ADOBE HAS ANNOUNCED a handful of updates to its Elements line of photo and video-editing software products with the release of Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14.
The updates build on the 2014 Adobe Elements 13 release that the firm announced about a year ago which brought some improvements to the software series, including photo mashup tool Photomerge Compose to make it easier to copy people or objects from one picture to another.
Adobe's Elements 14 release offers a collection of easy-to-use editing tools that it says will "turn so-so snapshots into amazing photos with everything from quick edits to artistic transformations".
"We built this version with the goal of helping you stay in the moment, enjoy your memories and make the most of your precious time," Adobe said in a Photoshop blog post.
"Elements 14 software uses content intelligence, automated features and a friendly interface to help you effortlessly turn your quick snapshots and video clips into amazing photos and movies."
In Photoshop Elements 14, the key update is a "Bye-bye, camera shake" feature, a tool which can remove camera shake blurs that come from unsteady hands with the click of the button.
Another new tool featured in the Photoshop Elements 14 release is the ability to "dehaze" photographs (above) to make the background as crisp as what's up front with a Haze Removal tool, as well as giving users the power to automatically select hair, pet fur or other fine details by just loosely painting over the desired area.
As for Adobe's video editing software, Premiere Elements 14, the firm said the new version will help users create polished movies quicker and more easily than before.
"Create visual drama by popping one or more colours in a scene and pushing everything else to black-and-white," Adobe gushed. "Create slow-motion effects that add emphasis."
Premiere Elements 14 brings on board 4K support for the first time, as well as more professional-looking motion titles tool which the firm said makes it easier to animate text and graphics using built-in presets.
Users can also export files in multiple formats for viewing on any device or screen with the update, from iPads, iPods and other smartphones to big-screen 4K and HD TVs.
Both Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 and Adobe Premiere Elements 14 (Mac and Windows) are available now for $99.99 (about £65) on the Adobe website and online retailers such as Amazon. Those looking to upgrade can do so for a somewhat unreasonable $79.99 (£52). Alternatively, a Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14 bundle is available for US$149.99 (£100), with upgrade pricing of US$119.99 (£80).
Adobe Photoshop, known as the software that can make any Tom, Dick or Harry look like a million dollars, turned the ripe old age of 25 earlier this year. µ
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