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Learn Photoshop cc & Lightroom the easy way! Issue 55 October 2015

photoshop ELEMENTS 14 WHAT’S NEW?

The Digital Darkroom

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Elements 14’s new Shake Reduction command in action

What’s new in Elements 14?

Has Adobe pulled out all the stops for its new budget version of Photoshop? We take a first look at the new features Adobe has announced a brand new Photoshop Elements – its cut-price, beginner-friendly version of Photoshop. With new features such as guided print resizing, the Dehaze command and smart effects, Elements 14 has much to offer for both beginners and experienced

users. But which features will prove most useful? Organiser tweaks Arguably the most interesting new features are found not within the Editor, but in the Organiser. The three intelligent sorting modes – People, Places and Events – have all seen

improvements. The facial recognition feature within the People tab is much improved, making it easy to sort your photos by the faces that appear in them. What’s more, as you add new photos, Photoshop Elements recognises faces and automatically adds relevant images to each person’s stack. The Places tab has also been refreshed, with image slides overlaid on an interactive map to show exactly where they were taken. New smart effects There’s a smattering of new features in the Elements Editor, and a few others taken – as usual with each new Elements release – from its big brother, Photoshop CC. In Quick Mode, the Effects panel lets you apply

Choose from a range of Smart Look effects hand-picked for the image you’re working with

Make motion blur effects with the new Guided Edits blur feature in Photoshop Elements 14

The Guided Edits interface has been adapted to show a before/after split-screen of each effect

one-click edits. Along with the 50 or so useful ready-made effects familiar from Elements 13, there are new Smart Looks. This feature analyzes an image, then makes intelligent suggestions of effects it thinks would work, pulling out a selection of five effects from a database of over 2,500. As always with automated photo edits, it remains to be seen how well the tool performs on a wide variety of images. But it’s an interesting approach to the current craze for retro effects: rather than just adding a generic preset, Adobe tailors the preset to the specific content, color and tone of a particular image. Guided resizing Switch to the Guided Edit mode, and the difference in the new Elements 14 is immediately apparent. The interface now opens with an array of images that show each guided edit in action, with interactive sliders for a before and after view. There are two new guided edits to pick from. The first addresses one of the most frequent questions posed by beginners: “How do I resize my photo for web/print?” The solution is a step-by-step tutorial with quick access to all the relevant tools. As such, the Resize Your Photo guided edit may not be offering anything new in terms of

When to go mono

It’s not just about knowing how to convert images to mono: it’s also about recognizing which subjects work best…

tip 1 Portraits

Not all portraits work well in mono, but for those portraits where you want to focus attention on the shape of the body or the expression on a face, colors can sometimes be nothing more than a distraction.

Top tip Window light is ideal for black-andwhite close-ups. The directional light emphasizes skin texture and creates catchlights in the eyes.

tip 2 Patterns and textures

Patterns, textures and graphic shapes are ripe for monochrome conversion – especially when there is minimal color to begin with. Stripping out the color will enhance the strong shapes that make up the composition. Top tip Most black-and-white conversions will initially look a little flat. Apply a boost to the contrast by plotting an S-shaped curve line within the Curves command.

ESSENTIALS Your quick-start guide and reference to image editing in Photoshop

If you’re relatively new to editing in Photoshop, or you just don’t know where to begin, then this section is the best place to get started. Over the next nine pages, you’ll find an overview of the different versions of Photoshop available; a breakdown of the

typical image-editing workflow in Photoshop; an overview of raw file editing; a guide to the six most useful layers; and a glossary of the most useful shortcuts. This guide condenses most of the tools and techniques you’ll use every time you import a new roll of pictures.

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