Adobe Photoshop Elements is based on Adobe Photoshop but has a much simpler toolset. It's a powerful yet simple graphic editing tool with two main components: the element Organizer and the image Editor. Both tools complement each other perfectly and are easily accessible via the menu on the top of the program's sleek, elegant dark interface.
Powerful but accessible for beginners
Unlike Photoshop, the Organizer in Adobe Photoshop Elements lets you not only browse photos, but also rate them, add a caption, use them as wallpaper and also add name tags to them in order to identify the people that appear on the images. It's a more user friendly experience than Photoshop with more of a focus on editing and then sharing and uploading photos to the web.
The Editor in Adobe Photoshop Elements includes all the tools you need to edit, fix, share and design all sorts of printed creations with your images. The program features three different editing modes - Full, Quick and Guided - suitable for all levels of expertise. You can resize, crop, remove the red-eye effect, adjust color and lighting, tweak levels and contrasts, or simply apply some automatic quick fixes to your photos. Adobe Photoshop Elements also helps you apply more elaborate effects in an easy, step-by-step process.
Adobe Photoshop Elements is also a perfect tool to create photo collages, postcards, calendars and other similar goodies with your images. The Sharing tool, in turn, allows you to create online albums, burn your images onto CD or DVD, send them by email, and share them on Facebook or Flickr straight away.
Adobe Photoshop Elements also has some useful tweaking functions such as Red Eye Removal, the ability to move objects around in an image, and integration with mobile devices such as tablets. Most recently, the mobile syncing integration in Adobe Photoshop Elements has been significantly improved and a new tool has been added dedicated to blending your Facebook profile and cover photos to create something more unique.
Guided Edits now help you to perform edits more accurately and also to create hybrids of color and black-and-white photos. Photoshop Elements will even suggest four different types of edit to choose from meaning you simply choose the best one and the program does the rest. There's also integration with Elements Live which is Adobe's online community for Elements users where you can see work done by others, enter competitions and upload your own creations.
Easy to make quick edits to images
Adobe Photoshop Elements is a great application for quick image editing, photo sharing and easy-to-create photo artwork. On the downside, some tools can be a bit confusing at first for those that haven't used Photoshop before. Also, don't expect Adobe Photoshop Elements to be just a stripped-down version of Photoshop – it’s quite a different program that combines the power of Adobe's tools with a more straightforward and social-media oriented interface.
A powerful application without the learning curve of Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop Elements is a powerful application with which you can organize, edit, enhance and share your images in many ways, without requiring professional photo editing skills.