The latest version of Photoshop Elements— Photoshop Elements 13—was recently released. Although version 13 is considered a minor release, there are still lots of great additions and improvements for both the photographer and digital scrapbooker.
Here are some of the new features.
You’ll notice one new feature— Elements Live view (eLive)—as soon as you open Elements 13.
eLive is designed to help users learn about about and work with Photoshop Elements. It does this by making information and resources of interest available from within the application itself. To this end, eLive posts links to relevant material—news and articles, relevant blog posts, and tutorials and videos—found across the web. Clicking on any of the posts opens that link in your default browser.
The new view is available in both the Photoshop Elements Editor and the Organizer by choosing eLive from the options in the bar located above the center work area.
The information is organized into channels—Learn, Inspire, and News. You can filter the links by choosing from the different categories via a drop down menu located along the left-hand side for the workspace.
Facebook Cover Photos
A new feature in Elements 13 allows you to create Facebook cover photos and coordinating profiles photos from a single image or from a series of images.
In all honesty, the procedure can be challenging with a single image unless you happen to have a photo with something that you want to use as a profile photo in the lower left corner. So, while the single photo effect is interesting, it can be difficult to implement unless you plan on taking a photo specifically for this purpose.
But if you decide to use a series of photos, the process is almost automatic.
The Facebook Cover Photo feature is available under the Create menu in both the Editor and the Organizer workspaces.
Here’s how it works.
If you are working in the Editor, be sure to have the picture or pictures that you want to use opened in the workspace. If you are in the Organizer, select the photos that you’ll be using.
Now choose Create>Facebook Cover.