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Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 [Old Version]

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Windows Vista / 7 / XP
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews) 8 answered questions

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Product Features

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 combines power and simplicity so you can easily go beyond the basics to tell great stories with your photos
  • Make your photos look extraordinary with easy-to-use editing options--whiten teeth, recompose photos, remove unwanted elements and more
  • Share your stories in beautiful, personalized print creations and web experiences, and share on popular devices
  • Easily manage and protect all your photos and video clips from one convenient place
  • Enjoy automatic online backup with 2GB of free storage, and access your photos and videos anywhere you are

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Vista / 7 / XP
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.8 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002ID8R3Y
  • Item model number: 65045174
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 22, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,523 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 software delivers powerful options that make it easy to use photos and videos together and share in entertaining ways. Now enjoy a complete solution for photos and videos on your Windows.


The newest version of the #1 selling consumer photo-editing software, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 combines power and simplicity so you can easily tell amazing stories with your photos. Bring all your photos and video clips together in one convenient place where you can easily find, view, and manage them; protect them with automatic online backup and 2GB of free storage; and then dive right into a full range of creative activities. Make your photos look extraordinary with editing options that let you recompose photos to any size while keeping key subjects intact; combine multiple exposures into a single, perfectly lit shot; and quickly preview a range of adjustments before choosing the perfect one. And share your stories in unique photo books, scrapbook pages, slide shows, and interactive online experiences.

A complete solution for photos.

Extraordinary photos. Amazing stories.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 software offers a complete solution for photos:
  • Make your photos look extraordinary with easy-to-use editing options.
  • Share your stories in beautiful, personalized print creations and web experiences, and share on popular devices.
  • Easily manage and protect all your photos and video clips from one convenient place.
  • Enjoy automatic online backup with 2GB of free storage, and access your photos and videos anywhere you are.*

Top reasons to buy Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

The toolbar says it all.

Quickly recompose your photos to any size. Click to enlarge.

Clean up and create composites with Photomerge. Click to enlarge.

People Recognition automatically identifies the people in your photos.

Showcase your photos in one-of-a-kind Online Albums, photo books, and more. Click to enlarge.

Do it all with one powerful yet easy-to-use product
Use Photoshop Elements 8 for all your photo needs. Manage, edit, and enhance photos; make unique photo creations; share in print, on the web, and on popular devices; protect photos with automatic online backup and 2GB of free storage*--enough for up to 1,500 photos or 24 minutes of DVD-quality video; and view photos anywhere you are.*

Experience the ultimate media management hub
Bring all your photos and video clips together in one convenient place, and easily find your best stuff fast. Then dive into a full range of creative activities and start enjoying your memories.

Go from flawed to phenomenal in seconds
Get just the photo fixes you're looking for with one-step shortcuts that whiten teeth and make skies a vibrant blue. And now, when you perform one-step photo adjustments--including color, contrast, and lighting--you can quickly choose the best result from a group of adjustment previews.

Go from flawed to phenomenal in seconds.

Adjust color, contrast, and lighting.

Whiten teeth.

Make skies a vibrant blue.

Dramatically transform your photos with easy-to-use options
Convert your color originals to elegant, nuanced black-and-whites, or use color curves adjustments to get the perfect exposure.

Count on step-by-step assistance
Want to touch up a scratch? Create a scrapbook page? Add artistic effects that make a photo look like a pencil sketch? Get help with key steps to get the results you want fast.

Easily create the perfect photo
Take advantage of amazing Adobe Photomerge technology to easily remove distracting elements from photos in just a few clicks, create perfect group shots and seamless panoramas, and combine elements of different faces for entertaining results.

Get creative inspiration
Bring your ideas to life with relevant tutorials that appear just when you need them. New tutorials help you explore creative possibilities.

Share experiences in fresh, exciting ways on the web
Showcase your photos in one-of-a-kind Online Albums with your choice of animated templates, including all-new options for sharing photos and videos together. Adobe Flash technology lets viewers interact with your photos for an entertaining experience. And share via public or private galleries--friends and family won't have to register to look.*

Show off your creativity with flexible layouts
Make amazing printed photo creations--like scrapbook pages, photo books, and cards--that you can customize to get exactly the look you envision. Get fun, fresh looks with new artwork and templates.

Top new benefits of Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

Recompose photos to any size--without distortion
Ever want to change the size or orientation of a photo to fit a certain frame? Now you can quickly resize--even going from landscape to portrait or vice versa--without distorting key subjects like people or buildings.

Get the best exposure
Want to capture all the details in a scene that includes light and dark areas? Snap one photo with flash on and one with flash off, and Photomerge Exposure will combine the shots into a single, perfectly lit photo.

Quickly find your best photos
No need to click through dozens or hundreds of shots to find the good ones. The Auto-Analyzer automatically tags your media so you can easily find your most interesting, highest quality photos and video footage.

Find specific people in a flash
Quickly find photos that feature specific friends or family members thanks to People Recognition, which automatically identifies the people in your photos.

Get the big picture
See the full effect of your photos and video clips from within the Organizer with new full-screen previews, which let you make quick edits to photos while viewing them.

See the same photos and video clips on every computer
Forget trying to manually maintain your photos and video clips across multiple computers. With automatic syncing, media added or edited on one computer will automatically be synced to another.*

Give your creations fresh looks
Experiment with new artwork and templates to give your printed creations fun and stylish new looks.

Enjoy support for Windows 7
Take advantage of support for the new Windows 7 platform and the hands-on capabilities of Windows Touch technology.

