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Adobe Photodeluxe 2.0

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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Mac
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B00001YVFK
  • Item model number: 18101020
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 24, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,485 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description


Adobe PhotoDeluxe 2.0 offers a fast and easy way to modify and personalize your photos. It performs a variety of tasks, including red-eye removal and shadow dropping. Smudging and cloning are popular digital tools that feature an easy-to-use interface. Import your photographs from disks, scanners, or digital cameras with seamless ease. PhotoDeluxe was designed with both the novice and professional photo editor in mind.


PhotoDeluxe, the consumer image editing offering from Adobe, lets you retouch, manipulate, and otherwise twist digital photos for cheap - once you understand the unusual (yet improved) interface. Keep in mind the price and the phrase "consumer offering;" it's the basis for why Adobe made PhotoDeluxe so different from other Mac applications.

Forget about menus, and don't even think about a floating tool palette. PhotoDeluxe's interface looks more like a Web browser or a Macromedia Director interface than a Mac app. The program takes over your screen, adding its own background and putting up a series of buttons and tabs. These are designed to walk you through specific tasks (say, making a greeting card out of a family photo), instead of letting you work in a free-form environment with a bunch of tools and a palette. Adobe spent a lot of time analyzing what consumers want from digital photos and how they go about getting it. The company adjusted PhotoDeluxe to reflect what it learned.

The five buttons on the left side of the screen - Get Photo, Special Effects, Cards & More, Internet, and Send - appear in the order in which you most likely will need them. First get a photo, then touch it up, make something with it, and send it (either through the Internet or to the hard drive). Once you become accustomed to working in this fashion, the interface makes a lot of sense, but it's a tough transition for dyed-in-the-wool Adobe Photoshop users. Then again, PhotoDeluxe does not purport to replace Photoshop.

PhotoDeluxe 2.0 doesn't tie you to choosing between guided activities and free-form work, as PhotoDeluxe 1.0 did. Instead, clicking on a button brings up some tabs that contain tools arranged in a step-by-step order, without mandating that order. The addition of the Advanced button lets you access some of the more familiar (and potent) Photoshop tools. There is some serious power here - Adobe uses lots of Photoshop code in PhotoDeluxe.

PhotoDeluxe 2.0's great new features include red-eye removal; a Clone tool (for duplicating parts of an image); editable, rotatable, and sizable text; and several photo manipulation tools. These features, especially the Clone tool addition, make PhotoDeluxe 2.0 much richer than version 1.0. Of course, some other additions, such as image management, aren't so great. PhotoDeluxe uses the EasyPhoto Organizer, which catalogs files in galleries. The problem is that the gallery files included with PhotoDeluxe point to images on the PhotoDeluxe CD, so unless the CD is in the drive, the sample photos and clip art are not accessible.

Another downside, PhotoDeluxe takes up a lot of hard disk space. A minimal install occupies more than 70MB of space, and that does not include the photo galleries included with the program. Also, it takes some time to get used to opening and saving files using galleries.

PhotoDeluxe is not Photoshop. Repeat this mantra if you are a Photoshop user picking up PhotoDeluxe 2.0. It will be a frustrating experience. If, however, you're new to digital images and simply want to play around with pictures, PhotoDeluxe will suffice, especially for the $49 price tag. - David Reynolds

Good News: Easy photo manipulation. Includes Photoshop tools. Good step-by-step procedures. Great power for the price.

Bad News: Interface is a real departure from the Mac standard. Sucks up lots of hard disk space.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PS January 7, 2003
I just wanted to add that a lot of the reviews in this section are for different software! Versions of photodeluxe 2.0 are different for PC's and Mac's!! The Mac's version 2.0 is comparable to photodeluxe 4.0 for PC, which is known to have a lot of "bugs" in it. Version 2.0 for PC is a much better version than 4.0...don't fix what is not broken!! So, please if you are a PC user thinking about purchasing version 2.0, ignore the comments about the Mac version as they do not apply to you. :o)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not compatible with OS9! July 23, 2001
Please. If you have Mac OS9 beware! My Mac freezes every time I try to use this software and I have spent hours trying to resolve the problem. Be sure to review the user group entries on Adobe's website before buying this software! You will find many frustrated OS9 users and no solutions. GOTO ...(their website). Enter search and enter "PhotoDeluxe OS9."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SO user friendly December 19, 2002
Adobe has been perfecting their software for way over a decade, so no wonder they're so high quality and easy to use.
Like their high end [...] software, this title uses a very easy and functional layering system.
I use it, not only for photos, but for illustration and graphics purposes, too. Just scan your line drawing in and, like a coloring book, fill in the white areas with color or textures. It comes with a bunch of cool effects buttons, so you can then add those as well.
It crashes sometimes, but usually only when using the "advanced" buttons and bogging your RAM down with a ton of effects and commands. Just be sure to get in the universally good habit of saving often, and there won't be much of a problem.

