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Adobe Announces Latest Edition Of Their Simple, Yet Powerful Photoshop Elements Software

By Anthony Thurston on September 24th 2014

While most pros and advanced hobbyists probably use a full version of Photoshop, there are many who just can’t justify the cost, or who need something simpler. Adobe just announced their latest Photoshop Elements 13, which offers the power of Photoshop in a more simple and easier to learn interface.


The new version of Photoshop Elements comes packed with some great new features aimed at giving more power to experienced Elements users as well as more great instruction to new users of the software.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 Features

  • Advanced Image Enhancement Tools
  • Friendly and Intuitive Editing Interface
  • Integrated Learning Channels
  • Blend Facebook Profile and Cover Photos
  • Additional Quick Edit Effect Variations
  • Crop and Composition Tools
  • Black and White Photo Effects
  • Easily Mix and Merge Multiple Images
  • Enhanced Direct Social Network Sharing
  • Efficient Tagging and Searching Tools

I have never used any of the Elements software – I learned Photoshop in my multimedia class back in high school, so I never had the need for a simpler layout and more advanced learning help. That said, this is clearly the way to go if you are new to photography and want to learn how to edit your images better or if you know someone wanting to learn how to process images.


One of the coolest new features, in my opinion, is the ‘Effects Variation’ feature which basically automatically takes your image and edits/processes it for you, but then allows you to deconstruct the process that the software took to get to the end effect. This is great for visual learners, like so many photographers are, because it allows you to see the effect, and every step that went into making that effect while helping the user become more familiar with the Photoshop interface. 

You can get Photoshop Elements 13 for Windows or Mac now over on B&H for $99 or $80 for the upgrade.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Loretta Nichole

    I tried one of the earliest versions of Elements after years of using Paintshop Pro and I wasn’t very impressed. I was looking to move towards PS, and Elements seemed less intimidating. I do not know about the newer versions of Elements, but after having all of the options and features in Paintshop, elements left me feeling like I was trying to paint a Picasso using crayons. I took the leap, forked out the extra money for Photoshop and haven’t looked back!

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  2. Matthew Saville

    I kinda lost interest in Elements software the day they stopped including Bridge with PSE. That was a big mistake IMO…

    I just wish they’d beef up the accessory programs to Premiere, right now there are very limited options for alternatives to owning Premiere Pro AND After-Effects AND Audition. (In other words, the stabilization and de-noising capabilities of Premiere Elements, and even Premiere Pro itself, are abysmal…)

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  3. Dre Rolle

    I might have to get this for my girlfriend. Trying to teach her LR and PS is like nailing jello to a tree. This looks more promising, nice article.

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