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Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 - Old Version

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Windows XP
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews) 17 answered questions

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Product Features

  • Keep your photos at your fingertips with powerful and flexible tags, search options, and comparison tools
  • Fix photos in a snap with intelligent features that automatically correct skin tone, red eye lighting, color, and contrast
  • Make good photos great with superior editing tools: fix problems with color, brightness, exposure, lens distortions and blurred edges
  • Share your photos in interactive web galleries and animate your photos with a choice of themes
  • Edit, enhance, organize, and share your photos with one powerful yet easy-to-use product

System Requirements

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

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000HLV59W
  • Item model number: 29230477
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 12, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,092 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 software combines power and simplicity so you can do more with your photos. Instantly fix flaws or use new advanced tools for more precise control over color and lighting. Quickly put your photos into fun, flexible layouts that you can edit, rearrange, and resize. Show off your creativity by sharing photos in new lipbooks, dynamic slide shows, and web photo galleries created using Flash technology. And with your collection organized the way that works best for you, you can find any photo or video clip instantly.


Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 software combines power and simplicity so you can do more with your photos. This is a comprehensive software package that addresses an incredible array of tasks related to digital photography: downloading, organization, automatic editing, advanced editing, creativity templates, sharing photos, and even archiving. Photoshop Elements 5.0 is a soup-to-nuts digital photography solution based on the technology of Adobe Photoshop, the industry standard for professional-quality photo editing.

Convert any color photo into a rich black-and-white photos by selecting from an array of variation samples. View larger.

Flipbooks are a fun and creative way to display your photos. View larger.

Choose from many styles of templates and frames to form a photo collage. View larger.

Easily organize your photos and video clips with visual tagging options that let you categorize by people, places, or events. View larger.
Professional-Quality Editing Made Easy
Photoshop Elements is designed to be easy to use; you can fix photos in a snap with intelligent features that automatically correct skin tone, lighting, color, and contrast. Even see red eye removed automatically as you download photos.

More experienced users can take advantage of Photoshop Elements' advanced tools. These tools let you make adjustments to color, lighting, exposure, brightness, and contrast. The new Adjust Color Curves controls make it even easier to fine-tune color, brightness, and contrast. Other advanced innovations include the Healing Brush for removing wrinkles and unwanted objects, the Spot Healing Brush for getting rid of dust and scratches in old photos, and Shadow/Highlight for lightening shadows and reducing the glare of highlights.

Give your color originals a dramatic, elegant look by turning them into rich black-and-white photos by selecting from an array of variation samples. Easily correct camera lens distortion at photo edges and keystone effects that exaggerate perspective. Get crisper-looking photos by sharpening blurred edges, even remove blurring caused by low-light conditions.

Photoshop Elements' precise selection tools and layering abilities allow you to combine elements from different photos to create fun composites. Quickly separate an object from its background—even in complex, textured areas—and instantly remove rough edges, and then combine it with another photo to create a new scene.

With support for RAW image files and many new camera models, Photoshop Elements 5.0 you the highest-quality image-editing results.

Creativity and sharing
Photoshop Elements' creativity tools let you present your photos in creative, entertaining ways. Use flexible layout options as a starting point for your creations: choose a blank slate, basic frameworks, or professionally designed themes. Create memorable keepsakes in so many ways: Create custom slide shows, cards, album pages, CD and DVD covers, scrapbook layouts, photo books, prints, Flipbooks, and much more. Take advantage of Flash technology to share your photos in interactive web galleries and animate your photos with a choice of themes, such as a spinning carousel, to provide an interactive viewing experience.

With drag-and-drop simplicity, you can drop photos into flexible layouts, drag to resize images, and move photos anywhere on the page with ease. Customize all of the elements of your chosen layout. Adjust layout colors to better complement your photos; add new graphical elements to enhance or personalize the theme; and even use your own photos and art as backgrounds or textures on which to base new layouts.

Set off your photos with more than 100 included frames, from traditional to elegant to avant-garde.

Enjoy integrated access to online services, such as sharing photos and photo creations on the Web, and ordering prints and hardbound photo books--all from within Photoshop Elements. Easily upload your photos to CEIVA digital receivers that automatically receive and display new photos daily. Turn your photos into real U.S. postage at PhotoStamps.com (U.S. only).

Photoshop Elements 5.0 also adds the Map view, so you can find photos by the locations where they were taken. Simply drag photos to any location in the new Map view, which is tied to online satellite views. Even upload your Map view to the web, for easy sharing with friends and family.

Great Tools for Downloading, Organization, and Archiving
In addition to the powerful image-editing and creativity tools, Elements 5.0 includes great tools for downloading, organization, and archiving your photos.

The enhanced Photo Downloader grabs photos from your digital camera and mobile phone in a snap, and it also can clear the camera card for you. Organize photos more easily by automatically grouping and tagging photos as you download—based on the time they were taken or on an event. Folder names are automatically created with a matching tag so you can easily find these groups of photos later. Photoshop Elements can find multiple photos of similar shots and automatically group them together, and you can choose the best shot as the thumbnail for easy viewing.

Easily organize your photos and video clips with visual tagging options that let you categorize by people, places, or events. Then view in a variety of ways, including by tag, on a timeline, and in a calendar view. You can also quickly find and view all the previously saved versions of a photo by simply clicking to expand its Version Set in the Organizer.

