To mark it’s 10 year anniversary, Adobe has released Photoshop Elements 10. In this article, I take a look a what’s new, and how well it performs.Elements has always been the ‘entry level’ image editing applications from Adobe, which, for most consumers, is all the editing they’ll need. With each release Adobe includes new features to better suit the needs of the average editor. Let’s take a look at what’s included in this release. I’ll cover a few of the bigger features in this release, then go more in-depth in upcoming videos.
There are many times where you might want to apply an effect to one specific area or subject in your photo. In previous versions of Photoshop Elements, this task wasn’t extremely simple, but in Photoshop Elements 10, the use of Smart Brushes combined with over 100 effects and patterns takes editing inside Elements to a new level.
Smart Brushes () work very similar to the Quick Selection Tool. It allows you to ‘paint’ overtop of an area, and Photoshop Elements will do it’s best to decipher what should be included, and what shouldn’t be. There are also over 100 effects and patterns that are included for use in your edit.
Once you have your desired effect/pattern selected, it’s as easy as painting the area that you want changed. If you want to change your brush size quickly, you can use the [ and ] keys on your keyboard. The image below shows the Cold Tone Black and White effect, painted over the background of the image.
What’s nice about using Smart Brushes, is that your effect is outputted as a new layer with a Layer Mask. This ensures that if you want to change the selection later on, you’re free to do so with ease.
Chances are, if you’re just diving into photo editing with Photoshop Elements 10, you’re unfamiliar with the steps needed to create certain effects, such as Depth of Field, Out of Bounds, or old time effects like “Lomo”. Luckily, Photoshop Elements 10 contains Guided Edit. Just like the feature states, the user will be guided through the process of achieving their desired result. Guided Edits can be found under the Edit tab at the top right.
Under the Guided sub-tab, you’ll notice a variety of effects, ranging from basic adjustments to advanced edits like the ones mentioned above. Let’s take a look at the Out of Bounds Guided Edit.
Looking at the images above, Photoshop Elements 10 walks you through the process of creating an Out of Bounds effect for your image. You start off by selecting the area that you want kept inside the frame, adjust the perspective, width and height of the frame, then select the area that you want extended outside of the frame using the Quick Selection Tool. Once you’re happy with the selection and extension, you can spice it up by adding a Drop Shadow as well as a fancy Gradient in the background.