Adobe is introducing Photoshop Elements 6 for Windows, but Mac users must wait until early 2008 for an OS X version of the software to ship, the company said.

Elements 6 is a stripped-down, entry-level version of the company's flagship industry standard imaging application, Photoshop.

The Windows version of the software features new Photomerge technology, designed to help photographers capture the perfect group photo by combining the best facial expressions and body language from a series of shots to create a single, definitive shot.

A new Quick Selection Tool reduces a once time-consuming select-and-adjust tasks to a single click. A new Guided Edit mode helps walk users through the steps of improving a photo. The software also features an improved conversion tool that dramatically converts colour images into black-&-white.

The company also announced Adobe Premiere Elements 4, but disclosed no Mac release plans for the software.