I was recently sent adobe Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15 to review. I had actually been contemplating buying it myself for quite a while, but I hadn’t bought it as I wasn’t sure that I needed it.
In the past I thought of Photoshop as something that was just for professional photographers or experts, as surely it would be technical and difficult to use – hence my doubt over whether to buy it or not. This was the first time that I have ever tried Photoshop and Elements 15 with its ‘guided’ option it actually so much easier than I thought to use.
There are so many different guided editing options, which cover pretty much all of the edits that you could ever wish to make to your photos. Also really handily if you aren’t sure what each of the editing options do, the lines in the centre of the images above are there for a reason. The lines are actually a slider, that you can use to show you what the images are like before and after the particular edits.
This lets you see what the edits would be likely to do to your own images. I’ve been using Photoshop Elements 15 as a parent rather than a blogger. No doubt I will use it to edit my blog photographs, but the main reason I agreed to review was because I really wanted to try it out on some old photos of the boys.
I won’t show many of those on here as I try to make being an embarrassing Mum a vaguely private passtime, but I’ll show you one in particular that I have always loved but wished was a lot better. Back when the boys were small my photography skills were non-existent and my camera was awful.
The photo I chose to work on is one that makes me smile. My son had learned to put his thumb up and did it constantly, I can remember taking this photo all those years ago.
I’ve always loved this photo, but I have never had it displayed anywhere before as he has food on his face and there’s loads of mess in the right hand corner. Thanks to Photoshop elements 15 though I have managed through the guided tools to edit the image and make it much more visually pleasing, without changing the image much at all. I love it even more now.
I’m intending to go through lots more of our old family photos to use Photoshop to make some of them clearer and do things like remove the red eyes etc. Then I am going to do something I have wanted to do for a long time and make some photo books so that I have a physical copy of my favourites to keep them safe and to make me smile when I click through them.
You can actually use elements 15 to make calendars and more. I am so pleased that we were sent this for review, I’m going to be spending a lot of time playing around with it! There are so many fun things to do with it.
I love Photoshop elements 15, but there is one small thing that isn’t perfect about it. When using it on a Windows laptop the font is really tiny on the menus and I struggled at first to be able to read some of it.
However I increased the ‘normal’ font size of my whole laptop and that sorted the issue straight away, although everything else was huge. I will be changing the font down each time after I use it, it is so easy to do though so it’s just a niggle.
Along with the elements 15 version I also had adobe premiere elements 15, which was appealing for me because of the video side of things. I have already started putting together lots of little films of the boys that I have taken on my phone over the years and making them into a video.
I love that I have another copy of all of those videos safely off of my phone – in case it ever dies, as I would hate to lose those memories. I won’t share that video, as it’s a private video just for family to see. Here though is a video that I made using premiere elements 15.
As you can see, it’s a video of the otters at Newquay Zoo who are seriously feisty! I found premiere elements 15 awkward to use at first as it is all so new to me. I had no idea where anything was and although this does have a guided option like the Photoshop elements 15, it didn’t answer all of my questions.
However the beauty of the internet is that the answers are always out there and YouTube is such a brilliant source for working out how to do technical things. There are loads of videos guides for both elements and premiere elements on there and they were so helpful. I am really looking forward to playing around with Photoshop elements and premiere elements 15 and working on getting to grips with more of the advanced options.
The video I am making of the clips of the boys really makes me smile, premiere does make it so easy to pop the clips all on next to each other, that side of things is really simple before any editing starts.
I really do recommend adobe Photoshop elements 15 and premiere elements 15 to anyone wanting to save their precious memories in a special way.