If you’re a repeat reader here, you’ll know that lately I’ve been sharing lots of cool projects you can make using Photoshop Elements. And I get to keep giving copies of the software away, too!
There’s another giveaway at the end of this post, so make sure to read all the way through. (Giveaway closed.)
I happen to really love Photoshop Elements, both for editing my photos and for creating really cool photo projects, but I know it can seem a little overwhelming if you’ve never used it before. I’m here today to tell you it’s not nearly as scary as it seems. Photoshop Elements is extremely powerful in Expert Mode, but it also includes 2 powerful beginner modes: Quick Mode, which allows you to edit your photos in just a few clicks, and Guided Edits Mode, which makes it extremely simple to apply amazing transformations to your photos.
In honor of the launch of Photoshop Elements 15, which is available tomorrow and includes even more Guided Edits than ever before, I’m going to show you some of my favorite ways to add really cool effects to your photos in just a few clicks. Want to switch your photo to black and white? Use a Guided Edit. Want to crop it to a certain size? Use a Guided Edit. Want to swap someone’s head from one photo to another to get the perfect shot? That’s right, there’s a Guided Edit for that too (and it’s awesome!).
Thank you to Adobe for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own, and I *heart* Photoshop Elements.
So let’s take a look at what some of these easy Guided Edits can do, shall we? (Heads up, it’s a long post today because I wanted to show you some cool stuff, but don’t forget about the giveaway all the way at the end!)
Painterly Guided Edit
We’ll start with Painterly, a simple edit that allows you to turn a photo into a painting in seconds. I love printing out photos to decorate my home, but sometimes even a favorite photo needs a little something extra to make it really special.
I’ve always loved this photo of my son fishing, but after a few clicks with the “Painterly” Guided Edit, it actually looks like someone painted the image. The effect looks even more realistic when the image is printed onto watercolor paper or canvas. This is a really fun technique because you can surprise friends and family with “paintings” made from their favorite photographs. You may remember that I turned a photo into a painting once before; it’s way easier to do now!
Here’s a video that walks you through how the Painterly Guided Edit works:
Speed Pan Guided Edit
Next, let’s check out the Speed Pan Guided Edit. For this edit, I started with a fairly so-so snapshot of my husband and son on a 4 wheeler. Cute, but a little boring.
The Speed Pan Guided Edit walks you through the process of selecting your subject, then automatically applies a motion blur to everything else. This edit is a fun one for kids, who love to see themselves zooming across the photo. Imagine a photo of your little soccer playing zipping across the field – cool, right?
PHOTOMERGE Group Shot Guided Edit
This next Guided Edit isn’t new to Photoshop Elements 15, but it’s one of my favorites. Ever. You know how it’s impossible to take a picture and get everyone looking at the camera and smiling at the same time? Well, I used to spend quite a bit of time trying to select a head from one photo and merge it onto another photo and get it to look right…but not anymore.
With PHOTOMERGE Group Shot it is beyond easy to swap heads from one photo to another to make sure everyone is looking their best in the final shot.
Effects Collage Guided Edit
Another new Guided Edit is the Effects Collage. Using this edit, you can split up a photo into sections and then choose amongst different effects sets to give your photo drama and interest. This photo is of a lighthouse my husband and I recently visited on the Oregon Coast. It was just so gorgeous in person, perched above the ocean, but my photos of it didn’t really do it justice.
Applying a collage of effects gives it a cool vintage feel, and Photoshop Elements 15 makes it easy to export the finished image straight to social media for sharing.
Photo Text Guided Edit
Have time for one more fun new feature? Photoshop Elements 15 now includes a Guided Edit that makes turning a photo into text a snap.
This is a really fun technique for scrapbook pages, cards, or even pillows (like this one!). You can still choose your own fonts and sizing, but the Guided Edit makes it easy to fit your saying into your photo.
The new Photoshop Elements 15 is available now, and I haven’t even begun to cover all the things it can do. It’s $99.99 to purchase, or $79.99 to upgrade if you’ve had ANY previous version of Photoshop Elements. Or, you can bundle it with Premiere Elements, a powerful yet easy to use video editing application, for $149.99. Premiere Elements 15 has some new features too:
- 14 guided edits to walk you through the process of creating fantastic videos
- New Touch friendly editing allows you to tap to find videos and add enhancements
- New Haze Removal feature makes entire video clips look sharp and clear in seconds
- New Remix feature lets you choose any audio file and remix it to the exact length of your video
- New Collage feature allows you combine photos and video clips into a dynamic video collage perfect for sharing on social media
And now for the GIVEAWAY! If you’d like to win your very own software bundle containing both Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15, leave me a comment telling me which new feature you can’t wait to try. One winner will be chosen and notified via email. Winner will have 24 hours to email back claiming the prize or an alternate winner will be chosen. Winner must be 18 years or older and have a valid US mailing address. Good luck!