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Adobe today released new versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, the company's more affordable photo and video editing software aimed at casual home users who want to improve their images and videos.

Both Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2018 offer a range of new tools and enhancements to existing features to streamline and improve the editing process.

Photoshop Elements 2018 offers a new Automatic Selection tool for detecting objects to make it simpler to remove a subject from its background, and there's a new feature for automatically fixing photos where a person has closed eyes by copying the eyes from another photo and blending it in seamlessly.

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A new Auto-Curate feature in the Adobe Elements Organizer allows it to detect and highlight your best photos. It intelligently analyzes photos using parameters like exposure, composition, focus, subject, and more.

Auto-Curate is able to recognize faces and surface photos that contain people, and it's even able to recognize family members photographed often over strangers to recommend the best photos for editing.

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Premiere Elements 2018 includes a new feature called Candid Moments for automatically extracting photos from raw video footage, while a customizable Smart Trim option detects and eliminates bad scenes from a video. There are also better organizational tools for finding all of the videos on your computer.

With an updated Slideshow feature, curated photos and videos in both Premiere and Photoshop Elements can be turned into dynamic slideshows with a single click, and there are easy-to-use options for choosing a theme, adding music, and integrating captions.

For those who are new to Photoshop and Premiere Elements, Adobe offers a range of Guided Edits that walk users through editing tasks. There are many existing Guided Edits, and today's software release adds even more options.

In Photoshop Elements, Swap Backgrounds lets users select the subject of a photo and change out the background in just a few steps, while Create Double Exposures lets two photos be layered on top of one another.

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Add Artistic Overlay Effects lets users add a shape overlay like a heart that highlights one section of an image, while Watercolors walks users through transforming a photo into a watercolor painting.

In Premiere Elements, there's a Guided Edit for creating a bounce-back effect that lets a segment of video run forward and backward in quick succession (a Boomerang-style effect), and there's an option for adding a freeze frame with an accompanying motion title.

For fisheye video captured with action cams like the Go Pro, there's a tutorial for trimming and fixing lens distortion, and there's a walkthrough for creating a quick animated video that can be shared on social media networks.

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Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2018 are available for purchase for $99 each from the Adobe website starting today. Bundles are available for $149.99, and existing users can upgrade for $79.99 for one product or $119 for the bundle. Adobe is changing its Premiere and Photoshop naming scheme this year, so Premiere and Photoshop Elements 2018 are the follow-up to last year's Premiere and Photoshop Elements 15.

Article Link: Adobe Debuts Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2018
 

rkRusty

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"There's a new feature for automatically fixing photos where a person has closed eyes...blending it in seamlessly."

Except that promotional photo has been done in the reverse. The original is a stock photo of a girl with her eyes open, and it has been photoshopped to make them closed, then "before & aftered" to appear genuine. It's also such a shoddy job that you can tell without reverse image search. They're obviously very confident about this new feature.
 
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Mascots

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where does it say they won't work in High Sierra? from their website it says it's compatible with Mac OS X v10.11 through macOS v10.13

Obviously you don't use Adobe tools on a daily basis for professional work because if you believe "compatible" in Adobe-land means anything close to "works as intended" anymore: oh my.
 
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Sasparilla

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Be lovely if they wasted less time on this absolutely useless low-end stuff and maybe spent more time bug-fixing CC for High Sierra.

They must sell a bit of this low end stuff apparently and have to keep it working with the latest OS versions or they won't get the sales and upgrade money.

WRG to fixing CC, well they get your money via subscription/entitlement whether they fix the bugs or cut the amount of bug fixing they do on it....guess which one costs them less money? I'm sure they're fixing things, but the motivations with subscriptions for companies with lock-share products are all out of whack.
 
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Booch21

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So... do they even work in High Sierra or are we just perpetually waiting on that from all of Adobes products?
I don't use CC so my experience may not be typical. I'm still on Production Premium CS6.5 and will remain there as long as they continue to work. I have not had any issues with Adobe Audition CS6.5, which is my primary program. I have also fired up Premiere Pro CS6.5 in order to export a video to Encore CS6.5 to make a DVD. No issues on any of that and I upgraded to High Sierra the day it came out. I take that back, I had to download a few fonts, but that was it.
 
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Janichsan

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So... do they even work in High Sierra or are we just perpetually waiting on that from all of Adobes products?
I'm not aware that Photoshop has problems with High Sierra. Only Illustrator and Indesign have. Even PSE 14 runs fine for me under High Sierra.
 
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jettredmont

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So... do they even work in High Sierra or are we just perpetually waiting on that from all of Adobes products?

Only a few of Adobe's products are not High Sierra compatible. Illustrator and InDesign are the two I've seen. I personally have used both Lightroom and Photoshop on High Sierra without incident, although obviously the nature of bugs is that "works for me" doesn't mean there aren't compatibility issues. I would expect new releases to be compatible with the current OS release, and they certainly claim as much.
 
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Obviously you don't use Adobe tools on a daily basis for professional work because if you believe "compatible" in Adobe-land means anything close to "works as intended" anymore: oh my.
Obviously you would be wrong. I use Adobe tools on a daily basis for professional work and am running High Sierra and haven’t had any issues as of yet. I know Adobe has had a long history of software issues with Mac OS but to just state that it doesn’t work with High Sierra, especially when you haven’t tried it and the company says it does, is a flat out lie: oh my.
 
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Mascots

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Obviously you would be wrong. I use Adobe tools on a daily basis for professional work and am running High Sierra and haven’t had any issues as of yet. I know Adobe has had a long history of software issues with Mac OS but to just state that it doesn’t work with High Sierra, especially when you haven’t tried it and the company says it does, is a flat out lie: oh my.

Take a step back and look back at the comment you're losing your mind over: It's a question - which at its heart is mocking Adobe's failure to keep their flagship products up to date with the platforms they're running on.

I didn't invent this reputation for them, Adobe created it themselves.

It's great you haven't had any issues yet. Adobe, themselves, suggests otherwise. They list issues specifically for Photoshop, Lightroom, and Drive. Problems with InDesign and AI problems are widespread - from simple things like an inaccurate cursor - to the point it's highly suggested you hold off on updating your OS for them. They've had months to address the mundane and most impactful items; I'm not asking for perfection here. Don't get yourself worked up because people aren't bending over for them and call out their bull. At least here you get it with a little humor.
 
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Ener Ji

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To the person in an earlier thread who was unhappy that PhotoShop CS3 (over ten years old at this point) would not work with APFS and refused to pay a subscription to get the latest version of PhotoShop (not that I blame them):

The new Photoshop Elements 18 may be just what the doctor ordered. My guess is its feature set compares favorably to CS3.
 
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MacRum2011

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I tried Premiere Elements 2018 for 30 minutes and I deleted it because it was so difficult to use. It was more frustrating than productive. Terrible product.
 
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