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Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 is now available to download

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 is now available to download. Photoshop Elements 12 helps you organize and edit your photos and to make them look their absolute best before you share them in print, online, or as keepsakes. Plus, now you can take your Elements photos with you, wherever you go, on your smartphone or tablet.

Rich set of new and enhanced features in PSE 12 includes:

  • Access your media anywhere using Adobe Revel
  • Tagging features
  • Sorting of media alphabetically by name
  • Search Improvements
  • Support for sharing photos using Twitter
  • 64-bit support on Mac OS
  • Content-aware Move
  • Auto Smart Tone
  • Enhanced Quick edit mode (frames, textures, and effects)
  • Greeting card printing | USA, Canada, & Japan
  • New Guided Edits
  • Content-aware fill for edges of straightened photos
  • Pet eye effect removal
  • Printing and sharing photos from Editor
  • Revel Albums in Editor
  • Open in Camera Raw and many more…

Access your media anywhere using Adobe Revel

Photoshop Elements lets you upload your media to Adobe® Revel and then access it from any device. Media already present in your Revel libraries is downloaded into Elements Organizer, so that you can work with it.

Adobe Revel is an app that lets you store your media in the cloud and share it privately or publicly. See this article for more information.


Upload local albums to Revel

Tagging features

Elements 12 features several exciting tagging enhancements:

  • Place tags in Elements 12 have GPS coordinates associated with them. These coordinates are also associated with any media tagged with these place tags.
  • You can now create people, place, and event tags from the right panel in the Media view.
  • You can now create and view place stacks in the Places view.

Content-aware Move

You can now reposition objects in your photograph, and automatically have the background filled in with an intelligent content-aware fill. In addition to removing something with the Healing Brush, you can now select an object in your photo and move it to another position.

Auto Smart Tone

Automatically modify the tonal value of your photograph. Let Photoshop Elements make a recommendation based on its unique algorithm that also learns from your previous actions. Or, you can move the Auto Smart Tone tool (Enhance > Auto Smart Tone) joystick around on the photograph, to view the effect of different tonal values being applied to the photo.

Enhanced Quick edit mode (frames, textures, and effects)

Apply frames, effects, and textures without having to be an advanced Photoshop user. Take any photo and convert it into a work of art. All three embellishments – frames, effects, and textures – are accessible in the Quick mode.

Greeting card printing | USA, Canada, & Japan

In previous versions of Photoshop Elements, foldable card layouts could only be ordered online (using an online service like Shutterfly). From Photoshop Elements 12, you can now print foldable greeting cards with a locally available printer.

Note: The feature to print foldable greeting cards on a local printer is available for users in USA, Canada, and Japan only.

New Guided Edits

You can consider a Guided Edit a set of step-by-step instructions, to accomplish a complex-looking effect, with just a few selections and mouse clicks. In Photoshop Elements 12, three new Guided Edits have been added.

Zoom Burst Guided Edit

The Zoom Burst Guided Edit simulates a technique in manual photography, of zooming into an object with the shutter on the camera open.

Puzzle Effect Guided Edit

The Puzzle Effect Guided Edit simulates the effect of a photograph being put together in the form of pieces of a puzzle. You can choose from options that let you determine the size of the individual puzzle pieces. Displace a few pieces of the puzzle to make the effect look even more realistic.

Restore Old Photo Guided Edit

The Restore Old Photo Guided Edit brings all the tools you need to retouch a photo, into one location. The tools available in this Guided Edit are the most often-used tools by professional retouchers and gives you considerable, finely-tuned control. Use the Guided Edit’s tools to remove blemishes, repair imperfections, and restore your older photos.

Content-aware fill for edges of straightened photos

When you perform straightening in photos, gaps are introduces along the edges of the photo when the content of photograph is rotated. This happens when you choose to maintain the original size of the photo, or grow/shrink the photo while keeping the background as transparent pixels.

When you select the new Autofill edges option in the Straighten Tool, content-aware technology automatically fills the empty gaps intelligently, with relevant image data.

Pet eye effect removal

Take the dreadful pet eye effect out of pictures of your pets. The flash on your camera is one of the main causes of the pet eye effect. However, taking pictures of your pet indoors or in low-light conditions without a flash is, often, not an option. Now, use the Pet Eye option available in the Red Eye Removal Tool, to make the eyes of your pets look more realistic.

Printing and sharing photos from Editor

From Photoshop Elements 12, you can use Editor to easily and quickly share and print photos online. Social sites that you can share with online are Revel, Flickr, Twitter, Smugmug, or Facebook. Service providers whom you can use to print your photos and creations include Shutterfly, Costco, Photoworld, and more. The availability of online sharing and printing services, however, depend on the locale you are in.

