Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced two major upgrades to its digital photo and video software for consumers: Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 for Windows and Adobe Premiere Elements 4 for Windows. Tight integration and a shared Organizer, with a common database accessible from either application, allow users to do more with their photos and videos. Available separately or together in a single retail package, Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements software give photo and video enthusiasts more creative ways to organize, edit, create, and share digital photos and home movies.
Photoshop Elements software helps users achieve desired results quickly and easily. New Photomerge technology helps solve the challenge of taking group photos by combining the best facial expressions and body language from a series of shots to create a single new cohesive group shot. The new Quick Selection Tool reduces the select-and-adjust task to a single click. Addressing all levels – beginner to expert – there is an opportunity to select one of three edit modes, each geared toward a different experience level. A new Guided Edit mode helps walk users through the steps of improving a photo.
Photoshop Elements 6 streamlines editing with clean, uncluttered screens that bring focus to the photo. New tabs provide simple access to the capabilities of the program. Additional enhancements include an improved conversion tool that dramatically converts color images into elegant, nuanced black-and-whites. The streamlined Organizer speeds performance and eases importing, tagging and retrieving.
Adobe Premiere Elements 4 makes it possible to create movies in minutes. The new Organizer, the same found in Photoshop Elements, helps sort video clips and still photos with visual tagging options for people, places, or events. Video enthusiasts can apply comprehensive movie themes to a sequence of scenes in just a few clicks, creating a movie complete with transitions, effects, and DVD menu. Background music and sound effects help underscore emotions, add emphasis, or create a mood. The new Audio Mixer works like a mixing board in a recording studio, adjusting the relative volumes of different audio with sliders. The new Sharing Center centralizes available ways to show off videos. Users can upload and share videos in multiple ways, including Blu-ray disc, the Web, and mobile devices such as the Apple iPhone. Videos also can be exported in a video format based on Adobe Flash to Web sites like YouTube, without requiring any special encoding.
Adobe’s digital imaging and digital video products are available immediately at www.adobe.com, at online retailers including Amazon.com, and at retail outlets. Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 & Adobe Premiere Elements 4 for Windows is available as a bundle at an estimated street price of US$149.99. Photoshop Elements 6 and Adobe Premiere Elements 4 for Windows are available separately for an estimated street price of US$99.99 each. Photoshop Elements for the Macintosh platform is expected in early 2008.
Source: Adobe Systems Incorporated, www.adobe.com