Elements: Is two features away from excellence

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Most of the gimmicks are not very useful, but two features would make Elements excellent for the bucks. The first is a much stronger blur tool. It should have a slider and be very strong at the top end. The second is lens correction that includes actual lenses, as Photoshop has.
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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Blur:
Filter >> blur >> gaussian blur. Did you use the slider?

Lens correction.
You are shooting raw, don't you?
The actual lens profiles are optimized in Elements as well.
To recover the manual lens corrections as in the full Photoshop ACR raw converter, my advice is to buy the very affordable add-on Elements+. See the section for raw corrections.
The lens corrections available in the editor are enough for me.




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I referred to the blur tool, not global image blur. The rest of your post is a bit confusing. You seem to be saying that lens-specific correction is included in Elements, but I don’t see that. Elements+ is not available for Mac.
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I think that the 'blur' tool is only there as a 'legacy' feature. You should use the gaussian blur or the other blur types for a minimum of control.

If you shoot raw, the ACR raw converter in Elements uses the same lens database as the ACR version in the full Photoshop. The conversion takes the specific camera lens into account.

However, the full ACR version has also manual tools to correct lens distortion and aberrations. The most current corrections are handled in the Elements Editor with the 'correct camera distortion' filter.

To recover the ACR tools missing in Elements ACR, you can use the scripts in the above add-on.
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Thanks, but I know what tools work best for my own purposes and how I want to shoot photos.