Processing RAW Images Using ACR in Photoshop Elements 2018

I suspect at some point most of you will want to begin to shoot at least some RAW images in your camera. The control and quality you gain from shooting in RAW is significantly greater than is possible than shooting and editing a JPEG image.

There are a lot more topics that I will cover in the future that deal with the main Photo Editor of PSE 2018, but I want to take time now to cover processing images using the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) editor that is a part of PSE 2018, as well as earlier versions. This is the same, but less feature-rich version that is in Photoshop CC.

In this post, I will overview the steps or process of editing a RAW image.  The link below the figure is to a PDF file you can download and print the tutorial.


In the next installment, I’ll cover tips on using the Basic Editing screen in the ACR. Stay tuned.

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Until next time…

Use PSE 2018 to Find Your Best Photos

In this post, I will demonstrate a new feature in the Photoshop Elements 2018’s Organizer, Auto Curate. This feature uses advanced techniques, including artificial intelligence to select the best images from a larger group of images. You can control the number of photos selected by adjusting the tool’s slider.

Auto Curate can be used in several different ways. For example, if you come back from a trip with hundreds of photos, it can be used to help you select the best images to be used in a slide show.

I will use it in conjunction with Smart Tags to select the best shots of sunsets that were Smart-Tagged by PSE 2018. As part of the demonstration, I save the selected images in an Album.

To see the video demonstration, click on the image below.

Auto Curate Title

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Until next time…

Refining Your Selections in PSE 2018

If you have been reading my blog posts for the past several months, you know I have been posting a series of Photoshop Elements 15 tutorials, covering both the Organizer and the Photo Editor.

Well, now that PSE 2018 has been released, I will continue the series, but will be using PSE 2018 for the figures and any changes to the steps in PSE 15 that were introduced in PSE 2018. Additionally, I will be posting tutorials that go into more of the details on how to use the brand new features of PSE 2018.

This tutorial will cover the Refine Edge Tool. Accessing the tool has been made easier in more recent versions of PSE, because there is a button to access the tool from the various selection tools, as shown in the figure below. You can still access it from Select > Refine Edge from the Menu bar, however.

Refine Edge Button

Click on the link below to open the PDF file containing the tutorial.

Refine Edge Tool Tutorial

There is also the Refine Selection Brush tool, that is available as one of the selection tools from within the Tool Option bar as shown below. This tool works essentially the same as the Refine Edge. It basically is just an alternative way to access the basic capability.

Refine Selection Brush

Linda Sattgast ( has an excellent YouTube video describing how to use the Refine Selection Brush. Its link is shown below.

However you chose to access Refine Edge, brush or tool, it can really improve your selections, especially if they contain hair.

Until next time.


Adobe Announces Photoshop Elements 2018

Adobe has released their latest version of Photoshop Elements, named Photoshop Elements 2018.

Welcome Screen


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.

The Organizer

Main Org Grid

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.

Auto Curate

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.

Face Rec

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.

4th Lev Places

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.

SS Editor

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…