Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 15 – what’s new and different

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The latest versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are now available as a bundle through the tt-exchange donation programme.

The previous version, Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14 are now available as part of the TechSoup Boost subscription free from admin fee.

Whatever your cause, being able to create professional-looking video and imagery is incredibly useful when you’re looking to tell your story.

To work out which package makes most sense for you, here’s a brief overview of the main features included in the Photoshop Elements 15 & Premiere Elements 15 that aren’t in the previous incarnation:


New in Photoshop Elements 15

Improved tutorials – whereas before, finding the feature you needed meant a Google search and, if Adobe didn’t list what you were after, a YouTube video, Photoshop Elements 15 contains a large video library of tutorials, which covers pretty much every tool you’ll need – even if you don’t quite know what it’s called. There are 45 different ‘guided edits’ included, which will cover pretty much everything you’ll need to do.

Turn frowns to smiles – this is both incredibly creepy and fairly useful cool. Say you’ve taken a picture of a load of smiling people for your charity rally and one person is frowning, ruining your wonderful picture, you can now fix that. All it takes is to select their face and pull a slider to make them look as happy as you’d like.

Adobe Photoshop - creating smiles

Photo painting – this makes it really easy to paint effects over your photos, which is a really cool effect for making professional-looking imagery to use for social media or anything else really.

Photo text – Adobe has added a load of new fonts for visual text. If you’ve ever used Adobe Spark, you’ll know what kinds of things are available. By adding it to Photoshop Elements, it allows you to really easily create images with text for social media.

Speed pan – need something to look like it’s going really fast? This essentially adds blur to one side of your subject to make it look like a proper action shot.

To view a handy table with more of the new features in Photoshop Elements 15 compared to Photoshop Elements 14, click here.


New in Premiere Elements 15

Haze Removal – this used to be a feature in Photoshop Elements but not Premiere Elements. It allows you to fairly easily make the background of scenes look crisp in videos. There’s a bit of an example below.

Adobe Premiere Elements clear the haze

Remixing – this is another of the more useful new features, although is more like ‘editing’ than  ‘remixing’. It allows you to edit the length of music files so that they match your video clips. You can use pretty much any music file, import it into Premiere, and then do your editing side-by-side with the video to make sure it matches up perfectly.

Enhanced tutorials – Adobe have improved the quantity and quality of the tutorials they provide inside Premiere Elements. These cover most of the basics of editing a video, into some of the more technical tools that come in the program.

Social tools – as well as making it easier to share videos to Facebook and YouTube, the new version has a video-collage tool, which gives you something fun to share!

To view a handy table with more of the new features in Premiere Elements 15 compared to Premiere Elements 14, click here.


Click here to find out more about the Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15 bundle through tt-exchange.


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