Today Adobe announced Photoshop Elements 2019 and Premiere Elements 2019. Introducing new versions of PSE and PRE has become an annual event in late September or very early October.
Since new versions are released annually, the improvements are generally incremental. Depending upon what new features have been added, upgrading ever year may not be necessary for everyone. That being said, there is enough new in the 2019 versions to warrant giving them a good look.
In this post, I will highlight the new capabilities added to PSE 2019. In later posts, I will cover PRE 2019, Adobe’s video editing program.
Photoshop Elements Organizer
- Adobe has incorporated a new and efficient installer that should simplify and speed up the installation for those downloading both PSE 2019 and PRE 2019 from Adobe’s website.
- There is a totally redesigned Start page or Hub. This page always opens first in both PSE 2019 or PRE 2019. There does not seem to be a way to avoid this and going directly to the Organizer or Photo Editor in one click, short of manually putting a shortcut to the applicable .exe file. However, the new Start Page has some interesting links that most users will find helpful.
In addition to links to the Organizer, Photo Editor, and Video Editor (PRE 2019), it previews Auto Creations, a brand new feature in PSE 2019
- Auto Creations is probably the biggest innovation added to the Organizer. Auto Creations examines your photos and videos in the Organizer and automatically generates slide shows, photo collages, video collages, and interesting photos extracted from your videos. Many may not really be what you are looking for, but each can be fine tuned within the program or even deleted. These creations may take awhile to generate, but the process runs in the background. Up to 40 creations can be generated, and as you delete some, others will be added as new photos and videos are imported into the Organizer.
- There is one take away. You can no longer share a photo directly to Facebook from the Organizer. As of August 1st, Facebook does not allow direct sharing from any desktop app. I suspect this is part of their security improvements. Perhaps when some dust settles, the capability may return.
- Adobe has added some new fun and useful Guided Edits to this version. This includes creating a Meme (humorous image/video or text), Partial Sketch, Text and Border Overlay, and Multi-Photo Text.
- Text Tool now includes custom Leading and Tracking.
- The Open Closed Eyes tool now can select the source photo for eye replacement from the Photo Bin. This added capability makes this excellent tool even easier to use.
- The new Apple High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF) for JPEG images is available on Mac iOS 10.13. HEIF images can be taken by an iPhone 7 or later or the iPad Pro.
New versions of both PSE 2019 and PRE 2019 are available from Adobe now at the link below.
So far, I have not seen the new versions offered on Amazon. However, it was my understanding that it would be available in stores on the release date.
In the coming weeks, I will post additional information and demos on both PSE 2019 and PRE 2019, so stay tuned.
Until next time…
Since the first of August, Facebook does not allow you to upload pictures directly from desktop photo editing programs such as Photoshop Elements. Photoshop Elements could previously upload photos to Facebook from its Organizer, by clicking on Share > Facebook, as illustrated in the figure below.
Since August 1st, when you do that, you are greeted with the error message below.
Clicking on Continue, the following message appears.
This change affects only desktop applications. Uploading photos and videos from smartphones and tablets are not affected by this new restriction.
Click on the link below to learn more about this change by Facebook. It is unclear whether Facebook will once again be available from Elements in the future.
So, for the foreseeable future, you will need to do it directly from Facebook, navigating to the physical location on your computer where the photo is located. My general approach is to export the photo to a special folder on my desktop, and then direct Facebook to that location. I clean out the folder periodically, since once the photo is uploaded, I no longer need a copy in this special folder.
Until next time...
Certainly this is nothing new, but you may find it useful if you have a memory like I do – poor.
Have you been in the middle of preparing a slideshow or similar project and needed to add some background music from a CD you? You know you can do it, in fact you have done it before – months ago. That is exactly what happened to me.
Because it had been so long since I had ripped music from a CD, I had forgotten how to get started and a couple of key steps. As I was doing this, I thought maybe there are others out there who follow my blog, and may want a quick review.
Below is video that reviews how to rip music using Windows Media Player.
I hoped you found the video helpful.
Until next time…
This 360-degree panorama was taken from my Mavic Pro from an altitude of about 100 feet. It is made up of 34 images that were then stitched together and projected into a spherical panorama on the Okolo website.
Zoom in and you can see me sitting on the bench near the jungle gym.
One of the advantages of using the Photo Editor expert mode in Photoshop Elements is that Elements is based on th same engine as used in Photoshop CC. This is quite evident once you get into the dialogs for specific commands and tools.
This post links to an AppTip Sheet that clearly illustrates this by applying a watercolor effect to a photo. This effect starts with applying the Watercolor filter, but goes well beyond this simple effect,
I learned the technique from an article by Colin Smith of Photoshop Cafe. He explains his technique using Photoshop CC. However, it uses the commands and tools that have long been a part of Photoshop.
I was able to apply the same technique in PSE 2018 with only a couple of modifications. My AppTip Sheet breaks with my usual practice and topics for these tip sheets. The technique involves many steps, and this the TipSheet is much longer than normal.
This technique allows for wide range of customization in the settings as you apply the steps. Below shows the before and after for the photo and settings I chose.
Here is the link to the AppTip Sheet.
Try this out and let me know what you think in the comments below.
Until next time…