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It all depends.....,
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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.