* Available in the United States only. Internet access required. Also available at Photoshop.com; no purchase necessary.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
545 of 569 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 Star for the Organizer October 24, 2009
By John
Platform for Display:PC Disc
Photoshop Elements 8 consists of two different programs, the Editor and the Organizer, and the online photo-sharing service Photoshop.com, all only loosely tied together. I give the Editor 5 stars and the Organizer and Photoshop.com 1 star.

Adobe provides a 30-day free trial for PSE 8 - be sure to try first before you buy!


The Editor is a reduced version of the full Photoshop CS, but with most of the features that a serious hobbyist (and even many professionals) would ever want for editing photos. Since it's based on full Photoshop, the PSE Editor is robust and stable, with very few serious bugs. Considering that Photoshop CS costs about eight times as much, the Editor is an excellent value. Adobe's Web site gives a good, accurate overview of the Editor.


The Organizer is the program that lets you annotate and group your photos and quickly search them, and the online service Photoshop.com lets you share those photos with others on the Web. Despite Adobe's slick marketing, both the Organizer and Photoshop.com are slow, buggy, hard to use, and very poorly supported by Adobe. Adobe prefers to add a few glitzy superficial features each year, rather than make the core organizational capabilities fast and robust.

Think twice about whether you want to lock your collection of photos and videos into PSE's proprietary catalog. Starting with PSE 6, Adobe shipped development of the Organizer offshore, and there are well-founded rumors that Adobe is moving away from consumer products and focusing on their core competency, tools for professionals. So it's very possible that this is the last release of the PSE Organizer and that Photoshop.com will be shutdown.
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389 of 409 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two cheers October 24, 2009
By Martin
Platform for Display:PC Disc
I've used Photoshop since Version 5 and currently use CS4. I've also been using Elements for maybe 5 years or more. For everyday family and landscape pix, Elements has been my editor of choice. But then Picasa came along and I found that I could do maybe 60 per cent of my photo handling more easily and quickly in Picasa, particularly since version 3. And the price is right. I nevertheless paid the bucks for Elements 8 because Picasa has its limits; when you need to apply operations to selected parts of a photo, you need Elements or the full PS. But Elements also has its limits: when you need to work on a lot of photos, it's a pain. Here's my first impressions.

The first thing you see when you bring up Elements 8 is a dialog with a choice between Organize and Edit. Wrong, wrong, wrong. When I have a batch of photos to process, Organize is Edit, and Edit is Organize. I need to switch back and forth between editing and organizing dozens of times and it needs to happen like in the blink of an eye. That's where Picasa shines -- one integrated edit-and-organize program, back and forth cleanly with a click. In Elements 8, if you start with Organize and pick a photo you want to edit, you have to wait a good l-o-n-g time (on a 2GB memory system running Windows RC7) for the editor to load in the background. And if when the editor finally comes up you decide the photo isn't worth editing, and you want to go back to Organizer and look at the next one, it locks the image on you with a red bar, "Edit in Progress." I'm still trying to figure out a way to unlock it. When you're in edit mode, your other pictures show in a horizontal bar at the bottom of the screen.
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685 of 727 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some new twists on PSE 7.0 make this a worthy upgrade October 14, 2009
Platform for Display:PC Disc
Ok, let's start with the top question: Do you or I really need another upgrade of Photoshop Elements? Is it vastly different than (6.0 or 7.0) and should this be my digital photo editing and organizing software of choice? I will cover the main points of the changes from Version 6.0 and 7.0 in this review. I have also reviewed Photoshop Premiere Elements 8 which is the video editor, and comes as a package option with Photoshop Elements 8.

Photoshop Elements has two components-- an editor, where you do your digital picture manipulation, and a file organizer or album where you store and retrieve your images. The interface for the editor is the same whether or not you use Mac or Windows, so if you are switching from one OS (say, MAC's at school, Windows at home) you will be very comfortable with Photoshop Elements. Where the systems differ, however, is in the file organizer and this is understandable; the Organizer function involves organizing and retrieving files, so this is going to be different depending on your computer operating system.

Since I don't have access to a MAC, and since I don't know much about them, I'm going to be reviewing the Windows version only from here on in this review. For your information, I'm currently using Windows Vista 64 Home Premium Edition.

My computer system used for this test is an HP Pavilion with an AMD Athlon 64X2 2.70 Dual Core CPU 5200+. I have 4 GB of RAM. The Video card is NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 wtih 128 MB of video memory. This is an on-board video card (on the motherboard) and if you are doing heavy image work, and video, you might want a separate, more capable video card.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great program and lower cost due to age.
This may not be the newest itteration of this fine product but "8" is a good one and the price is low enough that I can afford to use it as opposed to the newer copies. Read more
Published 9 days ago by GLIverson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have always been happy with Photoshop Elements. I used two previous versions.
Published 12 days ago by John D. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very satisfied
Published 1 month ago by KB
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Adobe can not use it. I returned.
Published 1 month ago by Pen K Thai
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best thing that ever happened to digital photography
Published 3 months ago by Stranger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great well known product
It does what I need and then some.
Published 4 months ago by Haines R Wendell
4.0 out of 5 stars adobe is the leader
solid, if somewhat mysterious photo editing. indispensible, yet ever so slightly loathsome. easy to install, as long as you have a decent processor
Published 6 months ago by Michael J. O'Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use
While I consider myself to be an advanced photographer I would rather be out in the field taking pictures than behind a computer editing and I have found this program easier to use... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anthony Gannon
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not the best
I must say that I've been spoiled by Apple's Aperture photo processing program as being more intuitive to use and more legible.
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the $
It was cumbersome and took too much work to use it. I deleted it. They still keep sending me mail. I don't want it. PERIOD.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
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