DSC3401_3.jpeg : Is that you Grandma? Adobe may have the answer for you, in Photoshop Elements 10
You’ve been shooting like crazy these past years, and thanks to digital, you keep shooting, and shooting, and shooting.
Now where was that shot from Thanksgiving, with Grandma, and the pie she is famous for?
Where is it?
Then you get into the fun stuff, and get lost.
Adobe knew that and gave you a ton of new tools and simple ways to tag your photos from the beginning, with Photoshop Elements 10
With not only word tagging, but image tagging, similar to facial recognition. Actual we prefer it to the facial recognition we’ve seen.
Imagine coming back from your trip to the Matterhorn, and we mean the Disney version, and being able to pull all of the images with that magnificent edifice in one group.
OK, superior organization is just one part of the Elements 10 package.
As in previous versions, you benefit from Photoshop CS tools, in simplified, easier to digest, and use tools.
Learning how to add adjustments to images, in layered stages that can be turned on and off, is a critical bit of knowledge that will hold you in good stead as you grow in your photographic life.
Heck, even if you never go to the CS series, you work with a fairly robust set of tools in this streamlined package.
One of our other favorite features is the A/B comparison. See what the original looked like, while working on the adjustments.
And you can combine effects in different ways, by turning select layers on and off.
If it all looks terrible? You can start again, and haven’t lost your original.
The edit section of the program gives you a FULL choice, which amps up the controls, and gives you the stick shift to drive.
In Quick mode,the choices are simpler and you even get a fast Smart fix slider, to adjust the image as the program sees fit.
The amount of choices that have been pre-built for you are staggering, especially if you are just entering the Photoshop world.
You also get Content Aware fill, first intro’d in CS5. Powerful stuff:
Be gentle with yourself, and after you’ve played in the candy jar of possibilities, make the image the best it can be while telling the story you are after.Sometimes, when you are new to all of the ways you can touch your image, you touch it too much. Colors become garish, effects are overdone and obvious, and the finesse of enhancing your photograph, can get lost.(yes, that is a toothbrush tool to whiten teeth to the right. cool.)
That’s a good reason to work in the A/B comparison mode, or toggle back and forth.
Big suggestion here: Buy a Wacom Tablet
tablet. The new found powers you will discover, are really best when harnessed with an electric pen, part of the Wacom Tablet
table system. your brushes and pens in Elements become more precise.
And with that,a whole new world of your photography may open up.
Plus, there is a Guided section to the Edit portion which will walk you through each steps to do what you want it to do. Adobes goal wasn’t to make it harder for you, but help you enjoy the experience.
The photos weren’t meant to stay on your computer, though.
In Elements 10, there are enough sharing presets that will send you photo through time and space to some of your favorite social media buckets ( Twitter is coming.), or even in that old school format: a Book!
Right now, you can get Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 for just over $50.00!!
If you are not climbing up the Adobe imaging family tree yet, this is the best deal you’re gonna see, and it should be taken advantage of.
Here’s the thing with video editing also:
Apple kind of made a mess of things when they came out with Final Cut Pro X. As it was pretty much the standard for the editing world, the new version sent cutters running.
Who was left? The old guard AVID, and yep, Adobe Premiere.
It used to be an “also ran”, but came on strong in the editing software wars aftermath.
Now, for another $32.(approx) , you can get in on the starter, yet robust, version of the software bundled with Elements !0.
Imagine being able to move quickly between the 2 programs, and have interfaces that you find familiar with both stills and video?
Check out Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 10
Coming soon: Photoshop CS6 real world review. Cover us, we’re going in!