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Adobe Premiere Elements 8 and Photoshop Elements 8
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 8 and Photoshop Elements 8
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 8 and Photoshop Elements 8
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 8 and Photoshop Elements 8
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 8 and Photoshop Elements 8
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 8 and Photoshop Elements 8
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 8 and Photoshop Elements 8
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 8 and Photoshop Elements 8
  • Photoshop Elements v.8.0 & Premiere Elements v.8.0 - Media Only (Graphics/Designing - Box Retail - PC - International English)


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Adobe has made a considerable success of repackaging its flagship brands for lower-end consumer usage. Each year, new versions of Premiere and Photoshop Elements are released, chipping away at the difficult task of combining ease of use for the beginner with power for the more experienced user. So now we reach version 8 of both applications (since Premiere Elements skipped a few to reach version 7 at the last iteration), and there is even greater emphasis on the new user.

Premiere Elements 8

The first new feature of Premiere Elements 8 appears at the initial splash screen. Instead of just being able to start a new project or open an existing one, there's an Organize option as well. This leads to the asset management tool which was already part of Photoshop Elements. Now it is taking the first steps towards providing similar facilities for Premiere Elements.

However, the main functions are still geared towards still images. You can perform basic photo retouching and put together simple montages. Although you can import video and perform a limited range of actions upon it, these are few and far between compared to the options for photos. The functions are divided into four categories with a tab for each - Organize, Fix, Create and Share.

The Photoshop Elements Organizer is now available from Premiere Elements,

but the video options essentially just load the main app.

The first of these is the most fully featured for video content. You can tag your clips and group them into catalogues, using keywords. However, the most significant feature here is the Auto-Analyzer. This processes your clips and attempts to allot tags automatically. These are fairly general, and refer to the potential quality of the clips, including whether there is camera shake and how loud the audio track is. Most surprisingly, the Auto-Analyzer will attempt to figure out what kind of shot each clip is - long, medium or close up. In general, the tagging results are not that relevant when editing the clips yourself, but they are used by other Premiere Elements 8 functions we will be explaining shortly.

The remaining Organizer tabs offer less for video. Fix provides facilities for correcting colour, levels, red eye and other possible problem areas, but only with still images. Similarly, Auto Smart Fix only works with photos. The Create tab is also aimed solely at still images, to make various combinations such as collages, calendars and greetings cards. There are some video-related options under the Share tab, but these merely load your clips into Premiere Elements. The options include sending your footage to a mobile device or the Internet, both of which would have been useful as standalone functions.

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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- http://h10025.www1.hp.com/e...

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

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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