I actually prefer version 2 to version 4 because of a more user friendly interface, but don't try to run version 2 on WinXP.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PC User August 17, 2000
By A Customer
Never thought I would be good at making minor changes to family photos until I tried this product. Easy to learn, easy to use. Now my whole family uses this product.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I may be a kid, but this is AWESOME January 1, 2005
A Kid's Review
I love adope photodeluxe. I never use it to repair photos, but I'm sure it would be great for that too. No, I use it to draw. I'm a kid but I can make things look AWESOME with this. You can make it so the shadows are smooth and you can make it look real... Words do not define my love for this program. Without it I don't know what I would do. It has tons of features, like smudging, textures, and loads of other things. Also, unlike MS Paint, when you use the brush button it's smooth looking instead of rough and bumpy. It is awesome for an artist like me, and way cheaper than photoshop. If you like artsy stuff, then I have three words for you... GET IT, MAN!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adobe PhotoDelux still kicks it July 15, 2007
I'm posting this in July, 2007. I am an artist and architect and this simple little program has been way more easy and intuitive for me to use than PhotoShop. And I have tried other photo editing/drawing/painting programs (including PS "Elements") and yet I always come back to PhotoDeluxe (v 1.1 is great, I have v2.0 but I use the other). I run "classic" OS 9 now that Im on a Mac G5 with OS X just because of this program! Yes, I export in jpeg so that printing is easy with Mac's Preview but that minor extra step is little worry when the program itself allows me to do positive and negative selections to compose "airbrushed" layers over or under photo layers to create before and after versions of my building designs or other artwork. Aside from any issues others may have in getting this to run for whatever reasons, I have never had a problem and I have shared this software with many of my Mac and PC friends( my discs allow for either installation!). I really can't believe that this software got discontinued!!! I mean there is little else available that works with or without photos with such ease! It has made lots of money for me over the years in doing quick and realistic renderings for my clients! I'm not kidding! I thank the team that tweaked PhotoShop to work so beautifully for the layperson, artist and/or professional! And I believe that it even can do things that Photoshop can't do, although I'm sure that if I was a career Photoshop user I'd know the complex way to do the same things!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it January 23, 2000
By A Customer
I have used this software with windows 98, I love the way you can take old photos and restore them, and not to mention enlarging your small prints to larger sizes , then using the same program will allow you to make your own personal calendars and cards
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4.0 out of 5 stars Does anybody know... October 25, 2007
I have used Adobe photodeluxe 2.0 on my PC (that's right, not Mac!) for years now. I'm not sure where I got the software (or where my copy of the original installation disc has gone, for that matter) but recently when I had to bring my PC back to factory settings and reload a copy of the program I had saved to a thumbdrive it gives me a "not enough ram" error message. My OS is XP. Has anybody had a similar problem and know of a way to fix it? Please don't suggest Photoshop Elements as I hate this software. It's too complicated and aggravating. My photodeluxe 2.0 is basic yet capable enough for all my photo editing needs. Trying to use Elements is like trying to kill a fly with a cannon!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Item did not work with my Laptop.
Item did not work with my laptop. I waited too long while, like a month, before trying it out so when I realized there was issue a return would not be accepted.
Published 6 months ago by S. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Adobe Photodeluxe 2.0 there is no more
I indtalled it and it works just fine --I like this program , I wish there were more simple little programs like it
Published 15 months ago by Don Coy
1.0 out of 5 stars don't buy this
I purchased this product and when I tried to install it an error message came up saying that it couldn't load it because the classic environment is not supported I'm using a MAC... Read more
Published on September 24, 2012 by Anthony Silvestro
4.0 out of 5 stars Photodeluxe 2.0 compatability
I had Adobe Photodeluxe for my old PC and loved it. Now, with current upgrades I own a Windows 7 PC. My review is more of a question. Is Photodeluxe 2. Read more
Published on August 3, 2011 by Aeragon
5.0 out of 5 stars Words can not express how gratefull I am, but I'll try...
I am 87 years old and a webmaster with over 100 websites I have built and edit.
My computer crashed and I lost all my programs and I could not find my copy of my Adobe... Read more
Published on December 17, 2009 by Jerry Stokes
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, but it will have to do....
I've been using Adobe PhotoDeluxe 2.0 for years. I've tried other photo editing programs, but I keep coming back to this one. It is so simple to use, and so versatile! Read more
Published on December 19, 2008 by Nonna of the Pond
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