Adobe Editing Essentials: Photoshop and Premiere Elements 12

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Adobe has recently released their newest versions of both Photoshop and Premiere Elements, both of which feature several upgrades and refinements designed to optimize control over editing both photos and videos, with additional support for sharing and exporting on and offline.

Adobe Elements programs are designed for casual, enthusiast, or hobbyist use, or for those who simply do not need the overwhelming support availed by the full-fledged versions of Photoshop and Premiere. By paring down features and applying an intuitive interface design, Elements helps you to execute the most useful and practical editing commands along with support for creatively accentuating your imagery in a seamless and efficient manner. Compared to previous versions of Elements, Elements 12 programs integrate new sharing technologies and remote viewing possibilities that enable you to interact with the content from your library on a connected mobile device. Through the incorporation and support for Adobe Revel, both photos and videos that are in Elements libraries on your home computer can now be viewed remotely and shared from mobile devices and, likewise, photos taken using your mobile device can be set to appear in your Elements libraries for editing at home. From the program itself, Elements 12 maintains the ability to directly share to social networks, like Facebook, Vimeo, and YouTube, and adds support for sending photos directly to Twitter.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 and Adobe Premiere Elements 12 are available separately or bundled together and, additionally, a special version is available for students and teachers.

Photoshop Elements 12

Beginning with the photo side of Elements, Photoshop Elements 12 features several improvements to give it additional functionality and editing control with advanced tools reminiscent of the full versions of Photoshop. New to Elements 12 is a Content Aware Move tool, which allows you to easily move larger items within an image, like people, animals, or rocks, and have the background automatically filled in using an intelligent content-aware method that takes information from neighboring pixels to effectively, and seamlessly, fill in the missing portion of the image. Similarly, Content Aware Fill is a helpful tool for straightening an image due to a misaligned horizon or other linear subject in the image where cropping could cause too great of a loss of imagery. Content Aware Fill will patch in the missing areas around the corners and edges to help maintain a larger file size and provide greater control over the compositions.

For controlling the tonal, color, and exposure settings of an image, a new Auto Smart Tone tool provides an intuitive means for altering the look of imagery and integrates an adaptive learning option, which employs an algorithm to base future automatic tonal settings to more closely reflect your own style. Also improving the look of imagery is the "pet-eye" removal tool, which, like a common red-eye removal tool, can now maintain a realistic appearance when correcting for the broader range of discolorations within the eye that can occur when photographing animals with a flash.

The ability to add creative flourishes to photos has also been extended in Elements 12 and includes the new Zoom Burst effect, which simulates the look of manually zooming during an exposure, as well as a Photo Puzzle look, an automatic Old Photo Restore control, and a one-touch solution for adding Frames, Effects, and Textures to images within the Quick editing mode.

For familiarizing oneself with certain editing techniques, Elements 12 also integrates a range of Guided Edits when working in the Guided mode. These edits will take you on a step-by-step process of how to transform your imagery into creatively adjusted final images, with options available to create unique-looking black-and-white imagery, line-drawing effects, and other contrast and tonal adjustments.

Each of these features has been added to the already extensive number of image-editing controls in previous versions of Elements, including library management and image sorting, automatic panoramic stitching, a range of creative output options, and basic editing tools for manipulating brightness, contrast, color, and sizing.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 can be purchased as either an electronic download or in a traditional boxed version.

Premiere Elements 12

Premiere Elements is a versatile movie-editing program that, like Photoshop Elements, borrows many of the essential features from its big brother, Premiere Pro, and incorporates them into a redesigned friendly interface that expedites many of the most frequently used editing controls for creating movies.

New to this version of Premiere Elements is the ability to enhance your movies with more than 50 musical scores and 250 different sound effects. These built-in audio components can help to shape a movie into a more well-rounded presentation that works to evoke a greater sense of drama or other moods. Like Photoshop, a new series of Guided Edits has also been integrated into this new version of Premiere Elements. These movie-based tutorials walk you through the complete process of performing specific edits, and help you learn different techniques at the same time, to strengthen your understanding of certain tools or processes. Auto Smart Tone has also been carried over to this program and uses the same adaptive algorithm to learn your personal editing preferences in order to refine the automated system of imaging enhancements that can be applied to video files in regard to tonal attributes.

In addition to new features added to Premiere Elements, several of the most frequently used tools have also been enhanced for even more refined editing control. Four new FilmLooks have been added (Comic, Trinity, Yesteryear, and Cross Process) and continue the ability to mimic some of the most iconic Hollywood-styled looks and effects in your own movies. Graphics, text, and effects can also be added to films in order to contextually enhance them, and now can be accentuated through the use of motion tracking for creating more dynamic blocks of text, captions, or other effects that interact with subjects in the movies.

