After suffering through a twelve month subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud in order to use the full version of Photoshop (too bad, too sad they went this way), I am now at last free of their clutches and back to using Photoshop Elements which I am infinitely more happy with.
However, thinking I might upgrade from Photoshop Elements version 10 to version 12, I notice that there has been a total redesign of the main editing screen interface. For those considering upgrading from version 10 (or previous versions) to either version 11 or 12, be warned – there is a bit of a learning curve.
This is Photoshop Elements version 10 which has been fairly consistent in design since very early versions.
And this is Photoshop Elements version 12, and at first glance there doesn’t appear to be too much difference except they changed the color and version 12 is now a lighter shade of gray.
However you might wonder what happened to the panels that used to be located along the right on all versions up to 10. By default they are turned off but you can find them by clicking the “More” button located on the bottom right which gives you quick access to various different panels.
And the tools that were previously located along the bottom of the layers palette, are now located at the top.
Looking for the undo and redo buttons? Don’t look at the top right where they once were conveniently situated along the top border.
They now live rather annoyingly at the bottom left of the screen. I’m not sure if Adobe think we’re all going blind or something but they certainly are large enough and you also can’t move them; they are permanently fixed to the bottom.
One of the main changes is the tools options. If you click on a tool, for example the brush tool, on version 10 the tool options would appear along the top and you can select size and other options.
But with version 12 you have to click the “Tool Options” button located on the bottom which opens up a huge panel permanently fixed to the bottom of the screen.
I’ve found when working with multiple floating images, that this panel is virtually useless and quite frustrating to work with, as the images always migrate to the bottom of the screen and tend to overlap the panel. This means you have to move all the images out of the way before you can adjust the settings which is very time wasting and doesn’t result in a good work flow.
Apart from the changes to the interface of the editing screen, the only improvements to the program are several new filters and guided edits, plus the addition of “Content-Aware Move” which was previously only available in Photoshop, and is a feature that allows you to draw around an object in a photo and drag it to a new position in the frame.
Unfortunately these new additions are not enticing enough to compensate for the clunky new interface so I won’t be upgrading at this point in time.
However check back on the blog next week when I’ll be starting a regular weekly feature and sharing some of my favorite tips and tricks for working with Photoshop Elements. See you then!
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