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PhotoShop Elements 4 (Windows only)

Platform : Windows XP
3.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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  • Edit and enhance your photos easily and creatively with a variety of new toolsl
  • Fix common photo flaws, touch up specific areas, and add special effects
  • Show off photos with customizable slide shows, online photo albums, on your television, or through email
  • Find and view photos easily, with multiple search and browse options
  • Based on industry-leading, professional Adobe Photoshop technology
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  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • Item Weight: 630 g
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  • ASIN: B000BC810S
  • Release Date: 7 Oct. 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 790 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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I've used lots of different image editors including The Gimp, Paint.NET, Photoshop Elements 2 and the very expensive Photoshop CS2. But Elements 4 is my favourite by a long way. It's got a wonderfully easy interface (especially if you ignore its Organiser and just use Windows Explorer to put images in a sensible folder structure) and is quite quick on my humble half Gig XP PC, even with a dozen large images loaded (hint if you find it slow, go to Edit, Preferences, Memory and increase the max used value to 80%+). I find it pretty easy now to add someone to a group shot so you can't tell who was added (the camera often lies!) and can also make convincing panoramas from multiple shots. Perspective adjustment (for those inward leaning cathedrals etc) is a fancy tool which works very well. But it's all the basic image editing that is fabulous, especially when you start using keyboard shortcuts. The Quick fix collection is really useful, scanning, cropping and resizing easy, the levels histogram brings dull pictures to life and all the tools are beautifully crafted with full control over opacity etc.
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By Marty From SF HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 July 2006
This version of Adobe Photoshop is full of cool tricks and some frustrating ones as well. I take a lot of underwater photos without a strobe, so the colors can be too blue or flat. The Photo Editor works great bringing back the original colors, contrasts and shadows. I don't like to change a photo too much and you can get very precise with any change you make. There are lots of ways to alter or manipulate photos here. The regular non-water photos also edit very well. The skin tone option is amazing and the `tagging' and `drag & drop' features are very easy. The learning curve was a bit much at first, but once you have a half dozen controls down, it gets easy very quickly. The slide show feature is what I truly bought this for and there are almost too many options. I try to keep the special effects to a minimum to not detract from the show. The blank slide feature with storyboard/text makes the show more entertaining and personal. The program does have its glitches. It takes quite a while to simply load Photoshop and I have a fast computer with tons of memory. The editor takes more time to load than I expected as well. I did have a few photos "fail" when I changed too much, but there is a `layer' feature that can prevent this. Everything is well organized and easy to find, however. With nothing else to compare this to, I'd say it's a good choice if you don't mind the download times.
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The product synopsis describes most of the user-friendly features for amateurs that are available in this product and very nice they are too. But Photoshop Elements 4.0 also has a dazzling array of professional image processing facilities taken from Adobe's professional product, Photoshop CS2, at approximately one-tenth of the price. Only a industrial graphic designer or someone of that ilk is likely to want more features. I would say this product is comparable to the "full strength" Photoshop 5.0 of ten years ago which means it is very good value for money in my view.
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Elements 4 has several excellent new features.HOWEVER,the reviews I have seen so far have not warned possible purchasers that Adobe has seen fit to REMOVE THE FILE BROWSER.
The Organiser has now to be accessed & a file loaded,if it is not already loaded in the Organiser.With Raw files,which are becomming very popular with enthusiasts,you can be waiting anything between 3-5 mins.for a file to load...that is if you have "got" the right one to start with.The Organiser is for people taking a limited number of pics (say 500 in a year).Anyone who has a reasonable back catalogue of pics will
regard the Organiser as an impossible & convoluted imposition.
The file browser gave almost instant access to any file /folder & displayed all the relevant exif information at the same time.AS such it is/was the principle starting point for editing.
The least Adobe can now do is provide all registered purchasers
with access to a FILE BROWSER PLUGIN!!!Or offer a free exchange
of the depleted Elements 4 for one with a file browser in it.
Until that happens I recommend you stick to Elements 3.
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I have been using the product for a couple of months, and quite simply its amazing. Some of the features are really useful, automatic red-eye removal is very cool. No double clicking on every single photo, the red eye is removed as you import the images into the package.
Finding an image is really easy, you can do a date search or find an image you have filed with an "image tag". You can easily view your images on full screen and determine which are worth keeping and which are not.
The editing tools are very comprehensive, easily remove unwanted family members! There are multiple undo's available if you make a mistake. If you are nervous about editing there a one button fix plus a guide that takes you thru the editing process.
The slideshow is very cool, allowing you to pan and zoom and even output to pdf! Photoshop Elements only writes to VCD (which should read on most DVD players!)
In all its a great product!
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