Adobe Photoshop Elements 12.0

A comprehensive solution that enables users not only to organize and manage their images, but also tweak and enhance their quality
Everybody likes to take photos when on vacation, since this is one of the ways one gets to preserve memories for longer periods and relive the great times they had. This experience can be enhanced by adding image effects, bringing them a touch of style or simply turning them into artistic creations. Adobe Photoshop Elements can help in achieving all of these purposes.

Going through the setup process

Due to the complexity of this application, it takes several minutes to download and install it, and even longer on older computers. Nevertheless, you should know that it does not offer you to download any third-party products. Once the setup is done, users get the chance to specify whether they want to organize or to edit their images.

Manage your photos

The former option comes in handy for sorting one's pics, finding them on the computer and creating catalogs. Each image can be rated with just a click of the button and they can also be sent as email attachments, shared on Facebook, Flickr or YouTube, and even burned onto discs for backup or distribution.

Correct skin tones and extract items from photos

The editing functionality supports a variety of actions, ranging from the basic ones like crop, rotate, straighten or sharpen, to the more elaborate ones: touch-up blemishes and scratches, fix keystone distortion or correct skin tones.

Adobe Photoshop Elements allows users to extract objects from multiple photos and combine them so as to obtain the ideal photo – in other words, one can get the best elements of several pics and generate a high-quality one.

Apply a large number of effects and design virtual albums

Furthermore, the orientation can be changed with no distortion to the key objects, while you can modify the depth of field or apply dedicated effects, including line drawing, old fashioned photo, Orton effect or saturated slide film.

Designing virtual albums is also possible, as well as overlaying stylistic text or adding frames and masks, viewing metadata and editing it. Last but not least, you can view, in two side-by-side panels, the original image and the enhanced one.

A last assessment

CPU and memory usage is mostly low, yet it is important to keep in mind that Adobe Photoshop Elements might perform poorly on an older computer. The interface is modern and intuitive and we did not come across any errors, crashes or bugs in our tests.

To sum up, this is a complex and powerful piece of software which can help you in a large number of graphic editing situations, and it is all worth the money.

Reviewed by Giorgiana Arghire on July 11th, 2014


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last updated on:
July 11th, 2014, 9:07 GMT
file size:
1.1 GB
price:
$99.99
 
developed by:
Adobe
license type:
Trial 
operating system(s):
Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
category:
C: \ Multimedia \ Graphic \ Graphic Editors

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What's New in This Release:
  • ENHANCED - Discover a friendly and intuitive environment:
  • Organize, edit, create, and share more quickly and easily thanks to big, bold icons; a helpful Action bar; and the ability to choose from Quick, Guided, and Expert editing modes to fit your needs.
  • NEW - Take your photos and videos with you wherever you go:
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Adobe Photoshop Elements photo-editing software delivers powerful options that make it easy to create extraordinary ph...

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