Apps & Software

Adobe intros Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14

Just in time for the back-to-school crowd, Adobe introduced the new Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 & Premiere Elements 14 applications. Now in the past Adobe Elements has always been one of the most popular consumer-level photo-editing suites, but the new update not only give users a ton of new features but also teaches them how to do more with their photos as they explore.

Among the many updates to the popular Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 app, new users will find a revamped Elements Organizer. The updated UI and features are aimed at helping you find the photos and videos you need, faster, so you can get straight to work. The enhanced People view does an even better job recognizing the faces in your photos, and it stacks them by person during import so it’s easy to find photos of specific people later.

Enhanced Places also got a makeover, it’s now easier for users to assign locations to your photos and videos, you can then view them right on a map based on that table. And in the Events view, your media is clustered by date range making it easy to apply an Events tag to that cluster.

Adobe is calling Shake Reduction “your selfies’ best friend,” but the new feature will be a major helps anytime that you use your handheld camera or smartphone. With the new feature a simple button-click will remove the camera shake blurs that come from movement.

Haze Remover will make sure your outside shots look just as beautiful as you remember them, the feature offers a simple one-click method, or you can use a slider to create the perfect effect for your landscapes and panoramas.

One of the more exciting updates comes with Speed Guided Edit for action shots, the feature offers step-by-step help when creating motion-blurs and other action-effects for your photos. The Quick edits feature also got a makeover, it’s now even friendlier and easier to use, letting you rotate photos and make quick fixes faster than before.

As for Premiere Elements 14, that application also saw a wide-array of updates and new features added. Motion titles will offer professional-looking motion titles to your clips and movies. The application also makes it easy to animate text and graphics using built-in presets.

The Color Pop Guided Edit lets you pop one or more colors in a scene and pushing everything else to black-and-white. You can fine-tune for hue, saturation and luminance, too. Elements walks you through it step by step. The step-by-step help is a big push this year, it was also added to allow users to create great slow-motion effects that add emphasis, suspense or drama. You can also get guidance with adding fast-motion effects that speed up your story and create energy, excitement or fun.

If you’ve got a 4K Ultra HD video camera and/or TV, you know what all the fuss is about. Now you can use Premiere Elements to edit and view 4K movies for the ultimate cinematic experience. Export your movie just got a lot easier as well, with Premiere Elements the app recommends settings for you. That way you get a movie that looks great on whatever device or screen you choose, from iPads, iPods and other smartphones to big-screen 4K and HD TVs.

Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14 are immediately available for purchase for US$99.99. Upgrade pricing is also available for US$79.99. The Photoshop Elements 14 & Premiere Elements 14 bundle is available for US$149.99, with upgrade pricing of US$119.99.