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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Definitely fun, engaging, and amazing

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    aarondr
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    I’m a relative newcomer to the Photoshop world. While I’ve long enjoyed photography casually, I was more likely to spend money on a new lens than a new piece of software. Since the era of ‘good enough’ cameras on phones, I’ve given up on my DSLR and tried on phone software etc, but never really found something I really liked. I eventually tried Adobe’s vaunted Photoshop and Premier, and I must say, they are powerful pieces of software. The Elements suite includes four main applications for managing your content. First there is the “Home screen”, aptly named, which is your launch pad for activities in the Elements suite. Specifically it highlights capabilities and features available such as creating a slideshow, facial feature modifications, applying filters, etc. It also contains tips for getting the most out of the Elements suite. The “Home screen” also functions as a place to display “Auto Creations” which are stitched together projects using photos/resources from your library. It’s similar to what Google is doing with Photos, but less creepy, as it’s your computer creating this, not Google. Finally there are shortcuts to the other three tools. Frankly it’s overwhelming at first if you’ve never used the Elements suite, but it can be a helpful landing page. The tips are especially helpful if you’re just getting started, and based on what I can see this is new in the 2019 version - which I would surmise is based on the feedback that the Elements suite itself is somewhat overwhelming and having a ‘start here’ kind of page would help people get the most out of the tool. Next there is the organizer, which serves as a library of your images/videos/and projects. It’s pretty cool in that unlike many tools, actually presents your folder hierarchy as a part of library experience allowing you to use it as a filtering criteria. I appreciate this, as traditional file/folder setups are the reality of most people who have managed large libraries of photos. Being able to click one of the organizers filters, like ‘People’ and click a folder to see exactly who is in the folder is really nice. Speaking of the ‘People’ filter, the organizer automatically recognizes faces, and categories them together into groups. You then just simply give the group a name, and all photos in that group are now tagged with that person’s name. You can combine other groups together (there were about 5 groups of photos of me out of 15000+ photos over 15 years) and as you add photos, the organizer will attempt to auto recognize the subjects of the photos. It's actually extremely helpful and quite good. While I didn’t review every photo, in the 30 or 40 groups it provided me to identify it was pretty accurately grouping the same individuals together. Organizer also allows you to use places and events. Places are automatically based on GPS data in the metadata of the photo (for instance from a phone or GPS enabled DSLR). Events require you to group photos together and title the event. All in all it’s a much more powerful tool than Apple’s Photos app, or anything Microsoft has been touting over the past decade. Photoshop almost goes without needing an introduction. It is the primary photo editor and touchup tool. From organizer you can open a photo directly for editing. Once Photoshop is open you’re presented with a vast array of tools available to you. The default is the ‘Quick’ mode (mode selection is found top center just below the menu bar), which provides links to quite a few filters and effects. Where the real fun lies is ‘Guided mode’. In guided mode, there are essentially many different recipes for awesome photo effects. You simply find the effect you want to apply and the right hand bar gives you the steps to apply the effect to your photo. This mode really makes you feel like a photo editing superhero, as you can easily turn a normal photo into something special very quickly. From black and white colorizing to replacing the background in a photo, you can do some pretty amazing things all through a guided tour. There is even a meme generator built in which can apply meme tastic styling a text boxes to a photo in no time. Being a newbie to Photoshop, I found Guided mode to be by far the best when I wanted to get something special done. Expert mode gives you plenty of access to the tools. Filters, effects, layers, it’s all here, and definitely powerful. You’re definitely a bit more on your own, and it helps to have experience with basic image editing software before diving into this mode. What is really cool however is that you are basically using the same tools in Guided mode, so as you use Photoshop more, you can start to see how to apply the effects on your own in Expert mode. There is a definite reason why Photoshop has been used as a verb synonymously with mastering a photo in a creative, profound, funny or amazing way. Premier is a top notch video editing program. It, just like its Photoshop brethren, has a ‘Quick’, ‘Guided’, and ‘Expert’ mode. Unlike Photoshop, the ‘Guided mode’ here is less of a Wizard of existing tools, but more like a tutorial. That said, video editing tends to be more about understanding a timeline and different assets that make up the video. Here Premier excels with it’s excellent timeline and the ability to add tons of tracks easily. It has several canned and downloadable assets, and it makes it quite easy to grab and create a photo slideshow complete with audio. Beyond that you can have as many audio tracks and video tracks as you like. If you add two video tracks they overlay and can be resized/adjusted. You can have separate audio tracks as well. There are plenty of cool effects here, like speeding up or slowing down time, adding lighting effects, and my favorite motion tracking. You can actually identify an object in the video and track it. Once identified the object can have effects applied to it such as a word bubble. You can even create DVD menus and burn it to a disk if that’s your thing. Premier is a super powerful tool, something like Windows Movie Maker (rest its soul) feels like a kiddie bike with training wheels compared to the Premier. Obviously the highlights of the Elements Suite here are in the name: Photoshop and Premier. Both of these tools are the slightly dumbed down versions of their professional counterparts - and here it feel like Adobe did a great job of riding that line. I never feel like I’m using a tool that leaves me stranded or without the ability to accomplish something, but there is also an air of un-refinement. In a tool like this, it’s actually somewhat appropriate: there are many fun tools, silly overlays, and goofy effects that keep the tool lighthearted. Templates abound for almost every effect, tool and approach, so a professional looking outcome is easy to achieve. The software is obviously honed and continuously improved, as while there are things that might feel like warts (custom window chrome/UI) or features that are obsolete (DVD menus) the software really is solid. Never once did the software crash or die on me (although I did have a few slow downs). Not only is it stable, but immensely powerful. So is the Suite worth the money? Undoubtedly you’ll want to question if you need both Photoshop and Premier. If you find yourself just trying to edit photos, Photoshop is your goto obviously, but don’t discount the value of Premier in this toolset. Pulling together videos/photos into a coherent project can be a powerful medium to present (like at a family gathering, work party, etc). You might find yourself wishing you had just gotten both together and saved a bit of money. Either way it's undeniable that both tools are best in class when it comes to consumer tools. Free options do exist for most of the general roles both tools serve, but after going all in on Photoshop, I can’t imagine going back (and a few more videos in I’ll feel the same way about Premier). The 2019 update here adds some cool features and continues to make the Elements Suite relevant. My hat is off to Adobe here, as it isn’t often software surprises, delights, and empowers me (you have to understand here, I have about a thimble of creative blood in me). I highly recommend both products.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy photography tools to fall in love with

