Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements 2018

In case you weren’t paying attention, Adobe released Photoshop Elements 2018! (This is the update from version 15, and it makes sense given that Photoshop has been using years for their versions numbers since 2015.)

What’s new in PSE 2018?

Open Eyes Tool

This feature does exactly what it says! It uses additional photos of the same person to replace closed eyes with open ones. It’s a pretty nifty feature and is great for portraits or multi-person shots where you just cannot get the perfect combination.

Watercolor Guided Edit

If you’re not familiar with guided edits, you should really check them out. They lead you through creating special effects and complex operations and does a lot of the work for you. The watercolor guided edit quickly turns your image into a watercolor painting, complete with realistic texture.

Overlay Guided Edit

Crop your photo into shapes or masks for easy blending and masking. Scrapbookers have been doing this manually for years, so it may or may not be helpful to you. But it’s worth a try to see how it might fit into your scrappy workflow.

Replace Backgrounds

Swapping out backgrounds is something photographers love to do. You now have a guided edit to let you place your focal point onto a completely different image.

Auto Selection

Selections are some of the most time-consuming tasks in Photoshop. The new auto selection tool will snap a rough selection to the object’s outline for an easier selection experience!

Slideshows

If you use the Organizer, you can use the newly revamped slideshow feature to combine photos, text and videos into a true keepsake. Export to video or share to social media.

Upgrade Pricing

You can upgrade to Elements for $79.99 or to Elements + Premiere for $119.99. If you don’t already have a copy of Elements, the full price is $99.99 for Elements and $149.99 for Premiere. Premiere is Elements’ video component.

For help reviewing features from previous version of Elements compared to PSE 2018, click here.

For a comparison between PSE 2018 and PSE + Premiere 2018, click here.

Will I be upgrading to 2018? Eventually, yes! I need to be able to test and share features with you. Should you update? That’s  a personal decision of course! If you spend a lot of time removing background or making selections, then I’d say yes. If you’re the person who really enjoys new features and loves playing and learning your software, then definitely. If you usually upgrade every two years and you’re still using PSE14 or earlier, then I’d also recommend upgrading. If you have PSE15, and you don’t see a must have feature on the list, then you might want to skip this version, or wait for a super sale.