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Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 (PC)

by Adobe Systems Inc.
Windows XP
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Keep your photos at your fingertips with powerful and flexible tags, search options, and comparison tool
  • Fix photos in a snap with intelligent features that automatically correct skin tone, red eye lighting, colour, and contrast
  • Make good photos great with superior editing tools: fix problems with colour, brightness, exposure, lens distortions and blurred edges
  • Share your photos in interactive web galleries and animate your photos with a choice of themes
  • Edit, enhance, organize, and share your photos with one powerful yet easy-to-use product
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  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • Item Weight: 141 g
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  • ASIN: B000IB9QXI
  • Release Date: 6 Oct 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,268 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Best-of-breed photo management, editing and sharing with great usability and value -- PC Pro

This is a stonking upgrade to an excellent package, and superb value -- Computer Shopper

Product Description

Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 software combines power and simplicity so you can do more with your photos. Instantly fix flaws or adjust colour and lighting with new advanced controls. Quickly drop your photos into customizable layouts and show off your creativity with dynamic web photo galleries created using Flash technology. And view all your photos and video clips in one convenient place.

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208 of 210 people found the following review helpful
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Photoshop Elements 5 is really two packages in one: a picture organiser, and a sophisticated photo editor.

Getting your pictures into Photoshop is a matter of plugging your memory card, or the camera itself, into your PC, and Photoshop imports them automatically. While doing this, it recognises similarities between pictures and makes `stacks' of similar looking pictures. This is not particularly successful because it fails to stack pictures of the same subject taken at different zoom levels, different orientations (portrait or landscape) and so on. Adobe perhaps needs to work on this. More successfully, Photoshop automatically recognises red eyes and corrects them before you even touch the pictures. You can also do this by hand once the pictures are in.

The importing software recognises most image formats, including RAW formats for most cameras. You probably won't need to use the picture-grabbing software that came with your camera.

Once the pictures are in the organiser, you have many ways of viewing them, by filename / folder location, date and time, and even by geographic location, since Photoshop lets you pin your pictures to a world map. A nice touch for globetrotters or international agents. The organizer also lets you `tag' pictures with key words like people's names, type of subject, and so on. Useful but not essential, unless you have tons of pictures that you want to search by picture content as opposed to just the date they were taken. Additionally, a couple of clicks will bring up the picture info showing the camera setting you used like aperture size, shutter speed, white balance settings and suchlike.

The really impressive and magical part of Photoshop is the magnificent photo editor, for which no hyperbole would be unjustified.
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108 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it, use it, you won't regret it ... 19 Mar 2007
... I am essentially a nerdy techy, but not necessarily massively savvy with photo editing software. Until recently I have always 'fought' with the more complex versions of Photoshop (CS, CS2), achieving mediocre results.
A few days ago I tried Elements 5.
Wow ... what took me an hour to achieve elsewhere, I can do here in a matter of minutes (and it looks better with Elements than my attempts with CS2).
Be warned though ... this is not noddyland stuff though, in order to use it properly, you still have to spend some time with Elements, read and watch some tutorials, learn a little about layers, and the like.
It obviously does not have the power of Adobe Photoshop CS2, and if you are a hardcore digi-photo/graphic bod, then stick with that, but if you are a bit liek me and want to turn out reasonable results fairly quickly, then save your pennies and get this.
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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the price, close to perfect 21 May 2007
An ex pro photographer, digital for 6 years, I have tried many editing software programs.

Up till now for the price Paintshop Pro was hard to beat, it still is very good software for the price.

My first trip into Elements and I am impressed, the browser is probably worth the money on it's own, but you have a full blown editor that can do practically everything you are likely to wish for. It's not perfect, because it can be slow to work/respond at times, running on a Pentium 3.0ghz with 1gb ram, there are times it's a little frustrating, but that is probably it's only achilles heel.

One big advantage is the amount of information, books, magazines, articles on the internet that all relate to photoshop elements, helping you to learn even more neat editing tips and tricks.

