
Use this link to get 3 months of Skillshare membership for 99¢. Besides the class I’m teaching, there are thousands of interesting classes on Skillshare on all kinds of topics from crafts to cooking to Photoshop and more. Click here to check out my class.
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