Adobe has announced version 11 of its Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements desktop software for Mac and Windows. This photo and video editing duo--joined by a free helper app called the Organizer--lets users manage, edit, create, and share photos and videos in a variety of ways. Both are shipping now.
Friendly, streamlined look
The Elements programs now share a streamlined, updated interface. They default to a friendly, light gray background with a redesigned set of larger, more colorful icons than the previous version. Overall, the interface has a cleaner, more open look than in the past, with a simplified, visual way of organizing and searching for photos and videos via the Organizer's People, Places, and Events tabs. The new Elements offers fewer top level navigation choices and commands, while reorganizing and adding new features.
As always, the Elements package is targeted to craft-oriented consumers and hobbyists who want their growing collection of images and videos to look nice and to use them for projects such as cards, calendars, and photo books. The Photoshop and Premiere Elements features are designed to have an easy point of entry for novices doing simple tasks, but also seek to challenge users to tackle more complex projects.
With this new version, online sharing opportunities have changed somewhat. While Adobe is now partners with Vimeo and CEWE in Europe, not surprisingly, the Kodak gallery is gone.
Photoshop Elements 11
Upon launching Photoshop Elements 11, users are greeted with an uncluttered, non-intimidating interface that lets them choose among Quick, Guided, and Expert modes. The Quick mode offers basic editing choices such as Smart Fix, Exposure, Levels, Balance, and more, and within each, a rollover set of live previews shows the effect each choice will have on an image. A slider also offers the available choices.
Photoshop Elements, famous for its guided edits, has added four new ones to version 11. The new Vignette Effect guided edit walks you through a quicker and simpler way of adding and adjusting vignettes.
The new Tilt-Shift guided edit mimics the effect of a tilt-shift lens, which creates a blurring effect. Photoshop Elements 11 helps users achieve this popular look by blurring the top and bottom of a photo so that the subject appears smaller.
Another new guided edit creates High-Key and Low-Key effects, which is often achieved by lighting in the original scene. Photoshop Elements' High Key effect gives a photo a bright, low-contrast look; alternatively, the Low Key effect darkens a photo to add drama and contrast.
New filters in Photoshop Elements let you convert photos into illustrations in various styles, such as comic, graphic novel, and pen and ink.
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