Updated September 25th, 2015: It’s official – Adobe has announced and released the new Elements 14! Be sure to check out the new features in Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14 at Adobe.com. Adobe also has both versions available to download and try for free for 30 days.
Here’s a pretty good Elements 14 overview video that highlights some of the new features and enhancements:
In terms of where you can buy your copy, here are some of the places where they already have Adobe Elements 14 in stock:
- Amazon has all the versions now on sale: Photoshop Elements 14, Premiere Elements 14, and the student discount version that includes the bundle of both programs (that’s the best deal as you’ll be able to buy the bundle for $79.99 vs. $149.99).
- The same can also be found at NewEgg (with all versions available for instant download).
- The student discounted version of Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 14 at JourneyEd.
- Find the new Elements 14 product line at Amazon.co.uk with free shipping or instant download.
- All versions available at Amazon FR.
Update #4: September 24th, 2015: Amazon UK is now accepting orders of the download versions of Photoshop Elements 14, Premiere Elements 14, the bundle of the two programs, and well as the heavily discounted student version. We are still waiting to see it arrive stateside.
Update #3: September 24th, 2015: JourneyEd, one of Adobe’s authorized student software resellers, just posted a video overview highlighting the new features on YouTube – and best of all, they have the download version already available for purchase (!!!), which we just had one of our readers confirm that they were able to buy and download it without any issues (Thanks Lisa)!!
Update #2, September 24th, 2015: Another tip has come in (Thanks Marius!) with an article published by B&H Photo Video announcing the new features in both Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14. About an hour after we got the tip the page was pulled down but you can still see the cached version on Bing.com. Here’s also another review by The Next Web and Tech Radar that was posted early (including the cached version of Tech Radar as the article was pulled down already).
All in all, the release is near… we expect to see Adobe officially release PSE and PRE later today/tomorrow morning.
Here’s a copy of B&H Photo’s press release (we bolded the new features and improvements):
“Adobe has announced Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14, the latest edition of its well-known photo and video-editing and organizing software programs. Elements is known for its highly intuitive and efficient navigation environments and user-friendly interface, and this edition emphasizes improvements to simplify and enhance the user experience. It provides many of the tools found in Photoshop and Premiere and is ideal for photo and video enthusiasts—those looking to get their digital imagery collected and organized simply and without the advanced and perhaps superfluous features provided by the more complex programs. New to Photoshop Elements 14 is an improved Shake Reduction tool to remove the blur caused by camera movement, a new Haze Removal tool, easier guided edits to resize your images or add “motion,” a refined Selection Matting tool, a new category of Quick Effects and a user experience overhaul of the Quick Edit page design.”
“Premiere Elements 14 Video Editor brings with it 4K support for many new cameras, customizable Motion Titles and two new guided edits: Color Pop, which “pops out” one color while making the rest of your video black-and-white; and Time Remapping edit, which adds slow, fast, or reverse motion to your video. Also, the design for selecting export options has been improved to be “goal-based” and is easier to navigate. Finally, audio capabilities have been relocated to a common place, making them more “discoverable” and better utilized in context with video editing.
“Elements 14 Organizer provides easier access to your images with improved naming, facial recognition and location assignment systems that let you group like images and easily create slideshows or even photo books. And perhaps the most basic user interface improvements will be the most welcomed, including revised welcome screens, the above-mentioned guided edits, and an easier connection to the existing Elements ecosystem. Photoshop Elements 14 and Premier Elements 14 are available individually or bundled together and are available bundled only in the Student & Teacher Edition.”
“In addition to above DVD platforms, Photoshop Elements 14, Premiere Elements 14, the two program bundle and the Student & Teacher bundle are available as download cards.”
Updated September 24th, 2015: So we are still waiting for Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14 to be officially released any time now… We though it would be yesterday but still it’s not out publicly. However we just received a note from one of our readers (Thanks Dag!) that, when current Photoshop Elements users open their existing software, Adobe is already advertising the Elements 14 upgrade, letting you upgrade directly from the product. We wen’t able to independently verify this so this may not be the case for all older versions of the software. The official Photoshop Elements page at adobe.com still has version 13 on sale.
Update #3, September 22nd, 2015: What a busy day! And how close we are are the “official” release of Elements 14. So close in fact that it appears one of Adobe’s UK resellers, kikatek.com, has jumped the gun and is letting you already buy and download Photoshop Elements 14. Being that we are from the U.S. we’re not quite familiar with this store, if you’re from the U.K., please let us know in the comments below if you were able to buy your copy of PSE.
For the rest of us, we are expecting Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14 to be officially released by Adobe in the coming day(s).
Update #2, September 22nd, 2015: A big thanks goes out to Tucki Tuck for sending us this – It looks like Amazon Canada just posted one of their Photoshop Elements 14 pages (the Student & Teacher edition). It’s currently “temporarily out of stock” with no ship date listed but we expect this to change soon.
Updated September 22nd, 2015: We’re getting close to the release of Elements 14. Our initial predictions had the launch occurring this afternoon but we haven’t seen
ANY leaks or pre-order pages from ANY of Adobe’s resellers (which is quite unusual given that we are so close to the expected release). About three minutes after we wrote this, we found a reseller in Denmark that started selling Elements 14. There is no product description or ship date but we have our first look at the pretty new boxes:
And here’s the screen shot of the the reseller’s page just incase it gets pulled down early:
Updated August 26th, 2015: Lucky us, we just happened to come across a “Photoshop Elements 14 pre-release program” on adobe.com’s Japanese site – A full page of containing the information required in order to see and test the enhanced new features and capabilities of Photoshop Elements 14!!
