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Photoshop Elements 12: Mobile albums and content-aware tools dominate new release

Lesa Snider | Sept. 24, 2013
Adobe's annual update to Photoshop Elements, its consumer image organizer and editor, offers a satisfying array of new features

Take a peek in the Enhance menu and you'll find a new Auto Smart Tone feature for automatic lighting and contrast corrections. Using a unique, on-image interface you can fine-tune the auto corrections by clicking and dragging a joystick controller in the direction of a corrected image thumbnail (they're positioned at each corner of the dialog box). By dragging the joystick toward a thumbnail, you apply more of that particular correction.

Last but not least, photographers will appreciate the new File> Open in Camera Raw command for opening supported file formats in the Camera Raw plug-in and, happily, you can now delete layers by pressing the Delete key on your keyboard.

Bottom line
Family memoirists will love the Restore Old Photos guided edit, while the Smart Auto Tone feature saves time for the snap-happy. Fixing pet eyes and repositioning items in a photo is super-useful and the former is unique to this program. iPhonography fans and will dig mobile albums and scrapbookers will adore Effects, Frames, and Textures. If you use Elements regularly, this upgrade is worth the money; if you've outgrown iPhoto, then Photoshop Elements 12 is the next logical step.


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