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Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 review

Novice-friendly all-in-one photo cataloguing and editing software

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Photoshop Elements is not one program but two. The Organizer is very good image cataloguing tool, and an application in its own right. And Elements itself is far more than a dumbed-down Photoshop. Its Quick and Guided modes are designed to make image-editing easier for beginners, and there's, nothing wrong with that, but in its Full mode it can do the vast majority of things that Photoshop can. But Elements was this good already, even before this latest version.

We liked

Elements 10 combines a great cataloguing tool with an image-editor that's almost as powerful as Photoshop but a fraction of the price, and with its three editing modes it caters for everyone from novices to photo experts.

We disliked

Half-successful new visual search tools, some new image effects, enhancements to the crop and text tools and new creation templates don't make much of an upgrade. There's a bit more icing, but the cake's the same.

Verdict

The enhancements in Elements 10, even though they are fairly numerous, are pretty minor. You're just getting more of what it did already rather than anything genuinely new. And there does seem to be a trend towards features, like the visual search tools, which sometimes yield good results and sometimes don't. Maybe the problem is that there's nothing more for Adobe to add? If so, that's a testament to how good Photoshop Elements has become, but also explains why Elements 10 leaves a vague feeling of disappointment.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSoftware
Software Main TypeGraphics/Multimedia
Brand NameAdobe
Language SupportedUniversal English
Software Sub TypeImage Editing
Distribution Media/MethodDVD-ROM
Licence PricingStandard
Licence TypeComplete Product
Platform SupportedPC, Intel-based Mac
PackingMini Box
Operating System SupportedWindows, Mac OS
Features
  • Bring all your photos and video clips together
  • Find what you need fast
  • Easily view, organize, and protect your photos
  • Instantly fix common flaws
  • Use automated options for great results
  • Create perfect shots with ease
  • Artistically enhance photos
  • Create the way you want with flexible layout options
  • Easily create and share online
  • Share in many ways from one convenient place
Licence Quantity1 User
ManufacturerAdobe Systems, Inc
Product NamePhotoshop Elements v.10.0
Package TypeRetail
Software NamePhotoshop Elements v.10.0
Manufacturer Part Number65136385
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.adobe.co.uk
Marketing Information

Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 - the newest version of the #1 consumer photo editing software - helps you turn everyday memories into sensational photos you'll cherish forever. Easily edit photos and make photo creations using automated options, share photos with your social network, and view photos virtually anywhere you are. Award winning for 10 years!