August 27, 2008: Adobe Systems has announced two major upgrades to its enthusiast-level digital photo and video software: Photoshop Elements 7 and Premiere Elements 7 for Windows.
Available as standalone products or in a single retail bundle package, the new applications will give users instant access to powerful photo and video editors that enable them to create cinematic slide shows, freeze-frame effects, and more. Photoshop Elements 7 makes it quick and easy to organise, edit, create and share photos with others by leveraging the editing power of Photoshop, the professional standard for image editing. Premiere Elements 7 features easy to use movie-making options so users can create compelling stories in minutes, while also offering opportunities to grow and stretch their editing abilities.
New features in Photoshop Elements include a Scene Cleaner, based on Adobe’s innovative Photomerge technology, which allows users to brush away unwanted subjects, such as tourists in a vacation shot who may be impacting the photo. The new Smart Brush helps users apply effects to a specific area of a photo with a single stroke, making it easy to improve lighting, add rich textures and more. Common editing tasks, such as whitening teeth or brightening blue skies, are simplified with the one-step Quick Fix tools. Also, a new selection of Online Albums, based on Adobe Flash, offers users a richer interactive experience.
Premiere Elements 7 allows users to produce movies with minimal prior experience. The software intelligently analyses each movie clip (including those in the newly-supported AVCHD format) for quality, number of faces, sound and more. It then applies Smart Tags so users can quickly find the best clips in seconds. InstantMovie creates professional-looking movies with a simple drag and drop of a theme onto a series of video clips. It adds a package of music, titles and transitions based on a theme such as birthday, wedding or extreme sports.
With new Videomerge, users can create videos that make it appear as if they’re performing on stage at a concert, standing in front of a popular tourist attraction or walking on the moon. Videomerge allows users to easily create a ‘green screen’ effect and automatically place themselves within the scene, without requiring any prior video editing skills or knowledge. Users can display their finished movies on high-quality DVD or high-definition Blu-ray Disc, on any screen from a mobile phone to an HD flat screen TV, or upload directly to YouTube from within Premiere Elements.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 and Adobe Premiere Elements 7 for Windows will be available from October 2008. Consumers can pre-order the products at www.adobe.com. The Photoshop Elements 7 & Premiere Elements 7 bundle will be available for AU$235.00. The products also will be available separately for AU$159.00.