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!


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.

Evolution of Fonts

In Photoshop Creative Cloud 2017, Adobe added the ability to use bitmap fonts. What's a bitmap font? It's basically an alpha turned into a font! Yes, you can actually type with your alphas.How does it work? The font must be created and saved as a bitmap font. Then you can install it just like any fonts. I highly recommend only installing bitmap fonts when you are actually using them. They are very large files, much larger than traditional vector fonts. So they can take up a lot of your computer processing power. So if you plan on using bitmap fonts a lot, a font manager could be a great investment. Then you can simply enable and disable the fonts with a click as you need them.Now that your font is loaded, it works just like a regular font. Just type away and as long as that alpha has the characters, you can type your titles using the font! I love this new feature. Now the trick is finding some bitmap fonts out there!So, I've converted one of my old alphas to a bitmap font for you to play with. If you are interested in a font conversion service, you can email me or jump over to my store. (Designers too!)

Photoshop Elements 15 is Here!

Adobe Releases PSE 15!

And it's got some fantastic new features. I'll try to highlight a few of them for you over the next few newsletters. The first one I'll share is my absolute favorite! If you've followed me at all over the past couple years, you know that I absolutely love Lightroom for scrapping. Now, PSE is bringing the same drag and drop functionality to you.Yep, you can now drag and drop your photos, papers and journal cards directly onto special fillable templates. It's so easy! I have 2 template sets (with video demonstration) available in my shop now. I hope you'll grab them if you have upgraded to PSE15! Designers, stay tuned! On Friday, I'll have a new video tutorial in the store to teach you how to use PSCC to create the special fillable templates.

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Video Tutorial: Warping Ribbon Shadows

Each month in the Playbook, we include a video tip based on one of the amazing team layouts that are featured. This month, we had so many awesome tips, that I couldn't decide on which video to make. So I recorded an extra to share with you here on the blog! Click the button below to open the video in a new window. Or right+click to save it to your computer to watch later.

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