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Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor's Review

For Adobe product users, especially those into image editing and photography, it is natural to expect a refresh to its popular Elements software lineup near fall season. As per user expectations, the technology giant has unleashed the revamped version of Photoshop Elements, with some clever and useful features and an unchanged price tag. The suite shares some handy editing and image tweaking features with its big sibling, Photoshop CS6. Enhanced integration with mobile devices is another USP of the new version. While the app does not contain any ground breaking features, the nifty additions and solid performance is likely to appeal to the target users.

Systems with Windows XP SP3 and later OS are supported by the app. There are two things you need to keep in mind while buying this product. It is resource guzzling app and unless you have a fairly powerful PC with multi- core CPU and oodles of RAM, do not expect smooth performance. Secondly, it will need plenty of disk space, 2.6 GB to be precise. It is somewhat unusual that Adobe has not provided native 64 bit support for the app. The installation takes quite some time and it is multi step process. You have to download Adobe Download Assistant and run it, which will be followed by a reboot. As expected, Photoshop Elements is multilingual app.

As far as Interface is concerned, this iteration of Photoshop Elements does not look much different than its predecessor. The layout and familiar grey shaded icons are there. The top navigation bar allows you to toggle between Guided, quick and expert modes. While the expert environment offers greater controls and toolset, seasoned Photoshop users will find it limiting. At the bottom section of the panel you will find some buttons for quick editing and switching between editor and Organizer modules.

The Organizer in Photoshop Elements places it ahead of competitor apps as far as intuitiveness and integration is concerned. The full-screen view is ideal for photo arrangement and viewing. Double clicking a file in gallery view of Organizer makes full-window preview pop out and to revert to earlier state, you have to double click again. The mouse wheel based zooming is smooth and looks sleek. Overall, the Organizer is reminiscent of Adobe Bridge. It also includes geo-tagging and face tagging options for images along with basic image editing like rotation and quick fixes. It has 4 modes – Events, Places, People and Media.

Photoshop Elements detects camera and imaging devices when you connect them to the PC and then it’s Organize and Edit window pops up. After you click on “Get Media" button, the photos are copied to the PC’s hard drive while a progress bar appears. Before importing, you can choose target folder in hard disk and specify if you want to delete photos from the source or not. By default, the app shows most recent imports in grid but you can click ‘Show All’ button to see all of them.

While some features in Organizer may appear handy, they do not always produce stunning effects. The smart fix option, for example, works fine with some photos and not so well on others. The Auto-Analyzer can detect photos with blurriness and contrast, brightness variations but it does take time processing. The face tagging feature in organizer offers social media based tagging, similar to what you get from Aperture and iPhoto. The Face recognition works decently, in most instances.

With Organizer’s Events mode, you can group photos that were snapped within a timeframe. You can choose to group images by time or dates if you desire so and there is a Smart Events switch too.

As a matter of fact, users habituated with Photoshop’s editing tools will feel at home when they switch to editor from Organizer in Photoshop Elements! It offers many of the big sibling’s popular editing tools, albeit with some limitations. Similar to the organizer, the Editor also has three modes- Quick, Guided, and Expert. In Expert mode, you can expect near-Photoshop control with actions, layers, histograms and plenty of graphic and artistic effects. However, you cannot create new actions. The edited files can be saved in Photoshop’s native PSD format. You also get the familiar "Save for Web" option.

Standard Photoshop editing like sharpening and blurring is possible in Photoshop Elements. You also get plenty of clipart to tinker with. The spot healing brush and Recompose tool are quite impressive. The latter allows users to alter an image’s aspect ratio without distorting faces and objects.

In Expert Mode, text effects are handy but character options are not as extensive as Photoshop. It is unclear why Adobe has not included impactful filters like Graphic Novel and Comic in Filter Gallery window. There are some nifty new tools introduced in this version of Photoshop Elements that deserve mention. As expected, you can access them only in editor's Expert mode.

Borrowed from Photoshop CS6, Elements’s Content-Aware move tool is a smart addition to its repository. With this tool, you can move objects in images in a way that makes it appear more natural. It can be useful for group photos where a person is located away from others. It also covers up the background part from where an object or person is removed to another spot in the photo.

As is evident from its name, Photoshop Elements’s Pet Eye Correction tool allows you remove annoying ghoulish aura in the eyes of your dogs and pets. The results are pretty impressive. The photos clicked with shaking hands resulting in tilted horizon can be fixed with the app’s Straighten tool.

The Auto Smart Tone is ideal for tinkering with skin tone adjustment, especially in portrait shots. It offers you a grid interface and joystick like controls in lieu of sliders for brightness and contrast adjustment. The Guided Edits mode is targeted at beginners who want to create professional effects on images. Adobe has added more tutorials in this section. These effects, like zoom burst will take much more time to be created in Photoshop. Other examples that produce good results include High Key, vignette and tilt shift.

