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Adobe Releases New Versions of Elements and Premiere Elements
Adobe introduces Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10, the newest versions of its consumer photo- and video-editing software programs, both available for Windows and Mac OS.
Powered by the same engine as its professional photo-editing software, Adobe Photoshop, the new version of Elements offers a number of new features designed to produce more professional looking photos.
New guided edits, for example, provide users with step-by-step instructions for making more advanced edits, such as creating a shallow depth of field or designing a layout of snapshots with Picture Stack. Additionally, users can now curve text to follow the contours of a photo or custom shape. Thirty new effects, including pencil sketch and oil pastel, have also been added.
The newly released version of Premiere Elements improves performance for 64-bit Windows 7 users and includes new one-click tools and pro-style corrections to help improve visual clarity in video projects. Adobe has also added new InstantMovie themes, which provide a step-by-step process for creating movies with complementary titles, soundtrack, effects, and transitions. Improved pan and zoom capabilities are also included.
Adobe has also released a Premiere Elements Plus version, which offers 20GB of storage for automatic online backup and sharing (up to four hours of DVD-quality video), as well as access to an extensive library of how-to's, artwork, templates, movie themes, and effects.
To simplify sharing on social media sites, Adobe has added a Facebook photo tagging option to Elements 10, and allows for easy uploading of videos created in Premiere Elements 10 to both Facebook and YouTube.
Both pieces of software are aimed at consumers, not professionals. Sold at a lower price, they retain many, but not all, of the options found in the professional versions.
Students, faculty, and staff in K-20 institutions can take advantage of special education pricing and volume licensing.
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