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Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 [OLD VERSION]

by Adobe See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows 2000 / XP
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)


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Product Features

  • Photo enhancing tools plus intuitive organizing and sharing capabilities
  • Make quick fixes or use advanced editing; quickly find any photo
  • Correct color and lighting; remove imperfections; compare images
  • Create compelling slide shows; send themed photo e-mail
  • Use industry-leading technology; archive photos for safekeeping

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

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  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002UDM2Q
  • Item model number: 29230115
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,193 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 now combines powerful photo-editing functionality with intuitive organizing and sharing capabilities. Make quick fixes when you need to or use advanced editing options when you want more control. Organize your photos the way you want and show off your creativity with new dynamic slide shows, themed photo e-mail, and more.

Perform advanced editing
Perfect your photos with advanced editing options that give you more control and learn in-depth techniques from how-to guides.

Brush away flaws
Easily brush away wrinkles and unwanted objects. Use the Spot Healing Brush for instant results and the Healing Brush for finer control.


The Healing Brush tool allows for finer control when removing unwanted elements from your images.


Automatic Correction sharpens colors and fixes common photo flaws such as redeye.

Instantly fix common flaws
Fix flaws quickly using Automatic Correction, and enjoy easy control with sliders, zooming, and before and after views.

Get high quality with raw data and 16-bit support
Work with your digital camera's raw data files and use 16-bit image support for smoother, more accurate color and overall great results.

Use industry-leading technology
Create top-quality images with software based on industry-leading Adobe Photoshop. Professionals have relied on it for more than a decade.

See all your photos in one place
View your photos in one central place--whether they're stored on your hard drive or on CD--shown automatically in the order they were taken.

Easily organize your photos
Organize and categorize your photos the way you want so you can quickly find the right shot no matter where it's stored.

Find photos from a special day
Flip through photos taken on a special day using the convenient Date View. Browse by day, week, month, or year.

Added features allow you to work with your digital camera's raw data files for better results.

You can easily organize and view your image files.

Full-screen browse
Use the entire screen as you flip through your photos. Easily pick your favorites, rotate, rate, and mark for printing.

Pick your best shot

Zero in on the best of many similar photos while viewing them side-by-side with Photo Compare.

Create dynamic slide shows
Make compelling slide shows that wow your friends with transitions, captions, music, and narration.



Send themed photo e-mail

Send your photos displayed within your e-mail instead of as attachments, and include decorative backgrounds and frames in a variety of themes.

Enjoy flexible printing options
Make the most of your valuable photo paper by printing high-quality pages in any layout you want: individual or multiple photos, different sizes, contact sheets, or labels.

Show your photos virtually anywhere
Display your photos in Web galleries and on mobile phones, Palm OS handhelds, and TVs.

Compare similar photos side-by-side to find the best shot.

Product Description

Adobe Elements 3.0 Image Edit Software for Windows is the third version of this amazingly popular digital image and photo editing application. It's no wonder really. Adobe's Photoshop Elements series is geared to you, the casual user, seeking access to image enhancement tools that are simple and easy. While ease-of-use is the key, PE3 adds more power. Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 software now provides powerful photo editing functionality plus intuitive organizing and sharing capabilities. Make quick fixes when you need to or use advanced editing options when you want more control. Organize the way you want and show off your creativity with new dynamic slide shows, themed photo e-mail, and more. Make compelling slide shows with transitions, captions, music, and narration Send your photos displayed within your e-mail instead of as attachments, and include decorative backgrounds and frames in a variety of themes Make the most of your valuable photo paper by printing high-quality pages in any layout you want individual or multiple photos

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452 of 472 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best product available for the digital photo taker September 29, 2004
Platform for Display:PC
This product finally gets it right. From start to finish, it really works.

Connect a camera or card reader, and it automatically finds it and imports your photos. Then do a quick review using your full-screen so you can really see the image, not just thumbnails. Cull out the lame photos really fast, then tag the ones you want to keep. Even hit Ctrl-1 through 5 to put 1-5 stars on an image.

Then once you have your best shots, use the cool "smart fix" tool to do some amazing stuff to fix the exposure and colors in just one click....much smarter than the other products I've tried (and I've tried a lot over the last 3 months, including microsoft's and magix and ulead and nero....etc.)

Then use the one-click redeye remover to click near an eye and have the redeye automagically removed. It really works! Cool!

Use the Healing Brush to remove blemishes and paint out annoying details (like the cars in the background, or a blemish on someone's forehead) without having to know anything special or hold down a control-shift-alt key combination.

Wonderful organization tools, plus the world's best image editing, all packaged in a UI that starts simple and builds as you explore it.

