Adobeu2019s No. 1 Selling Consumer Photo Editing Software, Elements, is back in its fifth version due on sale this October.

Adobe?s No. 1 Selling Consumer Photo Editing Software, Photoshop Elements, is back in its fifth version. The major upgrade is due to go on sale for PC users this October and promises ?more flexible ways for consumers to organize files, edit images with ease and share photos in engaging and innovative ways.?

Photoshop Elements offers tools for sharing photos with themed and customisable layouts, multi-page document options for albums and scrapbooks and over 100 framing choices. Through a simplified drag-and-drop action, photos can be moved and resized within flexible layouts. A new Map View allows consumers to drag photos to any location tied to an online satellite map to relive memories based on locations where photos were taken.

Adobe Photoshop Services are accessible from within the application and offer new ways to share photos. An interactive Adobe Flash based photo gallery service, called Adobe Photoshop Showcase, allows photos to be shared for free, or upgraded to an extended sharing service via a website. These online galleries can take the form of a virtual scrapbook with flipping pages, a winter scene with falling snow or a spinning photo carousel. Photos can be sent directly to CEIVA digital photo frames and shared via SmugMug online albums. One-click printing also makes it easier to order Kodak prints, and using Photoshop Elements new photo layout functionality makes creating and ordering photobooks a more personalized experience.

New editing functions have been designed to give consumers fresh ways to tackle common photo edits. A new black-and-white conversion tool promises a ?dramatic and elegant? look to photos, converting colour originals to a variety of black-and-white photo styles. New Adjust Color Curves controls allow consumers to achieve better exposures for their images. The software also allows consumers to correct camera lens distortion.

?Digital photography has changed the way people capture moments and memories and today?s digital cameras and even camera phones have the potential to deliver some extraordinary results,? said John Loiacono, senior vice president of Creative Solutions Business Unit at Adobe. ?Adobe Photoshop Elements gives customers the creative freedom to get more out of their digital camera, with the sophisticated and accessible editing features that the Photoshop name is famed for. The result is superior images that can be shared with family and friends in new, exciting, high impact ways ? on the web or in printed formats.?

The new software will be available in October 2006 at www.adobe.co.uk and other electronics and online retailers including Amazon.co.uk and Staples. Elements 5.0 for Windows is available for an estimated street price of £69.99 (excluding VAT). Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 for Macintosh also is available for an estimated street price of £69.99 (excluding VAT). Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 plus Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 for Windows is available as a bundle in the UK at an estimated street price of £99.99.

More information is available at www.adobe.co.uk