    Posted
    TECHBEENGOOD
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    If I was limited to only a handful of programs on my computer, one of them would be Photoshop (Elements or Pro). If you expanded the list only a little, I’m taking Premiere Elements, too. I can’t hide my love affair with Adobe’s photo and video programs and these two represent the best value for me, a serious hobbyist. “Photoshop” has entered the dictionary because of its unique capability to modify photos, yes, even change reality, in ways that result in stunning art or deception, if that’s your intent. No software does it better, and with these new versions, none makes it easier. EASE of USE: Unlike so many high-end photo and video editors, these don’t require you to take college extension courses to learn how to use them effectively. I insist on using these applications with minimal reading of the guidance, and I still manage to generate fun projects. If you’re still using Photoshop Elements 15 or older, so much has changed in the (53) Step-by-step Guided Edits that you owe yourself this gift of time and effort saved. This is a great collection of easy-to-accomplish tools and edits. For those of us with more recent upgrade versions, it’s a bit tougher to decide, but I can easily recommend the upgrade, if only for the Auto-generated creations. I get to show off, and it takes me little effort. Adobe has continuously improved and added to the guidance and automation (or WIZARDS) features of both of these products. You can Auto Create collages by selecting from a library of templates. There’s a Meme creator. You can even turn your photos into sketches . . . on different simulated paper types and with pen or pencils. Adobe has improved the “Organizer” App which finds your media, and it’s useful. FEATURES: This is your “photo emergency room” dedicated to recovering and correcting picture problems. Do you have bad lighting, faded images. scratches, noise, dirt, closed eyes. stranger in the background, poor exposure, ex-boyfriend you want exed out? Fix’em all with photoshop. Elements can manage your scanner to digitize your photo albums. (Did you know almost every printer/copier is also a photo scanner?) It will help you bring back old family photos and make them look like they were taken yesterday. Premiere Elements has its own useful set of automated movie making processes to simplify your life. Premiere will create a structured story, auto-create a movie, or generate a video collage, all with a selection of styles. You can let Premiere select media, start with a template, add titles and do some creative editing. SUMMARY: Most Photoshop Elements or Premiere buyers, if they’re like me, decide how often to upgrade, not whether or not to buy these applications. I use them often enough that I can usually justify the purchase because I’ll take all the new features when I can. You may feel differently. In any event, this is a photography tool every serious photographer falls in love with.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    From Amateur to Pro in Minutes

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    Trobadour
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    ---SETUP--- The setup both of these softwares couldn’t be easier. There’s a website you go to initiate downloading of the software. After opening the program that you download, it’s a guided process. Enter the provided serial numbers (your key as proof that you own the product) to unlock the full features. ---FEATURES--- The key feature of this package is that is includes both Photoshop Elements (for editing pictures) and Premiere Elements (for editing video). Both have their specific strengths and combined can make for some powerful editing tools. ---PERFORMANCE--- The performance of both of these pieces of software is quite simplistic in nature yet powerful in end product. I come from a background of heavy photo/video editing for my own YouTube channel and live streaming. I use some of the more expensive brands found only on Mac OS. I rarely use PCs to edit anything, but I decided to give this a try. I quickly noticed that as a new user to the software, I didn’t have to waste hours on YouTube looking for tutorials on how to do something specific I wanted. Many of the included tutorials would get me the results of specifically what I wanted to do. As an example, I took a picture of my wife and I in front of a green screen. I wanted to remove the green screen and add a different background. I was able to accomplish this in minutes even though I haven’t spent much time with Adobe products before. Once you get more and more experience using the software, you can turn off the guided section and use the full tools at your leisure. ---EXPECTATIONS--- The product exceeds my expectations. For half the price of software that I use, I was able to do what I wanted with both, photos and videos. What’s more, you can download a 30 day trial from the website itself to see if it’s something you can get into and easily understand. I highly recommend that for people who have never tried editing photo or video but want to begin dabbling in it. ---VALUE--- The price for Photoshop Elements and Premier in terms of value is very competitive because two softwares are included for one price. If you had an interest in one but weren’t sure about the other, its an easy way to test it out at an affordable price. ---APPROVAL--- I highly recommend this product for people who may have been toying with free photo/video software on their phones or PCs but are ready to make a bigger commitment to something more powerful. If you’re a new YouTuber or streamer and want to get that professional look, then you’ve found what you’ve been needed to level you up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    The parts of greater than the whole

