I gave up on the full Photoshop applications some years ago and have been using Photoshop Elements ever since. So I was very excited to see that adobe announce Photoshop Elements 9 this week. Priced around $100($80 after $20 rebate) it’s well worth every penny – especially now with the new features they’ve put in there from it’s more powerful brother - Photoshop CS5.
Content-Aware Fill + Healing Brush
I’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival and integration of these features.
The video below shows you how it works in Elements 9.
Other new features of interest
- Publishing directly to Facebook. For me this isn’t a huge thing – as I don’t perceive this to be a very difficult task now. However, if you spend a lot of time editing and then putting pictures on Facebook you may find this simplifies your workflow
- Layer masks – Another good feature but I can’t imagine the typical consumer caring about this – or having the time to use it.
- More Photo Effects – The additional effects look fine – I just never find that adding them to any product has a lasting benefit. When everyone uses the same set of basic effects – especially if the effects are visually strong - it just becomes tacky.
Take advantage of the Bundle
If you are in the mood for doing video, you should also be aware Adobe has a bundle featuring Photoshop Elements 9 and Premiere Elements 9 for $150 (only $120 after rebate).
Should you Get the the “PLUS” version instead?
Here’s a comparison:http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopel/membership/
I can’t see that paying for these additions is worth it – at least with what they are offering now.
More to come when I get it installed…