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Adobe releases Photoshop and Premiere Elements 13 for Mac with new editing tools

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Adobe on Wednesday unveiled the latest versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, bringing a number of enhancements to its consumer level photo and video editing software including a constantly updated tutorials portal.

Last updated in 2013, Adobe's Elements software is known for its easy-to-use toolset, powerful features and quick task handling. With the Elements 13 suite, Photoshop and Premier get all-new editing tools and access to Elements Live, an in-app portal to in-depth tips and guidance.

AppleInsider was able to attend a software demonstration last week and came away impressed by the tweaked user interface and added selection of Guided Edits in Photoshop Elements 13, which include black and white photo manipulation that walks users through the art of "popping" color.

With Photoshop Elements' Photomerge Compose tool, users can make seamless "mashups" by copy-and-pasting subjects into another photo. Further manipulation can be accomplished with the Refine Selection Brush and Match Color Tone tools for easy, high-quality image blending.

Other enhancements include one-click Effects Variations, Intelligent Crop Suggestions and a Video Story mode.

Premiere Elements 13 offers a number of automated tools like Favorite Moments, which assembles a movie built around the best points in a clip as marked by the user. Another tool called Video in Titles adds in video to a title screen, mimicking the latest styles used by Hollywood moviemakers.

The video-centric software also includes an enhanced Shake Stabilizer for software-based shake reduction. This new tool is particularly useful with footage coming out of so-called "action cams" like the GoPro series, which do not have effective onboard hardware stabilizers.

One of the larger feature additions to the Elements 13 package is Elements Live, an educational portal that plays host to tutorials, tips and other content coming direct from Adobe. The tool is available from within Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13 can be purchased through Adobe's website for $99.99 separately or $149.99 as a bundle. Existing customers can upgrade for $79.99 each.

In addition, AppleInsider partner MacMall is offering readers discounts of $10 off Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 ($89.99), $8 off Adobe Premiere Elements ($91.99), and $13 off Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 & Premiere Elements 13 ($136.99).