Adobe really got this one right. Don't bother looking at the other packages (lord knows I spent enough time for us all. :)
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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Good Gets A Bit Better December 10, 2004
By R. Lade
Platform for Display:PC
I knew it would happen.....the healing brush hits Elements 3.0! Great addition to a good program. Can the channel mixer be far behind? Probably....if Adobe adds that and curves, there may not be a reason to get the full-blown Photoshop for most people. I do photography professionally and most of my stuff is done in Photoshop CS, but this is a great backup program. There are some things in here that I don't use, but they're handy for the average digital image taker. I'm not wild about the incorporation of Photoshop Album into this, but again, it has some useful features that the market this program is geared to will find nice to have. The better option would have been to allow this to be a separate installation. I have a file management program that I like that will allow me to open any file in whatever program I choose, so I don't need the file management part of Elements 3.

All in all this is a great program that can do a lot of serious stuff if you take the time to learn it. To the gentleman that said in his review that there was no full-screen because there's tools all over the place cluttering things up....well, do your homework. There is full-screen, and if the tools get in your way, try hitting the tab key. I'll bet you'll see the tool bars go away. Hit tab again, they're back. That's one great thing about Photoshop....lots of keyboard shortcuts to do all sorts of things.

If you're debating new imaging software, give this a try. It's all-encompassing for the average shooter, and you can do just about anything you need to with your images.
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Triumph of Marketers over Programmers April 3, 2005
Platform for Display:PC
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 was a tremendous breakthrough for the casual digital image enthusiast. With a huge portion of Adobe Photoshop's functionality, it was for the average photographer all the program he or she would need. The weakest part was it's photo browsing and library management. These failings were addressed with the release of an ancillary program, Adobe Photoshop Album. While not to everyone's liking, Photoshop Album was powerful and very well designed, and together with Elements made a comprehensive set.

With the release of Adobe Photoshop Elements 3, Adobe has pulled a fast one on its customers. Instead of adding significant functionality to PE, it has given it lots of what programmers call "chrome" - the shiny bits of the user interface. It has merged in the features of Photoshop Album, but this is useful only to those who don't already have Photoshop Album.

For your money, the upgrade to Photoshop Elements 3 offers, essentially, one new tool: The healing brush introduced in Photoshop 7. While the healing brush sounds great, I found it to be inferior to careful use of the 'good old' clone stamp tool.

Given that I was not won over by Photoshop Album, was unimpressed by the healing brush, and don't care much about chrome, I found the net advantage in this upgrade to be nil.

On the downside, however, users get plenty. For one thing, each time you want to edit a photo (Photoshop Elements) or work with a library of photos (Photoshop Album), you must load both programs. Remember, in version 3 they have been combined. It would not be accurate to say this adds twice the load time and overhead; it seems to have added more than that. Photoshop Elements 3 is slow where 2 was fast, bloated where its predecessor was lean.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great firepower for digital photography hobbyists December 11, 2004
Platform for Display:PC
Having used the full-power version of Photoshop for quite a few years now, this version interested me because my husband has taken up digital photography. He needed something to help him organize photos and he wanted something that would let him play around a little with the images. Elements succeeds for him on both counts.

I found it somewhat difficult to work backward from Photoshop CS to the more limited capabilities of Elements, but what I see here is not too different from early versions of "full" Photoshop. It's plenty of zoom for what anyone other than a professional needs. For this reason alone, I give it five stars. It is simply the best available; its price/performance ratio is unmatched.

That said, keep in mind one important point. This is not a particularly intuitive product. Although you'll pick up a little just by dinging around with an open document, you will not begin to approach using the program effectively unless you are prepared to look at the manual. Probably, in fact, you will want one of the books available on the topic. But with just a bit of study and practice you will have at your fingertips a strong, versatile tool for working with digital images -- ANY digital images: your own photography or other illustrations that you create or import.

Study and practice may sound like tall orders, but consider that many of us apply the same principles to various computer games. Apply them to Elements, as my husband has, and you will generate results to be proud of.
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1.0 out of 5 stars PISSED
I had this for awhile and it was wonderful, until my desk top got to old and I went out and bought a laptop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for people of all ages
My niece attends Wichita Public schools and she uses Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 in her 6th grade computer class. Read more
Published on April 27, 2010 by Johnna Ware
1.0 out of 5 stars The seller did not have the correct serial number
The dsk came and installed correctly, but when prompted for the serial number, the seller gave me an in correct number or the wrong number all together. Read more
Published on February 6, 2010 by Brian Dye
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love PSE
I love Photoshop Elements and have upgraded to the newest version. I upgrade every other newer version to get the most for my money and get the newer tools and improvements. Read more
Published on January 30, 2010 by K Hanson
4.0 out of 5 stars on time
My product came on time and in the excellent condition it was described as. Overall it was a great experience with this seller.
Published on May 28, 2009 by H. Sherman
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Customer service
I Bought Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 from Amazon for the Windows Vista and i was sent the program for Macintosh. Read more
Published on May 15, 2009 by Robert G. Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Product - better than 5.0 version?
I've used Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0, 3.0 and now 5.0. I found that the 3.0 version was generally easy to learn to use and could handle most of the problems and modifications... Read more
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