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    Dan0Sterling
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    Adobe is the professional’s choice for many media manipulation products. Their ‘Elements’ versions of Photoshop and Premiere are not merely scaled down versions of the professional products. Instead, Adobe has leveraged their technical know how to help consumers express their creativity without the learning curve of a professional tool. The package comes with 3 separate modules: Elements Organizer (Derivative of Adobe Bridge for media management), Photoshop Elements (Derivative of Adobe Photoshop CC for photo / GIF editing), and Premiere Elements (derivative of Premiere Pro for video editing). Organizer: This is the glue that holds the packages together. Unfortunately, it’s also the weakest link. If you have more than ~ 20,000 media files, this will crash...a lot. When it works, it provides a catalog of files which you can filter and scroll through quickly. It has facial recognition to quickly group photos of the same person together. It can take a while to compile, though. Rather than looking first at your most often photographed subjects (i.e. children, spouse, close family), it tries to catalog everyone. You end up looking at a lot of stanger’s faces and realizing how many background people there are in your vacation photos. Organizer is also where you select photos for the collage tools in Photoshop Elements and the instant videos in Premiere Elements. Unfortunatly, that means those functions are inoperable if your library is too large. Adobe has 2 professional grade options for media management: Lightroom and Bridge. Both are good products for managing large libraries, but they don’t interface with the Elements products. Photoshop: This version of Photoshop Elements added some nice shortcuts and assistants. Photoshop Elements is a great tool as you’re moving into the digital media realm. You can easily erase wrikles, put together a panorama, or fix the tone in a washed out image. This is only the beginning, as PE really is a full photo editor. Compared to GIMP, which is free: They both have layers, text, and transformation tools. PE brings additional assistance helping you to learn how to use the tools. GIMP is a little more powerful in the maniulations you can do, once you know what you’re doing. Photoshop CC (which is not free) is the best of both products: all the power you could want with many of the shortcuts that Elements adds. Corel Paint Shop Pro is another tool I’d highly consider. It’s often for sale for under $50 and brings many of the shortcuts that Elements has. I’ve found the auto tone correction in Paint Shop to generally be better than what Photoshop elements has to offer. Other tools like object remover work better in PE. If you are more often touching up landscapes, Paint Shop is your better bet. If you’re more into people, then start with Photoshop Elements. Premiere: Premiere Elements (PrE) will work well for most editing tasks. It’s easy to get started and integrates nicely with the media organizer. There are a lot of effects out of the box, as well as several asisstants. Many people never share their vacation videos, and PrE has a soluton to that. You can pull in several short clips, and ask PrE for an instant video. The program will splice the clips in an order that makes sense, and it doesn’t leave you dizzy. It will also add music from its library so the scene changes happen in synch. You can select a quick pace to helpe keep your viewers interested. Unfortunately, Premiere Elements has no support for 360 cameras, such as the Samsung Gear 360. While other publishers has embraced the new format, Adobe seems determined t ignore the trend. They’ve concluded that since most videos today are viewed without special glasses, content creators should not need to experiment. If you are among the gadget hungry who have a 360 camera, look elsewhere for editing your footage. Overall: While there are a lot of new guided edits and smart features in the software, it’s sadly inaccessible if you have too much media. Adobe can build software to handle large libraries, but they’ve chosen not to deliver it to the consumer market. Because of that, I’d recommend you pass on this bundle and try one of the many alternatives such as ACDsee or Corel After Shot. These both handle your library and provide popular editing tools. They also do it at a very affordable price.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    High Quality Software that's Fun to Use!

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    Steve62305
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    The two things I love the most about Adobe Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements is they're both well-designed, high-quality software and they're both absolutely fun to use. Every year, I mention that when I upgrade and the new 2019 versions are no different. This software is designed to get beautiful things done quickly. The hard stuff is already handled by the software. The shear number of easy to use, point & click style features is staggering. And if there's ever something you just can't seem to figure out how to do, all you need do is refer to the embedded tutorials on most everything. Always work with a copy of your media and don't be afraid try everything this software has to offer. You can always hit undo or make a new copy. If you want to really get carried away check out the YouTube tutorials. While doing my review I created some baby collages, did some fun image enhancements, and edited a video using a lot of video adjustments. I think my favorite photo fun edit is called "Out of Bounds" and is what I used to spill the leaves out of the frame of the little boy in the autumn leaf pile. I had my doubts that the detailed, irregular edges of the leaves could be handled by the selection algorithm, but it worked. Collages have to be my second favorite fun edit and making triptych images one of my top 5 fun edits. Low Key is another guided edit that allows you to heavily darken the background while you pull out the subject using highlights. It's great when you have a good subject like the infant, but a distracting, busy, or otherwise useless background. I use the Premiere Elements video editor mostly for editing drone footage. So to test the software this year, I edited a poor cellphone video of a little girl riding her new bicycle. The moving video was taken from another moving bicycle near hers and the raw video was full of shakes, jerks, poor framing, and other common defects found in raw motion video. Using the features in the video editor I was able splice, join, transition, zoom, pan, edit, and otherwise enhance it to create a not-to-horrible, 50 sec video of a little girl riding her new bike a few hours after learning to ride. Unfortunately, I was disappointed again this year. As a retired software engineer I pride myself on finding bugs in other people's software and once again I could find none in the Adobe Elements suite for 2019. I played with it for over 2 weeks and could not find even one. I'm sure Elements isn't perfect; no software is. But, I'll be darned if I can find any. Kudos to Adobe's designers, developers, and testers. So once again, and it is with great pleasure, that I can wholeheartedly recommend Adobe Elements 2019 and Adobe Premiere Elements 2019 without any reservations whatsoever. This high-quality, easy-to-use, feature-rich software is well worth the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth 5x more than it's priced at! Outstanding!