Archiving tools let you back up your precious photo collection

Customer Reviews

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637 of 650 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product - highly recommended October 24, 2006
I have purchased and used every version of Adobe Photoshop Elements since the product was first released - and most recently I upgraded to Photoshop Elements 5.O. I read another review posted here on Amazon in which the reviewer states that a lot of important features are missing from this newest version. Specifically, he says that Elements 5.0 omits two important features - selection brushes and sharpening filters. That is just not true. These features are in the new 5.0 version, so I'm not sure why the reviewer would have said that (unless he is not really familiar with this product).

In my opinion, this is the BEST editing software on the market for the money. I don't know of any other product that offers anywhere near power or flexibility for a similar price. I think the upgrade to Elements 5.0 is worth it - "color curves" are a great new feature, as are the new artwork and effects that were added to this version. These are a lot of fun and very useful particularly if you enjoy creating scrapbooks.

And yes, despite what the prior reviewer says - you CAN adjust the color curve in the Elements 5.0. You may not be able to adjust them to the extent that you can if you were using Photoshop CS2 - but then Photoshop CS2 costs about $500 more than Photoshop Elements 5.0. Besides, its a lot easier to learn how to use color curve in Elements.

I know that many people rely on reviews here at Amazon to help them decide whether to buy a product - I know that I do. I think it is unfortunate that an earlier reviewer made claims about this product that are just plain wrong. I encourage anyone considering Elements 5.0 to research the product and not be mislead by inaccurate information as to its content. Personally, I am very happy with it and I do recommend it.

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186 of 188 people found the following review helpful
I am a huge fan of Adobe Photoshop Elements from the get-go. I've had every version or nearly so since its inception. Designed as a "cut-down" version of Photoshop, the granddaddy of digital image manipulation software, Photoshop Elements is aptly named; it has the elements of Photoshop that most users need, but minus the extra bells and whistles that professional designers might require.

That power of course comes at a price; I found that my 3 year old HP Pavilion needed significant upgrades to run version 5.0. Slow to do graphics in any case, due to onboard Nvidia graphics chips, I added a separate graphics card (a reasonably inexpensive one) and some additional memory since my computer was underpowered in that regard as well. The addition to 1GByte of RAM and the dedicated graphics card made loading and running Photoshop Elements 5.0 possible. It went from molasses and swearing a lot to slick as a cat's hindquarters.

So: Lesson #1--if your computer doesn't have a dedicated graphics card and is underpowered in RAM, consider upgrading or replacing a superannuated model. Ask your local computer guru if you are unsure.

Now, down to the improvements in the software.

1. Enhanced conversion to black & white from color. While "remove color" and sepia (or any) toning was always available, there is now a set function to create black & white from your color digital photo. I use this a lot. As a former person who did her own B&W in the darkroom as a kid, I have of course no time as an adult to process film and Heaven knows printing one print can take hours. I created a handsome photo of some wicker chairs on an old porch in record time with this feature.

2. You can delight your kids (or yourself) by making photo flipbooks--the precursor to movies.
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187 of 194 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just keeps getting better with each new version November 2, 2006
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If you like digital photography, you should buy this product. I have used previous versions since the very first. Each upgrade makes the product better and easier to use. This revision improves the performance of the "magic wand" that can be used to isolate individual objects in the photo, and the handling of colors. The automatic red eye removal is a handy feature, although it is not 100% effective: sometimes you have to show the system where the red eye is. The Organizer is a great way to deal with the thousands of photos you are likely to have on your system after a while, but it does force you to plan ahead on how to catalog the photos. I find that the Date View works best for me, making it easy to find birthday and Thanksgiving photos of the family.

All in all, I highly recommend this product. If you are using a previous version, I recommend you upgrade to this one. You won't be sorry you did.
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No hard copy manual October 15, 2006
By Janet B
I was disappointed to spend so much on APE 5 and receive no hard copy manual in the box. I called Adobe customer support and was asked what size the box was and was then told that there is no hard copy manual with APE 5 that is sold by resellers. The rep I spoke with must be misinformed, as I know people who bought APE 5 from Best Buy and Costco and got the hard copy manual. I was told I could purchase the manual from Adobe for $20 plus applicable tax and shipping. I told them no thanks, I would buy a 3rd party book instead and ordered the 'Missing Manual' book. That's funny if you think about it. Besides the 38 page quick start guide, there IS a copy of the manual on the CD, so it isn't like there is no documentation at all. I find those hard to work from, and one can definitely not carry a copy around for reading while on breaks or waiting for appointments, but it is better than having none at all. However, if I had known a version was available with a hard copy manual, I would purchased that version instead. Lesson learned.

I miss the undo and redo buttons I had in version 3, but they may have thought those a little redundant since there is an undo history in the palette bin which serves the same purpose. As for the selection brush, it is still there, along with the magic selection brush. The sharpening tool and unsharp mask were moved (under Enhance instead of with the Filters) but they are still there too.

Digital scrappers should like this version with the new Artwork palette where backgrounds, frames, graphics and shapes are stored. I added some of my own artwork by putting it in subfolders here:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\5.
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