Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 & Premiere Elements 4

January 16, 2008 9:50 pm

Tags: Kathy Poche

This review is based on the Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 & Adobe Premiere Elements 4 Bundle, and I have to say this software package offers a one-two punch of functionality and versatility. Forget complicated instruction books, both of these programs offer in-program step-by-step help that is just that - help.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 6

With a user-friendly interface, you will be creating custom galleries and uploading them to websites in a matter of minutes ... not hours. The photo-editing capabilities rank close to that of a full blown copy of the Photoshop we've all come to know and love, however, more simplified, or unique to amateur photographers and hobbyists.

This is a great software package for even those who don't edit photos, such as someone who wants to create a gallery specifically for the purpose of a portfolio. It makes it a breeze to gather and organize all the photos that have been collecting dust in the dark recesses of your hard drive for years!

One of the best features is Photomerge, where you can take the best elements from several shots and create the perfect picture! 



If you simply don't use or don't have the need for all the extra functionality of Photoshop, then this is the program you should definitely check out.

Adobe Premiere Elements 4

With this software, you could be making your own movies in mere minutes! In Sceneline mode, you can work with and organize video visually by thumbnails. Just drag and drop, both video and effects. Of course, you can also work in Timeline mode for more precise control.

If you want to take the quickest route, you can choose from a variety of movie templates. Choose a theme and you are off and running. After applying, you can further adjust your movie as you wish. 


There is also an abundance of effects you can choose from, including plenty of transition effects, and even changing the look of your movie as a whole.

With the new Audio Mixer, you have plenty of options to add background music and even sound effects. You can then either burn your creation to DVD, or Blu-ray Disc (with complete control of menu features), or even upload directly to the web.

It just doesn't get any easier than this. All in all, I found this a great bundle, with all that's included, and at a great price of $149.99 (USD).

System Requirements:

Adobe Photoshop Elements 6

  • Intel® Pentium® 4, Pentium M, or Intel Centrino® 1.3GHz (or compatible) processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista®
  • 256MB of RAM (512MB recommended)
  • 1.5GB of available hard-disk space
  • Color monitor with 16-bit color video card
  • 1,024x768 monitor resolution at 96dpi or less
  • Microsoft DirectX 9 compatible display driver
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Web features require Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, Netscape Navigator 7.0, or Mozilla Firefox 1.5

Adobe Premiere Elements 4

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or Celeron® 1.7GHz processor (or compatible processor, SSE2 support required); Pentium 4 3GHz processor required for HD or Blu-ray
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista®
  • For Windows XP: 512MB of RAM (1GB required for HD or Blu-ray)
  • For Windows Vista: 1GB of RAM (2GB required for HD or Blu-ray)
  • 4.5GB of available hard-disk space
  • Color monitor with 16-bit color video card
  • 1,024x768 monitor resolution at 96dpi or less
  • Microsoft DirectX 9 or 10 compatible sound and display driver
  • DVD-ROM drive (compatible DVD burner required to burn DVDs; compatible Blu-ray burner required to burn Blu-ray Discs)
  • DV/i.LINK/FireWire/IEEE 1394 interface to connect a Digital 8 or DV camcorder, or a USB2 interface to connect a DV-via-USB-compatible DV camcorder (other video devices supported via the Media Downloader)

For more information and pricing:

Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 & Adobe Premiere Elements 4 Bundle
Adobe Photoshop Elements 6
Adobe Premiere Elements 4


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Kathy Poche [kathym], a married twenty-seven year old mother of one, has been fascinated by the 3D realm ever since 1995. An artistically minded individual, her hobbies include everything from acrylic paints on canvas and short story writing to images generated in Poser, Bryce and Photoshop. Her goal before turning the big 3 0 is to gain some formal education in the field of 3D animation. For six years and counting, she has been an outspoken member of the Renderosity community. Currently she is a stay-at-home mom, which allows her greater time to work on her writings which she hopes to have published in the not so distant future.

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Article Comments

drdancm ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 April 2008

Photomerge, and especially Face Merge? feature do not work as well as all it appears from running the Adobe demos. You really need to use your own photos to test these features. When you do you will see how that the interface is horrible. For example, when you zoom the source photo (because it is too small) , you lose sight of some the alignment points and have to start from scratch. If your photos are a bit out of alignment, the program twists and turns the resulting corrected version into something unusable. These features too often seem like an alpha or beta version. Having talked about the negative practical aspects, I must say that these features, once they have been properly implemented are INCREDIBLE and well worth waiting for. Dan