PROS / Using the Guide Mode, you can learn how to use this extensive program with step-by-step instructions.
CONS / The software’s photo organizer, Adobe Revel, is a separate program, which adds additional steps when organizing your photos.
VERDICT / Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 is a good option for both beginner and veteran photographers. With an extensive set of tools, expert photographers can find the ones they need, and beginners can learn how to use the software using the Guide Mode.
Editor's note: Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 is now available. Clicking the Buy button will take you to this version for purchase. We will evaluate, rank and review version 14 when we next update the Photo Editing Software reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about Elements 13.
With the extensive set of editing tools and capabilities, Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 can take your photos to the next level. We award it our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award for its editing tools, sharing capabilities, support options and usability.
Adobe is considered a standard in the photo editing software industry. Elements 13 meets that standard with its vast number of basic and advanced editing tools. It is not a watered-down version of Photoshop but a focused photo editor with tools specifically designed to fix and enhance your photos.
The photo editor has three editing modes: Quick Edit, Guided and Expert. Each mode has its own specialty tools and presets. The Quick Edit mode houses several of the basic editing tools such as zoom, crop and color correction.
The Guided mode is where beginning editors will spend most of their time. It includes common adjustments editors make alongside a step-by-step tutorial that takes you through the entire process. This Guided mode serves as a good resource for both beginners and experienced photo editors. If you are trying something new, the software can help you figure out how to edit your photo successfully.
With Expert mode, all of the tools are laid out. You can use the tools to apply advanced edits and take creative control of your images. Elements 13 has a variety of advanced but standard tools. Under this mode, you can choose from 104 creative filters to add texture and color to your images. You also can use the clone tool to fix blemishes.
One standout feature is the Content Aware Move Tool. This feature allows you to select an object or person and move it somewhere else. The content-aware function then fills in the hole where the person used to be. This software also has an Auto Tone Tool that corrects the lighting and color tones of a picture. When you use this tool, the program remembers your preferred output settings and adjusts the auto corrections according to your edit.
Elements 13 comes packaged with Adobe Revel, a photo organizing software. The program helps you import, sort and rate your photos. You can create your own albums and sort photos based on ranking, name, location, date and time. The program is compatible with other Adobe products, making it ideal software if you use more than one of the company’s programs. While the program helps you organize your photos, it becomes tedious switching back and forth between Revel and Elements 13.
Import & Export Options
The software supports common image file types, including RAW, JPG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, PSD, PDF and animated GIFs. When you are editing photos, you can resize the image and file size to optimize it for online content. Smaller file sizes help your webpage load quickly.
Elements 13 places an emphasis on sharing. You can post your edited pictures directly to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, SmugMug and other online photo galleries. You also can generate a URL for your web album that can be emailed to your friends and family.
While Adobe Revel is a separate program, it stores your photos in the cloud, making it so you can access them from different devices. If you do not want to share your photos online, you can always print them off. Elements 13 has printing project resources that you can use to print your edited photos at home.
Help & Support
The picture editor includes support resources within the application. Using the Guided Edit mode, you can access tutorials. You also have access to the user guide. In addition, Adobe has video tutorials, FAQs and a user forum on its website to address questions. If you still need help, you can contact Adobe’s support team by phone, email or live chat.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 is one of the best photo editing software options for both beginners and experts. The program has the tools professionals need but maintains its ease of use with its support options and Guided Edit mode. If you are looking for photo editing software that you can begin learning on and grow with, Elements 13 is a good option to consider.