It’s that time of year again, when all the photo and video software comes out in shiny new versions. Adobe Photoshop Elements, Photoshop CS’s little brother and our most popular enthusiast photo-editing software, is anything but an exception: Its annual appearance in new guise is as predictable as the first rays of Summer sun.
This year’s entry, Photoshop Elements 12 (available at R1,299.99 Incl VAT from WebAntics Online), is not a massive overhaul from version 11; instead it adds a lot of mobile integration with the creative software makers’ Revel online service, as well as several new dazzling photo effects. One thing hasn’t changed – the price. At R1,299.99 Incl VAT standalone or R1842.42 Incl VAT bundled with the Premiere Elements video editor, Photoshop Elements remains a great value, especially compared with its elder sibling.
Lots of powerful image-manipulation tools. Strong face- and geo-tagging with integrated maps. Excellent output options?printing, online, photo books. Good help with performing advanced edits.
Separate organizer app is less integrated than that of other photo apps. Help system scattered. Not native 64-bit.
Photoshop Elements continues to be the best way to get some of Photoshop’s coolest effects without requiring you to attend a night course. This version streamlines the interface, adds some cool new effects, and exports to Vimeo.