Adobe unveils Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac

Adobe on Thursday unveiled the next generation Photoshop Elements for Mac. With a price of $89, Photoshop Elements 6 will ship in the second quarter, but Adobe will be showing it at Macworld next week in San Francisco.

“Photoshop Elements is not just about editing photos, it’s about helping users make more with their photos,” said Mark Dahm Senior Product Manager Photoshop Elements. “It’s about helping people tell their stories.”

Adobe said they did a lot to make Elements more intuitive for the users, but they also added some very cool new features that all photo buffs will enjoy.

For instance, using the new Photomerge technology users can now combine the best facial expressions and body language from up to 10 photos. This will help users that shoot a photo of a group of people that keep moving around or are not looking in the right direction.

Other new features, like the Guided Edit mode, are aimed specifically at the new user. This mode gives you an explanation of what the problem is you are about to fix and walks you through the process by simply clicking a button.

Of course, those that prefer to do things manually or have more control over the process have access to all of those controls as well.

Elements also comes with customizable layouts that let users create scrapbook pages, photo books, greeting cards and burn to CD/DVD. Additional sharing options include ordering prints, creating personal online albums printing photos into real U.S. postage stamps, and showcasing creations on a CEIVA Digital Photo Frame.

Photoshop Elements, which is a Universal Binary, will run on Mac OS X 10.4.8 or higher, including Leopard. The full price version will cost $89; upgrades are $69. Adobe is taking pre-orders beginning today.

(Updated 1/10, 10 a.m. PT to specify that the product is a Universal Binary.)

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