To start creating, Adobe Photoshop Elements has no templates. You must create them over time from scratch. You can select elements on any image as a “shopping trip” to find useful bits elsewhere or as a way to automatically create a new swatch. Photoshop Elements, however, doesn’t offer a convenient way to do this. The interface is not easy to learn, considering that Elements’ eye-level interface mandates that the Live View button must always be visible. Also notice: Elements is not, by default, a memory keeper.
Up the right edge of a new document, you’ll find the Albums tab (above image), which shows thumbnail galleries you can browse. Also, if you click in the image, you can open an image using the 123D Design Package (tutorial), allowing you to rotate, create a wall, and then create a 3D figure. From this, you can click the book icon and create a PDF file you can save. When you next open the PDF file, it appears as a symbol under the drawing layer.
ABOVE: A set of five library icons (right) and a Dragon’s Eye Create frame (left) available from the “Create” menu in the Layers palette. BELOW: A simple set of frames you can place anywhere on a real-time canvas in Adobe Photoshop Flow, available only in the paid version. (Note that you can blow it up in a Canvas frame if you need to save the image.)
Due to the way Photoshop Elements works, it can be very challenging to work on multiple files simultaneously without losing elements created in each file. Element’s Library palette lets you have several independent memory keepers at a time for editing individual files. An even better option is to use Photoshop Air, an online version of Photoshop that’s available through the Adobe Images service. Photoshop Air is free to use, and you can also do basic editing on the desktop. 933d7f57e6
AI is another area where Adobe is getting better. As it has done before, it has made Photoshop and Lightroom collaborate more. The ability to share offline edits between collaborators, with the other person getting all the changes, was one of the first features I used when Lightroom came out. Now, it works well between the Photo Gallery and the Photo Browser. You can also snap a Live Photo in the Photo Gallery, export it, and then apply instant adjustments to the image in Lightroom. You can even download Windows Live Photo Gallery, import your images there, edit them and then send them to Lightroom. For video, you can collect 30 clips made with various apps and send them to the Organizer, where you can share them online. And, you can even export videos to work on them in After Effects. A new feature, XMP (xmp) Tag Support, allows you to speed up Photoshop actions and Lightroom edits by taking advantage of the still working XMP specifications. If you lose your edits, you may not keep all the information or images that were in the original, so this new feature has an added bonus. XMP may have some more applications, if you are interested in that sort of thing. And in the new Creative Cloud, the AI in the cloud will handle some of the mundane tasks. In other words, you will be able to send to the photo library and it will apply the edits based on the things you have told it.
After installing the package, the screen of the computer will come up with a giant, blue, empty canvas that looks like what the first digital sketching application, SketchBook Pro 3, was about. Clicking on the logo of the program at the top of the big blue canvas immediately starts a new Photoshop image (or, in Photoshop Sketch’s case, a “paint” or “sketch”).