Adobe has launched updates to its popular photo and video editing software, Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. The new version 10 of these software titles are available for both Windows and Macintosh platforms.

For Windows users, both Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 (PSE) and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 (PRE) are now 64-bit programs, while the Mac versions remain limited to 32-bit operation.

Adobe Premiere Elements 10: what’s new

In Adobe Premiere Elements 10, new colour correction tools aim to adjust tone and vibrancy in footage with people, without affecting skin colouring. There’s also a function to globally adjust parts of motion video, the Adobe example being to turn a grey day into one with a blue sky.

A series of photos can be animated into video in conjunction with face recognition. When presented with a group shot of people, a pan and zoom effect moves slowly around the group, zooming in and out on every face it finds as it goes.

Video can now be exported in AVCHD format, a subset of the MPEG-4 toolset that’s in widespread use in modern camcorders.

Predictably, the upgrade to the video program means Adobe is boasting it’s now even easier to post your footage to Facebook and YouTube.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 10: what’s new

In the revision to Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, Adobe adds some new tools that echo those seen in regular Photoshop.

Smart Brush effects are added to let you add cheesey backgrounds to portrait shots, for example.

Visual search applies a similar approach to face recognition, to help you find photos with similar objects in the frame.

Guided edits is a hand-holding function to tweak pictures such as defocused backgrounds for depth-of-field simulation; or a fuzzy ‘dreamy’ filter, named the Orton Effect after a portrait photographer who uses similar treatments.

If you want to add text over your photographs, Photoshop Elements now lets you do so on a curved line.

On the social media side, Adobe wants to let its users tag people’s faces on Facebook even faster, using the network’s own Facebook Friends list.

For both applications, the dark interface remains, despite proving unpopular with some user for its drab and gloomy environment.

Adobe Elemental pricing

Photoshop Elements 10 costs £79.10 for a physical boxed copy, or £79.76 if you’d rather download it direct from Adobe.

If you already bought last year’s version – or have any previous version for that matter – and would like to upgrade, Adobe is offering version 10 for £64.81, or £65.35 to download from its site.

Adobe Premier Elements 10 follows the exact same pricing structure. Or you can buy both software titles together for £119.41 boxed, £120.13 download.

As with last year’s version 9, if you buy the boxed edition you receive two installer discs, for Windows and Macintosh use, and Adobe’s license terms allows you to install on both machines concurrently.

Mac issues

The Photoshop Elements 9 port for OS X has been criticised for its impact on computer resources, with the app found to be often consuming more than 75% CPU even when left idle in the background.

PC Advisor asked an Adobe representative at the products’ unveiling last month if the slow and resource-intensive version of Photoshop Elements for Mac OS X has been fixed, to improve upon its poor responsiveness or unwarranted appetite for processor time.

‘We’ve addressed some performance issues,’ replied Adobe.

No explanation was given for the non-standard interface which breaks Macintosh interface standards, although it was conceded that elements of the app are coded in Adobe Flash.