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12 Days of Gift - Day 4

December 12, 2011 - Dave Hecei

It’s Elemental. Released just a few months ago, Adobe recently updated its Elements software. This included both Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. The latest version is 10 and works on both Macs and PCs.

While iLife 11 may come with every new Mac, you may find the need to go another step further. The programs in iLife 11 include iMovie, iPhoto, and Garage Band. If you buy the DVD instead of getting it from the Mac App Store, you will also get iDVD and iWeb.

Now iPhoto is a great way to import and catalog your photos, plus you can do some basic editing (red eye, dust removal, color and exposure fixing, etc.) but for the more avid digital photographers you will probably want to step up a bit. You could go to Apple’s Aperture or Adobe Photoshop CS5.5, but those are a bit pricy and/or overkill. This is precisely why Adobe created Elements.

Photoshop Elements is still Photoshop, just simplified. It’s designed for the digital photographer, not the graphics department of a magazine or publishing house. Premiere Elements is very much like Adobe Premiere CS5.5, and you probably guesses it, just simplified.

Both Premiere Elements 10 (PRE) and Photoshop Elements 10 (PSE) have some nice new features compared to previous versions. The big ones in PSE included – paint effects on specific areas, object searching, new Guided Edits, handles larger libraries, and curved flowing text. The big ones in PRE include – easy animated photo movements, color enhancing and correcting, burn HD video to standard DVD discs, and expanded AVCHD and 64-bit support.

Elements can be purchased separately for $99, or both combined for $149. Check around online for holiday pricing. I recently found the combo pack of PRE and PSE 10 for under $100.


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