Everybody likes to take photos when on vacation, since this is one of the ways one gets to preserve memories for longer periods and relive the great times they had. This experience can be enhanced by adding image effects, bringing them a touch of style or simply turning them into artistic creations. Adobe Photoshop Elements can help in achieving all of these purposes.
Due to the complexity of this application, it takes several minutes to download and install it, and even longer on older computers. Nevertheless, you should know that it does not offer you to download any third-party products. Once the setup is done, users get the chance to specify whether they want to organize or to edit their images.
The former option comes in handy for sorting one's pics, finding them on the computer and creating catalogs. Each image can be rated with just a click of the button and they can also be sent as email attachments, shared on Facebook, Flickr or YouTube, and even burned onto discs for backup or distribution.
The editing functionality supports a variety of actions, ranging from the basic ones like crop, rotate, straighten or sharpen, to the more elaborate ones: touch-up blemishes and scratches, fix keystone distortion or correct skin tones.
Adobe Photoshop Elements allows users to extract objects from multiple photos and combine them so as to obtain the ideal photo – in other words, one can get the best elements of several pics and generate a high-quality one.
Furthermore, the orientation can be changed with no distortion to the key objects, while you can modify the depth of field or apply dedicated effects, including line drawing, old fashioned photo, Orton effect or saturated slide film.
Designing virtual albums is also possible, as well as overlaying stylistic text or adding frames and masks, viewing metadata and editing it. Last but not least, you can view, in two side-by-side panels, the original image and the enhanced one.
CPU and memory usage is mostly low, yet it is important to keep in mind that Adobe Photoshop Elements might perform poorly on an older computer. The interface is modern and intuitive and we did not come across any errors, crashes or bugs in our tests.
To sum up, this is a complex and powerful piece of software which can help you in a large number of graphic editing situations, and it is all worth the money.