Adobe has announced Photoshop Elements 4.0 for Mac.

Photoshop Elements 4.0 promises powerful digital photo editing and easy-to-use tools.

New tools include the Magic Selection Brush, Skin Tone Adjustment, Magic Extractor and Auto Red Eye Removal.

However, the application isn't a Universal one, meaning it runs on Intel Macs using Apple's Rosetta emulation technology.

The company has said its decision not to develop a Universal version of its new application was due to "time constraints".

Add a little magic

"Photoshop Elements for Mac delivers the features photo enthusiasts need to make their pictures stand out from the crowd," said Deborah Whitman, vice president of product management for digital imaging at Adobe.

"The Magic Extractor is an example of the power consumers have to seamlessly extract one image out of a photo and easily drag and drop it into another photo, so it looks like it has always been there.  Adobe's continued investment in imaging innovation ensures our customers get the most out of today's powerful digital SLRs and point-and-shoot cameras."

The Magic Selection Brush quickly selects specific areas of an image for easy colour, lighting, and contrast adjustments, while the Magic Extractor easily removes subjects from photos and offers advanced edge de-fringing, for scrapbooking and fun composites like adding the pet dog to a family vacation photo. Improved Red Eye Removal instantly corrects red eye in any photo with one click.

Powerful editing tools

The software also brings across some of advanced editing tools from Adobe Photoshop CS2, such as expanded 16-bit editing and basic Camera RAW support. The software also supports Adobe's Digital Negative format (.DNG).

The File Browser has been updated to the new Adobe Bridge for Elements. This offers metadata searches for all photos taken with a flash, with a certain shutter speed or f-stop, or by the camera make and model.  Smart search filters can also be created for commonly searched files or stored as reusable Collections.

In-app photo ordering

In a move to match iPhoto, Adobe has integrated Photoshop Services support into the application, so users can order Kodak prints and photo books from within it. Numerous printing options let users create contact sheets and customise picture package layouts.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 for Mac (Mac OS X 10.3 or 10.4) is available for pre-order direct from the company and ships in early March. It costs £49 (excluding VAT).