Adobe has released their latest version of Photoshop Elements, named Photoshop Elements 2018.
CLICK HERE to view their announcement. Announcing the next version of Elements in late September has become a ritual with Adobe. I have been using the beta version for the past several months, and PSE 2018 has several new features that I am sure will be popular with new and old users alike.
In the coming weeks and months, I will be posting tutorials on several of the new features, but for now, here is quick rundown. I will cover the Organizer, in this post. I will briefly describe the Photo Editor module in a second post shortly.
One of the primary goals of the development team was to improve the performance of the Organizer. They have accomplished this in several areas. These improvements are under the hood, and the improvement you will see will depend upon your computer system and what Organizer features you use.
As you can see from the figures in this post, the look of the Organizer has not changed much from recent versions. So coming up to speed and getting right into the new features will be quick for current PSE users.
A new feature that Organizer users will like is the new Auto Curate. Using it gives you a jump on screening your images. As shown above, it is accessed by checking the small box in the upper right corner of the Grid.
The accuracy and performance of Face Recognition continues to be improved with each new version. To be honest, I still do not use it regularly. The number of people I am interested in tagging are only few. Also, the program cannot identify someone from their profile, which other programs suffer from as well.
In this edition of PSE 2018, when geo-tagging photos using Places, a fourth level of detail has been added to the description of the location. Many users have been requesting this expansion.
My favorite new feature is the significant improvement to the Slide Show Editor, which is accessed from the Organizer. For those of you who have used PSE prior to PSE 11, will remember that the Slide Show Editor in those early versions was quite flexible and full-featured.
For PSE 11, Adobe replaced the original Slide Show Editor, because its legacy code was very difficult to maintain. They replaced it with a simple and very limited tool. In PSE 2018, the Slide Show Editor is significantly improved. These improvements made using it for me adequate, if not ideal, for short simple slide shows.
It still lacks many of the features that the original (pre-PSE 11) Slide Show Editor provided, such as a fully controllable pan and zoom (Ken Burns) effect, the ability to add text to a slide while controlling its font, size, and position, controlling the duration of each slide, and adding audio captions. The new Slide Show Editor allows short videos to be used. However, they can only be a maximum of 10 seconds long, which I feel is too short.
But, Adobe has done a good job of including several themes that mitigate some of the Slide Show Editor’s shortcomings. In the end, I found that enough features were included to allow me to once again use it for my simple slide show presentations. I still have Premiere 2018, Adobe’s consumer level video editing program for producing more complex presentations.
PSE 2018 is an incremental update to PSE 15. If you are a current user of the PSE 15’s Organizer, you may find these improvements to the Organizer are not sufficient to update to PSE 2018. However, for me the improved Slide Show Editor itself makes upgrading worthwhile.
And remember, PSE 2018 also includes the Photo Editor, which has its own set of new features. I’ll cover it next time.
Until next time…