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Adobe Photoshop Elements

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With an impressive collection of flexible tools, Adobe Photoshop Elements is one of the most powerful consumer-level photo editors around. Batch processing, image layering, cloning, and Web optimization are just a few of the software's time-saving tools.

It's taken a while for Elements to crawl out from the shadow of its celebrity sibling, Photoshop, but these days you'd be hard-pressed to find similarities between the two. There's the occasional familiar dialog box and a handful of traditional Photoshop interface quirks that may elude newbies, but if Photoshop CS is the "pro" version, Elements is for the average consumer.

Overall, there seems to be more and better creative content in Elements 5, and it's generally easier to use than its predecessor. The organizer and photo downloader have buckets of new features, including useful tweaks to stacking, map integration, and more. However, the imaging tools aren't keeping pace. The new additions--black-and-white conversion, curve-based correction, distortion correction, and a different take on sharpening--offer little more than new interfaces for old problems.

The tutorials and help tools do a great job of demystifying the labyrinthine interface, but if you're looking for a basic tool for common graphic tasks, there are plenty of lower-priced options that are much easier to master. Photoshop Elements is definitely worth a look, though, if you're looking for a significant boost in creativity and productivity.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 122 votes

    • 5 star: 44
    • 4 star: 28
    • 3 star: 15
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 26
  • Current version:

    3.8 stars

    out of 11 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Looks nice but doesn't work"

    June 3, 2010  |   By mighty_mt

    Version: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7

    Pros

    I really like the interface. It's clean, easy to get used to and in theory the program does exactly what I was looking for.

    Cons

    In reality however it just doesn't work. It freezes up and crashes far too often. The problem seems to be my library of about 17000 photos (which isn't *that* much).
    I know I could split that up in severay catalogues but I find that impractical.

    Summary

    By the way, I use it on a dual core machine with 2GB RAM.
    Haven't tried version 8 yet, maybe this handles large libraries better.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Great program but has compatibility problems"

    September 4, 2009  |   By MitchJ8150

    Version: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7

    Pros

    Lots of good feature, especially the touch up, It does a good job on dust spots and color temperature controls.

    Cons

    It stops responding way to easy. It seems to have problems working with certain other programs in the back ground and no fixes are yet out thee. Babylon and elements don't like each other.

    Summary

    I use elements to edit my photos for illustration in materials I use for teaching and publishing. Babylon is helpful for translation and other language issues; I work in two or three languages. To try and use Elements in this work simultaneously, which would be a great time saver, isn't possible. Elements locks up every time. If that could get fixed it would be a great team player,

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I couldn't get the update, is my version legit?"

    August 20, 2009  |   By kathyt

    Version: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7

    Pros

    unfortunately i couldn't get it but my old version works well for me.

    Cons

    as above, maybe i will need to buy it in the future

    Summary

    i guess it must be good

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  • 5.0 stars

    "WELL I LOVE MY MOM CUZ SHE WAS REALLY NICE AND GOOD TO."

    August 11, 2009  |   By TTIPLE

    Version: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7

    Pros

    I LIKE IT BECAUSE U CAN DO ALOIT OF THINGS LIKE COLOR OF UR \EYES AND THE COLOR OF YOUR FACE BUT THE GOOOD THINGS ABOUT THE **** IS I LIKE IT ALOT CUZ U CAN PLAY TALK AND U CAN JUST BE U ON HERE........................................................

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  • 3.0 stars

    "good photo editing program"

    August 7, 2009  |   By jjbrain

    Version: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7

    Pros

    lots of features
    does a good job editing photos
    good print resolution options

    Cons

    not enough print packages - I would like to be able to create my own package
    some features seem difficult to use (may just be me)
    can be a little slow to load

    Summary

    I have several photo editing programs installed on my computer (most are part of multi media programs like Roxio). I find that I use only Photoshop Elements when I am dealing with pictures. It offers more options and is relatively easy to use.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Version 7 a Crasher"

    July 1, 2009  |   By utahguy925

    Version: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7

    Pros

    It is easy to learn when it does work. Vesion 4 worked most of the time over this version.

    Cons

    I bought this product 3 days ago. I have installed this product on 2 PC's, one using Windows Vista and the other XP. They program crashes on both PC's. I re-installed the product with no change in its function.

    Summary

    Customer support is only available M-F until 5pm central time, so if you work during the week, they are useless to helping you unless you take your PC to work.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good for starters"

    June 16, 2009  |   By rafasalin

    Version: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7

    Pros

    Familiarize with all the elements of this kind of softwares without complications

    Cons

    No detected up to now

    Summary

    I would like to recommend for amateurs like myself in the field of photo make up.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does The Job"

    May 27, 2009  |   By tvfats

    Version: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7

    Pros

    Simple, easy...'nuff said

    Cons

    Lacking many features of top photo editing software though you can still do the job with what you have in your computer...

    Summary

    You can pay more for photo editing software, but for the average Joe this works just fine

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  • 5.0 stars

    "You can do pretty much everyhting on this."

    April 12, 2009  |   By WebTekk

    Version: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7

    Pros

    Has a TON of features. You'd be surprised.

    Cons

    A little hard to understand at first but if you give it time its pretty easy to use. (Took me a computer class to figure it out)

    Summary

    Love It.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is really awesome!"

    February 18, 2009  |   By Sweater14

    Version: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7

    Pros

    It's awesome for advanced graphic designers, AND no advanced! It can do almost EVERYTHING!

    Cons

    Well it was kind of hard to figure out at first, and it takes a while to know what everything does, so be prepared to take a few days.

    Summary

    I loved it...I downloaded the 30 day free trial, and I made some awesome graphics and pictures! I TOTALLY recommend it!!

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