The Evolution of Photoshop Elements: PSE 11 through PSE 2018

One of the recurring topics that routinely show up in Photoshop Elements forums and social media is what are differences between different versions of Elements, and is it worth upgrading. Whether it is worth it or not is certainly up to the individual, but having a idea of what each version adds (and on occasion removes) is the first step in making your decision.

Sometime ago I put together a table that compares the current version to an earlier one. The PDF file that is linked below is my latest version of the table. It compares PSE 11 through PSE 2018. Hopefully, it will of some help to those who have struggled with the question of whether or not to upgrade.

PSE Evolution

Let me know if you found this table helpful. Don’t forget to explore my blog for other helpful digital photography articles and tutorials.

Until next time…


Using the Slide Show Editor in PSE 2018

In this post, I am going to demonstrate how to use the Slide Show Editor in Photoshop Elements 2018 (PSE 2018). PSE has pretty much always included a slide show editor. The editor that was used in PSE 10, and earlier versions was full featured and easy to use. One of my favorite features was the ability to apply custom panning and zooming effects. Also, older versions had the ability to add highly customizable captions and titles.

In SS EditAdobe found its legacy code too expensive to maintain, and long about PSE 11, they totally redesigned the Slide Show Editor. Unfortunately, to increase its user friendliness, they removed most of the customization options. Frankly for some time, I kept PSE 10 installed, just so I could make better slide shows. Premiere Elements 2018 (PRE 2018), can be used to make advanced features slide shows, but it significantly harder in my opinion.

A slide ahow 2

Since the new Slide Show Editor was introduced, its capabilities have evolved. I find it useful to make quick slide shows when I do not need the customization provided by PRE 2018. Its biggest shortcoming, in my opinion, is that it can only accept video clips less than 10-15 seconds. This is too short.

Click on the link below to watch my video demonstration of the Slide Show Editor as installed in PSE 2018.SS Ed Title

Please do not hesitate to leave any comments you may here or on YouTube.

 Until next time…


AppTip Sheet – Sharing 360 Panoramas Using

In my last post, I described how to take and share 360 panoramas taken with my Mavic Pro drone on Facebook using Using that approach is fine and pretty simple, but resulting photo resolution is limited by the resolution of the Mavic’s camera. This means as you pan on the shared 360 panorama, the amount you can zoom in is limited.

In this post, I include my AppTip Sheet for using to produce the 360-degree panorama. Using the automated spherical panorama mode on my Mavic Pro, it takes 34 full resolution images, that are then stitched together and projected by Okolo to form the 360-degree panorama. The result is a much better rendition.

Click on the figure below to view/print the AppTip Sheet that shows the steps.

Using Okolo

The link below is the result as viewed on Make sure you view it in full screen  and notice how much detail is visible when you zoom to the maximum. One thing to note, Okolo only accepts JPEG images, and states the maximum size of each image is 5 Mb. However, mine are often a tad larger, and they have been accepted.

Keep in mind a couple of points. The images that are uploaded to Okolo do not have to come from a drone, or if they do, the shots can be manually taken. Also, I believe there is a minimum of 10 individual shots to project a 360-degree panorama by Okolo.

Until next time…




My AppTip Sheets and Why I Bring Them Up

I have a new format that I use to help me do certain tasks on my computer or other devices. I named this format AppTip Sheet. For example, these AppTip Sheets may be the steps involved to accomplish a particular Photoshop editing technique, or how to use a particular Photoshop tool. Or, they may deal with various steps I need to perform in flying my DJI Mavic Pro drone, or how to perform a particular calibration on it.

In general, I write these AppTip Sheets to document any thing that I do not do routinely enough to remember each and every step, but yet do them often enough that a quick cheat sheet helps me avoid pulling out the manual or other document to complete the task. The key is that I try to keep these AppTip Sheets as short as possible.

Occasionally, I may decide that a particular AppTip Sheet may be useful to others, and so I will post it here.

Right now, I am experimenting with using my Mavic Pro flight modes to take 360-degree Spherical panoramas for posting on social media. Once posted, you can use your mouse to zoom in on the subject and pan around throughout the entire scene. That is the subject of this post.

This particular AppTip Sheet deals with posting a spherical panorama on Facebook using from the browser on your PC. This is only one of the several ways to accomplish this, and I will explore others in the future. So click on the figure below to get a better idea of what these AppTip Sheets are like.

360 Pano posted

Until next time.

Novell Way to Remove Color Cast Using PSE 2018 AppTip Sheet

I use Photoshop and Photoshop Elements pretty much daily. But I often can’t remember the exact steps to complete a certain edit or effect that I want to create. I don’t do it enough. I either have to go to my notes, a magazine article, or perhaps a previous blog post to fill in the blanks to fill in the blanks of my memory.

What I have been doing for awhile now is to prepare a cheat sheet that lays out the basic steps concisely. I think that these cheat sheets may come in handy for others as well.

That is where the AppTip Sheets come in. They are kept as short as possible, and assume the reader knows how to use the subject program. They just need a little help in putting steps together. Another possible scenario is to provide a top level view of the various screens for a new app on a smartphone or tablet. These cheat sheets help me a lot. Maybe they will you, as well.

So, in this post, I have included an AppTip Sheet for removing a colorcast in a photo. The screens are for Photoshop Elements 2018, but older versions of Elements work equally as well.

Remove Color Cast

Let me know what you think of this type of format. I plan to post others shortly. If you have an idea for a certain topic or program, let me know that as well.

Until next time…

The PSE 2018 ACR Detail and Camera Calibration Panels

Over the past several weeks I have posted tutorials on using the Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) in Photoshop Elements 2018. If you missed them, their links are shown below.

Overall RAW Image Processing with ACR

The ACR Workspace

Basic Editing in ACR

Using the ACR Tools

In this post, I have added the final tutorial in the series. It covers using the Detail and Camera Calibration panels of the ACR. As shown in the figure below, the Detail panel is where you go to sharpen and reduce the noise in your RAW images.

ACR Detail

To view or print this tutorial, click on the link below.

Using ACR’s Detail and Camera Calibration Panels

I hope you have found these tutorials helpful. If you have please rate it according and share with others over social media.

Until next time…





PSE 2018: Using the Adobe Camera RAW Tools

In recent posts, I have covered the basic workspace of the ACR, the general approach for processing RAW files, and the Basic Panel sliders.

This post is a short tutorial on the using the ACR’s Tools. To view or download the tutorial, click on the figure below.

ACR Crop Tool

Coming next will be a tutorial on the Detail and Camera Calibration panels. Until next time…