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

By James Morris



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Adobe Premiere Elements 8 and Photoshop Elements 8


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Photoshop Elements 8

The new version of Photoshop Elements launches with a similar splash screen to Premiere Elements. However, the Organizer has been part of the photo editing app for a few versions. The video-related enhancements have been carried over to Photoshop Elements 8. However, these video options are only available if you have Premiere Elements 8 installed. If you don't, you will be prompted to install it, or a trial version. Otherwise, you won't be able to use these functions.

The face recognition system has been improved, but tagging your photos still involves a fair amount of user input.

The Auto-Analyzer available in Premiere Elements also extends to Photoshop Elements, providing similar tagging information about overall quality, with similar drawbacks. The facial recognition system has also been extended and strengthened. The new People Recognizer includes more powerful algorithms, which can be trained to provide greater accuracy. Sadly, this requires a fair amount of user input to ensure the correct names are associated with particular faces. The software does begin to suggest possibilities as more recognition data has been accumulated, but it frequently misses faces that are not turned straight towards the camera, and will sometimes pick up objects that aren't faces at all. Fortunately, there's a new tag entry field which drops down a list of existing tags, and makes it easier to add more.

The Organizer will now let you access a selection of adjustments when in Full Screen mode. These include the Quick Edit and Quick Organize menus. The options available are still relatively limited, though, involving automatic image adjustments. So the Organizer is even better for quick fixes than with previous versions. But it's still no match for the main Editor application, which packs some of the most powerful tools of any image editing app at this price.

The preview mode lets you click through a grid of possibilities so you can find the one you like more easily.

Some of this power has been rendered easier to access via the Quick Fix Previews. Instead of adjusting the sliders until you see a result you like, the Previews present a grid of nine different options you can simply click on to see more clearly in the main screen. This way, you can rapidly find the look you want without really knowing how to use the effect's parameters.

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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.


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-

And the system requirements for the Adobe Photoshop Elements and 8 and Adobe Premiere Elements-

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


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


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.


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.


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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