What's New In Photoshop Elements 9?

Photoshop Elements 9 has some powerful new features that will make it even easier and faster to edit your digital photos.

Here's just some of what's new:

  • A Cleaner Interface. The type is larger with more contrast so it's easier to read. Everything is a bit lighter than the previous version. Some of the clutter has been removed. The changes are very subtle so it seems as familiar as the old version but it is cleaner overall.

  • Layer Masks (works just like the full version of Photoshop). This is HUGE!

  • Content Aware (Also borrowed from the full version of Photoshop-very powerful)

  • Formats and sends your photos to Facebook or Flickr with just a click of the mouse

  • A new category under Guided Edit called Fun Edits. Lets you create special effects like "Pop Art" in seconds.

  • For Mac Users Bridge has been replaced with the Organizer.

Let's take a closer look at some of these.

Layer Masks

One new feature that is going to make things much easier is the ability to add a Layer Mask to any Layer.

In previous versions of Elements you had to use an awkward work-around if you wanted a Layer Mask on a non-adjustment Layer. Now with Photoshop Elements 9 you just click your mouse.

Check out the video below to see how easy it is.



Content Aware

Another powerful new feature in Photoshop Elements 9 is Content Aware It has been added to the Spot Healing Brush tool.

What this does is quite amazing. When you use it to paint over an object you want to remove from a photo it analyzes the surrounding pixels and replaces the object with them.

This works best on objects that are far enough away from objects you want to keep. And sometimes you can only use it as a starting point for further cloning. But all-in-all it's a huge time saver for removing objects.


Fun Edits

Fun Edits is a new category added to the Guided Edit area.

There are 5 different effects that you can do in an easy step-by-step format. They are:

  1. Lomo Camera Effect

  2. Out of Bounds

  3. Perfect Portrait

  4. Pop Art

  5. Reflection

Lomo Camera Effect - This simulates an effect that the Lomo brand of camera produced. They acquired quite a following for the unique look. It is usually high contrast with unusual color to it and dark edges. Here is an example of the before and after results I got:

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Out of Bounds - This is an effect that we call a bumpout in the Graphic Arts industry. It's now easy to do in Photoshop Elements 9 and is an awesome effect. Here's the before and after of one I did:
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Perfect Portrait - This effect guides you step-by-step through the process of quickly enhancing a photo of a person. It not only gives you the steps to take, but also presents the tools you need.

The process involves the following enhancements:

  • Smooth Skin
  • Increase Contrast

  • Fix Blemishes

  • Remove Red Eye

  • Brighten Eyes and Teeth

  • Add a Soft Glow

  • And even apply a Slimming Effect (my favorite)

Perfect Portrait attempts to take an ordinary photo of a person and give it a professional portrait look. And in most cases it does a pretty good job.



Pop Art - This is that cool Andy Warhol effect. Now you can achieve this effect in about 30 seconds with Elements 9. Here's one I did:

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Reflection - This effect lets you quickly add a reflection to the bottom of your photo. Then you choose from 3 different kinds: floor, glass or water.





Check out the video below for a quick overview of Photoshop Elements 9:
Tip-To watch in high-def, after clicking the play button, change 360p in the control bar under the video to 720p.

Photoshop Elements 9 has really added some worthwhile new features. This version with all the useful upgrades makes it even easier to edit your photos. Go to the Adobe website to check it out.

You can even download a copy and try it out for free for 30 days.



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