Adobe revamps Photoshop Elements, Premiere Elements
New features include increased portability and new editing tools to add a variety of image and video effects.
Adobe on Monday released its latest version of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, the lower-cost versions of the company's photo- and video-editing suites geared toward hobbyists.
Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12 have been overhauled to incorporate cloud-based functionality and a revamped editing experience, the company said in a statement.
"Our customers have a lot of photos and videos, and they love to use their home computers to organize them and be creative, but they also want the freedom and flexibility to view, edit, and share on their mobile devices," Lea Hickman, Adobe's vice president of products for creative consumer business, said in a statement. "Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12 will provide customers with the best of both worlds quickly, easily, and at their discretion."
Both editing suites get increased portability with new Mobile Albums, which allows video and photos to be shared across myriad mobile and desktop devices, thanks to the integration of Revel, Adobe's cloud-based photo storage solution. Both also sport Auto Smart Tone, intelligent software that learns a user's editing preferences and serves up functions in single-click adjustments.
Both Elements also feature Guided Edits, which provides step-by-step navigation for adding effects to images and restoring old photos. On the video side, the tool helps users create a variety of features, such as titles, transitions, and scores.
Meanwhile, Photoshop Elements gets a host of new features, including Content-Aware Move. This function allows users to move objects within an image easily. The software then automatically fills in the spot where the objects used to be. Other features include Pet Eye Correction; a one-click Frames, Effects, and Textures tool; and a Straighten tool that fills in missing edges. Photoshop Elements also features 64-bit support for Mac, allowing for quick editing of larger photo and video files.
Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12 are available for download for $100, with upgrades costing $80. The two bundled together run $150, or $120 for those users upgrading from a previous version.
Adobe has been moving its more serious software customers to its $50-per-month Creative Cloud subscription plan, which has angered a significant number of customers. The company continues to sell its consumer-focused Elements products through traditional perpetual licensing.