Adobe today announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0, a major upgrade to its entry-level image editing product.

The updated product includes a series of powerful image editing tools taken from Adobe Photoshop CS, and it's described as "the perfect companion to iPhoto".

Adobe senior vice president of digital imaging and digital video, Bryan Lamkin, introduced some of the new features: "A new set of powerful editing tools, such as the Healing Brush, makes this a milestone release for Photoshop Elements on the Mac.

"For consumers who love iPhoto but want to advance to sophisticated image editing, Photoshop Elements 3.0 is the best choice, providing them with incredible creative control over their photos."

Simple controls for power-editing

Updated editing tools in this release, such as Healing Brush, can swiftly clear away imperfections in an image. The release also offers new effects and filters, colour and lighting correction, improved red-eye reduction. This release also supports Camera Raw, so users can edit the best, most high-quality imaging data. 16-bit images are also supported.

Apple welcomed the release, its vice president of worldwide developer relations, Ron Okamoto, said: "Photoshop Elements 3.0 is a great companion for our ground-breaking iPhoto software and delivers advanced editing capabilities that bring Photoshop's legendary quality into the hands of photo enthusiasts."

Improved search and share features

Photoshop Element 3.0's new file browser can look for images according to a range of criteria, including creation date and time, camera type and photographer. The product also integrates the capacity to create a slide show using Adobe PDF, with music and transitions. Print features have also been improved, and a wide range of image borders added to the application.

The product ships later this year for Mac OS X 10.2.8 or 10.3.x. It will cost £64.99, and is available for pre-order today.