I would recomend this software to any digital camera user, just make sure your computer is not too old and slow or you may find you are tapping your fingers too much.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very powerful for the price 12 Aug 2007
It is important to note that the Elements cycle is approx 1 year, so it is not long before another version is due, if not already announced.

This software is very powerful, essentially a cut down version of the full photoshop. For the ameatur photographer it's perfect. It has a RAW converter, image manager, quick fixes and full blown editing. There's not much you can't achieve.

However unlike the full photoshop you will struggle with using the application for design, print or web work, it's not designed with those in mind.

I've got it and use it and enjoy it and unless version 6 has massive upgrades I'll be sticking with it for another year.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop Elements 5 9 Jan 2007
By bunzena
This software is so good it's almost creepy!

It may lack some of the features of the professional editors - but unless you are a professional photographer I seriously doubt that you'll ever use them.

The spooky/clever stuff includes being able to 'tag' all your photos into collections for easy searching, brilliantly simple and effective 'quick fixes', prompts for backups, plus loads of other stuff.

Highly recommended!
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars De facto photo editing software for amateurs 6 Oct 2007
By Darren Simons TOP 500 REVIEWER
Photoshop Elements 5 is targeted at a wide range of photographers covering everything from the very new to the experienced amateur (for professional photographers and amateurs with cash to burn Photoshop CS3 at about 500 is the product of choice).

With such a wide target audience there is the risk that the software can try to do too much and Elements certainly does have a lot of features and components. For example, the photo organiser, quick fix features and album generator may not be of interest to the keen amateur. Adobe has been clever in the usability that these features can in effect be hidden away - the organiser is a separate program, and the quick fix features have a different menu.

From that perspective I think Adobe has done a great job in producing a very feature rich product which can do most of the things anyone would ever want to do with a photo editing piece of software. This is particularly true if you are looking to do relative minor changes - for example:
- remove blemishes from the image
- change perspective to avoid having buildings which do not appear straight (this is really good in version 5)
- sharpening part of the image or perhaps bluring the background for things like moving cars
- changing the colour (levels), brightness and contrast to make the image more life-like (or perhaps less life-like)
- combining images

For less experienced users the menus are reduced to make it easy to control the photo - the idea is to get good photos, not have to use the software the whole time. I think Adobe has got it spot on!

Having used Photoshop Elements 3 I felt it was time to upgrade to 5.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Arrived just as planned and works perfectly, great buy would recommend for anyone however was a little pricey for such an outdated version..
Published 10 months ago by Alice
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant !
I have long thought about trying a photoshop editing programme, but didn't want to fork out a fortune just in case I didn't get on too well with it. Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2011 by Jonny
4.0 out of 5 stars Works with Windows 7
This is not a review of the product. I just wanted to advise people that elements 5 is compatible with Windows 7. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2011 by R. Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Vista compatible
This is not really a review as I have only just received the software at a knockdown price and, as a newcomer to Photoshop, I have a steep learning curve ahead of me! Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2010 by Iain
5.0 out of 5 stars Stable and Smart
At first I wasn't sure it was much better than previous versions but after giving it time I'm pleased with it and it does what I want it to do.
Published on 14 Aug 2010 by Mr. Nicholas L. Fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop - fun and easy to use
I wanted a fun and easy to use graphics package and a college tutor recommended photoshop. I bought v5 as this would give me all the functions that I needed at an entry level... Read more
Published on 23 July 2010 by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars photo shop
Photoshop elements 5. Having just taken a course on improving my photos this product was exactly what I needed. Thank you Amazon for getting it for me so quickly.
Published on 12 Jun 2010 by W. barry Caruth
5.0 out of 5 stars For artists!
I bought this at a knockdown price, and I am very impressed. I use the software to create original artworks rather than re-touch photos so my advice is specially tailored to any... Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2010 by Mr. G. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 (PC)
Adobe says it all,a great prodict that will produce the right result, but will take a lot of learning by this 74 year old.
Published on 28 Oct 2009 by J. H. Wheatley
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I particularly wanted this edition of photoshop as I was more familiar with it than the later ones. It serves my needs more than adequately and whilst not a professional am an avid... Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2009 by Mrs. Jacqueline Hollinshead
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