Apple’s Photos app does a great job of enabling you to fix common problems with color, tone, and composition. However, when it comes to producing more creative results (such as creating layered composite images) you’ll need Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020. Although Photoshop Elements is considered a cut–down version of Photoshop CC, it’s perfect for your creative photo editing needs. It even boasts tools that are absent in the full version of Photoshop, such as the ability to “open” (or to be more accurate “replace”) closed eyes in a family portrait.
With the release of Photoshop Elements 2020 Adobe continues to cater to our need to edit and share shots quickly and with the minimum of effort. For example, the home screen’s new Auto Creations feature applies a range of creative effects to a selection of shots. Some of the Auto Creation effects are fairly cheesy, like a background filled with star shapes. A more useful and attractive auto effect is a background blur which simulates the shallow depth–of–field effect produced by DSLR cameras. This post-production blur is similar to that produced by the Portrait mode in high–end iPhone models. You can leave the home screen’s automatically applied effects just as they are, or manually fine-tune them in the Elements Editor to create something more personal and effective.
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