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Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 (PC DVD)

by Adobe Systems Inc.
Windows Vista / XP / 7
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Windows Vista / XP / 7
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Item Weight: 263 g
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  • ASIN: B002OB5G6G
  • Release Date: 29 Sept. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 888 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

  • Recompose photos to any size without distortion
  • People Recognition--instantly find photos featuring specific people
  • Photomerge Exposure--combine several shots into the perfect picture
  • Auto-Analyzer-- Quickly find your best photos

Manufacturer's Description

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8--Make ordinary photos extraordinary

Make magic with your photos, easily manage all your images and share your favourite shots online or in print with Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 software. The latest version of this best-selling consumer photo-editing software combines powerful performance with simplicity of use, making it easy to tell amazing stories with your photos. Bring all your photos and video clips together in one convenient place where you can easily find, view and manage them, and then dive right into a full range of creative activities. Amazing new features include:

Enhance your photos with bluer skies or whiter teeth in seconds.

  • Recompose photos to any size without distortion
  • People Recognition--instantly find photos featuring specific people
  • Photomerge Exposure--combine several shots into the perfect picture
  • Auto-Analyzer-- Quickly find your best photos
Experience the ultimate media management hub--Bring all your photos and video clips together in one convenient place, and easily find your best stuff fast.

Go from flawed to phenomenal in seconds--Get just the photo fixes you’re looking for with one-step shortcuts that whiten teeth and make skies a vibrant blue. And now in Photoshop Elements 8, when you perform one-step photo adjustments--including colour, contrast, and lighting--you can quickly choose the best result from a group of adjustment previews.

Dramatically transform your photos with easy-to-use options--Convert your colour originals to elegant black-and-whites, or use colour curves adjustments to get the perfect exposure.

Step-by-step assistance--Want to touch up a scratch? Create a scrapbook page? Add artistic effects that make a photo look like a pencil sketch? Get help with key steps to get the results you want fast.

Create a well exposed photo from several differently exposed shots of the same scene with Photomerge Exposure.

Easily create the perfect photo--Take advantage of amazing Adobe Photomerge technology to easily remove distracting elements from photos in just a few clicks, create perfect group shots and seamless panoramas, and combine elements of different faces for entertaining results.

Share experiences in fresh, exciting ways on the web--Showcase your photos in one-of-a-kind Online Albums with your choice of animated templates, including all-new options for sharing photos and videos together. Adobe Flash technology lets viewers interact with your photos.

Show off your creativity with flexible layouts--Make amazing printed photo creations, including scrapbook pages, photo books and cards, that you can customise to get exactly the look you envision. Get fun, fresh looks with new artwork and templates.

Top new benefits of Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

People Recognition automatically identifies the people in your photos.

Recompose photos to any size without distortion--Ever wanted to change the size or orientation of a photo to fit a certain frame? Now you can quickly resize--even going from landscape to portrait or vice versa--without distorting key subjects like people or buildings.

Get the best exposure--Want to capture all the details in a scene that includes light and dark areas? Snap one photo with flash on and one with flash off, and Photomerge Exposure will combine the shots into a single, perfectly lit photo.

Quickly find your best photos--No need to click through dozens or hundreds of shots to find the good ones. The Auto-Analyzer automatically tags your media so you can easily find your most interesting, highest quality photos and video footage.

People Recognition--find specific people in a flash--Quickly find photos that feature specific friends or family members thanks to People Recognition, which automatically identifies the people in your photos.

Get the big picture--See the full effect of your photos and video clips from within the Organiser with new full-screen previews, which let you make quick edits to photos while viewing them.

Give your creations fresh looks--Experiment with new artwork and templates to give your printed creations fun and stylish new looks.

Enjoy support for Windows 7--Take advantage of support for the new Windows 7 platform and the hands-on capabilities of Windows Touch technology.