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    EagleCroft
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    Photoshop is to image editing as Coke is to soda. It’s common to hear people say “was that photoshop’d”? That’s because Adobe created the field of image editing at home, and in the workplace. There are many competitors, and they all try to be better than Adobe. For the price, you really cannot get any better. Back in the day there was a saying in business that went “no one ever got fired for buying IBM”. The same is true with Adobe Photoshop, you cannot go wrong with it. Sure, you can find cheaper (even Free), photo and video editors - but you get what you pay for. A decade ago Adobe Photoshop was a very expensive software package, most average people couldn’t justify spending that amount for home-use. A lot has happened since then, these days we have cameras on our cell phones that produce images with better resolution and vividness than DSLR’s from a decade ago. Adobe changed with the times, and they offer now an affordable way to use their excellent software without breaking the bank. Professionals still purchase the high-end versions of Adobe software, but for most regular folk (like me), the home edition is more than sufficient. I’ve been using the Elements package (Photoshop and Premier), for several years and really appreciate its ease of use and power. It gets better and better in every edition, and the 2019 carries forward that tradition. I love the convenience of downloading software online, it saves me time and gas and frustration rather than having to drive to a brick and mortar store to buy it. If you’ve never used Photoshop Elements and Premier - you’re in for a treat! But you have to go through an initial period of time to learn how it works. Plan on spending time figuring it out, there are tons of ways to learn the applications. Adobe provides user guides, videos and other types of tutorials. You’ll also find tons of videos online to help you get up and running quickly. Don’t get frustrated if you struggle, the software is powerful and takes some time learning it. You will be using Photoshop to edit photos, and Premier to edit and create videos. For 2019 Adobe has made their applications a bit more intuitive, so that if you use Windows (or Mac), applications now - you’ll feel more confident as you learn. They’ve added what they call ‘discoverability enhancements’, designed to help you make full use of the many features it has to offer. They optimized the software for improved performance, although I never had trouble with older versions it’s nice to know that Adobe did this to enhance the user experience. If you are like me and you’ve used PhotoShop and Elements before you may notice that the main screens have changed. I like the new design, although there wasn’t anything wrong with the prior edition in my opinion. There are new features in the 2019 to automatically create collages, and many other projects. This new automated features allows users to build all sorts of images and videos with a button-click. Adobe engineers developed this feature to quickly process and create professional looking images and videos. Very handy, and doesn’t take much effort to learn and use. The guided edit functionality will be a hit with a lot of users, the application steps the user through the series of edits. The end results are impressive! You’ll be amazed! The new quick edit mode takes this a step further by reducing the number of steps to edit files. I personally like having full control over editing my photos and videos. However lots of people don’t want to manually go through and edit everything. It’s personal choice, and since I’m familiar with the software over years of usage I like having the ability to use the software in an advanced mode. The list of improvements and features is well-beyond the purpose of this product review. If you want to know all the bells and whistles (there are tons), you should visit the Adobe website. But if you just want to know whether it’s worth it to buy this package? Well then, I’d say ‘no’ - it’s worth double, or triple! Honestly it’s a bargain, I can’t imagine the amount of development man hours have gone into creating this software. For the price of a nice dinner you can have a refined software program that will change the way you will edit and create videos and photos forever., Once you start using it, you’ll be hooked like me. Super Highly Recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for Part-timers and Hobbyists

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    JakeNH
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    I have used some version of Photoshop and Elements through the years whether it was in college, personal or professional use. Although I would not call myself an expert I do think I can navigate my way around the GUI without much hesitation. That being said this 2019 version does not miss a mark, especially in my case where I have not used a newer version since 2015 so at first I was a tad nervous I might have to rediscover tools and general editing all over again! Not the case thankfully, I had a couple trial photos up and edited from my phone within a short period of time. I downloaded and installed the software using a Win10 HP computer. It is a newer laptop with 512gb SSD, 16g of RAM, NVidia MX150 and an Intel i7. It is also nice because it has a touch screen with stylus and a 4K display so no lack of power and image resolution for any media I am currently editing. Installation was painless although on first attempt I was informed that my installer package was corrupt and I needed to re-download – minor frustration but no big deal. On the second pass there were no issues and I was on my way importing media. I have a relatively small amount of media to work with so using the organizer to import and start categorizing was painless for me. It was really nice to finally spend time to get all of files collected in the last few years into one spot. From the organizer everything else is fairly straightforward with either guided edits or straight expert mode for those he can handle it. I’m sure anyone can appreciate the ease of use when it comes to not only altering photos but creating something you can add your own personal touch to, then bundle it up and post, email or print it for friends and family to see. I think that really is the goal behind this software, as so many people want to use an app on their phone that might have some capabilities for cool effects but doesn’t pack all the punch you get in this Premiere and Elements package. Using Premiere posed a learning curve for me as I had not used video-editing software in any serious extent for a while, and with a new drone added to my media arsenal I really wanted to start stringing the 4K videos I had been shooting over the last couple months together. Once I had a few videos imported I was up trimming each and cycling through some included background music without breaking a sweat. I really enjoyed the music function since the drone does not capture audio, so it helps give some depth to the shots. I am really happy now because I can really take advantage of the shots I took using the drone over the summer instead of just flying it around as far as possible like a wannabe fighter pilot. Overall I am pleased with the price and features packed into this bundle. If you have ever considered taking the time to really make a picture “pop” or wanted to put some old family videos together – look no further. Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements will give you the tools you need for any project!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Automation, But Some Serious Deficiencies

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    rtbestbuy
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    First, the disclaimer, this is a Windows only review, running on a relatively high end system(I7, 16gig ram, Nvidia 1060, ssd). Premier Elements and Photoshop Elements (2019) are available for both Macs and Windows. There are some differences between the two versions. Adobe has long split it's product line into the home/consumer version (Elements) and the pro/Creative Cloud version. Adobe's pricing for Elements ($100 for either, $150 for the bundle) makes the bundle a no-brainer, especially now with the mix of video and stills produced by phones and action cams. The previous version I've used was several years and versions removed. A lot has changed and there are a lot of new features. The user interface is pretty consistent across the product line, once you figure it out. As with all things Adobe, there's the Windows way, the Mac way, and the Adobe way. The new home screen provides access to all functions and apps, which is very convenient. The new Quick Edit feature streamlines a lot of tedious editing tasks. You can select Smart Trim or SceneLine. Smart Trim can automagically select the most interesting clips in a video stream, which really cut down processing time. The Auto Creations also worked well for me, but it seems to be focused on faces and action. Videos with little motion or face recognition seem to bore it. SceneLine allows you to bring in clips and photos to create a single move and is extremely well done. The built in asset manager app, Organizer, provides a nice way to sort and organize media. The package is not without warts however. It now requires an Adobe Creative Cloud account and login, or it reverts to a trial, which is both intrusive and annoying. It's especially annoying if you use other Creative Cloud apps with a different corporate ID. A couple of codecs (HEIF and HEVC) are missing from the Windows version, which makes GoPro editing a two step process (convert with another program, then edit). There is no 360/VR support or file support for either spherical or rectilinear video. This is a serious failing considering the consumer 360 cameras available (eg., GoPro, Rylo, Insta360, Samsung). There is no support for multicam editing (eg., synchronized video streams from different angles) which would be nice. There is no screen capture or video stream capture capability. And finally, the performance is on the slow side, even with a relatively high powered system. Overall, what the Elements package does, it does well, if a bit slowly. Hopefully, Adobe will address the deficiencies in an update soon and make this a real winner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cannot go wrong, great bang for the buck

