Adobe Launches Premiere and Photoshop Elements 2022

Adobe today released new versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, which is the company's affordable photo and video editing software aimed at more casual users who want to improve their photos and videos with simple editing tools.

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For Photoshop Elements 2022, Adobe is introducing an Adobe Sensei-powered feature that transforms a photo into a work of art. With a one-click filter, users can apply effects inspired by afamous works of art or popular art styles to their photos, and then adjust the result.

Adobe is adding moving overlays like snowflakes or sparkles that can be added to photos, along with animated frames. These can be saved as MP4s and shared as videos on social media networks.

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With a warp tool, photos can be automatically warped to fit inside or around an object. A photo could, for example, be wrapped around a coffee cup in an image or placed in the frames of sunglasses for fun dual-photo opportunities.

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Guided Edits, a feature that walks users through different edits that can be made to their photos, gets updates on a yearly basis. For the 2022 update, Adobe is adding Guided Edits for improving pet photos and extending photo backgrounds.

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Other features in Photoshop Elements 2022 include animated slideshow templates, automatic software updates, a refreshed design that makes navigation easier, and support for GIF playback in the organizer.

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For Premiere Elements 2022, Adobe added a new feature that resizes videos for social media while keeping the most important elements of the video front and center. Adobe says that it's ideal for clips with movement, such as a child's birthday party or a sporting event. There are also motion titles, mattes, and backgrounds available for non-horizontal videos.

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Premiere Elements 2022 includes new Guided Edits for adding animated overlays like fluttering butterflies and adjusting shadows and highlights in videos.

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Like Photoshop Elements 2022, Premiere Elements 2022 has gained a refreshed look, automatic software updates, new animated slideshow templates and GIF playback in the Organizer, plus it's easier to reduce file size with a slider that adds compression.

For more on what's new in Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, make sure to check out Adobe's website. The updates are available for purchase from Adobe for $99 each starting today, with bundle and upgrade pricing available.

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Top Rated Comments

neuropsychguy Avatar
13 months ago
I’m a longtime user of Adobe products but there are few reasons to get Photoshop Elements when we have such excellent alternatives — Affinity Photo, Pixelmator Pro, and Acorn.

These are all about 50% the price of Photoshop Elements and regularly go on sale.

Edit: I'm not affiliated with any of those companies or products. I've been using Adobe Photoshop off and on for almost 30 years. I use both Affinity and Pixelmator from time to time (and have never used Acorn) but use them much more than Photoshop. There are reasons to use Photoshop Elements but those are mainly if someone has been using it for years and can't or won't switch (or needs it for some other random reason). For anyone not yet in the Adobe ecosystem or who is willing and able to switch, the alternatives are terrific and cheaper.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
neuropsychguy Avatar
13 months ago

Those products you suggest are way out of the scope of the user base that Photoshop Elements is aimed at. Affinity Photo is an excellent alternative to Photoshop, but way to complex for an Elements user.
Then why not just use Apple's Photos app if someone needs something simple? I know there are differences in what they can do but someone who needs simple editing can stick with Photos. Someone who needs something more can learn an alternative.

If someone already knows Adobe UIs then they can get Photoshop Elements. If people have no experience with Photoshop or Elements, why would they spend time and more money learning it when they could spend less money and the same amount of time learning an alternative. If someone is starting from scratch (meaning no experience with any image editing software), it's not going to be harder to learn how to edit in Pixelmator or Affinity or Acorn than it is in Photoshop Elements.

I say that as someone who just "gets" and who generally likes Adobe's UIs. Photoshop Elements was great years ago. It's still great but there are more powerful (but still straightforward to use) alternatives that cost much less. I've been using Photoshop and other Adobe products since the early 1990s so I'm not making this argument from an "anti-Adobe" position.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ruka.snow Avatar
13 months ago

I’m a longtime user of Adobe products but there are few reasons to get Photoshop Elements when we have such excellent alternatives — Affinity Photo, Pixelmator Pro, and Acorn.

These are all about 50% the price of Photoshop Elements and regularly go on sale.
Those products you suggest are way out of the scope of the user base that Photoshop Elements is aimed at. Affinity Photo is an excellent alternative to Photoshop, but way to complex for an Elements user.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ian87w Avatar
13 months ago
Do these "Elements" software still use UI from the 90s? Sometimes I downloaded their trial just for fun, and every time I was amazed that the UI has not changed at all. It feels like those old Windows 3.1 programs and color schemes.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
13 months ago
Can’t wait to see what the picture quality is going to look like.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarlJ Avatar
13 months ago

Yet Adobe has managed to do it for decades and people still want to buy it along with the books teaching them how to use it. Intermediate programs can be the hardest to leave behind.
I suspect a huge amount of it goes simply on name recognition - "photoshop" is a verb these days, and modified images are "photoshopped" in the common psyche, much like a tissue is almost invariably called a "kleenex". So when people want something more than Photos.app offers (and oftentimes they don't realize all that Photos.app can do), they think, "well, I need Photoshop".
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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