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Always a step behind, always a step ahead

  • Jul 23, 2010
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Marketing brilliance was at work when someone at Adobe conceived of the "Elements" product line. The full-bore Photoshop and Premiere applications are incredibly powerful - and bewilderingly complex. Adobe pretty much dominated the still image manipulation arena with Photoshop, while having some stiff competition to Premiere in the video market. True to its tradition, Adobe charged an arm and a leg for both products.

But Adobe was being eaten alive by many other publishers in the burgeoning lower-end market for image manipulation and video editing programs.

So they struck back with the Elements line.

Adobe and other say these programs deliver 80 - 90% of the functionality of their big brothers.

Both Photoshop and Premiere Elements are more than capable for every day hobbyist level work and I use them in preference to the full packages, which I also own. In fact, I have been wondering why I have them.

The learning curve on Photoshop and Premiere Elements is still pretty steep compared to other programs, but that is the price of progress.

Version 8 is much more stable than earlier versions. I am running the programs on a 2.5 Ghz Intel Duo Core with a lower than middle-of-the-road graphics adaptor without any major problems.

Photoshop Elements will handle just about any except the most demanding tasks. The same is true of Premiere.

Yes, you will need to invest in some learning aids to help you along. The Help files for the programs won't cut it for most people - and the User Interface is not terribly intuitive. To get the full power from Photoshop, you are going to have to learn how to use layers - and that is a complex subject. Once you learn how to use them, Photoshop Elements is a powerhouse.

Premiere is not as simple to use as some of the lower-cost programs on the market, but it is capable of doing most everyday tasks a hobbyist videomaker will encounter.

Overall, Adobe Photoshop & Premiere Elements 8 is a reasonably priced and very capable solution to your still image and video editing needs.


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Combining the newest versions of the #1 selling photo- and video-editing software* at a great value, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 & Adobe Premiere Elements 8 software gives you power and ease of use so you can do some amazing storytelling with photos and videos. Bring all your video clips and photos together in one convenient place where you can easily find, view, and manage them; protect them with automatic online backup and 2GB of free storage;** and then dive right into a full range of creative activities. Make your photos look extraordinary and show them off in photo books, scrapbook pages, interactive Online Albums, and more. Create incredible movies with professional-quality effects and sound, and share them on disc, YouTube, and virtually anywhere else. And combine photos and videos in cinematic slide shows and visually rich movies.

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