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    TechnicallyCorrect
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    I first used Adobe Photoshop 25 years ago and have used various Adobe photo and video editing ever since. I eventually moved on to the Adobe Creative Cloud for the full suite of Adobe’s professional software. For most people, Adobe’s high end professional products are way too much for everyday use That is where Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 & Premiere Elements 2019 comes in . Both programs offer a simple , streamlined tool for editing, organizing and creating content that consists of photo, audio and video. There are a lot of reviews here that are very comprehensive and long. Based on that and myriad of other professional reviews, I’m not going to go into the nitty, gritty details and all the capabilities. What I am going to discuss is the basics of practical use. Interface - clean, clean, clean. One of the issues with Adobe products years ago is you had menu overload. Adobe eliminated this problem by having a graduated menu of options : quick, guided and expert .Quick is the minimalists , basic menu. Not a lot tools( intentionally,) just the basic to get you up and running fast. Guided takes you through which tools to use for what you are trying to accomplish and expert is the full breadth of all the tools available. Simple tools – In Photoshop Elements , it is not as powerful as Photoshop CC but good for cleaning up , altering and changing photos for your need. However, it is pretty comprehensive. You have drawing/editing tools, layers , enhancements etc– really everything you need. Take a close look at the enhance tab, you have every auto correct tool you can think of and they all work great. For Premiere Elements, this has every tool for the casual user and even up to a professional. You can quickly stitch together of videos/audio ( as in youtube video retake,) put in music, you a template for a myriad of options, add title. Simply fantastic. Learning curve – Fast to moderate. For anything less than expert, it does not take much. For myself who has experience with Adobe products, I was able to use everything in expert mode relatively fast. You get a lot for your money, these programs are powerful and , frankly, there is no true competition at this price point and feature set. In general, Adobe is the gold standard in every category. I was not thrilled when Adobe went to subscription based services for most of their top line products so I was happy to see that Photoshop Elements 2019 & Premiere Elements 2019 is a buy it and use program, a one time purchase—no subscription needed. There is not another competitor out there than can give you a full photo, video and audio editor for $150. So what did I not like about it? Not much. The programs are quite large, taking up about 4 GB of space. I guess that is a testament to complexity and power of the program. Bottom line, whether you are a casual user or a semi pro starting out, you cannot go wrong Photoshop Elements 2019 & Premiere Elements 2019. I recommend the programs completely.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Photo and Video Editing Bundle

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    Indiaj0nes
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    What's in the box ----------------- Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 & Premiere Elements 2019 Pros ---- 1. For 2019, instead of the CD its a direct download and a key. 2. Very User friendly, all the easy menus horizontally arranged Auto creation of collages and slide shows 3. Neatly arranged Quick, Guided and Expert modes 4. I think the new arrangement will help novices do video and photo editing faster Cons ---- 1. Is it worth more than the prior version? not sure The Review ---------- Setup ----- Easy, download the software from the website and enter your key and vol-ah, you are up and running Photoshop Elements ------------------ Photoshop elements is for photo editing.This is my first time with Photoshop and never used any photo editing software in my life. I have a DSLR but the pictures are never edited. So it was a good segue into photo editing for me. I have tried the apps on the phone but i liked the unedited pictures better than the phone app edited. So a computer software for photo editing was worth trying. There are 3 menus, Quick, Expert and Guided. Under the guided, you have basic, color, black and white, fun edit an special edits. Being a novice, i tried the guided editing mode. Some of the basic ones are text and border adding a custom text and border for your pictures, changing background, skin tones , brightness & contrast etc. you can also combine pictures into one, make your own collages for Instagram posts and face book cover photos. Its also that time of the year wherein you want to create photo calendars, using quick, guided or expert modes. I also like the multi-photo text, i had one printed out for my son to put it up on his door. I also loved the fact that the photo shop elements auto creates collages for me. These auto creations are also customizeable unlike the ones that google creates for you. Premiere elements -------------------------- This is your video editing software. This also has the quick, guided and expert view. I am a very basic user and i used the quick view. i have a Sony handy cam and i was able to stitch together different clips, add some music to the videos and also add some text on the video. I had an opportunity to film my wife doing some cooking. Since i had to take multiple takes, i was able to select which clips i wanted to use for the video and add text to the video and music. This is very useful for folks who want to start a you tube channel as a hobby or earn money on clicks! Overall , i like the bundle, i think it is a tad expensive though , is it worth or not, depending on your usage!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is can't miss for any level