These recent additions and improvements have been added to the solid editing platform, which features automated controls and rich support for importing and exporting different file types and for different applications. Within the refined Organizer view, movies and clips can be sorted and located based on tagged information and, when coupled with the refined sharing capabilities of Elements 12, can be output in a number of ways from directly within the program. Premiere utilizes an intuitive drag-and-drop editing system for an efficient blend of ease and control and also facilitates the use of automated options for correcting shaky footage, solving lighting and color temperature issues, and for trimming away excess footage.

Adobe Premiere Elements 12 can be purchased as either an electronic download or in a traditional boxed version.

Bundled Package

Rather than purchasing Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12 separately, they can also be purchased together for greater value and additional collaborative features. By having both an all-around photo- and video-editing solution, a more thorough multimedia workflow can be achieved to suit a contemporary style of image-making.

Single video frames can be enhanced using the photo-editing power of Photoshop Elements, and then re-inserted into a video for a unique freeze-frame effect with an optimized visual appearance. Additionally, rich photo slideshows can be created by pairing Photoshop Elements-edited images with Premiere Elements cinematic effects to produce unique transitions and motion graphics, which then can be previewed and burned to a disc or uploaded to the Web (Windows only).

These collaborative aspects of the bundle pair well with the overall feature set offered by each program and the continuity of interface design and tabbed editing modes remains constant between each program, for a greater sense of overall image editing.

The bundle of Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 & Premiere Elements 12 is available as an electronic download or as a traditional boxed version. Additionally, a special electronic download is available for current teachers and students.

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  Photoshop Elements 12 Premiere Elements 12
Mac System Requirements -64-bit multi-core Intel® processor
-Mac OS X 10.7 through 10.8
-2GB of RAM
-4GB of available hard-disk space (additional free space required during installation)
-1024 x 768 display resolution
-DVD-ROM drive
-QuickTime 7 software required for multimedia features
-Internet connection required for product activation
-64-bit multi-core Intel processor
-Mac OS X 10.7-10.8
-2GB of RAM
-4GB of available hard-disk space to install applications; additional 5 GB to download content
-Graphics card with the latest updated drivers
-1024 x 768 display resolution
-DVD-ROM drive (compatible DVD burner required to burn DVDs; compatible Blu-ray burner required to burn Blu-ray Discs)
-DV/i.LINK/FireWire/IEEE 1394 interface to connect a Digital 8 DV or HDV camcorder
-QuickTime 7 software
-Internet connection required for product activation
Windows System Requirements -1.6GHz or faster processor (including single-core support)
-Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Vista with Service Pack 2, Windows 7, or Windows 8 (limited Camera Raw functionality on Windows XP)
-1GB of RAM (2GB for HD video functions)
-4GB of available hard-disk space (additional free space required during installation)
-Color monitor with 16-bit color video card
-1024 x 768 display resolution
-Microsoft DirectX 9 compatible display driver
-DVD-ROM drive
-Internet connection required for product activation
-2GHz or faster processor with SSE2 support; dual-core processor required for HDV or AVCHD editing and Blu-ray or AVCHD export
-Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista with Service Pack 2, Windows 7, or Windows 8 (Adobe Premiere Elements Editor runs in 32-bit mode on Windows XP and Windows Vista and in 64-bit or 32-bit mode on Windows 7 and Windows 8; all other applications run native on 32-bit operating systems and in 32-bit compatibility mode on 64-bit operating systems)
-2GB of RAM
-4GB of available hard-disk space to install applications; additional 5GB to download content
-Graphics card with the latest updated drivers
-Color monitor with 16-bit color video card
-1024 x 768 display resolution
-Microsoft DirectX 9 or 10 compatible sound and display driver
-DVD-ROM drive (compatible DVD burner required to burn DVDs; compatible Blu-ray burner required to burn Blu-ray discs)
-DV/i.LINK/FireWire/IEEE 1394 interface to connect a Digital 8 DV or HDV camcorder
-QuickTime 7 software
-Windows Media Player (required if importing/exporting Windows Media formats)
-Internet connection required for product activation

 

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Do you have any free online courses for a beginner to learn Adobe Premiere Elements 12? Thanks.

Hi Joseph -

Adobe offers a slew of introductory video tutorials that are super helpful:

Learn Premier Elements 12

Learn Photoshop Elements 12

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Dear Sirs:

I bought primier a couple of years ago.....I don't know if it was primier 10,11 or 12.   and I don't know what my password or registration number is.   I downloaded it so I don't have the disk.   I now have a new computer and I want to transfer the liscense to this new computer.   Can you help me?    Thank you very much.    Jonathan Charles   3033 Marietta ave.  Lancaster, pa. 17601

Hi Jonathan -

You will need to contact ADOBE directly for your registration information and password.  B&H cannot access this information for you.

Adobe

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

When editing video and adding a music track, is it possible to control the audio level so that a music track can be lowered and added under a voice so that both can be heard without the music being at the same level as the voices?

Hi Steve -

 Adobe Premiere Elements 12 has audio mixing capabilities so that music and vocal track can be adjusted to suitable levels.  Please bear in mind that "12" is no longer available and has been replaced by the new Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 & Premiere Elements 13 for Mac and Windows.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com