Revel Albums in Editor

Integration with the Revel online service has been extended into Photoshop Elements Editor as well. You can now access any Revel photograph in Editor, using the Photo Bin drop down. Log in to to the Revel service only from Organizer, though.

Open in Camera Raw

The Open as menu item has been replaced with the Open in Camera Raw option. You can now open your files directly in the Adobe Camera Raw dialog and process them, before opening them for further work in Photoshop Elements Editor. You can use the ACR dialog to open files of type:

  • Photoshop,
  • Camera Raw,
  • JPEG, and,
  • TIFF.

For more info review:

Photoshop.com blog post

Photoshop Elements 12 detailed documentation: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop-elements.htm

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Major Update to Adobe Creative Cloud is available now

Our new family of Creative Cloud desktop apps, and many of the powerful publishing and collaborative features that we announced at Adobe MAX in May, are now available via Creative Cloud coupled with power pack apps, services, features and what not…

Adobe Creative CloudFor more info on this update visit Creative Cloud blog here. To know more about membership plans, FAQs etc. visit product page on Adobe.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lightroom 5 is now available for download

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Following our legacy to offer best to our users here we have Lightroom 5 available for download via Adobe.com. Lightroom 5 is also available as a standalone license and as a free update for Creative Cloud members.

Lightroom 5 is an intuitive, all-in-one solution for bringing out the best in your photographs. It includes powerful yet simple automatic adjustments and features as well as state-of-the-art advanced tools, allowing you to achieve amazing image quality. Lightroom 5 is coupled with lot of power pack features:

  • Advanced Healing Brush
  • Upright
  • Radial Gradient
  • Smart Previews
  • Video slide shows
  • Improved photo book creation
  • Share photos using the Behance Publish Service and many more…

To receive regular tips, tutorials, inspiration and more, join the Lightroom communities on FacebookTwitterGoogle Plus , YouTube channel and Lightroom forum. Additional materials can be found on the Lightroom product pages  and on  Adobe TV.  If you have any questions regarding the product please review FAQ.

Tips to enhance Photoshop Elements performance

We all know that image editing is a resource-intensive operation and can make our computer crawl, especially when we have to work with a large number of images. Photoshop Elements (PSE) provides several performance-boosting options that come handy in such scenarios. When you sit down for a marathon editing session in Photoshop Elements, make sure you configure your preferences to enable these options. Restart Photoshop Elements to ensure that the changes are reflected.

  1. Quit Photoshop Elements Editor if already launched.
  2. Double-click on desktop icon for Adobe Photoshop Elements which launches the Welcome Screen.
  3. Click on Edit to launch PSE Editor, Navigate to Edit-> Preferences (Ctrl/Cmd + K) -> Performance

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Preferences

Modify the Memory Usage settings

By default, Photoshop Elements uses 70% of the available RAM. You can increase the RAM usage for Photoshop Elements by dragging the slider in the Memory Usage section.

Here’s the maximum amount of RAM available to Photoshop Elements in 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems:

Photoshop Elements

OS

Maximum RAM for Photoshop Elements

32-bit

32-bit

1.7 GB

32-bit

64-bit

3.2 GB

Modify the History & Cache settings

Reduce the number of history states (Undo states). By reducing the number of available History states, you potentially reduce the number of copies of your image using scratch disk space. And that’s a huge gain!

Increase the number of cache levels for better speed.

Modify scratch disks

When the system does not have enough RAM to perform an editing operation, Photoshop Elements uses scratch disk memory. A scratch disk is a drive that has free memory. By default, Photoshop Elements uses the hard drive on which the operating system is installed as its primary scratch disk. You can assign up to four scratch disks.

Here are some guidelines for using scratch disks:

  • Choose a drive other than the physical drive on which Photoshop Elements is installed or any large files you are editing resides.
  • Choose a local drive and not the one accessed over a network or through a removable USB or external hard disk.
  • Defragment scratch disks regularly.

Set Maximize PSD File Compatibility to Ask

The Maximize PSD File compatibility feature increases the size of your file by attaching a flattened copy of your image when you save your image. This extra data ensures that a PSD file saved in Photoshop Elements will open in earlier versions. Non-Adobe programs that read PSD files can only read them when this option is on.

To change the Maximize File Compatibility option:

  1. Select Edit > Preferences > Saving Files.
  2. Set Maximize PSD File Compatibility to: ‘Ask: Prompts on save to maximize file compatibility’.

Close unnecessary files

Always open and work with only those images that you want to edit. Opening many images at the same time takes up memory. If you have many files open and see sluggish performance, close Photoshop Elements and open only those images that you have to work on or close unnecessary files.

There are host of tips and tricks available here http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/optimize-performance-photoshop-cs4-cs5.html#  and some of those are helpful for Photoshop Elements as well.

So, review, try and adjust your settings to get maximum benefit out of your software.