True to its annual, autumnal form, Adobe today announced Photoshop Elements 2018, the latest version of the company’s image editing and organizational software for photographers, hobbyists, and, in Adobe’s parlance, “memory keepers.” As is the case with most of the yearly Elements updates, the new version doesn’t offer a ton of new features, but mostly adds new components to the Organizer and the Guided Edit modes in the product. (It also benefits from enhancements to the Photoshop engine found at the core of Elements.) Here are a few of the highlights in Elements 2018:
- The Organizer adds a few new features designed to help folks work through large photo collections, including an Auto-Curate feature that automatically selects your best photos based on composition, faces, and “quality.” Like most machine-based tools, it will be hit or miss, but I found it fairly good in its execution.
- The selection tools have been improved, making it much easier to create complex masks.
- An ‘Open Closed Eyes’ feature can automatically copy the open eyes from one portrait and blend them seamlessly into a second one.
- New Guided Edit options, including background replacement, double exposure creation, and a number of additional artistic effects.
- Additional (and improved) options in the project creation module, including more powerful slideshows, expanded print-at-home projects, and more.