The 14th version of Photoshop Elements. With new specialties such as shake reduction and de-haze, as well as improvements to facial recognition and guided edits, the photo editor has much to offer for both beginners and experienced users. Photoshop Elements is Adobe’s cut price consumer version of Photoshop CC. Even though it does not offer the full specialty set of its bigger brother, there is plenty of depth to this beginner friendly photo editor.
Facial recognition is the biggest disclosure. Tasked with pulling out faces from a set of 200 wedding photos, the new organizer’s success rate was about a third better than the old Elements 13 organizer. Elements comes in two parts, the organizer and the editor. The editor also contains a pared down version of Adobe Camera Raw for processing images taken in the raw format.
Alongside this is eLive, which gives access to a curated selection of online tutorials. Each of the three editing modes cater for different levels of expertness. In the Quick mode, settings and menus are kept to a minimum, with access to simple tonal adjustments and one click effects.
It is an interesting approach to the current craze for retro effects that says, rather than just adding a generic preset, we will instead tailor that preset to a particular image. Nevertheless, in practice the five effects it offers can oft appear rather random.
Elements 14 is the Haze removal command. Recently introduced into Camera Raw and Light-room, this helpfully cuts through atmospheric haze in your photos for deeper shadow detail and extra clarity. This sharpens up shaky photos, caused when the camera moves during the exposure. It cannot perform miracles, but it can turn a shaky mess into something usable, perhaps even printable.
Elements 14 comes with several interesting new specialties, along with the usual smattering from Photoshop CC.