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Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0

Sep 27, 2005 at 13:22 GMT

Adobe Systems has today announced Photoshop Elements 4.0. The lite version of Adobe's professional image editing program Photoshop, offers a new automatic red-eye removal function, which detects face shapes in images and removes red-eye as photos are downloaded from the camera. It also features a new Magic Selection brush for adjustments to specific parts of an image as well as Magic Extractor and new Skin Tone Adjustment. Adobe has developed the tagging feature found in Elements 3.0 with the new Face Tagging, which automatically detects faces in a photo so they can be easily tagged and quickly found later. Photoshop Elements 4.0 is currently only available for Windows, priced £69.99. A spokesman for Adobe said that the program will be supported on the Mac in the 'near future'.

Press Release:

Adobe’s No. 1 Selling Consumer Photo Editing Software* Combines Power and Simplicity to Help Consumers Do It All

SAN JOSE, Calif. — September 27, 2005 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 4.0, a significant upgrade to the No. 1 selling consumer photo-editing software*. Photoshop Elements 4.0 delivers an impressive array of new ways for consumers to easily edit photos, show them off in creative and entertaining ways and always have them at their fingertips. Available for Windows, Photoshop Elements 4.0 is the software that consumers choose for quick, one-click fixes, in addition to more sophisticated editing techniques when they need advanced creative control.

Also today, Adobe announced the availability of Adobe Premiere® Elements 2.0 software, a complete home video-editing solution (see separate press release). Available as separate products or together in a single retail package, Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 Plus Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 delivers the powerful and affordable software consumers need to be creative and delight friends and family with their digital photos and home videos.

“As the top-selling consumer photo editing product, Photoshop Elements 4.0 continues to push the envelope with innovative features that allow digital photo enthusiasts to do it all,” said Bryan Lamkin, senior vice president of Digital Imaging and Digital Video Products at Adobe. “With digital imaging capabilities turning up everywhere from cell phones to disposable digital cameras, it’s easy to develop a click-and-forget habit. Our software unlocks the potential for people to get more enjoyment out of their digital photos, whether they took them on a cell phone, a point and shoot or advanced Digital SLR camera.”

More Editing Magic

Auto Red Eye Removal, Magic Selection Brush, Skin Tone Adjustment, and Magic Extractor join an already impressive list of consumers’ favorite editing tools that fix common photography problems and expand creative control.

The improved Red Eye Removal now eliminates red eye automatically as photos are downloaded from the camera. The new Magic Selection Brush quickly selects specific parts of a photo for easy color, lighting, and contrast adjustments. The new Skin Tone Adjustment allows consumers to get more realistic skin colors in just moments. The new Magic Extractor easily removes subjects from photos, with advanced edge de-fringing, for scrapbooking and composites like placing a friend on a mountaintop, adding ancestors to a family portrait, and creating other fun combinations.

Breakthrough Organisation

Simple search and intuitive tagging options make it easier to find and view photos in Photoshop Elements 4.0. Date View automatically arranges photos by date. The enhanced Folder View lets consumers move, create, or delete files and folders. The new breakthrough Face Tagging helps consumers find faces in their photos automatically so that they can easily tag them now and quickly find them later.

Showcasing and Sharing Photos

New sharing options include multimedia slide shows, which consumers can create in seconds, complete with multiple pans and zooms, easier soundtracks with narration, over 80 transition options, clip art and more. New one-click printing makes it simple to order professional-quality Kodak prints and beautiful hardbound photo books in seconds through easy-to-access, integrated online services. Photoshop Elements 4.0 makes it simpler than ever to entertain a roomful of friends and family by showcasing photos on TV over home networks, Video CD, or DVD, for consumers who have both Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements.

Photoshop Elements 4.0 is part of a complete family of Photoshop products that meet the needs of a diverse spectrum of digital photographers: the free Photoshop Album Starter Edition for the novice digital camera user; Photoshop Elements for the digital photography enthusiast; and Photoshop CS2 for the professional or the most demanding amateur photographer. Each product offers more growth and creative control for customers, giving them access to award-winning technology and options for more sophisticated editing, organization and sharing options for their digital photos.