Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 for OS X review

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Adobe releases a new version of Photoshop Elements every year, and makes improvements to it each time. You might think they would run out of ideas to put into Elements, but the excellent editing features it has had since day one remain, and they’ve made improvements to make them even better in this latest version.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12

Photoshop Elements 12 offers users some of the best photo editing software around, with the ability to access your photos and videos from a mobile device. Elements 12 can also store all of your pictures and videos for easy access when you want to edit one of the images. I have to say I was never a Photoshop person, so I never learned the intricate details of the software. In Elements 12 however, Adobe has add some of the basic Photoshop features such as changing the saturation, exposure, fill light, and vibrance.

These features may look very simple and can be found on other photo editors, but Photoshop has also more powerful tools built right into the app so users can create new layers and edit images however they want.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12

Adobe has added some new powerful features such as the content aware move tool that lets users quickly and easily move an object or a person in the photo without having to edit a whole lot. For example, if you have an image of several people standing together, you can move some of them closer together without affecting how the background looks.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12

I really like that Photoshop Elements 12 comes with three different settings: Quick, Guided, and Expert. Quick lets you do basic things like select certain items in an image, add Instagram-like filters, and add text. Guided gives you tips on how to navigate Photoshop and goes through each feature one by one until you complete a full edit. Expert is the most robust setting (and therefore the hardest to use) as it offers the most features. Elements 12 also offers several other features to simplify the user experience, including Pet Eye Correction for fixing red eye, Auto Smart Tone for fixing color on images, and the ability to combine multiple images into one large and flawless panorama.

Ultimately, Photoshop Elements 12 offered exactly what I expected as it hasn’t changed much in terms of overall usage. I do wish that Photoshop Elements provided a bit more guidance on the Expert section so you can learn to navigate it more easily, but either way, Adobe has made it as simple as you can get without sacrificing the powerful features of the software.

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Provides: Photo and video editing tools for digital artists and photographers
Format: Digital download
Developer: Adobe
Requirements: 64-bit multicore Intel® processor, Mac OS X v10.7 through v10.9, 2GB of RAM, 4GB of available hard-disk space (additional free space required during installation)
Review Computer: 2.0GHz 13″ Macbook, 2GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM
Price: $99.99
Availability: Out now

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  • Bob Forsberg

    Your comment about wanting better Expert guidance…some can be found on Adobe’s Elements site with their “how-to” videos.

    I’ve skipped v.12 however, even at the discounted $49.95 special for past users since they have discontinued hard media, only allowing for download. It’s a direction Adobe has taken with all their product. Everyone once thought of Microsoft as invincible, until they were not. You can’t push your customer base in a direction dictated by management that never use their own product.