Adobe Releases Premiere Elements 14 and Photoshop Elements 14

In advance of next month’s Adobe MAX conference, Adobe today announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 14 and Adobe® Premiere® Elements 14, the latest and greatest versions of the top selling consumer photo and video-editing software. According to Adobe: “Consumers take more photos and videos now than ever before. There are over 300 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, and it’s estimated that the number of photos taken in 2015 will reach 1 trillion.” In that spirit, the new versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements offer features in line with contemporary shooting and editing techniques, and tools designed to improve our portable photos and videos.

Examples of these improvements include shake reduction, removal of hazy horizons in photos, isolating one specific color in a video scene, and – wait for it – the ability to edit and view 4K video. Also included in this update is an all-new user interface, designed to be more powerful and intuitive. While both are brilliant new releases, let’s focus on Premiere Elements 14. Here is a list of specifically what’s new in version 14. Motion Titles: Premiere Elements has included all-new presets to help create professional-looking animated text and graphics.

Color Pop

Following the success of Color Pop’s addition to Photoshop Elements last year, Adobe added the feature to Premiere Elements, allowing users to pop one or more colors while leaving everything else black and white. The tool includes options to fine-tune hue, saturation and luminance. Sounds like a pro video tool, made simple and usable.

Guided Edits

Not sure when to add fast or slow motion? Don’t sweat it. You’re not alone. Adobe has added Guided Edits, which give step-by-step help in creating slow-motion and fast-motion effects.

4K Video

Why should pro movie studios have all the 4K fun? Now that drones, camcorders, action cameras, mirrorless and DSLR cameras all capture in 4K, it’s a perfect time for Premiere Elements 14 to bring 4K editing and viewing to the small screen.

Audio Tools

An all-new unified audio tool will help editors make the audio in a project sound as good as those 4K visuals. A new toggle screen lets editors focus on just audio or video parts of a clip as needed as well. Finally, audio gets the attention it deserves!

Simplified Rendering

Render settings can be confusing and difficult to get just right for a certain application. Fortunately, Premiere Elements has added options to export optimized movies in multiple formats. Want to export for playback on an iPhone? Choose “iPhone” as the output format. Want 4K or HD? Simply choose that output setting. Not sure what to choose? Premiere Elements will recommend the best setting for export.

Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14 are immediately available for purchase for US$99.99. Upgrade pricing is also available for US$79.99. The Photoshop Elements 14 & Premiere Elements 14 bundle is available for US$149.99, with upgrade pricing of US$119.99.

Russ Fairley
Russ Fairley
Russ Fairley is a producer, editor and motion graphic designer. He also writes for Videomaker and several other publications.

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