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Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 Review

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 Review - Adobe has released the 2019 version of Photoshop Elements which is still subscription free but are the new features still worth the one-off cost? Let's find out.

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Photoshop Elements 2019
 

Quick Verdict

After reviewing the latest version of Adobe Photoshop Elements we are very happy to say that it's still an excellent choice for those looking for basic photo editing software that's simple to use, offers guidance and automated tools for creating impressive results.

Are the improvements groundbreaking? Well, 'no' is the answer to that question but they don't feel like add-ons for the sake of putting something new into the software either. 

We 'Highly Recommended' the previous version of Photoshop Elements and Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 still deserves the 4.5 stars accolade. 

+ Pros

  • Easy to use 
  • Guided Edits are great
  • Plenty of automated features
  • Quick to install and use 
  • Price

- Cons

  • Some of the automated effects won't be to everyone's liking 
 

 

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 is now available and with it comes, speed improvements, new guided edits and even more automation so even those who are new to photo editing can easily get started. 

Unlike Adobe's other photography-related products, Photoshop Elements remains subscription-free and the new version can be purchased for £86.56 (or you can upgrade to the latest release for £70.91). 

To see how well the new version performs, we're putting the new features that are built into the software to the test.

If you do want a more lengthy overview of what Photoshop Elements is, have a look at our previous reviews (Elements 14 & Elements 15) which go into the overall workings of the consumer-based photo editing software in much more detail (it's not actually changed that much so we'd just be repeating ourselves).

 


 

 

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 Features

With this latest release, Adobe wanted to focus on 4 main points: 

  1. Streamlining usability
  2. Making it easier to learn/discover enhancements and new projects
  3. New Guided Edits
  4. General performance improvements across the board 

 

New features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019

  • Edit and import HEIF images (the file type captured by iPhones) on macOS
  • A new home screen where tutorials, help and ideas can be accessed 
  • New Guided Edits: Multi-Photo Text, Memes, Sketch and Text/Border Overlays

 

Enhanced features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019

  • Auto Creations - Make slideshows and collages quicker 
  • Better use of  Adobe Sensei AI technology
  • Automated editing options
  • Overall performance improvements
  • Quicker installation 

 



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Comments


10 Oct 2018 10:24AM
You have as a con "Some of the automated effects won't be to everyone's liking " - well no one is forced to use them so it's not really a 'con' is it ? In full photoshop (which I use) there are normally at least 3 ways of doing pretty much the same thing yet I've never seen a review which slates it for unnecessary duplication.

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17 Oct 2018 3:40PM

Quote:You have as a con "Some of the automated effects won't be to everyone's liking " - well no one is forced to use them so it's not really a 'con' is it ? In full photoshop (which I use) there are normally at least 3 ways of doing pretty much the same thing yet I've never seen a review which slates it for unnecessary duplication.

It's often like that with reviews... some reviewers can't bear to give anything 5 stars, so they have to try and find something to twist their faces at. I recall reading a review of the Panasonic LX5, and the only 'con' the reviewer could find was that you had to actually manually remove the lens cap using your actual physical hand. So he dropped it a star. Makes you wonder.
It strikes me as a perfectly legitimate comment. All it's saying is 'there are lots of automated effects, but don 't expect too much of them'. In other words: 'don't be disappointed' or 'some will find the automated effects a bit of a sales gimmick'.
26 Oct 2018 11:43AM
@Harry..... Fine but why not use those very words, in fact why not use them on every review of every photo processing app / software - check out the effects of oil painting, Difference Clouds, Solarize, Emboss or any of the Photoshop standard filters - some would find them gimmicks too.

@whatriver... True, previous reviews of panasonic / olympus also always slated them for short battery life, now it would appear that that's OK when it's Canikon as you can always carry a spare battery !

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