Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021 review

Organize, fix and share your photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021and its machine learning and Guided Edits

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021 provides all the photo organising and fixing tools that the average photographer will require, plus it gives you in-app guidance on how to develop a more creative image-adjusting skills. Thanks to the Elements Organiser, Photoshop Elements 2021 works in tandem with Premiere Elements 2021 so that you can organise your footage and photos from under one roof.


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    Provides guided edits

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    Integrates with Elements Organiser

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    Easy to export to social media

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    No monthly subscription

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    Available for Windows & Mac


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    Dated looking interface

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    Best value as part of multipack with Premiere Elements

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As its name suggests, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021 is a cut down version of the long established  Adobe Photoshop CC. To a novice photographer the full version of Photoshop can appear daunting as it is packed full of potentially superfluous features such as the ability to draw vector-based shapes using bezier curves or digitally manipulate a person’s pose using the Puppet Warp command for example.  Photoshop Elements cuts to the chase by focusing on overcoming common photo problems (such as removing tints or color casts or straightening tilted horizons).  As Photoshop Elements contains only the essential photo-fixing tools it is far easier (and quicker) to master than the ‘full-fat’ version. 

Element’s useful Guided Edit modes give you easy access to the key tools required to help fix particular picture problems. Thanks to features such as Adobe Sensei AI it enables you to give your shots a creative makeover without  needing years of experience using the full version of Photoshop.  Photoshop Elements also boasts unique tools of its own such as the new social-media pleasing Moving Photos effect (which we’ll look at in the Key Features section). 

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.