As smartphone cameras advance, offering features that rival and sometimes exceed the point-and-shoots of old, hobbyist interest in photography has surged, not only for documenting friends and family, but for recording a critical world view—similar to classic street or landscape photography. When Apple posts billboards of scenes shot by amateurs and pros using their iPhone, it’s not hard to see where the inspiration comes from.

For those who want more visual tricks than Apple Photos offers (especially for composition and special effects) they turn to Adobe Photoshop Elements, an app designed for consumers who seek an easy way to achieve sophisticated special effects. Elements, now in its 15th iteration, is no Photoshop, but a good number of its advanced features are derived from the company’s flagship app and namesake.

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