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    TheTruQ
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    With the way smart phones have advanced, nearly everyone is walking around producing some form of reusable or sharable media. I remember the days of using video and photo editing software to create personal and professional productions. In the past, editing media required the user to be a technically savvy to pull off a decent production. Well, times have changed, and Adobe has evolved as well with its newest versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. Once installed and started, the first thing that stands out in both is the clean, refined look of the software. No clutter or perceived complexity, and I view this as an awesome decision by Adobe. The next thing, and mind you both have this distinction, there are 3 modes: Quick, Guided, and Expert. This instantly makes the user feel at home in the software. If you are technically challenged, the combination of the clean look and the user-friendly modes feel inviting and comforting. Adobe has also done a good job of bringing the user’s media library together in a very efficient, user friendly interface. Your media library can be combined and displayed right in Elements, offering you the ability to filter and group items in a snap. Adobe also seems to have borrowed a page from the book of a couple of smartphones: there is an auto creation tool that takes photos based on criteria (date, location) and creates a neat, little slide show. Add to this a very useful landing page, quick tips, and a strong guide and you have a very user-friendly media editing suite. Photoshop is pretty self-explanatory. It is just as the name implies: a shop to fix up your photos. You can clean, adjust, sharpen, filter, layer, add effects … You name it, you can just about do it. Is it Lightroom or the full Photoshop version? No, but it is VERY good and more than adequate to give any decent photo a professional look. Plus, as stated earlier, the Quick and Guided modes offer the ability for even the most green user to produce a respectable final photo. Premiere is a better than expected video editing software, offering all the tools and controls you would expect from solutions more than twice the cost. It offers the standard timeline approach. Video editing vets should feel very familiar with this software, while the rookie users will enjoy the excellent Guided mode. The Guided mode for Premiere is one of the strongest points of the software. It is very informative and detailed, teaching the user to become an Expert mode user. There are many preset effects in Premiere allowing users to quickly add an effect to produce great movies quickly. It is very viable solution even for those that have a bit more experience. I can’t help but recommend this suite to anyone interested in content editing. For the price, this is a very user-friendly, but powerful software that allows user to produce professional results quickly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Great Value Package for Photo and Video Editing

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    bzm3j81
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    I had Photoshop Elements 2018 installed on an older desktop. I was hoping that all my facial tagging would be easily transportable to my new desktop running Photoshop Elements 2019. Sadly that isn't the case. The tagging information is stored locally on the system that did the tagging. It isn't stored in the EXIF data on the photos themselves. That is quite disappointing to me. Instead, I tried to backup the catalog which should preserve the tagging information. Since my photo library is so large, it took about 24 hours for it to evaluate the catalog, about 1 hour to estimate the size of the backup and it came back with about 540 megs for the final backup size. Unfortunately, it errored out while creating the catalog backup and I gave up. I think I'm going to rely on another application to do facial tagging which will also write the tags to EXIF data stored on the photos. That's really the only drawback for Photoshop Elements 2019. On the plus side, it's great for a beginner like me to pick a photo, go through the dozens of guided edit tiles, choose the one that's most appropriate and get a step by step walkthrough of how to improve the photo. While the 2018 version was great, they've added even more guided edits in the 2019 version. I had never played with Premiere Elements but I recently got a GoPro camera. While GoPro comes with the Quik video editing software, I did not like the way it tried to take over creative control. With the Quik mobile app, you select an effect, it crops your video and then automatically selects the effect window. I then tried to use the Quik desktop app and was frustrated trying to apply my effect there too. So I tried Premiere Elements. First of all, Premiere Elements is not able to open the videos from my GoPro camera. GoPro uses a combination of h.264 with HEVC. Premiere Elements doesn't support that codec. So I had to convert my GoPro videos using HandBrake then I could manipulate them in Premiere Elements. While editing my videos, it took me a little bit to get used to the workflow, but once I got into it, it was pretty easy. One thing to note, I had to go back to the beginning of my video several times to check the flow and after the first time, the video would get very choppy. To get around this, there is a Render button that will re-render your video and while you may not get the best resolution during the preview, it does smooth out the playback so you can walk through the video with greater ease. Similar to how Photoshop Elements has several guided edits, Premiere Elements also includes guided edits. This is great for someone like me who is just getting into video editing with Premiere. I would highly suggest using an i5 or greater computer with plenty of RAM and SSD storage in order to render videos quickly. Getting both applications for less than the sum of their retail prices makes this a great value for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great organizer and editing software!

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    JamexRZ
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    This are a great pair of software that can make your life easier when it comes to organizing and editing your media, be it pictures or movies. At first I had trouble running them in my 64 bit Windows 10 PC. They kept throwing an "error 16" when trying to launch the programs. I looked at Adobe's website for a fix. They describe a lengthy process where you have to edit properties of folders. I tried that process but nothing happened, I kept having the same error. Finally, I was able to fix them by just running the software as an administrator (right click, run as admin. Or if you want it permanently, right click, properties, and you will find a compatibility tab to enable the shortcut/executable to always run as admin). After that, everything was buttery smooth. You can create a free Adobe cloud account and sign in with that and then you enter your serial numbers and the software is fully activated. They both come with an organizer, that right of the bat detected I have google photos and Onedrive and asked me if I wanted to add my photos from both, I said yes and it downloaded all my media. (I don't know how it knew it had both, but my guess is because I had google drive and Onedrive apps installed on my pc already). After that, I could use elements to edit and bump up any pictures I had. They give you options to do so the easy way (wizard) or the manually. The easy way already gives you examples of what you can do (like turn pictures into black and white ones, add 3d effects, or even improve an old pic from a fill that you may have scanned). Premiere is more for videos, but as above, has an "easy" way, and in example you can turn pics into animated gifs, or a video frame by frame. Its really nice and I'm using it mostly to add nice effects to share with my family or media posts. Both complement each other and is an easy way for anyone at home to soup up their pics and videos for keeping and sharing. Highly recommend it for the home user! If you want something more "professional", well Adobe has software like that too you can buy, for content creators in example.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Essential Photo and Video Editing Software!

