For many years I have been using licensed software - Windows, Office and Adobe products. Of the latter, for my purposes, I usually only need Adobe Photoshop (image editing) and Premiere Pro (video editing). Now these products are distributed by subscription with a monthly or annual payment and buying a subscription separately for two programs is more expensive than buying a full package of Adobe Creative Cloud with all, including programs that I do not need. But in this embodiment, it turns out expensive.
Adobe also has separate simplified versions of the programs I need with a one-time payment (once for life) - Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements, which can be purchased separately (about 4.5 thousand rubles) or, if desired, in the kit - slightly cheaper (about 7 thousand). Fortunately, on the official Adobe website there is an opportunity to download a free 30-day trial version of these programs and check whether they can replace me with full-fledged programs with a monthly payment. And share your thoughts with you.
Adobe Photoshop Elements Photo Editor
After launching Adobe Photoshop Elements, we can open it in 3 separate tabs:
- Fast - quick manual editing of individual color parameters, exposure, application of effects and other options.
- Managed - sets of automated actions for common and often required actions: resizing photos, replacing the background, inserting new objects into the photo and more: after selecting any of the actions, you will be taken through all the necessary steps to get the desired result.
- An Expert Advisor is the version of the interface that is most similar to regular Photoshop with the same tools, tabs, layers and other actions.
The first two options are not quite what I need, but it is very likely that an ordinary user will like it very much for editing their own family and other photos: everything is really clear and works, in general, correctly (checked on changing the background, creating frames and automatic retouching photos). Of course, everything is in Russian.
As a user, I am most interested in the latest version of working in Photoshop Elements, since it is in this interface that I work in Big Photoshop.
Accordingly, I am sharing observations about what I saw in Photoshop Elements in the context of the things necessary for my work:
- The most important thing is that the logic of work is almost no different from Photoshop CC, so if you, like me, while trying to work in Gimp after several years of photoshop, everything boils inside, this will not happen here.
- The set of basic tools, filters, correction tools is the same, plus there are additional options for automatic correction in the "Improvement" section.
- Working with layers is also within the scope of what I may need - blending modes, masks, transparency controls - everything is in place.
- You cannot record Actions, but you can import them.
- You can create brushes and patterns.
- Rulers, mesh - in stock.
- Working with text and fonts is more primitive, font smoothing does not work, including after rasterizing a layer with text.
- Styles (Blending Options) are, but seemed very inconveniently made.
- Export for the Web is the same as in regular Photoshop.
- Installation of third-party plugins, they write, is supported (I have not personally tested it).
- Working with gradients is good; for myself, I did not notice any differences in their editing.
- In the performance parameters, it can be seen that there is a use of hardware graphics acceleration, but it says "For face correction." And, according to the feelings, there is really something wrong with the usual work with this: for example, on a 4k project with ten layers the selections (although they exist) cease to be drawn until you somehow change it, resizing occurs with a creak, although in Photoshop CC is all smooth.
- I can’t work with CMYK, I don’t need it, but decided to mention it.
The result for me: it would seem that everything is quite cool, but some nuances (the same Actions and working with fonts) make me refuse.
Can I recommend to a user who is looking for licensed software for both simple and quick, and relatively professional work with personal photos? - Definitely yes: Photoshop Elements is better than many crafts distributed for about the same money. If you are interested in free counterparts, then: Best free graphic editors .
Adobe Premiere Elements
As in the previous program, in the Premiere Elements video editor you can work in three versions: in the first - simple actions, like cropping a video and quickly combining photos and videos, adding music to create a movie. The second is the quick creation of interesting effects for beautiful videos. The third section - “Expert” - working with the timeline “like in Premiere Pro”.
I probably need less from a video editor than from a photo editor: convenient placement of videos and images in a timeline, adding transitions, cropping unnecessary, a sufficient number of tracks and the ability to add new, various options for exporting video. All this in Premiere Elements is and works with the same logic as in the full version of the video editor. From what he noted:
- By default, there is no export in 4k and the ability to select project options with this resolution. But there are ways to get around: either add the video (but not the photo) 4k first (then export will be available in this resolution and the project settings will change), or by editing the project template files in the program folder (represent xml files).
- No GPU rendering acceleration. Only video encoding is accelerated. For an average user with home video in Full HD once every six months is not a problem, but for a daily video for YouTube in 4k, and I need just that - too much time loss.
Otherwise, again, it’s an extremely positive experience, if you look from the point of view of an ordinary user who needs a simple, understandable and logical video editor in Russian. Better than much that has happened to be aimed at beginners. Of course, even a free DaVinci Resolve is better, but many can not cope with it. Just in case: The best free video editors .
In addition to the photo editor and video editor, the Elements Organizer is bundled with the Elements programs, which all those who used Google Picasa will find useful and enjoyable.
The program searches for people’s faces, places them on a map (you can also set locations manually if the camera hasn’t added them) and on the calendar, allows you to add tags and ratings, descriptions and other information for convenient categorization of your photos, perform quick simple actions on their editing. I can’t find fault with this utility - everything is very good. But there are also free options: Free programs for viewing photos and managing images on a computer .
As a result, if you have any thoughts about licensed software for working with photos and videos, I recommend trying Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements, a free trial version is available on the official website https://www.adobe.com/en/products/photoshop -premiere-elements.html (download at the bottom of the page, on the right, you will need to create an Adobe ID account).