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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.
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.
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.
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