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    For anyone wondering if you need to or should upgrade to Photoshop or Premier Elements 2019, I would say that it is definitely worth it as it will enable you to work with the newer types of media that some smart phones use (HEIF, HEVC formats) and there are definitely some fixes that make the software faster and a lot more stable than previous versions. In addition, there are some new features that use the software AI to help make what Adobe calls Auto Creations which I have to say is pretty cool and time saving. Adobe has clearly taken some time to improve the installer and the stability of the software along with the opening screen to help you get familiar with using the software based on the last version you used - pretty cool if you haven't upgraded in a while! If this is your first time using Photoshop Elements or Premier Elements or if you're wondering if it's worth it, I'd say it's essential if you are looking for a great way to organize your media (Photos and Video) and a way to edit photos without having to be an expert, though it does have an expert mode so you can use the software the way that suits you best. For Premier, I had no trouble editing 4K video from my iPhone XS Max, and authoring/creating a new video with the effects/transitions. In addition, it makes creating a slide show from photos a snap. The AI also makes this easy if you want something that will just put it together for you! There are also other what I'd call essential features that enable you to create photo calendars, CD's, greeting cards and more as well without having to get more software. It also lets you publish straight to Youtube, Flickr, Twitter, etc. as well. Last if you're new to photo or video editing software, I would say Adobe has done a nice job to make the software easier to use. From the opening screen, you can type in what you're looking to create and it pulls up pages on how to go through the steps. For example, if you were looking for how to create a calendar, you simply type that in and pull up the page that walks through it step by step. In all, I think this version is much better than the last couple versions and is an essential software package for photo organization, editing and authoring of video in Premier. I would recommend it for anyone who has an older version or to anyone new to Photo/Video editing. Granted, you can do some of the basic stuff in other software but Adobe makes this easy and provides the best filters/transitions and tools to help make your creations look their best.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Scrapbooker's helper

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    I gotta say this was a bit tough to review because I use all of Adobe's other products almost daily, I came in with doubts that their "easy" button was gonna do what I do but without having to learn everything I've had to... I was mostly right. That "easy" button was actually pretty close to getting results I do with their more expert software. You don't have color profiles and curves, but you do have that levels, saturation, etc. But in one click the Smart Fix made an image that was "meh" to a decently printable piece. Sure on occasion I had to tweak a bit, but overall it made pleasing results. I especially like the Haze removal. It adds contrast and saturation to the areas where the images have been blown out by poor lighting. Premier Elements was a little different story. Making a nice home video was relatively painless and adding effects and transitions are easy as can be. The only problem I had was in the encoding. Under the easy mode there are limited bitrates and low is sometimes higher than the bitrate of some of the videos I have - I have a collection of videos from older devices. So reencoding a video that is 2Mb/s to 6Mb/s makes for a larger file with less quality, but a bigger file. I don't know if many people will go into the advanced settings to tweak on their own but they should take some time learning. Another thing I'd have like to seen is the option to NOT rencode audio. Every time you rencode a file with lossy compression you're going to lose quality. Again, a bunch of my old files are already encoded as MP3 and don't need to be encoded again. With video I'm a little particular about how they're done because there's a lot more time involved. Mistake after mistake can bring a good bit of frustration and for someone as picky as I am... I'll just have to stick with what I know. There are options to share videos with YouTube and Vimeo, but some parts of my personal life don't need to be shared with unknown people running a server. Overall I'm pretty pleased with PS elements and will use this to do quick touch ups of my photos after getting them scanned - I've got a huge batch and almost 1/4 done. Premier elements... I'm nto so sure of. Maybe if I play around with it more it'll grow on me, but right now I don't think this will be my go-to video editor. For other people, it's probably perfect but those people wouldn't be doing dozens of test before finding the perfect settings like do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best Value

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    jailoliv
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    PREMIER ELEMENTS Usually, I frown at changes to the interface of a product I am used to because of the inevitable learning curve but the new streamlined quick edit mode interface of Premiere Elements is just plain easier. Adding music and applying titles to a simplified timeline is a time saver. One of the most frustrating experiences in editing a video to me is trimming parts that are uninteresting. Premier Elements 2019 automatically trimmed those parts for me. Ok, not entirely true. I still had to remove a lot but I can say that it removed between 60 to 75 percent, give or take, of an 87-minute video I shot during Halloween. The time it saved me was no joke. Although I did have a few issues with the future, the automatic face detection is extremely useful. I enjoy the 50 musical scores you can add to your video and the ability to match audio with the length of the clips. Cool! PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS I can’t say that I don’t miss its big brother, Photoshop Pro CC but a starting $21 dollar subscription only makes sense if photo editing is part of your daily work and life. However, Photoshop Elements has most of the features an average photographer needs and is a bargain. For new users, the 50+ guides - or wizards – is like having a tutor next by your side. Two new features I noticed and liked was a select tool that lets you turn any part of your image into a sketch and a multi-photo text. The latter allows you to insert different pictures behind letters in a word. As to performance, I am a bit confused. On one of my computers, both Photoshop Elements 2019 and Premier Elements 2019 outperformed the 15 version. However, on a second computer, they performed slightly worse. One computers uses an Intel i7, 8th generation processors with a GTX 1080 graphics card. The other is an Intel i5 with a GTX 1060. The performance difference was seen on the i5 but please bear in mind that I am comparing both versions of the software on the same computer. Of course, performance is always better on the i7 but that is not the point here. My guess is that Adobe has optimized the 2019 version for the i7 but not for the i5 generation that I have. It could be an anomaly on my system though. Apart from the performance issue I experienced above which was not that big since I will be using both apps on the better computer anyway, I was happy with the changes and overall experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Software. Easy to Use. Outstanding Value.

