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Adobe Premiere Elements 8 and Photoshop Elements 8 - Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Verdict

By James Morris

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Adobe Premiere Elements 8 and Photoshop Elements 8

Summary

Our Score:

9

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 continued...

There are a couple of new additions which further accentuate this power for the more seasoned image editor. The Photo Merge Exposure mode automatically combines multiple bracketed shots into a single image showing the best of them all put together. Like Premiere Elements' Motion tracking tool, this is a high-end feature which has been borrowed from Photoshop CS4.

The Recompose tool protects the elements you choose whilst you resize a photo.

Another tool from Elements' big brother is Recompose. This is available in Guided Edit mode, and is useful if you want to resize a photo whilst keeping all the main elements onscreen, but without noticeably changing their dimensions. Normally, if you wanted to resize a photo you would have to either crop it or make do with skewed proportions in one direction. The Recompose tool lets you protect areas, which are then kept as they are when you drag the edges of the photos.

These are the main new features in Photoshop Elements 8, but as always Adobe sweetens the deal still further with extra artwork, templates, and layouts. So there are even more assets to use in your own creations.

Bundle Verdict

The final feature of note with the Elements 8 bundle is that both apps are now fully Windows 7 compatible. However, neither feels like a major leap forward from the previous version. Fortunately, there are still no other sub-£100 video editing or photo retouching apps with the power of either Premiere or Photoshop Elements, so they remain the best option in either category. Newcomers will be even more pleased with both, but current users won't necessarily find enough here to upgrade, unless one of the main headline new tools appeals.

Overall Score

9

Scores In Detail

  • Value 8
  • Usability 9
  • Features 9

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Dave Jefferson

October 14, 2009, 7:51 pm

How does the photo face recognition compare to picassa 3.5's?

Barbara Allen

October 15, 2009, 2:31 am

As usual you do the best review on the net! You are obviously very knowledgeable. I need help deciding which program can do the things I want to do. I'm doing the trials, just started, but since I'm so new to this it takes me a while to figure out the best way to do things. I'm doing home movies, and I envision doing two things in particular. One is I want to be able to zoom into a face and put into a frame? or shape and move it. Pinnacle does this with their Creative Pack Add Ons(possibly otherwise, too) The Winter Pack, ornaments. It also does something similar in Prem.Pk wedding2, where the the scene is captured and turns into a framed moving object,a transition,I believe. However Pinnacle seems to be limited to doing it only their way. I've never seen anything quite like them in the other programs. The other thing I want to do is have 3 or 4 videos overlapping(faded edges)at the same time, but not in squares or split screen etc.Like a video montage. Ple-e-ease, can you help me?

James Morris

October 16, 2009, 1:53 pm

@Barbara Allen Not sure about the framing aspect, but Premiere Elements has had exceptionally good motion control, cropping, zooming, and layering abilities right from the first release. I suspect the clip art added in the latest version could have what you're after, but you could easily create your own graphical frame in Photoshop Elements and use that.

James Morris

October 16, 2009, 1:54 pm

And thanks for the kind words about the review!

David Foster

October 18, 2009, 11:49 pm

Hi - Can you confirm this will run on Windows 7 ( 64 bit ) can't seem to find anything that will confirm this 9 only says Windows 7 on Adobe website )


Cheers - Foz

James Morris

October 19, 2009, 9:54 pm

It's supposed to run on Windows 7, but I actually had problems running it on 64-bit Windows Vista. This was preview code, though, so you can't infer from that it doesn't work. I would be very surprised, as Premiere Pro runs just fine on 64-bit Windows and Elements uses the same basic codebase.

Kyleigh

November 15, 2009, 1:50 pm

Hi there- Do you know if the Adobe Photoshop Elements and 8 and Adobe Premiere Elements will be able to run on a HP Pavillion Slimline s7520n desktop PC from 2006? I looked at the specs on my HP and the system requirements for the Adobe package, but I get confused when it starts talking about number of GHz and GBs. I really would like to get this program, but I just need to know if it will run smoothly on my computer...





Here is the link to the specs from my computer- http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfr...





And the system requirements for the Adobe Photoshop Elements and 8 and Adobe Premiere Elements- http://www.adobe.com/products/...





Maybe you could look at them and compare them and help me out! I'd be so greatful!! GREAT review, by the way!

Cowboy

February 12, 2010, 9:18 am

This product was the most unstable and unreliable software I've ever come across. Wouldn't run under Windows 7 or Vista without frequent crashes and crashes infrequently under XP

Ed

February 12, 2010, 1:58 pm

@Cowboy: Sounds distinctly like a problem with your PC, whether it be hardware or a software clash. It's impossible to be specific but that is definitely the more likely scenario.

SmirkingMan

February 13, 2010, 2:40 am

If you're after a solution for HD (1980*1080), forget APE and all the other entry-level solutions. They're hopelessly slow and *all* crash whilst saving. After trying Adobe Premiere Elements, Ulead Video, Pinnacle and Cyberlink PowerDirector, the only program which works with HD videos is Sony Vegas.


In a nutshell, you get what you pay for.

oldcarman

March 16, 2010, 8:54 pm

I have had a very difficult time trying to determine what is the simplest software for editing my video for color and brightness, as you do in Elements for photoss. ANy help would be greatly appreciated!

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