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Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 Review

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PROS / Adobe has a camera shake reduction tool that minimizes image distortion.

CONS / The software's photo organizer, Adobe Elements 15 Organizer, is a separate application.

 VERDICT / Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 is a good option for both beginners and veteran photographers. With an extensive toolset, experts can find the features they need, and beginners can learn how to use the software using the program's Guided Mode feature.

With an extensive set of editing tools and capabilities, Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 can help you touch up your photos or completely transform them. We award it our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award for its editing tools, sharing capabilities and support options. Elements has the organizing and editing tools the most sophisticated photo editing software has with the price point and usability of an entry-level product.

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  1. A score reflecting how easy the software is to use.
    Higher is Better.
  2. 2 Adobe Photoshop Elements
    95%
  3. 100%
  4. 90%
  5. Category Average
    88.50%

Editing Tools

Adobe is considered a standard in the photo editing software industry. Elements meets that standard with its vast number of basic and advanced editing tools. It is not a watered-down version of Photoshop but a focused image editor with tools specifically designed to fix and enhance photos.

The photo editor has three editing modes: Quick Edit, Guided and Expert. Each mode has its own specialty tools and presets. Quick Edit houses several of the basic editing tools such as zoom, crop and color correction.

Guided mode is where beginning editors will spend most of their time. It includes common adjustments editors make alongside a step-by-step tutorial that takes you through the entire process. Guided mode serves as a good resource for both beginners and experienced photo editors. If you are trying something new, the software can help you edit your photo successfully. Guided edits help you apply a set of changes that applied synergistically create an overall effect. For example, you can add a sense of motion to action shots.

With Expert mode, all of the tools are laid out. You can use the tools to apply advanced edits and take creative control of your images. Within this mode, you can choose from over 90 creative filters to add texture and color to your images. You also can use the clone tool to fix blemishes.

The latest version of Elements has a tool for remedying photo imperfections as a result of shaky hands, which is common, especially in selfies. You can also remove haze from photos. The latest version also makes photo editing suggestions for you, if you allow it. Elements will analyze your photo and suggest five effects. You decide which ones – if any – you want to apply.

One standout feature is the Content Aware Move Tool. This feature allows you to select a person or object and move it somewhere else. The Content Aware function then fills in the hole where the person used to be.

This software also has an Auto Tone Tool that corrects the lighting and color tones of a picture. When you use this tool, the program remembers your preferred output settings and adjusts the auto corrections according to your edit.

Organizing

Elements comes with Adobe Elements 15 Organizer photo organizing software. This program helps you import, sort and rate your photos. You can create your own albums and sort photos based on ranking, name, location, date and time. In the latest edition, you can even find photos based on who is in them, where you took them and what you were doing.

The program is compatible with other Adobe products, making it ideal software if you use Adobe's other programs. While the program helps you organize your photos, it becomes tedious switching back and forth between Elements 15 Organizer and Elements.

Import & Export Options

The software supports common image file types, including RAW, JPG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, PSD, PDF and animated GIFs. When you are editing photos, you can resize the image and file size to optimize it for online content. Smaller file sizes help your webpage load quickly.

Help & Support

The picture editor includes support resources within the application. Using the Guided Edit mode, you can access tutorials. You also have access to a user guide. In addition, Adobe has video tutorials, FAQs and a user forum on its website to address questions. If you still need help, you can contact Adobe's support team by phone, email or live chat.

Summary

Adobe Photoshop Elements is one of the best photo editing software options for both beginners and experts. The program has the tools professionals need but maintains its ease of use with its support options and Guided Edit mode. If you are looking for a photo editing software application that you can begin learning and grow with, Elements is a good option to consider.

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