What’s New in Photoshop Elements 14

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Photoshop Elements is in its 14th version. With each new software upgrade, users expect to be wowed with new wonderful features, and Elements 14 doesn’t disappoint. This version offers some new tools and methods for editing and sharing photos. Okay, so maybe it’s not overwhelming, but the new additions make it well worthwhile to upgrade to this latest version.

If you’re new to Photoshop Elements, you’ll find a vast array of editing and sharing tools to help you improve photos and create stunning images. If you’re a previous user, you’ll be interested in the features added to the program you love. In a nutshell, some of the additions to Elements 14 include

  • Recoding: Photoshop Elements has abandoned all Flash coding and completely recoded the program from the ground up. What this means for you is better and faster performance.

  • Improved face recognition: Face recognition is now based on clusters or groups even when you don’t ask Elements to tag photos. You tag one face in a group and all other images in the group receive the same tags.

  • Improved geotagging: It’s easier than ever to add photos to locations with the new geotagging features.

  • Importing: Enhancements to importing images have been made that allow you to import photos in the Organizer from different locations on hard drives and external media.

  • Shake reduction: A slight camera movement can create a blurry image. With the new Shake Reduction command in the Photo Editor, you can magically improve your photos.

  • Auto Effects and Straightening: New edits have been added to Quick Edit mode.

  • Dehazing: A brilliant new edit has been added to brighten up your photos by invoking the Dehazing command.

  • Refining Selections: A new tool has been added to the Tools panel to help you refine selections.

  • New Guided Edits: Three new Guided Edits have been added:

    • Speed: Easily add some Motion Blur to your photos.

    • Extract: Walks you through the process of extracting an object out of your photo so you can use it somewhere else.

    • Resize: Walks you through resizing your photo.