Guided Edits, new image organization options and a refresh of several tools are highlighted in the latest version of Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Since its first edition in 2001, Adobe's Photoshop Elements has been considered a workable low-cost alternative to its industry-standard sibling, Photoshop. In fact, Elements can do more than 80 percent of what Photoshop can do, and that's more than enough for most photo enthusiasts and has driven this software's popularity. With the release of Photoshop Elements 10, Adobe offers image editing beginners new tools to help them work more efficiently.
The biggest news for Elements 10 is Guided Edits: Step-by-step instructions for functions such as adding shallow depth of field or other photo effects. Scrapbookers may find the ability to curve text a useful tool. Smart Brush lets users paint effects into specific areas of photos and features new effects, like Pencil Sketch and Oil Pastel, according to Adobe.
In addition to editing, Elements 10 adds the ability to organize photos. Object Search is claimed to automatically find objects within photos and to detect duplicate or very similar photos so users can clear unneeded extra images out of the hard drive. Users can also share photos to Facebook thanks to a new Facebook integration feature.
Photoshop Elements 10 (Windows and Mac) can be pre-ordered now for $99.99, or $79.99 as an upgrade. Photoshop Elements Plus, Adobe's online image back-up service, can be bought from within Photoshop for $49.99 per year. Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10 will be available as a bundle for $149.99.