This year, we’re celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Photoshop Elements, which has garnered close to 200 awards to date, and the best selling consumer photo editing software ranking. We owe this honor to all the memory keepers or editing wizards at home, who continue to use our software to tell their personal stories. Today also marks the introduction of Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10 – brand new versions with fun features for your next photo and video project.
Bob Gager, Group Product Manager for Photoshop Elements, has been very busy recording a series of videos that highlight new features in this release. Bob’s family vacations to Hawaii, water ski outings and family photo memories of his two grown children – Andy and Alyssa – are often the focus of his demonstrations and help him test out edits, projects and photo book layouts.
What are some of your favorite editing features in Photoshop Elements 10?
Bob: Everyone wants their photos to look professional or at least demonstrate an artistic perspective. In the last release of Photoshop Elements, we introduced features that were accompanied by a “Guided Edit.” These Guided Edits give people step-by-step instructions on how to apply effects or edits to their photos, without ever having to hunt around for a specific tool or a menu item. You can achieve a Depth of Field look by going into simple mode in the Guided Edit, click on buttons to add a blur for the background and focus for the major subject and within seconds you have a photo that looks like it was shot with a special, high-end lens.
Another favorite for me is the Smart Brush. This was a brush we introduced in Photoshop Elements 7 that allows you to paint on various effects to parts of a photo. In this release, we’ve added 30 new effects and patterns. I recently tried this out on a shot of my daughter Alyssa and I on the black sand beach in Hawaii. It was just a standard color photo. Using the Smart Brush for artistic effects, I turned parts of that photo into a black and white pencil sketch. By just moving my cursor and selecting around the areas I wanted to look like a sketch…it’s as if we were drawn into the scene by an artist. It’s just like magic when you watch these features at work and the beauty is, you don’t have to spend a lot of time or be an expert to make your photos really pop!
The team also incorporates “content intelligence” into the software, which centers around things like visual recognition of people or objects in your photos. This intelligence integrates “smarts” into the software, so it can do the heavy lifting and thinking for you with features like:
Visual Similarity Search – Want to find all your sunset photos in the photo Organizer?
- Just drag and drop the sunset photo on the search bar and Elements will show you all the photos with similar characteristics that are in your Organizer.
- In just a few seconds all the sunset photos you’ve taken will appear in one grouping, so you can quickly sort through them for that particular shot you’re looking for.
Object Detection – Want to find all the photos with your dog in them?
- Click on the object and the Organizer will find all the photos with that object in them, analyzing similar objects and colors to find all the photos with just your dog.
Facebook People Tagging & Recognition – Tired of tagging each and every friend in photos?
- People recognition filters tags for people in your photos based on your Facebook friends and tags them. You can then easily share those people-tagged and captioned photos to Facebook albums.
How have you made video editing in Premiere Elements 10 easier for photo lovers?
Bob: We realize that more and more people are using their smartphones or their point and shoot cameras to capture video. A video editing workflow might seem intimidating to someone used to traditional photo editing tasks. We’ve come up with some easy ways to bridge that gap and incorporate familiar feature names and behaviors that will make video editing much simpler for snapshooters.
Now, you can just drag and drop photos directly from the Organizer into a video project to mix video and stills together. Color correction is something that people often want to do to make specific areas withing their photos and videos look their best. In Premiere Elements 10, the Auto-Tone and Vibrance features – most often associated with photography to boost colors without over-saturating things, like skin tone – are there via sliders to bring color up or down in your video clips. You can also easily create Pan and Zoom videos out of still photos. If you click on Face Frames, Premiere Elements will pick out all the faces in photos and apply this effect automatically based on its “content intelligence” that can identify faces for you and points to pan and zoom.
What are some of the key enhancements Premiere Elements 10 users will be excited about?
Bob: We now have a 64-Bit version for Windows 7 that will give people editing video the extra benefits of performance and memory, stability, faster rendering time and the ability to handle larger video clips. We’ve also heard from a lot of customers that they wanted to be able to produce high-def video disks without the high costs often associated with it. With Premiere Elements 10, you can burn AVCHD disks with a standard DVD burner, with up to 20 minutes of high-def footage and watch it on a Blu-Ray player. We also added the ability to send to Facebook after you’re done with your video editing. We render the video to the appropriate format so you can quickly share it out.
The Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 10 bundle is just US$149.99 or US$99.99 standalone. If you own a prior version of Photoshop Elements or Premiere Elements, you can also take advantage of upgrade pricing at US$119.99 for the bundle and $79.99 standalone. For more information, go to > http://www.adobe.com/go/psepre_bundle. Become a subscriber of the Elements YouTube channel, as Bob will be posting more videos focused on new features for Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 10!