Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 13: Social-Media-Friendly Upgrades


Like their predecessors, Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13 maintain the right amount of robust organizational and editing tools that have made them extremely popular. These new versions further build on Adobe’s efforts to make their products relevant to the ever-growing number of photographers whose work is destined to be published online, particularly on social media.

Photoshop Elements 13 provides the capability to create blended Facebook profile and cover photos for a more unique, more personalized, or simply more visually appealing profile page. For those who love the process of trying filters on their photos, the Quick Edit preview has been updated to show five different variations on a selected theme. This variety helps make sure that the look which best suits an image is more likely to be applied without the need for additional adjustments before uploading to an Instagram or Twitter feed.

Whether they are taken with a DSLR or with a smartphone, wide-angle images can frequently result in empty space or clutter within the frame that can reduce a picture’s impact. The crop tool’s new Crop Suggestions feature shows four crop options, any of which can bring the viewer’s focus where it needs to be, or it can provide a previously unconsidered perspective to the image being edited. A selection can be made from the given options, or a custom crop set by the user can be applied instead.

Three Guided Edits under the Photo Effects feature provide possibilities for expressing oneself in black and white. B&W Color Pop allows for the selective addition of colors within a black-and-white image; B&W Selection can be used to create sections of black and white within a previously all-color image; and Black and White applies a global monochrome conversion. In instances where the desired elements of an image are spread over multiple pictures, Photomerge Compose can be used to create the perfect shot. People or objects can be copied from one photo and pasted into another, while colors, lighting, and proportions can be adjusted to help ensure that the final product looks as though it was captured in-camera.

Photoshop Elements 13 is also designed to help its users continuously improve their work. Integrated within Photoshop Elements 13 is Elements Live, which provides channels for learning, inspiration, and news. Easy access for help with the program is also provided within the Elements Live interface.

The time-saving capabilities of Premiere Elements are further enhanced in version 13 though the Favorite Moments feature. By clicking on just the "favorite moments” within a video clip, Premiere Elements 13 can automatically generate a finished movie, ready for uploading. New Guided Edits add drama with effects or blurs that help focus the viewer’s attention on a specific part of a scene, while another new Guided Edit shows how to add Hollywood-style professionalism and excitement to titles by running a movie inside them.

Sometimes the most daunting part of editing a movie is deciding where to start. Video Story in Premiere Elements 13 can help take a jumble of video clips and make sense of them by providing themes and templates to get the creative process started.

For enthusiasts of action cams like the GoPro, Premiere Elements’ improved Shake Stabilizer can make first-person video of sports adventures smoother, more fluid, and more enjoyable to watch.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13 for Mac and Windows are both available individually, or as a bundle, and can be downloaded or delivered on DVD. The Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13 for Mac and Windows Student and Teacher Edition bundle is available in DVD format only.