PSE 2022 and Premiere Elements 2022 Is Here

Again, I have fallen way behind posting anything here. My bad. Back in early October, Adobe released Photoshop Elements 2022, and Premiere Elements 2022. As a member of the Adobe Beta Test Team, I have had the opportunity to use the latest version for the past several months.

This latest version provides new and improved capabilities that will benefit both new and current users of the program. The program continues to use more and more AI technology, which Adobe calls Sensei.

Introducing Adobe Photoshop Elements 2022 & Premiere Elements 2022 | Adobe

Using the Zoom tool in your PDF Reader will allow you to zoom in and scroll around the document. For those who just want to focus on PSE 2022 vs. PSE 2021 differences, the two figures below will do that.

Organizer Improvements

PSE 2022 Organizer Improvements


In the coming weeks I will describe and demonstrate new features of both programs. So stay tuned!

How I Get My iPhone Photos into Lightroom Classic

I have been using Lightroom for some time now normally using my DSLR digital camera to take the photos. However, I use my iPhone more and more to take photos and videos I want to keep in my permanent collection.

I also am making more and more use of Lightroom CC, the cloud-based version of Lightroom. In this post, I will describe my current method for ultimately importing photos I have taken with my iPhone into Lightroom Classic, which is my primary image management program.

The PDF AppTip Sheet below linked below describes the steps.

I would like to hear how you get manage your iPhone photos in Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic. Leave a comment below. If you have any questions enter them below as well.

Until next time…

You do not Need a Video Editor – Use Lightroom CC Presets

Again I find myself having gone some time without adding a new post. We do not normally associate Lightroom CC with editing video. In fact, if you try to open a video file in the Develop Module, you get an error message saying its the wrong type of file.

However, if you look in the Quick Develop section within the Library Module, you see that indeed the selected video can be edited. In this post I will describe how to apply Auto Tone and other enhancements, how to apply Presets, and finally how to create and apply your own Presets

If you found this AppTip helpful, please click on the Like button and/or leave a comment.

Until next time…

Installing Canon’s Print Studio Pro on My New PC

I recently retired my six-year-old desktop PC. Although I had upgraded its components over the years – things like more memory, a SSHD, and new graphics card – its CPU was original and could not handle the newer features of Photoshop and Premiere Elements adequately.

My old PC was loaded with a ton of software. Many of the programs I no longer need or use. As is the usual case, buying a new computer for me is an excellent opportunity to do some house cleaning. 

Another major effort for me is transferring the over 100K photos and videos from my old computer. For me that means not only copying the photos/videos themselves, but also, the Photoshop Elements 2021 and Lightroom Classic catalogs. that went reasonably well. Cleanup of this task is still ongoing, because there are a lot of photos that I plan to delete as time goes on. 

I have  a Canon PIXMA P-100 printer. Reinstalling its driver and Canon’s  Print Studio Pro gave me trouble. The documentation is good, but somehow I struggled to get it right.

Canon Print Photo Pro 

So I wrote an AppTip Sheet for myself to document my steps. That is the subject of this post. Just maybe there may be someone out there who has had similar problems. 

Here is the link to the the AppTip Sheet. 

http://sheets/installing canon print studio pro.pdf

Until next time…

Just Finished a Brand New eBook

I have written three eBooks on Photoshop Elements and published them on Amazon. But the last one was Photoshop Elements 14 – The Organizer Revisited Again. Photoshop Elements (PSE) has been improved and enhanced significantly since then, and I figured it was time to write another one.

Photoshop Elements 2021 – The Organzer Plus has just been added to my books on Amazon. I have been working on it the last couple of months.

New eBook

The finished eBook has 241 pages and 315 figures. As with my other eBooks, this one essentially only covers the Organizer module of Photoshop Elements. For the most part, I leave the Photo Editor to other authors. Even if you are using a slightly older version PSE, there is still plenty of helpful information for you in this eBook.

If you end up buying it or reading it for free through Kindle Unlimited, let me know what you think.

Until next time…

Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 2021 Released

It has been sometime since I last posted anything. One would think that with COVID-19 running wild, I would have more time to do this. Not so, it seems. I have been actively pursuing my photography to be sure. For one thing I have been busy beta testing the latest version of Photoshop Elements, PSE 2021, which Adobe just announced on Thursday.

Below is a link to where you can learn about this latest version, beyond what I can cover here. It includes several videos.

As I generally do, I am going to provide a short description of what is in the latest version. It includes performance improvements and some new features as well.

Here are some of the highlights:

In the Organizer there is a new Catalog database only backup command.

Three new Guided Edits, Perfect Landscapes (added a more dramatic sky in this example), Creative Dualtone Effect, and Move and Scale Object.

Moving Photos (2D and 3D camera motion) command in the Photo Editor.

Fix Face Tilt option has been added to the Enhance > Adjust Facial Features command. Note, the animated GIF here is just to give the idea of the results. There is no animation.

New Creation, Quote Graphic, which is accessible from both the Organizer and the Photo Editor, which has numerous templates, including animation.

Option to save photos to the Adobe cloud. You can also edit a photo stored on the cloud.

Use GPU to improve performance when using certain filters in the Photo Editor, for ezample, Liquify filter.

Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) editor was upgraded to the new look of Version 12.4 allowing the film strip of opened photos to be either at the bottom or the left.

In the coming weeks I will be demonstrating these and other improvements to Photoshop Elements 2021, as well as Premiere Elements 2021, which also had significant new features added this round. Stay tuned.

Until next time…

360-Degree Panoramas Webpage

If you have followed my blog, you know that a lot of my posts deal with 360-degree panoramas, either taken with my drone, or more recently my Insta360 One X camera. My posts have often dealt with my efforts to stitch the individual images together and then effectively project them to be able to use the mouse to scroll and zoom.

