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Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 & Adobe Premier Elements 4 PC Review - -

Installation 8.3
Ease of use 8.2
Usefulness 8.3
Value 8.3
Distributor: Adobe
Review Date:
December 2007
Kyle Sudukis


Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 &
Adobe Premier Elements 4

Adobe has a reputation of producing amazing photo editing software packages and even though Photoshop may be the definitive product in this field, the price is generally too steep for the average user.

Fortunately for us mere mortals, Adobe have continued to release their affordable range of "elements" software packages with their latest incarnation entitled Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 & Adobe Premier Elements 4 that not only allows for photo manipulation but also movie manipulation. Best off, this software package retails for a recommended retail of just under $200 and even cheaper at online stores.

This package targets the home user in that the software is extremely easy to use thanks to its innovative user-interface which will allow even the most novice of users to improve their photos and create flair to their movies.

In its essence, Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements could be considered Photoshop "light" and Premier "light", still keeping the powerful aspects of these programs but allowing the inexperienced end-user easy access. Whether you're fixing up redeye, fuzzy photos or creating slideshows, this program almost has it all. Movies? Well... that's another Premier Elements 4 which it does remarkable!

The installation of Elements was a breeze and it successfully installed on our Windows XP machine without any issues whatsoever. Once the installation was completed, we were greeted to the familiar "elements" interface that although reminiscent of Photoshop, has a more basic feel like Paintshop and Corel which is a bonus in anyone's book. The interface also has a "Vista" feel to it and should make any Windows user quite comfortable.

It should also be noted that this software bundle contains two programs, however Adobe have incorporated a clever utility called the organizer which allows users to access all their photos and video clips without searching through complex folders or directories.

The developers have also allowed the user to share their photos via online galleries which is almost as simple as 1, 2 and 3. Thanks to the "Smart Albums", users can also setup 10 different search criteria areas such themes or dates of the photo.

So what photo manipulation can one do in Photoshop Elements 6? The simple answer is quite a few such as adjusting the brightness or contrast of a photo, an enhanced clone tool that removes unwanted objects from a photo or flaws (e.g. the next door neighbor's head in a photo or a sign), the spot healing brush which is a great tool for removing wrinkles or blemishes through just a click of the mouse and for the more artistic photographer, a plethora of black and white options.

Best of all is the new Guided Edit workspace which allows the user to photomerge two photos and combines the best elements from each of the photos. This is great for removing people with "closed eyes", depending if you have another photo with their eyes open. The  things that you can do with Photoshop Elements is also limitless.

Adobe Premier Elements 4

Although Microsoft contains a very easy to use program called "Movie Maker", the special effects are options are quite limiting to the end-user. This is where Adobe Premier Elements 4 comes into its own league with not only an easy to use interface but a variety of special effects and options. Creating special effects was extremely easy and the program contained a variety from professional to sometimes extremely cheesy.

Another interesting feature of Premier Elements 4 is the ability to add themes to your movies and even add opening credits and end credits. This wizard is quite powerful and does produce some impressive looking videos. As with previous versions, the program also comes with a plethora of filters such as water waves to more simple traditional effects such as fade out and in.

Although you can add your own music to your videos, a nifty option for Premier Elements is the detect beats option that actually analyses your music for rhythm which allows you to add striking visuals or for those action movie or music video users who wish to create something powerful. The new Audomixer turns the program into a music studio that allows the user to easily change a variety of music and sound options.

Want to create Blu-Ray? Simply! Premier Elements now supports this popular new video format and for users of YouTube, the program also has an option to save your videos for optimal YouTube encoding.

The program did freeze on a few occasions but I'm guessing this was due to the video conversion as it only happened with the same file. Depending on the special effects and movie quality, some effects do take a considerable amount of time to render which are probably the only two downsides I can see in Premier Elements 4.

Both programs are also compatible with each others file formats. For instance, you may wish to create a Hollywood style slideshow but some of your photos are blurry or too dark. Simple! You fix the photos in Photoshop Elements 6, then run Premier Elements 4 in order to use the in-built special effects. Needless to say, it was quite a painless experience.

I must also applaud Adobe for the speed of Elements as we have reviewed the high-end Adobe products before, Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements are extremely fast programs to use and the basic computer specs are a 1.3GHz P4 and 512MB RAM which is considered the standard of today.

In conclusion, Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 and Adobe Premier Elements 4 is a must have software package for users who wish to manipulate video and photos in an extremely easy to use program that is quite affordable. Definitely worth checking out!

Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 6 & Adobe Premiere® Elements 4

Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 & Adobe Premiere Elements 4 software combines two powerful yet easy-to-use products to deliver the most complete photo and video-editing solution.

Easily combine photos and videos in entertaining ways

  • Get everything in the individual products and more
  • Save time with centralized access to your photos and video clips
  • Put photo slide shows in motion
  • Do more with individual video frames

Bring out the best in your photos

  • Make your photos look their best with easy-to-use editing and compositing tools
  • Share photos in fun, imaginative ways
  • Easily find and view all your photos and video clips

Create fun movies in as little as 15 minutes

  • Get started quickly with easy moviemaking options
  • Show your style with amazing effects
  • Share your movies on YouTube,™ your own website, disc, and virtually anywhere else

Easily combine photos and videos in entertaining ways

  • Enjoy all the great functionality of Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 and Adobe Premiere Elements 4 software as well as additional functionality that lets you easily create with photos and videos—all for a great value.
  • Access all of your photos and video clips from one convenient place, no matter which product you’re using.
  • Create a traditional photo slide show, and then add video-style effects and transitions and add motion to your text. Preview the slide show in full screen and then burn it to disc or upload to the web to share with your family and friends.
  • Capture a single video frame, add text, graphics, and other enhancements, and then put the frame back in your movie for a fun or dramatic freeze-frame effect. Or grab a video frame and create a personalized disc cover for your movie.

Bring out the best in your photos

  • Take advantage of one-click fixes, step-by-step assistance that makes editing easier than ever. Then explore advanced options for making finer adjustments; add artistic effects; and experiment with easy-to-use compositing tools.
  • Make customized photo creations using new themed layouts and even create dazzling interactive web galleries. Take advantage of online offerings to upload photos and creations directly to the web, order prints, and more, and easily share on mobile phones and other devices.
  • Keep photos and video clips at your fingertips with faster, easier downloading, custom tagging, powerful search options, and viewing choices that allow you to sort and find your photos the way that works best for you. And now you can scroll through, tag, view, and retrieve photos faster—even when your library grows to include thousands of photos.

Create fun movies in as little as 15 minutes

  • Get started quickly with all your video clips and photos at your fingertips and easy options for making movies. Move footage from camera to disc in a few simple steps, or quickly transform a sequence of scenes into a polished movie by adding a Movie Theme, or create your story with drag-and-drop ease in the Sceneline.
  • Give your movies professional polish with a personal touch by adding animated titles; custom, interactive disc menus; rich audio; and stunning visual effects and transitions.
  • Easily share your movies on DVD or Blu-ray Disc, broadcast far and wide by uploading your movies directly to YouTube or your personal sharing website, or play movies on mobile phones and other devices.

System requirements

Adobe Photoshop Elements

  • Intel® Pentium® 4, Pentium M, or Intel Centrino® 1.3GHz (or compatible) processor
  • Microsoft® Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista™
  • 256MB of RAM (512MB recommended)
  • 1.5GB of available hard-disk space
  • Color monitor with 16-bit color video card
  • 1,024x768 monitor resolution at 96dpi or less
  • Microsoft DirectX 9 compatible display driver
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Web features require Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, Netscape Navigator 7.0, or Mozilla Firefox 1.5

Adobe Premiere Elements

  • Intel Pentium 4 or Celeron® 1.3GHz (or compatible) processor; Pentium 4 3GHz required for HD or Blu-ray
  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista
  • For Windows XP: 512MB of RAM (1GB required for HD or Blu-ray)
  • For Windows Vista: 1GB of RAM (2GB required for HD or Blu-ray)
  • 4.5GB of available hard-disk space
  • Color monitor with 16-bit color video card
  • 1,024x768 monitor resolution at 96dpi or less
  • 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.LIN K/FireWire/IEEE 1394 interface to connect a Digital 8 or DV camcorder, or a USB2 interface to connect a DV-via-USB-compatible DV camcorder (other video devices supported via the Media Downloader)

Adobe Premiere Elements supported import/export formats include:

  • MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, DV, AVI, Windows Media,® QuickTime, JVC Everio MOD (import only), 3GP, ASF (import only), WAV, WMA (import only), Dolby® Digital Stereo, PSD (import only), JPEG, PNG (import only), DVD, Blu-ray Disc (export only) Import/export of some formats including DVD, Blu-ray, MPEG2, MPEG-4, H.264, and Dolby Digital Stereo may require activation via an Internet connection. Activation is fast, easy, and free. Import/export of .3GP, .3GP2, and .MPEG4 requires QuickTime software.



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