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Adobe Photoshop Elements


$100.00 Released September, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Much more affordable than the professionally targeted Photoshop. Easy to use - yet advanced functionality is there for those that desire it. Includes organizational, editing and sharing tools - much more targeted to the consumer than Photoshop.

The Cons:Little reason to upgrade from previous versions. Most functionality can be had for free from a variety of programs like Picasa, GIMP, etc... Not free.

Adobe Photoshop Elements is a basic-level photo editing software originally released in 2001 as an affordable solution for non-professional home users or hobbyists. It forfeits Adobe Photoshop’s vast array of advanced features, while still allowing users to create, edit, organize, and share images, all at a budget-friendly price that won’t rob them blind.

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Product Shot 2 There have been 8 releases to date (2009), with the latest edition Adobe Photo Elements 8 offering the ability to recompose photos to any size without distortion; the ability to combine multiple exposures into one perfectly lit shot using Photomerge; and the ability to find specific friends and family members via People Recognition. Included also is a fully featured new Organizer and the opportunity to sync photos/videos on multiple computers via Auto Syncing.

Features

  • Basic-Level Photo Editing
  • Affordable Price
  • Version 8.0 (2009)
  • Windows 7 Support
  • Photo Compose w/o Distortion
  • PhotoMerge
  • People Recognition
  • Fully Featured Organizer
  • Auto Syncing
  • Auto-Analyzer (tags media)

Features not Included in Elements (based on version 6.0)

  • CMYK and LAB color modes
  • More tools and features that work with high-bit (16-bit and 32-bit) images
  • Combine multiple exposures to create high dynamic range (HDR) images
  • Channels Palette
  • Recording custom Actions (for batch processing)
  • Adjustments: Color Balance, Match Color
  • Layer Masks, Layer Comps, and Quick Mask mode
  • Smart Objects, Smart Guides
  • Lens Blur Filter
  • Vanishing Point Tool
  • Pen tool and paths palette
  • Some adjustment layers (curves, color balance, selective color, channel mixer)
  • Editing History Log
  • Text on a path, advanced text formatting
  • Advanced Layer Style manipulation
  • Advanced Color Management
  • Advanced Web features (rollovers, slicing)
  • Customizable tool presets, keyboard shortcuts, and menus
  • Advanced options for fine tuning and control

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Pros
  • 3

    much more affordable than the professionally targeted Photoshop

  • 3

    easy to use - yet advanced functionality is there for those that desire it

  • 2

    includes organizational, editing and sharing tools - much more targeted to the consumer than Photoshop

  • 2

    designed by Adobe - leaders in the field of image manipulation software

  • 2

    available for both OSX and Windows

  • 2

    Windows 7 touch support

  • 2

    includes online photo storage

  • 1

    allows for a 30-day trial before buying

  • 1

    organizer includes tagging (with face / person recognition), easily find the photos or people you're looking for

  • 1

    Photomerge allows users to easily merge multiple shots of the same subjects for the best combination of all of them

  • 1

    Allows to great functionalities related to Backup/Synchronization and live sharing on Photoshop.com. Elements8 also supports Multi-Machine Synchronization.

Cons
  • 3

    little reason to upgrade from previous versions

  • 3

    most functionality can be had for free from a variety of programs like Picasa, GIMP, etc...

  • 1

    not free

  • 1

    no version for Linux

  • 1

    enhanced version includes new tutorials and templates for more money

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vsaxena911
vsaxena911: #adobe_photoshop_elements It's free if you got bit-torrent (HAH!). Nov 27, 09
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