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Photoshop Elements 12 adds useful editing tools, without the subscription

Sep 24, 2013 at 19:31 GMT

Photoshop Elements 12, which was released alongside its video-centric Premiere Elements, is the latest version of Adobe's consumer-friendly photo editing software. The hallmark feature is Elements Mobile Albums, which takes advantage of Adobe's Revel technology, which uses cloud storage to allow you to access and edit photos on both computers and mobile devices. Any changes you make on your other devices are put back in the cloud.

Albums can be put onto Adobe's Revel cloud service, which allows you to edit and share photos on mobile devices. Any edits are put back into Revel, so everything is always up-to-date.

Another interesting feature is 'Content-Aware Move', which does just as it sounds. You can move an object in a photo, and the camera will attempt to correctly fill in the background. While we haven't had a chance to try this ourselves, here's Adobe's example:

Before...
... and after.  Zoom in for a closer look.

The straigthen tool has also been enhanced, and is also content-sensitive. When you straighten a photo (such as to level a horizon), Elements will fill in the now-empty edges of the frame.

A final notable feature is 'Auto Smart Tone', which not only allows for one-click color adjustment - it also learns your preferences over time.

Each of the images in the corner are variations on the original photo. As time goes by, the software will learn your preferences, and make more accurate recommendations.

Other additions to Photoshop Elements include pet-eye correction, guided edits, and the usual assortment of special effects. Mac users will be pleased to hear that Elements is now 64-bit, which improves performance and allows you to work with larger images.

More advanced users will be pleased to know that Elements continues to include Adobe Camera Raw, though it's not as full-featured as the one in Photoshop. Elements 12 supports ACR 8.x, and updates will be released at the same time as they are for Photoshop. Those who don't need the full suite of Photoshop and ACR tools may find Elements enticing, as it doesn't require a Creative Cloud subscription.

Elements 12 is now available for $79 for current Elements owners, or $99 for those new to the software. That's right: no monthly subscription required.

Press release:

New Versions of Adobe’s No 1. Consumer Photo and Video Editing Tools Now Available

Powerful Mobile Capabilities Make Photos and Videos Accessible Anywhere, Any Time, on Multiple Devices 

SAN JOSE, Calif. —Sept. 24, 2013 — Adobe  (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 12 and Adobe® Premiere® Elements 12, new versions of the No. 1 selling consumer photo and video-editing software*. Customers will enjoy powerful mobile capabilities, and reap the benefits of professional-grade editing technology delivered in an intuitive experience that makes it easy to create stunning results.

Exceptional Mobility

 “Our customers have a lot of photos and videos, and they love to use their home computers to organize them and be creative, but they also want the freedom and flexibility to view, edit and share on their mobile devices,” said Lea Hickman, vice president products, Creative Consumer Business, Adobe. “Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12 will provide customers with the best of both worlds, quickly, easily and at their discretion.” 

Easily Create and Share Sensational Photos with Photoshop Elements 12 with new features and tools that include:  

Create Unforgettable Movies with ease with Premiere Elements 12. New features and tools include:  

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 and Adobe Premiere Elements 12 (Mac and Windows) are immediately available for purchase at www.adobe.com for US$99.99, with upgrade pricing of US$79.99.  The Photoshop Elements 12 & Premiere Elements 12 bundle is available now for US$149.99, with upgrade pricing of US$119.99. They will soon be available at retail stores such as Adorama Camera, Inc, Amazon.com, B & H Photo and Video, Best Buy, Best Buy Canada, New Egg, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples and Staples Canada. 

Adobe Revel is an app available for iOS and Windows devices. The app is free for up to 50 photo or video uploads per month.