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.

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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.

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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.