Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements 2023


Today, Adobe released the latest version of Photoshop Elements, PSE 2023, and Premiere Elements, PRE 2023, which is their consumer video editor. This is not surprising for they have released a new version at the end of September for many years now.

To be sure, these are generally incremental changes when a couple of significant new features are added along with several smaller improvements. PSE 2023 and PRE 2023 continue to be sold as perpetual license product and not by subscription.

I have been a beta tester for both programs for over 15 years and have been working with this version for the last several months. The link below is to Adobe’s announcement and description of the new release.

https://www.adobe.com/products/elements-family.html 

For the past several years, I have created and updated a matrix that compares the features of the currently released version of Photoshop Elements to its predecessors. This year I have reduced the comparison to comparing PSE 2023 versions starting with PSE 2020. It is shown in the PDF file linked below. It still is a large matrix requiring zooming to easily read the information.

https://donstouder.com/Digital-Photo-Corner/PSE%202023%20Feature%20.pdf

In previous years, my general recommendation for existing users of previous versions was to upgrade every other year. Since the upgrades are annual, the new features and performance improvements tend to be incremental. However, if you are using the cloud for your photos and also want Photoshop Elements on your smartphone, you should give PSE 2023 a close look, even if you are using PSE 2022. If you are using one of the older versions, you are ready for an upgrade. Many features have been added, even since PSE 2020 as illustrated in the matrix.

That is all for now but stay tuned. I will be describing several of the features in future posts.

Until then…

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My Photoshop Elements eBook – Now for my commercial. I have written four eBooks that cover only the Organizer of Photoshop Elements. My latest one covers Photoshop Elements 21. They are all available on Amazon. Here is the link to my latest one. I suspect I will write additional eBooks in the future.

Amazon.com: Photoshop Elements 2021 – The Organizer Plus eBook : Stouder, Donald: Books

Well, there you have it.

Initially, most my posts and videos dealt with Photoshop Elements. In more recent years, I continued covering that program, but added more and more content covering Lightroom, Photoshop, as well as content on iPads/iPhones and related subjects, such I my use and experiences with my DJI drones, Phantom 2+, and more recently the Mavic Pro.

My overall goal is to pass on what I learn as I practice my hobby making it more understandable and easier to follow than its original presentation. Also, I am sure that I follow these topics and technologies more closely than you have the time to do. These provide the value I add to a very crowded subject area on the internet.

How to Print 11×14 Borderless Prints on Canon’s PRO-100 Printer


The Canon PRO-100 printer driver cannot handle printing borderless 11″x14″ prints. Apparently, this size was not included since it was not considered a standard photo size at some point. I have a Canon PRO-100 color printer and often want to print an 11″x14″.

I found this workaround on https://www.redrivercatalog.com. This technique will work on other Canon printers, including PRO-10 and PRO-9000 etc. The steps below are for Photoshop 2022 but should work equally well for Photoshop Elements. The concept is valid for other photo printers that do not include an 11″x14″ setting.

1. Crop your photo to be a 14″x11″ (WxH), assuming you are printing a landscape aspect ratio photo.

2. On the menu, click Image > Canvas Size.

3. As shown in the figure below, set the width to 17-inches and the height to 11-inches. Move the black circle in the middle to the square on the left.

4. Click Ok.

5. Click Menu > Print> Print Settings.

6. In the Print Settings set the options below:

o Photo Printing

o Borderless

o Select desired paper

o High Quality

o 11″x17″ paper size

o Landscape Orientation

7. Click on OK.

8. Verify settings then click on Start Printing.

Note: If you are printing an 11″x14″ (WxH) portrait photo, set the width to 11″ and the height to 17″ in Step 3 above. Then move the circle from the center square to the top square in Step 3.

That is all there is to it.

Until next time…

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 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.

 

Creating High Contrast Landscapes Images Using Photoshop


In this post, I am going to demonstrate how to bring out detail in landscape photos using traditional/legacy commands in Photoshop.

In more recent versions of Photoshop, we have new commands such as Clarity and Texture that essentially do this. But sometimes it is fun to revert to the old way. Besides, there is always that potential to better control the final result.

In this demo, I will be using Photoshop 2020, but the same techniques can be used using Photoshop Elements as well. I learned this technique from Dave Seeram in a magazine article he wrote several years ago.

