Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 8 Today

Now that the NDA (non-disclosure agreement) has been lifted, I can share with you some of the interesting features that Adobe's consumer level image and video editing applications have to offer this time around. On Sept.17, I attended a press conference in which Senior Solutions Architect, Colin Smith took us on a tour of the apps, and I have to say, despite the fact that I generally use their pro-level software, there was a lot to be impressed with.

The new image cataloging  functionality in Photoshop Elements 8 featured facial recognition, enabling users to easily add meta-data to their images. Once the application knows a face, it searches for all other occurrences of it within your catalog and tentatively tags it as such. E.g.: If you identify an image as containing Sally's face, the application will go through every other image in your collection looking for similar features and ask you "Is this Sally?" to confirm additional images that it thinks depict the same person. This is a HUGE time saver for those of us who don't have all of our images properly tagged with who's in them (i.e. most of us).

Other cool features Photoshop Elements 8 is debuting include Photomerge Exposure, which allows you to take a variety of exposures of the same scene and combine them in a high dynamic range composite — but in an intuitive and easy-to-use manner that'll be no problem for your grandmother to accomplish.

Recompose allows a user to take elements out of photos, reposition items in them etc., all so quickly and easily you'll wonder why you ever learned to use the clone stamp! Well, that's a little bit of an overstatement, but it certainly does a great job for basic edits. Again, the target audience will be very pleased with this new ability.

Elements 8 also features what they're calling Quick Fix Previews which enable the user to see a variety of variations of the same image using different levels of the tool they are currently employing. For example, people don't have to understand what saturation is when they are using that tool, instead, they'll see which version looks better from the choices available and simply select that.

For Premiere Elements 8, they've added some equally impressive features, including some very cool motion-tracking functionality, Smart Trim, Smart Fix and even Instant Movie which generates an entire movie on the fly from a selection of your clips — even applying theme music, transitions and effects. Very cool indeed.

I'll be providing a complete review in an upcoming issue of TechKnow magazine; however, I figured I'd post my first impressions here. Stay tuned for the full scoop!

1 comment:

  1. I'm also using this Adobe Photoshop plugin it helps me to edit photos fast, try to and I'm sure you'll like it. Good luck.