The Mobile Albums section is Adobe’s attempt to cater to needs of users addicted to their Smart phones and tablets. To enable media sharing between the PC and your Smart phone, you need to install Adobe’s Revel app, available for Windows 8 and iOS. Android user can opt for web based version. With Revel, you can upload 50 videos and photos per month. Your files can be stored in Adobe's cloud too. Those who need extensive uploading can opt for Revel’s unlimited version at $4.99 a month. Mobile albums are set by default to sync automatically with PC. At AdobeRevel.com, you can share Mobile Albums as private online albums. Revel outshines iCloud Photo Stream since its lets you decide which photos you want to load.

Photoshop Elements offers extensive image sharing and output options that will please even the finicky usesr. In the app’s Create and Share panels, you can locate nearly any output option. Whether it is uploading to online galleries, sending picture emails or making professional slideshows, Elements does it all with precision. It is also possible to upload pictures directly to popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and online photo sites like Flickr. You can share files from both the Editor and Organizer interface, as it is. However, email sharing is restricted to Organizer.

Other sharing and output formats include calendar builder, Slideshow and collage creation. While the options and effects are cool, they are not something you cannot find in rival apps. You also get useful features like Photomerge, Exposure/HDR, panorama tool etc. The panorama tool comes with extensive control but it takes time to process.


Those looking for help files have to rely on Adobe's online support as Photoshop Elements does not come with an integrated Help section. When you are offline, you cannot access help. A specific integrated documentation would have been better.

Positive Points:
 -  Several capable image manipulation and editing tools
 -  Decent mobile device and Adobe Cloud integration
 -  Excellent sharing and output options
 -  Capable Photo Organizer

Negative Points:
 -  Resource hungry app, needs powerful hardware
 -  Revel free account has limitations
 -  No offline Help system

Conclusion:
The new features in Photoshop Elements offer reasonably good amount of editing power to photographers and other users. The Auto Smart Tone and Content-Aware move tools deserve special mention in this context. The extended guided edit tutorials will also prove to be useful to new users who want to create stunning visual effects. Adobe’s emphasis on mobile device integration and sync also deserves applause. Veteran Photoshop user may scoff at omission of certain advanced tools native to Photoshop but this app is aimed mostly at digital photography enthusiasts. There are some dampeners like its resource hungry nature, lack of native 64 bit support and mediocre help system. However, Photoshop Elements more than redeems itself by offering fair amount of editing and sharing options at an attractive price point.

Rating: 4.5/5







Adobe Photoshop Elements Publisher's Description

Adobe Photoshop Elements photo-editing software delivers powerful options that make it easy to create extraordinary photos, quickly share your memories in Online Albums and unique print creations, and automatically organize and help protect all your photos and video clips.

FEATURES:

Bring all your photos and video clips together

Import photos with ease
With a single click, move photos from your memory card to your computer according to your preset preferences. Or scan several photos at once, and Adobe® Photoshop® Elements automatically divides, straightens, and saves each photo separately.

Find what you need fast

Find photos that contain specific objects
Want to find shots that include your surfboard, your grandma's house, or the Eiffel Tower? Let Object Search automatically find your photos based on what's in them.

Easily view, organize, and protect your photos

View your photos virtually anywhere
Show off your favorite photos from any web-connected computer. Use the online Organizer to find the photos you want, and let the show begin. You can also view photos from your mobile devices using the Photoshop Express app for iOS or Android™ devices.

Instantly fix common flaws

Instantly unclutter or repair photos
Make unwanted photo elements vanish with one stroke of the Spot Healing Brush, which beautifully blends even the most complex background. Also, instantly fix old or torn photos so you can make new prints.

Use automated options for great results

Get better composition with crop guides
Make any photo more interesting or energetic using new crop guides. Choose either the Rule of Thirds or Golden Ratio option to create the best composition for your photo.

Create perfect shots with ease

Easily match a favorite photo style
Want to imitate a favorite photography style, like a dramatic high contrast or a beautiful color tone? Photomerge Style Match analyzes a photo's stylistic qualities and then automatically applies those qualities to another photo.

Artistically enhance photosTo the top

Paint effects onto specific photo areas
Simply paint on any of 100 effects and patterns, including 30 new options, to enhance areas of your photos. New effects include Snow, Pencil Sketch, and Oil Pastel.

Create the way you want with flexible layout options

Add curving, flowing text
Give photos or creations added flair with text that curves or flows any way you wish. Easily use text to outline shapes or objects, or have text follow any path you choose.

Easily create and share online

Share photos on the go
No laptop, no problem. Easily share photos from your mobile phone and other devices using the Photoshop Express app for iOS or Android devices.

Share in many ways from one convenient placeTo the top

Create fun mini-movies
Turn a series of photos into an eye-catching mini-movie. For example, use your camera's burst mode to take a sequence of action shots, and then let Photoshop Elements string them together to create a sense of motion. (Windows only.)

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Publisher: Adobe Systems | License: Shareware | Price: 79.99
Version: 10.0 | Size: 1572864 KB | Platform: WinOther
Released Date: 26-09-2012 | Rating: 5 | Title: Adobe Photoshop Elements

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