About a month ago I added a dedicated webpage to focus on both my efforts and some of the results. Currently most of the examples were created using projections. The link to the webpage is shown at the top of this page. Later I will highlight other sites and software.

Stay tuned.

Until next time, stay safe.

Tired of Watching Netflix – Cast your Own

Hopefully, we are all doing our part and are sheltering-in-place as we continue our fight to control the spread of COVID-19. That probably means we are watching a lot of television.

Personally, I am growing tired of watching what my cable provider, Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and other commercial sites have to offer. It’s not that I have run out of things to watch from their offerings. It is just I would like to watch or listen to content that is stored on my computer.

Sure I can watch videos, listen to music, and look at slide shows or groups of photos sitting at my computer. But there is not room for more than a couple of people (for now family members) to crowd around my computer monitor. And my speaker is OK for speech, but not for music.

What I really want to do is watch and listen to the content I have on my computer from the comfort of my family room on my flat screen TV. I even have a sound bar that provides much improved audio than my television.

Luckily, since my PC is running on Windows 10, there is an easy way to do this. For those of you who use Macs, I am sure there is a way that is equally simple that allows you to do the same.

All you need besides you PC to do this is either a smart TV or, as in my case, a smart DVD player. What follows are the steps required to view photo images, listen to recorded music, or watch videos stored on your PC or one of its hard drives on your television.

Step 1   Turn on and Prepare Your Smart Device

This needs to be done before you do anything on your PC. The figure below shows the Home screen on my Samsung DVD player. The arrow points to the mode that is used to mirror what is playing or being displayed on my PC in another room.

DVD Home Screen

Not described here, but I have also set my sound bar to the right source.

Step 2   Set Up Your PC for Streaming

Click on the Start button > Settings.

Select PC Settings

Click Settings > Devices.

Settings Devices

Select Bluetooth > UBP-X700 (my DVD Player’s system name)

UBP-X700 is the system name or ID for my DVD player. This can be found in your DVD’s System Settings screen. Note the figure below was captured while setting up to play audio files. That is why the XBP-X700 video icon is not connected.

Buetooth Devices

Step 3   Select the Media to be Streamed

Using File Explorer, select the files to be streamed. This example is for casting an audio file. At this point it could also be video files. In the figure below, only a single file was selected. Multiple files (songs in this case) could have also been selected.

Right click on the selected file or files and then click on Cast to Device > XBP-X700 as shown below.

Cast to Device

Step 4   Click on the Play/Pause Button

Play Audio

 Step 5    Return to your Easy Chair and Enjoy

A couple final tips:

    • You can select one folder at a time for music. All of the songs in that folder will play and then repeat when the last song has played.

    • For videos and photo images, you can select multiple folders in Step 3, and they will all play.

    • Once the files begin streaming you can Pause etc. from the devices remote – in my case, my DVD’s remote.

    • This last one is strictly for my benefit, and most likely is not applicable in many/most cases. I keep my cable box/DVR on and select the applicable input of my DVD player on my TV to begin the steps.

There you have it. Let me know if you found this post helpful.

Until next time…

Scott Kelby’s Latest Webinar

This morning Scott Kelby presented his latest free webinar on backing up your photos. I tuned in a bit late, but the webinar is still available at the following link.

Scott Kelby Webinar – Backing Up Your Photos

In fact, you can also view previous webinars here as well.

The webinar is focused on those who use Adobe’s Lightroom Classic. For those of you are are Lightroom users, who are familar with Scott Kelby, you may already be familar with his SLIM – Simplified Lightroom Image Management system.

There is a complete updated course on Slim on

But even if you do not you will probably get multiple tips by watching the webinar.

Some of the key points discussed in the webinar include:

  • Put all of your photos on one external hard drive.

  • Backup up your photos to a second external hard drive.

  • Also, back up your photos to cloud Storage.

  • Put all of your photos on your external drive into a single super folder. Your existing folders are then sub-folders of this super folder.

  • In Lightroom Classic, use only one Catalog.

The webinar goes on to discuss additional Lightroom topics. Even if you do not use Lightroom, the above practices are worth doing.

Until next time…


How Photoshop Elements has Changed Throughout the Years

As I read the discussions in various forums and Facebook groups, it is apparent that many users continue to use older versions of Photoshop Elements. Many users are even using older versions than PSE 11, released in the Fall of 2012. This version is significant, because Adobe changed the complete look and feel of the program in that version.

One of the most commonly asked questions from users of older versions is whether or not it is worthwhile to upgrade to the then current version. The answer for a given user depends upon their circumstances. It is often driven by changes in the computer they use, its operating system, and/or the camera they use.

Today, we are probably about half way through the product life cycle of PSE 2020. If history repeats itself, PSE 2021 will be released sometime this Fall. So the question many users ask is should I upgrade to the latest version. Adobe has a excellent table that compares PSE 2020 features with previous ones going back to PSE 15. You can access it at the link below:

PSE 2020 Logo

For several years now I have maintained my own table. It is more detailed than the one in the above link and goes back to PSE 11. The link below is to my current version. It is an Excel spreadsheet. 

Feature Comparison PSE 11 Through PSE 2020

If you have been struggling to decide whether to upgrade or not, I hope you found this information helpful. If so please star-rate it or Like/Share the post. Also, I am always open to comments.

Until next time…

Addendum: Some were not able to open my spreadsheet. I have converted it to a PDF file. The link to it is below.

Photoshop Elements Feature Comparison PSE 11 through PSE 2020 PDF File.