Adobe Debuts Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2018
Oct 4, 2017 6:00 am PDT by Juli Clover
Adobe today released new versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, the company's more affordable photo and video editing software aimed at casual home users who want to improve their images and videos.

Both Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2018 offer a range of new tools and enhancements to existing features to streamline and improve the editing process.

Photoshop Elements 2018 offers a new Automatic Selection tool for detecting objects to make it simpler to remove a subject from its background, and there's a new feature for automatically fixing photos where a person has closed eyes by copying the eyes from another photo and blending it in seamlessly.


A new Auto-Curate feature in the Adobe Elements Organizer allows it to detect and highlight your best photos. It intelligently analyzes photos using parameters like exposure, composition, focus, subject, and more.

Auto-Curate is able to recognize faces and surface photos that contain people, and it's even able to recognize family members photographed often over strangers to recommend the best photos for editing.


Premiere Elements 2018 includes a new feature called Candid Moments for automatically extracting photos from raw video footage, while a customizable Smart Trim option detects and eliminates bad scenes from a video. There are also better organizational tools for finding all of the videos on your computer.

With an updated Slideshow feature, curated photos and videos in both Premiere and Photoshop Elements can be turned into dynamic slideshows with a single click, and there are easy-to-use options for choosing a theme, adding music, and integrating captions.

For those who are new to Photoshop and Premiere Elements, Adobe offers a range of Guided Edits that walk users through editing tasks. There are many existing Guided Edits, and today's software release adds even more options.

In Photoshop Elements, Swap Backgrounds lets users select the subject of a photo and change out the background in just a few steps, while Create Double Exposures lets two photos be layered on top of one another.


Add Artistic Overlay Effects lets users add a shape overlay like a heart that highlights one section of an image, while Watercolors walks users through transforming a photo into a watercolor painting.

In Premiere Elements, there's a Guided Edit for creating a bounce-back effect that lets a segment of video run forward and backward in quick succession (a Boomerang-style effect), and there's an option for adding a freeze frame with an accompanying motion title.

For fisheye video captured with action cams like the Go Pro, there's a tutorial for trimming and fixing lens distortion, and there's a walkthrough for creating a quick animated video that can be shared on social media networks.


Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2018 are available for purchase for $99 each from the Adobe website starting today. Bundles are available for $149.99, and existing users can upgrade for $79.99 for one product or $119 for the bundle. Adobe is changing its Premiere and Photoshop naming scheme this year, so Premiere and Photoshop Elements 2018 are the follow-up to last year's Premiere and Photoshop Elements 15.

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9 months ago
You can get a real pro photo editing software for half the price. Affinity Photo. It replaced Photoshop in my agency. I’m a professional graphics designer since 1994. Affinity Designer replaced Illustrator and hopefully Affinity Publisher will replace Indesign soon. https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/about/
Rating: 6 Votes
9 months ago
"There's a new feature for automatically fixing photos where a person has closed eyes...blending it in seamlessly."

Except that promotional photo has been done in the reverse. The original is a stock photo of a girl with her eyes open, and it has been photoshopped to make them closed, then "before & aftered" to appear genuine. It's also such a shoddy job that you can tell without reverse image search. They're obviously very confident about this new feature.
Rating: 5 Votes
9 months ago
Be lovely if they wasted less time on this absolutely useless low-end stuff and maybe spent more time bug-fixing CC for High Sierra.
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago

Be lovely if they wasted less time on this absolutely useless low-end stuff and maybe spent more time bug-fixing CC for High Sierra.


I'd like a "LE" version of InDesign. They could strip out a few of the high-end features that pros need. I like InDesign, but don't use it enough to get a subscription
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago
So... do they even work in High Sierra or are we just perpetually waiting on that from all of Adobes products?
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago
...with High Sierra support arriving in early 2019.
Rating: 2 Votes
9 months ago

So... do they even work in High Sierra or are we just perpetually waiting on that from all of Adobes products?


No kidding. It's not like Apple hasn't been testing betas for half a year already. Wtf was Adobe doing all this time?
Rating: 2 Votes
9 months ago

In beta ('https://photorumors.com/2017/09/18/adobe-lightroom-7-rumors/'). Latest rumor has it being announced at the Adobe Max Conference October 18-20. So, give it two weeks.

Yep, that's what I'd heard. ;)
Rating: 1 Votes
9 months ago

Obviously you would be wrong. I use Adobe tools on a daily basis for professional work and am running High Sierra and haven’t had any issues as of yet. I know Adobe has had a long history of software issues with Mac OS but to just state that it doesn’t work with High Sierra, especially when you haven’t tried it and the company says it does, is a flat out lie: oh my.


Take a step back and look back at the comment you're losing your mind over: It's a question - which at its heart is mocking Adobe's failure to keep their flagship products up to date with the platforms they're running on.

I didn't invent this reputation for them, Adobe created it themselves.

It's great you haven't had any issues yet. Adobe, themselves, suggests otherwise ('https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/global/macos-sierra-compatibility.html'). They list issues specifically for Photoshop, Lightroom, and Drive. Problems with InDesign and AI ('https://www.macrumors.com/2017/09/29/adobe-illustrator-indesign-macos-high-sierra/') problems are widespread - from simple things like an inaccurate cursor - to the point it's highly suggested you hold off on updating your OS for them. They've had months to address the mundane and most impactful items; I'm not asking for perfection here. Don't get yourself worked up because people aren't bending over for them and call out their bull. At least here you get it with a little humor.
Rating: 1 Votes
9 months ago

And where is Lightroom? Tick tock.


In beta ('https://photorumors.com/2017/09/18/adobe-lightroom-7-rumors/'). Latest rumor has it being announced at the Adobe Max Conference October 18-20. So, give it two weeks.
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