Click on the figure below to view the tutorial.

hi contrast

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Until next time…

Postscript to PSE 2019 Auto Creations Video


A couple of weeks ago, I posted a video on the new hub and Auto Creations feature. You can review that post here.

Here are a couple of things I did not emphasize, but should have. To begin with, Auto Creations uses AI to analyze your photos and videos to automatically identify and create slideshows, video & photo collages, or even just selecting/extracting some interesting images from your videos.

When it is activated, as described in the video, it works in the background to produce these creations, even if PSE 2019 is not running. It can create a maximum of 40 of these editable creations, and then stops. You can delete any or all of these creations or incorporate them into the Organizer. Once the number gets below forty, new Auto Creations are produced. If the Catalog has not changed with new imports, they may be repeats or similar creations previously generated.

Here is how I use this in my workflow. I generally turn off Auto Creations, since it appears to impact the performance of my PC. It may not have any impact  on yours. I review and either incorporate/edit the Auto Creations generated, or delete them. I can do this either with the Auto Creations on or off.

Now when I take a new set of photos perhaps from an event or just a photo shot, I import them into the Catalog, and then I turn Auto Creations on again. After a time, PSE 2019 has produced new creations from my recent imports. I even get a Notification on my desktop in Windows 10 telling me that new creations have been produced. I review the new creations and then turn Auto Creations off again. This process works well for me.

New ACs 12-21-18

I suspect that Adobe will enhance the Auto Creations feature in future versions of the program. I suspect one of those improvements will be to better identify the events and other information about the photos and videos selected for the creation.

If you found this and the original post helpful, please star-rate it and or share it with others. Thank you.

Until next time…

Using the New Hub and Auto Creations in Photoshop Elements 2019


Have you ever taken a series of photos and videos at an event of some sort and would like to quickly and effortlessly turn a few of them into a an interesting presentation? But you are fresh out of ideas, and maybe time.

Maybe what Adobe has added into the newest release of Elements is just what you need. PSE 2019 now comes with a new home screen or Hub, where you must start if you want to go to the Organizer, Photo Editor, or Premiere Elements, if you have it installed. Included in the Hub is Auto Creations. Built into the Hub is a new feature in PSE 2019, Auto Creations.

To give you a brief overview of the new Hub and what Auto Creations are all about, I have added a new YouTube video. You can find it at the link below.

PSE 2019’s New Hub and Auto Creations Video

As I describe in the video, you have the option to turn Auto Creations off, but not the Hub. This is Adobe’s version of Auto Creations, and I will expect it to improve and evolve in future releases. 

That’s all for now. Until next time,

Happy Holidays! 

New Webpage With Links to my Photoshop Elements Tutorials


Over the past couple of years I have been blogging tutorials on Photoshop Elements. When I started the latest version was PSE 15. When it was replaced with PSE 2018, I used screen shots from it for subsequent tutorials. I did the same when PSE 2019 was introduced.

Almost all of the tutorials are based on updated versions of my class handouts I used when I was teaching Photoshop Elements. The links are to PDF files for the most part which can be downloaded and printed if desired. There are also a few videos included. The tutorials cover both the Organizer and Photo Editing using Elements.

Click on the image below to go to the webpage that has the complete list.

Tiny Planet eg

Loading and Using Luminosity Masks in PSE 2019


A couple of months ago, I posted a tutorial on how to play back the sample Actions that have been a part of PSE for some time. A few years ago, Adobe made playing Actions easier, but they still can only be run. The Actions must be written by Photoshop in such a way as to use only those commands available internally in PSE or ones that are accessible by the user.

There are scores of Actions available online that can be loaded and played within PSE. In this tutorial, I demonstrate how to load and install a very creative set of actions by Tony Kuiper that make it very easy to apply Luminosity Masks in PSE for advanced photo editing. If you have been following photo editing topics, currently one of the most popular is using Luminosity Masks Now you can use this advanced technique from within PSE.

TK Luminosity Mask

Below is the link to my PDF file of the tutorial that you can easily download or print. By the way, there is a lot of additional tutorials and other information available on Tony Kuiper’s website.

Loading and Using Luminosity Masks Actions

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and found it helpful. If so, please Like  it, give it a Star Rating and Share with others who may also find it helpful.

Until next time.