Now keep in mind that this is all translated from Japanese to English using Google Translate so some of the sentences may sound a little funky. This appears to be Build #6 released to beta tests on June 30th, 2015 so some of the final-release features may vary once Elements 14 is released to the public.
Here’s the original page on adobe.com/jp and the google translation (Edit August 27th, 2015: Looks like the folks at Adobe are reading our blog as they almost instantly pulled down these pages after we posted this news yesterday).
Here’s a summary of what appears to be new:
- New photo resizing – You can now change the photo size in a few easy steps. If you use this Guided Edit, you can change size photos for the Web share for and print. Each option, size / mode for change size has been defined in advance. The following is a list of modes and options that can be used in each mode.
- The long side
- Short side
- Width and height
- File size
- The long side
- Short side
- Width and height
- Common print sizes such as 4 x 6,5 x 7
Print panel is displayed if the is selected “resize for Web” appears distribution panel if it is not selected.
Rotation and angle correction is a tool that performs horizontal correction or rotation of the image of the photo.
- New interface in Guided Edits – The newly created panel in the current pre-release build includes:
- Color compensation
- Toolbar Quick mode
- New Guided Edit, Speed Effect. If you use the Guided Edit of speed effect, it will be able to apply the motion effect on objects on the screen.
- New Haze Removal Feature detects haze in your photo and deletes it automatically.
- New Mitigation of blur, is an intelligent mechanism that automatically reduces the blurring of the image due to the motion of the camera. Use the Image menu (automatically or manually) you can reduce the blurring of the image.
- Improvements in person and face recognition.
We’re including the screen shots of the Japanese to English translation of the pages (click to expand each page into full view):
Updated August 25th, 2015: Photoshop Elements 13 is on Amazon’s Deal of the Day but just for today at $44.99. That’s 55% off the list price and the lowest price we’ve seen all year for it. So for those of you that can’t wait until late September for Elements 14, this is a great opportunity to pick up a copy.
You also have a few more days left to save $30.00 on Photoshop Elements, $30.00 on Premiere Elements, or $50.00 on the bundle of the two when you pick it up directly from adobe.com. Here’s the link to their special offers page with all the details. You have up until August 28th, 2015 to take advantage of this deal.
Updated July 21st, 2015: With summer halfway through, it’s that time of the year again where we start our countdown to the the release of Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14 by Adobe Systems. And being the software geeks that we are, we can’t wait to try out the new features and improvements (and last year we were lucky as we were given a copy by the company to test out a week before the official release – They even featured us in their reviews section for Premiere Elements at Adobe.com).
What we know so far is that you can expect to see Elements 14 released about the same time of the year as as the last few releases (late September timeframe). And what’s more, Adobe is know to release their updates only on Tuesday’s (why? we don’t know, but that’s been the case so for many, many, many years) so we are pretty sure that just like last year, we’ve nailed down the exact release date. Here’s our prediction:
See below for the release date history for the all of the previous versions:
- Elements 13 – This is the current version. It was released on September 23rd, 2014.
- Elements 12 – Released on September 23rd, 2013.
- Elements 11 – Released on September 25th, 2012.
- Elements 10 – Released in September 2011.
- Elements 9 – Released in September 2010.
- Elements 8 – Released in September 2009.
- Elements 7 – Released in October 2008.
- Elements 6 – Released in October 2007.
- Elements 5 – Released in October 2006.
What happens if version 14 is released right after you bought Elements 13?
If you just bought Elements 13, then don’t worry – Adobe has a technology guarantee where you’ll get a free upgrade to the newest version if you made your purchase 30 days or less prior to a new product release. If for some release you have difficulties with the upgrade, then you might still be within the return window and may be able to request for a refund (the refund window will vary depending on where you purchased the software from).
What improvements do we want to see in Elements 14?
Every year we put together a list of things that we, as users of PSE, would love to see improved in the next release as well as the suggestions from our readers. Here are the issues and suggestions that top our list this year (see here for last years suggestions):
- Bring back color variations – Elements dropped color variations back in version 12. For those that heaven’t used it before, it was an easy and simple tool for correcting color in your images. While there are workarounds now that the feature is gone, none of them are user friendly.
- Better product support – Only folks subscribed to Creative Cloud are given any sort of decent product support. Elements users have very limited customer support with issues and you’re limited to the forums for any decent help. While sometimes the forums will give you quick replies to your questions, other times you are stuck trying to figure it the problem yourself.
- Please, no subscriptions – You’re probably aware that Adobe stopped updating Creative Suite back on version CS6 and has focused all of their efforts and new product updated on the subscription-only Creative Cloud. While the subscription plan is great for some folks, especially those that upgraded their products at every release and no longer need to pay $1000’s upfront to do so, for the amateur folks using Adobe software, subscriptions do not make financial sense. While we still believe that Elements will not be be changed over to a subscription-only model, we still have fear that it may happen someday.
- Required Adobe registration – Back a few year ago Adobe has now made it a requirement that purchasers MUST open an Adobe account and provide an Adobe ID (that’s tied to your name and email address) at the time of installation in order to use the software. We’ve seen Intuit do the same thing for Quicken and QuickBooks software and are trouble by this trend, especially in light of the recent Sony hacks. Why do these companies need your personal info in order to use their software product other than collecting your personal info to remarker to you?
What do you want to see added, improved or changed in Elements 14?
Let us know in the comments section below!