Photoshop Elements is a watered down image- editing package
of its predecessor's, Photoshop LE. (for "Limited Edition")
The best program to date would of coarse be Photoshop 6.0's but
would be much more pricey. Photoshop Elements has an interface
tweaked for newbies, and fits more comfortably with most pocket
This software is for the photo- enthusiast , and includes
almost everything you need for retouching and embellishing digital
images. The program offers photo- retouching tools and filters,
some useful for adding to a Web page, such as GIF animation and
file size optimization. A practical selection tools include the
background eraser, the layer styles and
the history palette all included in the full version of Photoshop
Elements is based on the Photoshop 6.0 engine, and uses a
variety of interface tricks to make a complex program more approachable
for mainstream users. Photoshop's Curves
adjustment is will Adjust Backlighting and Fill Flash, which
let you to darken or lighten an image's mid tones, respectively.
New features not included in Photoshop 6
are new tools like the one - click Color - Cast Removal, File
from clipboard, file thumbnail browser, and visual Filter selector
The program is suited well to work with digital camera stills
and its image- stitching tool, Photo Merge, which automatically
imports a directory of files, figures out which ones belong together,
corrects the perspective, and snaps them together in a panorama.
It however lacks in the performance to handle lighting correction.
The one - click straighten and crop feature is a nice touch and
convince for the first time consumer user.
Less impressed were Adobe Hints and Recipes. Hints is a Tool
Tips which pulled out into a floating palette. Recipes is a combination
of step - by - step instructions for performing a variety of
procedures. Both lacked a better in depth.
For example, Elements has a Color Correction Recipe that lets
you adjust Brightness / Contrast and Tonal Range. Unfortunately,
it never really indicates when to pick one or the other. In fact,
the Levels adjustment it shows you doesn't use or address the
most important role the tool plays, fine - tuning an image's
The real value of Photoshop Elements, lies less in a flattened
learning curve than in the high quality imaging tools you get
for its modest price. If you're looking for hand - holding,
look elsewhere. If you're looking for imaging power on the cheap
side of software than Elements is it. However if you can find
a version of Photoshop LE go for it. or if you plan on doing
a lot of touching up or adding special effects save up and buy
Adobes Photoshop 6.0 you won't be sorry it is an excellent program
I know I use it.