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I have always been a huge fan of Adobe products, but there are a lot of products of theirs that I have never used. I like to think that I am more than a casual photographer, but in reality I know that is not true especially at this current time in my life. I am sad to say that the Canon DS 10 that I had been using for years has since died on me. The shutter went out on it and now I just need to get my hands on a new DSLR to get back into extensive photography again. Until then I shall classify myself as a casual photographer. In the past when I was doing a lot of photography I used Adobe PhotoShop Creative Suites that my now ex-boyfriend had on his computer. I loved using it though as someone who is more of a beginner in the world of editing photography it was over kill because there was so much more potential than I could ever grasp from it.
I am here sampling Adobe PhotoShop Elements 14 because of my love for PhotoShop. The perk to PhotoShop Elements over Creative Suites is the fact that it is tailored for the casual photographer instead of the professional one. It is much easier to use and navigate without needing much aid. I admit I had a lot of fun digging through everything that the software has to offer. It came at a great time in my life seeing as I am pregnant with my first child and I will be wanting to memorialize every moment in my little boy’s life. You might be wondering what PhotoShop is perfect for. Well, I have that answer for you. It is perfect for:
“Capturing the moment now. Perfect the photo or video later. It’s easy with Elements.”
There is so much that you can do with Adobe PhotoShop Elements that it amazes me. Every time I go into the program I find something new and interesting to fiddle with. You can see in the picture above it is crazy easy to apply a blur to an image; while most people want their images to be clear and crisp I find there to be a dreamy look to having some images blurry. When you look at them it seems to help draw me into my memories and focus on what was happening right at that very moment. I haven’t felt like I have had a lot of different pictures to play with in PhotoShop Elements up until recently. I went to the zoo with my family and some family friends and had a blast! Honestly I am not sure if I had more fun than the children did, but that doesn’t really matter. During our adventure to the zoo I decided to use my new iPhone 6 and see what kind of pictures I could take. I think I took a lot of crazy fun ones.
I have spent some time editing a few of these images in an attempt to try out my new program and have been finding so many neat little features in it that I had no idea were going to be there. One of the first ones that I tried was their new Guided Edits that take you through the process to create some of the most epic photos! One of the features that I played around with was the Recompose feature because I had a few images that were set farther away so that I could get all of the animals grouped in the pictures. You can see what changes I made in the image above. It isn’t perfect, but it looks really cool none the less.
I was also given the opportunity to sample Adobe Premiere Elements 14, but I have not had much of a chance to play around with it due to the fact that I don’t have any videos at the moment. Again this is going to change once my little man is born and I will be flooded with videos to edit and share with the world. One thing that is amazing about this software is to share and organize your finished products with the world. You can instantly share them to Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and more.
The Elements lineup is all about simplicity and sharing with both your photos & videos ($149.99 reg. retail). If you are considering purchasing it you can now find it at Best Buy. Don’t be selfish thinking about it just for you- Elements would make a great Holiday present for the casual picture taker or amateur photographer.