Organizer gets mobile albums to sync your photos with iPhone, iPad, other devices and desktop. Adobe obviously wants users to subscribe to Revel but a free Revel account gives 50 uploads per month after one unlimited single upload. There is also a free iOS Revel app for editing on the go.
Android devices click here for video
Places and Event tags can now be shown in the Tags/Info panel (similar to People in PSE11) making drag and drop marking of images much easier from one place.
Quick Edit gets three new buttons (bottom right) for applying Effects, Textures, and Frames in an Instagram-style treatment with a single-click.
In Guided mode you’ll find three new step-by-step techniques: Zoom Burst Effect (for simulating motion), Puzzle Effect (for creating a puzzle out of your photo), and Restore Old Photo. That last one walks you through a complicated series of tasks including cropping, using the Spot Healing Brush, the Healing Brush, Clone Stamp tools, Dust Removal (which triggers the Dust & Scratches filter), Auto Levels, Auto Contrast, Auto Color Correction, conversion to black-and-white, and sharpening.
Expert Mode gets content aware move, similar to the full Photoshop.
Under the Enhance menu, you’ll find a new Auto Smart Tone feature for automatic lighting and contrast corrections. Using a unique, on-image interface, you can fine-tune the auto-corrections by clicking and dragging a joystick controller. Over time it learns to remember a users preferences.
A new Pet Eye tool for correcting those yellow eyes, that works on animals in a similar way to the red-eye tool for humans.
The File menu is more intuitive for raw editing with a new ‘Open in Camera Raw’ command for opening supported file formats in the Camera Raw plug-in.
Finally you can now delete layers by pressing the Delete key on your keyboard.
Adobe has introduced 64-bit support on Macs, to allow better use of the system’s built-in memory, and should enable faster editing with larger file-sizes. Windows has had 64-bit support, for some time for video editing in Premiere Elements, but not as far as I can see for Photoshop Elements this time. Windows XP users should check limitations in the tech specs.
If you regularly shoot stills and video, the combo PSE12/PRE12 remains best value as a new purchase or upgrade.
A handful of features from previous versions are not available in Photoshop Elements 12 due to new product support for 64-bit systems (Mac only). They include:
-Magic Extractor tool
-Frame from video
-Interactive layout mode in Photomerge Panorama
Presumably Windows users have to wait another year for PSE13 to provide 64-bit support? In the meantime PSE12 will install as a 32-bit app in Program Files (x86) on 64-bit Windows.
PSE12 does have Adobe Camera Raw 8 - it ships with ACR 8.0 - so after installation, click the Help menu in expert mode and choose updates. Install ACR 8.2 and you are good to go.
Missing features click here for work arounds
Thanks Barbara. I guess those are dealt with by the new Auto Smart Tone which is user adjustable.
At present, a full version of Revel is not yet available for Android devices, where only a preliminary Revel Importer app is available - but it is possible for those with Android smartphones to use the web browser interface. It’s obviously easier for developers to make apps for Mac and iOS devices although many users will have the Apple Cloud and Photo Stream.
In contrast Android developers have to deal with a plethora of platforms. Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb, Gingerbread, Froyo, Eclair, Donut, and Cupcake; not to mention the forthcoming KitKat.
Yeah, the Revel thing is very much a work in progress at this point.
I should mention that the installation process for PSE 12 is a little different than for previous versions. You must create an Adobe ID (that isn't optional anymore) and you must be connected to the internet during installation. Although PSE isn't a cloud app and doesn't need you to stay connected to the internet (except that most of the stuff in the graphics panel is still stored online and needs to be downloaded for first use), you do have to stay logged into your Adobe ID. You deactivate PSE 12 by logging out.
Oh, and Revel users can use a different adobe ID for revel than for PSE if they want.
99jon and Barbara,
This thread is a pretty awesome summary of the new stuff in PSE 12. Thank you.
Please allow me to plug in my What's New document too: http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop-elements/using/whats-new.html.
PS: Each time I read this thread, I kept going 'Woof, woof!' Hmm... I wonder why.
You said "You must create an Adobe ID (that isn't optional anymore) and you must be connected to the internet during installation. Although PSE isn't a cloud app and doesn't need you to stay connected to the internet (except that most of the stuff in the graphics panel is still stored online and needs to be downloaded for first use), you do have to stay logged into your Adobe ID"
I am a little confused, does this mean I must be connected to the Internet each time I want to use Photoshop Elements 12, since I have to stay logged into your Adobe ID?
No, basically it means that creating an adobe ID is part of the activation process. After the first time you use PSE you can stay offline permanently, if you don't care about access to revel or the stuff in the graphics panel.