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469 of 478 people found the following review helpful
So what does Elements 8 offer over Elements 7? Well there's the `resize' tool that `resizes' your photos via a mouse drag but keeps all the key features, e.g. people and buildings, at the correct proportions. There's also an extension to the PhotoMerge's `combine elements from a sequence of photos', where you can add the face of people lit up by a flash to the background of another where the exposure's made the background far brighter, i.e. ideal for night shots. You could already do this PhotoMerge stuff, like drop in a smiley face over from another photo in the sequence, with Elements 7, and to be honest the old shadow/highlight command works as well in many cases. Plus all these semi-automatic editing features are totally reliant on you taking a sequence of fairly identical photos from exactly the same perspective, move the camera too much and the PhotoMerges won't work that well.

Elements 8 also adds in more complex database features, where the auto-database now analyses every photo and grades it, so that good ones can be quickly found. Plus there's image recognition, where say all the photos of your son can be located, Adobe Bridge style [and it works better than PhotoShops CS4's version]. Trouble is, like Adobe Bridge, this all takes a while to do, which can be a little irritating, so I prefer to stick to logical folder names instead. That said, within the photo-organiser you can now quick-edit images fast while viewing them and you can sync your photo collection across PCs to ensure the same photos are on all of them [useful for backup protection].
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It all depends..... 12 Jan. 2010
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People will view Photoshop Elements 8 differently according to their situation. If you are new to Photoshop Elements, this is a fantastic piece of software for the price. If you already have Elements 7, the new features are not really worth the price of the upgrade. I upgraded from Elements 5 and there are definitely sufficient advances for me to consider it well worth the money. It is slightly disappointing that the new features being introduced are somewhat 'gimmicky'. There is a feature in the organiser,for instance, that will allow the programme to automatically identify photos of the same person once they have been identified in one photo...OK, but hardly essential. The new 'recompose' feature which allows to to compress onedimension of the picture without distorting essential features could be very useful, but will only work effectively with certain sorts of pictures (those without too much detail in the 'non-essential' parts). What would be more impressive is the introduction of features that have been in the full version of Photoshop for quite a long time (e.g. 'curves' adjustment layers, full implementation of masks, etc). These are tools that have a use with any sort of source material, but I presume Adobe need to keep some sophisticated and useful features as Photoshop exclusives, to encourage some people to page the huge price increment for the full version. The absence of such features, and the fact that it is not a big enough advance on Elements 7 to make it worth upgrading mean that I have only given it 4 stars. However, as a free-standing program rather than an upgrade it is a joy to use and will open up all sorts of possibilities for those starting digital art as well as those who just want to get the best out of their photos.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Windows 7 64bit ? 5 Dec. 2009
be aware this version of Elements 8 is not fully compatible with Windows 7 64bit, the phoAdobe Photoshop Elements 8 (PC DVD)tomerge feature will come up with error 1400,
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195 of 204 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pointless Upgrade... if you already have v7.00 15 Oct. 2009
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It gives me no pleasure to state that I've had Photoshop Elements v8 for around 3 weeks now and I'm not impressed. As a photo processing package Adobe Imaging software is generally considered unbeatable. Photoshop Elements software is very powerful tool at a very affordable price. However if you already have Elements v7 then v8 can only be justified only if you are upgrading from a much earlier version, say v4 or 5. Installed on my computer I have had versions 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and now v8. Version 5 & 6 being the best. Version 7 was justifiable as it does have several new tools that were very helpful and your upgrade cash could be warranted. This latest and newest v8 package however is purely cosmetic. The new Recompose Tool being very gimmicky, as is the Organizer. Yes it will draw in a photo from landscape mode to a portrait photo providing that there is plain background, like grass or sand etc immediately behind the prime objects in your photo. Try reducing your photo however with a building(s), roads, cars or even furniture immediately behind the prime objects and the results are a nonsense. The new released v8.00 videos only show very plain backgrounds when presenting this new feature..... (I wonder why!!) I'm actually extremely disappointed with this new version of Elements 8. It is so near to v7 as to be almost a direct copy. Absolute and complete waste of money to upgrade if you already have v7 as I've already stated. If Adobe keep bringing out these rather bland gimmicky ongoing yearly upgrades to Photoshop Elements just to simply bring in extra cash then I suspect that the people will soon begin to cotton on to this scam. Better to do away with Elements altogether and reduce the cost of `big brother' Photoshop CS4 from its ridiculously expensive purchase price. Read more ›
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