Adobe targets enthusiasts with improved photo software

Adobe has unveiled the latest version of its popular consumer photo editing software title, Photoshop Elements 3.0, as well as a Premiere version of the same.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  October 27, 2004

Adobe has unveiled the latest version of its popular consumer photo editing software title, Photoshop Elements 3.0, as well as a Premiere version of the same. "Photoshop Elements remains the top-selling consumer photo editing product, leveraging our powerful Photoshop technology and its expert editing tools," said Bryan Lamkin, senior vice president of digital imaging and digital video products at Adobe. "However, people want to do more than edit their photos - they want to share them in fun and interesting ways with family and friends, as well as organise their rapidly growing photo collection. We have responded by creating one product that addresses these needs without compromising the quality editing Photoshop Elements is known for." Elements 3.0 software offers new ways to share, organise and edit photos, allowing users to review, compare and enhance photos and create more impressive slideshows than was possible with previous Elements versions. For instance, the program’s new Smart Fix feature analyses photos and provides a one-click method of improving photo quality, such as via the removal of the dreaded red-eye. Other features, which were previously only available in Adobe’s Photoshop CS release, include the Healing Brush and a new Spot Healing Brush, both of which help easily fix blemishes and imperfections via a single click. Elements 3.0 also supports Camera Raw functionality for the processing of raw data and 16-bit images for life-like color. New sharing options have been built-in in to Elements 3.0 too, such as PhotoMail, which lets users send framed photos within a themed e-mail, rather than mail recipients having to open JPEG attachments. Users can also create slideshows complete with photo captions, narration, music, special effects and transitions. Adobe’s Premier version of its Elements title is being billed as a “complete home video editing solution” and it should also be possible for users to buy Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements 3.0 together in a single retail package. Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 for Windows will be available in this region from mid-November for $99. As for the firm’s Premiere Elements, this will be available mid-November, though pricing has yet to be confirmed. Look out for a full review of Elements 3.0 in a forthcoming issue of Windows Middle East. Photo editors may also be interested to note that Jasc Software recently launched a new and improved version of its popular graphics title Paint Shop Pro (PSP). A free trial of PSP 9.0 is available to download from www.jasc.com.

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