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Maybe the best photo editing app, but not for everyone.
May 27, 2019
I have been using Photoshop for years and it does a great job. I updated to the 2019 version because my older version would not edit raw files and this version will. Aside from that capability, I didn't notice a lot of improvement from my much earlier version, which was Photoshop 6 from last century. They added more bells and whistles and provided an option for beginners and tutorials, but to really do what you need to do, you need to get into the expert mode. The claim is that you can do all sorts of cool stuff like open closed eyes, change backgrounds, and so forth, but none of that is as easy as clicking on a button. From the way Adobe advertises it, you should be able to just click on a button and, viola, the background is changed. Well, not really. To do a quality job, you need to cut out what you want and paste it onto the new background. Then, you need to blend the edges into the new background, so that it does not look Photo-shopped. It's not as easy as it sounds. There is a bit more to it and the process takes much longer than claimed. It takes a lot of practice to master it all. I have been doing it for years and I can now do it all fairly quickly, so with practice, you can do some pretty cool stuff. I just don't want you to think it's as easy as they claim. It isn't. That being said, my 9 year old granddaughter is learning it and I have her doing some pretty cool stuff already. Of course, she has an instructor. Also, I had a lot of trouble getting the app to work after I installed it and I am really good at that sort of thing. It is very rare that I need customer support to help install or fix an app, but that's exactly what I had to do. On a positive note, customer support was great. The tech took control of my computer and got the problem fixed. However, even though he was an expert at this stuff, it still took him about 50 minutes to figure out what the problem was and to get it fixed. That made me feel somewhat better about not being able to get it to work myself. Now that it does work, I am very happy with it. My only complaint about customer support is that Adobe does not tell you how to contact them. Even if you go to the Adobe website, they do not list the phone number. They have a link for the phone number, but try as I may, I could not find it. I ended up Googling it and someone did post it. Just so you know, its 1-800-833-6687. I guess they really don't want phone calls. What they really want you to do is ask questions on their website that go to other users, who may or may not be of help. In my case, that was not an acceptable option. Shame on them for not clearly posting the phone number on their website. For what you pay for the app, you should be able to contact tech support by phone without hiring a private detective to find the phone number. You should also note that this app consumes a lot of ram on your computer. I have 8 GB of ram and I need to reboot the computer every couple of hours because it slows down to an unacceptable level. So this is not for a lightweight computer. I am upgrading my ram to 16 GB to improve performance. This could be because I work with raw files. It will probably not be the case if you just work with jpg files.
As for Premier Elements 2019, it came with Photoshop and it looks good, but I have not had the opportunity to try it. I do videos every now and then, but I already own and use Power Director, which does a wonderful job, so I will probably just stick with that. Premier Elements may be just as good as Power Director, but we tend to stick with what we know. There is a great deal of learning curve with these things, so I don't want to take the time to learn something new when what I already have does a great job.
So, the bottom line on Photoshop is that it's great for folks who do this stuff for a living or armatures who want to invest the time to achieve some great photos. However, if you are not familiar with Photoshop and you don't want to invest a lot of time learning something new, then you may want to try something that is designed for beginners, like Photoshop Lightroom. You can't do as much with it, but it will polish up your photos for you and it is a bit more user friendly. Also, there are a lot of free apps out there and some very low cost ones that will improve your photos with far less to learn. Again, you won't be able to do all that cool stuff that Photoshop does, but they will help fix poorly exposed photos and such as that, sometimes with just one click.