Adobe possesses a practically unrivaled reputation for photo editing software thanks to Photoshop, so new releases are something to talk about. The company released two new photo-editing packages that should let you do some cool new things with your photos and videos; you'll also appreciate several features that help you keep your photo library more organized. Let's take a closer look.
Adobe recently released versions of their Photoshop Elements 8 photo-editing software, which is for Windows and Mac, and their Premiere Elements 8 which is only for Windows users. According to Adobe, both are editing software packages that enable users to do some "amazing storytelling" with their photos and videos. Not only can you manipulate images and video to create incredible photos and movies, but you can also use them together in cinematic slide shows. Additionally, both PSE 8 and Premiere Elements 8 include an updated version of the organizer that supports people, geotagging, and some non-photo file formats.
Adobe has definitely succeeded in their effort to unite features in both applications, which makes their enhanced Organizer view much easier to organize, edit, and share photos and videos. For both Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, the Organizer is similar to the company's Adobe Bridge software. Without a doubt, Adobe fans will find this to be an excellent and intuitive starting point for all of their projects.
Photoshop Elements 8
Photoshop Elements 8 -- released simultaneously on Mac and Windows - seems to have once again solidified Adobe's place in the consumer image-editing market. The new version offers its users new tools that enable them to quickly and efficiently apply editing effects and merge information from multiple photos. The software also features an updated interface and includes new technology from its cohort, Photoshop CS4. Admittedly, Elements 8 doesn't offer as many groundbreaking tools as previous versions, but it does provide an impressive update to a product that's already proven itself to be good.
Photoshop Elements 8 employs the same technology as Adobe's professional-level Photoshop software, but even relatively new users of Photoshop will find the features easy enough to use and accessible-after a little tinkering around, of course. As already mentioned, Elements' Organizer is truly one of the standout features, as it now includes an auto-analyzer capable of checking images for quality issues, like blurry focus or badly-lit photos. Many perfectionists will no doubt find Elements' Smart Tags tool to be a lifesaver, as it automatically flags and suggests fixes for any images not up to par with your -- and Adobe's -- standards. The software's face-recognition technology has also been drastically improved, making it faster and easier to correctly associate names with faces.
Adobe's Quick Fix feature has also seen a much-needed overhaul. This time around, the company has made it easier for users to understand the definition of technical photo-editing terms. Adobe decided to adjust this feature after noticing many of its users weren't taking advantage of certain helpful adjustments, not because they didn't want to, but because they didn't understand the terms being used or how they correlated to specific tasks. Now, the Quick Fix tool has been programmed to display changes to your main image as you edit, which will prove to be a very useful advantage for casual Photoshop users. Let's be honest: it's not the easiest software to pick up, and anything that makes learning the software easier is a major improvement.
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