Of all the new features and enhancements found in Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, my two favorites are the new Guided Edit options and the Photomerge Style Match. Both of these tools walk you through the steps of applying some very advanced editing functions while letting Photoshop Elements do most of the heavy lifting.
Within the Guided Edit tab, there is a group titled Fun Edits with five separate options: Lomo Camera Effect, Out of Bounds, Perfect Portrait, Pop Art, and Reflection. Each of these options combines multiple tools and techniques to achieve fantastic effects. For instance, the Out of Bounds option (pictured right) takes you through a few simple steps to easily create a very stunning 3D effect.
Photomerge Style Match is another creative tool that lets you apply the style of one photo to another. If you have a particular image with great contrast, perfect lighting, or amazing detail, you can transfer that style to another photo simply by dragging that image to the empty box in the Style Match window. Photoshop Elements will analyze the image and apply its characteristics to your new photo. Afterwards, you can adjust the settings of the application to create a truly custom result.
Other new features found in Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 include layer masks, the ability to upload photos directly to Facebook from the Organizer, Basic and Advanced design modes, and more flexible printing options.