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Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 [Old Version]

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Platform : Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
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  • 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
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Platform: PC Disc
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.8 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
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  • ASIN: B002ID8R3Y
  • Item model number: 65045174
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 22, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,831 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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549 of 573 people found the following review helpful By John on October 24, 2009
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 By Martin on October 24, 2009
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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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687 of 729 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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