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    Adobe is more or less the standard when it comes to creation and editing in the digital world. Photoshop and Premiere are the foundation of their diverse product line. This package, with “non-pro” versions of both programs, without the need for a monthly subscription, is exactly what I was looking for. As someone who takes a ton of pictures, and some, albeit a smaller number of videos, I am always snapping, cropping, editing, sending, sorting and posting them both…somewhere. As a long time user of a very, very old version of Photoshop for many years, and a more recent version of Photoshop Elements more recently, I am pleased with what this version has to offer. The user interface is easy to follow, as well as intuitive, and in many cases, Adobe is there to help or guide you through whatever you are trying to do with a photo or project. You also have the option to delve deeper into their tool set and take more of a hands-on approach if need be or if you are familiar with how to get from point A to point B. I appreciate this flexibility. With regards to Premiere, here, I am a little less experienced, and a lot of the “wizards” and guided help have been quite helpful. I have shied away from playing with a lot of video as I never had good software to work with. No longer. While it will take some time for me to become fluent with the software, I already feel comfortable with the workflow as well as tackling some content. I wish I had done so sooner. Ultimately, I really like what Adobe offers here. For a lot of people, their suite/pro monthly subscription options are too costly. While they may offer some added functionality, a lot of it is overkill for most people. Here, you can get two best in class pieces of software for a one-time price (cheaper than buying them separately) and get everything you need. The software is feature-rich, easy to use, performs well, comes from a reputable company, at a great price and is an outstanding value. If you need digital creation software, you should definitely give it a look.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Often Replicated, Never Duplicated

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    1ShadowFox1
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    Oh Photoshop, how I have missed you! I had not been in the photo editing hobby for some time, but I recently picked it back up as I found myself making overlays for Twitch Streamers and editing in game images for them to use on social media pages. Initially, I was a little offset by the price of Photoshop, as it has been at least a decade since I have owned a copy, so I ended up downloading some similar freeware and it did the job. But it just wasn't the same. It wasn't Photoshop. After coming into possession of the newest and greatest offering from Adobe, I immediately began grabbing photos off of my computer and exploring, which felt like a kid in a candy store. All of the Photoshop-like features that were in the freeware I had been using were immediately dwarfed by the finely tuned software that has become the common namesake of any photo editing software. Like Kleenex to facial tissue, there is a reason that Photoshop is a household name. It is the standard by which all other photo software is measured. And based on the level of difference I have experienced between this software and some of the competition, I have no doubt that Photoshop will continue to be a household name for years to come. Cutting sections of photos, finely tuning colors and effects, blending images, all made extremely simple with this program. Even if you are new to the Photoshop world and feel lost in the vast amount of editing tools included, there are so many communities, YouTube videos, etc that so clearly teach you how to get the most out of the utilities available that you will quickly feel like a pro. I haven't had much time to use the Video Editor bundled with this package yet, but I have my GoPro's charged and a day at the range set up for tomorrow with the boys, so I am sure I will get some great videos to edit and I have no doubt that once again, Adobe will far exceed my expectations. Don't waste your time using inferior products, Photoshop is king. And the king is worth every penny.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Intense but Impressive

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    I started video editing this year and decided that I needed to upgrade from free programs to something more robust. Adobe Premiere seems to be the perfect program for both the beginner and someone with skills. The program has three modes - Quick, Guided, and Expert. Quick allows the novice to perform some basic functions. Guided teaches people how to do some really impressive work in a step by step fashion. Expert lets you do your thing and assumes you know what you are doing. Compared to other programs I have tried, Premiere comes prepackaged with a ton of effects and even music ready to go. There is no need to go hunting for all kinds of addins or royalty free music if you want to just make a quick video or even something at a professional level. From my perspective, the editing functions are intuitive compared to other editing software I have used. It is also 100 times easier to add a voice narration in Premiere compared to the last program I used. Via guided mode, I learned how to do it in 30 seconds. The reason this review is only four stars is because Photoshop is not nearly as intuitive. I know there is a history of excellence with this program but I am running into a few roadblocks. The program has three modes just like Premiere. However, the guided mode does not work nearly as well. I tried to use it on a few different effects and I got lost. When I clicked "help," I was taken to the dreaded "404 Page Not Found" on the Adobe website. My hope is to eventually learn the program but maybe in time, it will be better. From a video perspective, I am in love. For photo editing, I am unsure. Lastly, check the system requirements before you buy these programs. Both of them are pretty intense. Video editing in general requires a lot of resources including memory, processors, video, and storage capabilities. Just having Premiere open without editing anything, it is using about 1.5 GB of memory. The bigger the file, the more memory and processor power needed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive Photo & Video Editing for Home Users

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    taureantiger
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    If you have never used Adobe software before, the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 & Adobe Premiere Elements 2019 bundle sets you up for simple but easy photo and video editing plus organizing, perfect for everyday (home and amateur shooters) picture and video taking. However, Photo and Video enthusiasts will better be off with the Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Pro versions, part of Adobe Creative Cloud, to get state-of-the -art photo and video editing. The bundle installed beautifully after downloading both tools, about 3 GB each, i.e., you definitely want to have a fast Internet connection for this. You'll be prompted to enter the serial number after you have installed and loaded the apps for the first time. You will need an Adobe ID to register your software successfully, and, if you don't have one yet, there's a menu option to create one. Just make sure you remember the ID along with the password you selected. The "Adobe ID" is Adobe's way of doing license management. Both products I felt are quite resource-hungry in terms of CPU and memory usage. My i7-powered laptop with 12GB of RAM and a 500GB SSD did pretty good, overall. A really cool feature in Photoshop is its support for Apple iPhone's new photo file format, HEIF ((High Efficiency Image File). No need to convert these files to JPG and then edit. In terms of the built-in organizer, if you select one folder of photos in the Elements Organizer, the app will scan through the folder to generate photo and video slideshows automatically, and then launches them, which is is really cool. Adobe's "Sensei" engine provides "intelligent" photos and videos choosing, and this is when it becomes tricky: Either you love it (should you be happy with the results of course) or completely dislike it, wondering why the app picked one photo or video over the other, possibly making it necessary to tweak/edit the results. In terms of rating this product, recognizing it's a solution for the amateur/home photo and video taker (and definitely not for the professional folks among us), the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 & Adobe Premiere Elements 2019 bundle should suit just fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend