Watch video: New features in Photoshop Elements 2020
Photoshop Elements is the budget version of the Adobe’s Photoshop CC (opens in new tab) image editor. It shares many of the features of its bigger sibling aimed, but importantly it can be bought outright – currently available for a $74.99 / £86.56 (opens in new tab) – so could be the better option if you don’t want a monthly subscription.
Adobe releases a new version each year, with numerous new and improved features, so we’ll be looking at what’s changed in Photoshop Elements 2020 (opens in new tab) so that you can use it to its full potential.
Many of the additions harness Adobe Photoshop’s Sensei Artificial Intelligence technology, facilitating powerful new features such as skin smoothing, selecting a subject automatically or colorizing an old black-and-white photo with a single click.
When you import your images into the Elements Organiser, Adobe’s Sensei AI will also scan through your pictures and apply some quick edits to them automatically. These are called Auto Creations (see step 5), and they make it even quicker to get started and see great results. Watch the video to see the new features in action!
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01 Object removal guided edit(opens in new tab)
Open your shot in Elements 2020 and go to the Guided mode, then in the Basics tab click on Object Removal to start. Then Brush or Lasso over the offending item and use the Add and Subtract buttons to fine-tune your selection and hit Remove Object.
02 Smooth skin easily
While working on a portrait, click on Enhance>Smooth Skin for a fast way to retouch. You’ll see the face selected with a blue circle, then just drag the Smoothness slider to the right until the skin is smoothed to your liking and press OK to apply.
03 Select subjects the easy way(opens in new tab)
For an easy way to select a subject, go to Select> Subject and it will automatically select it! Though you may want to tidy it up with the Polygonal Lasso Tool, using the Shift and Alt keys to add and subtract from your selection.
05 Automatically colorize old photos(opens in new tab)
To restore old black-and-white images to color, go to Enhance>Colorize Photo. For best results go into Manual mode and select the areas you want to work on, then click on them with the Droplet Tool and add the color you want to see in that area.
05 Use Auto Creations
Photoshop Elements will automatically apply and suggest edits to pictures that you’ve imported into the Organizer. You’re presented with these when you open the Home screen; click Open to bring it into Elements so you can continue to work on it.
06 New Pattern Brush guided edit
Go to Guided Mode>Fun Edits>Pattern Brush, then choose one of the patterns you like the look of on the right and start to paint over your shot and use the [ and ] keys to resize. To remove a pattern hit Ctrl/Cmd+Z or use the Pattern Eraser Tool.
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