What's new in Photoshop Elements 12?

Adobe has launched the latest versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. Find out what's been added

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A number of new features for photographers have been brought to the table with Photoshop Elements 12, the latest version of Adobe's budget version of Photoshop CS.

The focus, unsurprisingly, seems to be on increasing the ease and versatility of image sharing. The new Mobile Albums collections allows users to bring together photos that are stored on multiple devices and transfer them to a single preferred location.

It's also possible to create privately shared albums for just friends and family, or instantly upload images to social networks.

This isn't to say that photographic features have been neglected. A new Content-Aware Move tool allows users to move individual objects and automatically fill in the background.

The Straighten tool has also been refined, and it's possible to add frames, effects or filters to an image with a single touch. ‘Guided edits' are available to hand-hold new users through the editing process.

There's an emphasis on automated smart control as well with Auto Smart Tone - an intelligent photo-correction tool that Adobe claims will improve with continued use by learning the user's preferences. New ‘Pet-Eye' function detects eye discolouration in animals and automatically corrects it.

Announced alongside was Premiere Elements 12, which incorporates several of the same new features such as guided edits and instant sharing.

Both Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12 are available now for £78.15 each (£63.49 for an upgrade), or for £117.22 as a bundle (£96.71 as an upgrade).

It's interesting to note that, by itself, the new Elements costs the rough equivalent of eight months with the full Photoshop Photography program, featuring full Photoshop and Lightroom 5, for CC.

You can find out more by visiting www.adobe.com/uk, or see below for Adobe's introductory video: