Sensei-tional! Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2021 receive raft of updates

Sensei-tional! Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2021 receive raft of updates
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Adobe has just announced a raft of juicy updates for its Sensei-powered budget editing packages, Photoshop Elements 2021 and Premiere Elements 2021. 

Unlike the subscription-based Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2021 offer creators slightly pared-down versions of the full-fat programs for an affordable one-off payment.

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Photoshop Elements 2021 users can now transform their favorite stills into moving images, in the form of animated GIFs with 2D and 3D camera motion. This is all possible thanks to Adobe Sensei – the powerful artificial intelligence algorithms that power the software.

Another Sensei-powered addition is Adjust Face Tilt, which automatically alters the position of a person’s face in a bid to produce a more flattering image. If that wasn’t enough, social media types will no doubt enjoy the ability to add stylized graphics to personalize an image or add a motivational quote.

For video editors, Premiere Elements 2021 users are also treated to a number of worthwhile upgrades. Select Object enables you to select a portion of your video’s frame, and apply effects that will cleverly track throughout the footage.

The addition of 21 new music options will no doubt add to your creative versatility, while GPU-Accelerated Performance removes the need to render before playback when viewing certain effects – and it will also allow for faster video cropping. 

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Elements’ Guided Edits are great for helping newcomers perform various editing techniques, and Adobe has added five new ones to the seventy-eight already available across both Photoshop and Premiere Elements.

Photoshop users can take advantage of a trio of new Guided Edits: Duotones, Perfect Landscapes and Move, Scale, and Duplicate Objects. The former enables you to spice up your images with a snazzy two-color effect, Perfect Landscapes uses Sensei to help users replace skies, remove haze and erase objects, while the latter should make selecting objects within an image a cinch.

Premiere gets a couple of interesting Guided Edits for video; Double Exposure enables you to create a video within a photograph, for a startlingly stylized effect, while Animated Matte Overlays help you apply shapes and animation styles, and select scenes or transitions to spice up your footage.

For a full list of the exciting new updates and to see videos of them in action, visit the Adobe website.

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Mike Harris
Technique Editor

Mike is Deputy Editor for N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, and brings with him over 10 years experience writing both freelance and for some of the biggest specialist publications. Prior to joining N-Photo Mike was the production editor for the content marketing team of Wex Photo Video, the UK’s largest online specialist photographic retailer, where he sharpened his skills in both the stills and videography spheres.  

While he’s an avid motorsport photographer, his skills extend to every genre of photography – making him one of Digital Camera World’s top tutors for techniques on cameras, lenses, tripods, filters and other imaging equipment, as well as sharing his expertise on shooting everything from portraits and landscapes to abstracts and architecture to wildlife and, yes, fast things going around race tracks.