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Adobe launches Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11

Jackie Dove | Sept. 26, 2012
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.

In addition to the new editing modes, Adobe has also enhanced some older features, such as Refine Edge, actions, and flexible layouts for cards, scrapbook pages, calendars and other items.

Premiere Elements 11

Premiere Elements is the Photoshop Elements analog for editing home movies. The new version provides a more intuitive editing environment, augmented by cinematic styles, special effects, and a streamlined set of editing modes.

New features also include a color adjustment tool, Hollywood movie styles, the ability to slow down or speed up action, photo-blending techniques, and the ability to share videos and slide shows on Vimeo (in addition to Facebook and YouTube).

The program offers Quick and Expert editing modes for movie creation or the addition of creative transitions, effects, and styles to footage. The InstantMovie feature automatically edits a set of clips together with coordinated music, titles, effects, and transitions from included movie themes. New customizable themes include Baby Clouds, Picture Cube, Prime Time, and Yearbook.

The FilmLooks feature lets users create distinctive visual looks for their footage via drag and drop. Some 12 new looks, such as Old Film, Hollywood Movie, and Pandora, which makes your video looks like the movie Avatar, are included.

The Organizer

The Organizer is where all elements from both the image editing and video programs come together.

New Organizer views let you sort images and video according to people, places, and events. You can also apply keywords and tags, and use smart tagging to help with specific photo and video searching, as with previous versions.

The People view filters a library down to videos and photos that have a particular person in them. People can be organized into groups--family, friends, colleagues, for example. Then, you can drill down and see all of the photos and videos you've tagged for a particular person.

The Places view integrates with Google maps to facilitate organizing and searching by location. The Organizer stacks video clips and photos based on where they were taken and displays stacks related to that location on the map. Use the Map to zoom in to a location and see what videos and photos were taken there. If a photo or video does not have a geotag, you can use the Organizer to tag it.

In the Events view, a new built-in calendar lets you filter events by date.

Mac and Windows differences

Despite the overall similarity between the Mac and Windows versions, there are still disparities in functionality between the platforms.

The ability to create slideshows complete with captions, pan and zoom effects, transitions, voice narration, and music works only on Windows. Similarly, the ability to send a personalized, themed photo email with captions and backgrounds, and the ability to create mini-movies by stringing together a series of still shots, are also Windows only.


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