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:
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.
In this post I will highlight some tips for maintaining and protecting your PSE 2019 Catalog. They are contained in the AppTip Sheet that is linked below. Over the years I have presented tutorials on how to use the Backup/Restore commands that our built into PSE. Even though these tutorials were written for previous versions, the steps and screens are virtually the same in PSE 2019.
Click on the link below to open the PDF file that describes how to protect and maintain your PSE 2019 Catalog.
Using the tips described in the AppTip Sheet will ensure that you spend your time doing the fun things that PSE 2019 allows, rather than troubleshooting problems with your Catalog.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Let me know if you found this table helpful. Don’t forget to explore my blog for other helpful digital photography articles and tutorials.
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.
Adobe 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.
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.
Please do not hesitate to leave any comments you may here or on YouTube.