Adobe Updates Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements with a Focus on Speed and Guided Edits

Details for Premiere Elements 2019 and Photoshop Elements 2019 are out and the programs are focused on performance and new ways to help you edit.

To start, Adobe says the 2019 versions focus on “streamlining the apps’ usability” for less wait time. Both Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements can run slowly with larger projects, so it’s nice to hear the apps should run more smoothly. Adobe says there are improvements to both apps’ performance “across the board,” so you should notice a difference.

Also, the apps have new advancements in how they help new users edit and create, including automated collages and new guided edits.

Better Performance “across the board” and HEIF Support

In Premier, downloads and the installation process will be faster according to Adobe and you should notice improvements to the speed of typical video editing tasks. Additionally, Adobe’s added support for variable frame rate (VFR), import and editing of HEIF images on macOS and HEVX video on macOS 10.13 and above.

As for Photoshop, Adobe claims you’ll notice the speed difference in this program, too. Downloads and installation should be faster, and Adobe’s also added support for importing and editing HEIF images on macOS.

Text with pictures inside individual letters
If you want to create text with pictures in them, Photoshop 2019 will help you do that

Quick, Guided Edits in Premiere and Photoshop

Premier has a redesigned Quick Edit mode. There are two new options: Smart Trim and a “simplified” Sceneline. With Smart Trim, the program automatically finds the best footage and guides you through the trimming process. The revamped Quick Edit mode also streamlines the Sceneline interface for easier access to essential tools in the 2019 version.

Premiere Elements 2019 also includes two new Guided Edits. Those guides help you make glass pane effects and Luma fade transitions.

Photoshop 2019 also gets new Guided Edits — four of them, in fact. The new guides help you make multi-photo text (where your pictures are placed inside individual letters), create memes, turn part of your photo into a sketch, and add text and border overlays.

Two images of a bridge and rocks. One is a normal photo, the other is half sketched
Photoshop 2019 will guide you through the processes of turning parts of your photo into sketches

New ways to create collages

Adobe’s reworked the photo collage processes by adding in a few new templates. However, the templates are editable if you want to put your own personal touches. You can add things like like frames and change the backgrounds.

Also, using Adobe Sensei, the apps will automatically create photo and video slideshows and collages of moments it deems memorable.

Go to Premiere Elements 2019 and Photoshop Elements 2019‘s product pages for more info about the new versions of the programs.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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