Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 - new release & review


This is one of my favorite events of each year - the release day of the newest Adobe Photoshop Elements! I have been honored for many years to be included in the virtual press conference from Adobe. I was able to watch the industry presentation that unveiled the newest features back in August. I’m a longtime fan of the Photoshop Elements program and a firm believer that it’s a powerful enough program that any memory keeper and/or digital scrapbooker can find all the tools they need to create their best work. I use PSE for photo editing, collages, digital mixed media creations, and digital scrapbooking. I even use it for a lot of my design work!

Adobe is continually improving their already amazing Photoshop Elements program to make photo editing tasks easier and more automated. This is always going to be the area that gets the most upgrades when they update the product each year because the main function most people use PSE for is for editing photos and making photo creations. I know before you read any further, you will be wondering “should I upgrade?” To help you make this decision, I love to refer to Adobe’s own comparison charts at Here’s a screen shot of the first chart on that page:

There are many more comparison details on that page and I encourage you to review them to see which program meets your needs. You can find pricing and download information here. If you want my advice, I feel like if you have PSE 15 or lower that you should DEFINITELY upgrade if you are able to. I also think it’s nice to have PSE 2019 or 2020 for faster performance. I am excited about several of the new features in PSE 2020 that I think are worth the upgrade cost, especially these:

  • Support for HEIF and HEVC

  • Better organizer functions

  • Automatic colorization of black and white photos

  • Unwanted object removal

  • Subjects can be selected with just one click.

  • Printing service right from PSE

  • More auto creations including a fun pattern brush tool and depth of field

I highly recommend that you watch these great videos on the Adobe site so you can see all of the great things you can do with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020.

When I explore an update like this one, I’m always hoping for a “wow” moment and I got one this year with the new depth of field edit. How cool is this?!


For a complete list of what’s new and improved, please visit the Photoshop Elements 2020 and Premiere Elements 2020 What’s New pages and check out the official blog post for this release as well. I also like to bookmark the online Photoshop Elements user guide for frequent reference. Adobe is great about making information readily available!