What’s new in Photoshop Elements 13?
With Adobe having just released the 13th version of their popular photo editing software, we take a look at its new features:
Create new scenes by taking elements from one photo and placing them in another – e.g. if you want to add a person to a group photo, get the picture of the missing person from another photo and just insert them into the group photo. The Photomerge Compose feature will automatically adjust the colour and lighting so that you’d never know the person was missing in the first place!
Cropping a photo can be straightforward. But if you’re not sure, Photoshop Elements 13 will now present you with four crop options to choose from.
Elements Live view (eLive) is a concept to make content and resources available to users, visually pleasing and integrated right into Photoshop Elements Editor and Organizer. The new eLive view displays articles, videos, tutorials, and more – categorized into channels such as Learn, Inspire, and News. As a user, you can now access various tutorials and articles from the application itself.
Facebook cover photos
Have you ever seen those Facebook cover photos that blend the profile and cover pictures together? Well, now you can create your own in Photoshop Elements 13.
New Guided Edits
Change your photo to black and white. Or, retain one dominant colour, and turn the rest of the photograph black and white. The new Guided Edits in Photoshop Elements 13 help you transform the mundane into works of art with as few clicks and adjustments as possible.
Edit and refine selections
In Photoshop Elements 13, making fine selections is now easier. If you make an incorrect selection, instead of starting again, you can make fine adjustments to the boundaries of your current selection.
HiDPI display support
Photoshop Elements 13 now has native support for high-resolution display devices for the Windows (HiDPI monitors) and Mac (Retina displays).
Easily remove unwanted or unnecessary objects from your photographs. Photoshop Elements 13 will intelligently fill the chosen areas of your photograph with content based on the surrounding parts of the photograph.
The options to refine the edges of a selection are now more accessible through the Tool Options bar.
Adobe Camera Raw 8.6
The latest version of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR 8.6) is integrated into Photoshop Elements 13.
Quick Edit effects
Each effect in the Quick Mode now displays five possible variations so that you can choose one that is best for you.
Expert mode effects
19 new effects have been added to the Effect panel, and all thumbnails have been improved to display the Effect more clearly.
Enhancements in Photoshop Elements 13
The preset for scrapbooking is now available for all locales and countries.
In the Style Settings dialog for Layers, a new drop-down has been added for the position of the stroke. The drop-down has values: Outside, Inside, and Center.
Type tool – Scrubby slider
The font size now has a scrubby slider functionality. This enables you to change the font size quickly and conveniently.
Recently-opened files are displayed in the Open drop-down and in the Files > Open Recently Edited File menu. Both lists now display just the name of the file, instead of showing the entire folder and file name.
Photoshop Elements 13 in easy steps is due for publication in January 2015.