For many people, Adobe Photoshop is very pricey and has features that they will never use. That’s why Adobe has its Photoshop Elements software. Today, Adobe announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 for both OS X and Windows. Elements 8 will cost $99 for either platform, but Adobe is running a promotion that brings the price down to $79.99 using a mail-in rebate. Windows users will be able to buy “Plus,” which gives you 20GB of online storage and automatic backup, tutorials, templates and more, for $49.99 per year. OS X people will have to twiddle their thumbs instead.
Since Elements is geared towards consumers and not to professionals, there is a “Quick Fix” feature that will correct contrast, color, and lighting. Both versions of Elements will have “Photomerge Exposure” which lets you stitch together many photos into one. Adobe threw in a feature from Photoshop CS4 with “Recompose.” Recompose will let you alter dimensions of a picture without distorting parts of it. An example is if you wanted to make a landscape picture into a portrait picture – you can have your subjects in the middle of the shot not distort as you pull the the sides of the photo in. Background objects, like trees, will come closer together without too much distortion. It’s actually a pretty cool feature.
Windows users will also find Organizer which is supposed to help manage videos and photos. The software also has face recognition and can sync photo libraries over your network. OS X users will get “Scene Cleaner” which will let you remove items from photos like cars easily – sounds like a smart clone tool.
Product Page: [Adobe Photoshop Elements 8]