The Photoshop Elements 7 Software for Windows from Adobe is an intuitive, yet powerful, consumer image editing application for Windows. The software is designed in a way that anyone can use it, bringing the legendary power of Photoshop into the hands of the casual photographer. The software features tools that let you organize images into albums, retouch photos, create digital photo albums, and share your photos with friends and family.
Digital cameras have given us the ability to take literally thousands of images, with no hefty developing costs. Photoshop Elements helps to organize these images in a logical manner. You'll be able to apply tags to any picture; tags can include the location, an event, or the name of a person shown in the photo. It's easy to assign multiple tags. Want to find every picture you have of your dog, Indiana? Just click on her tag.
You can also create albums manually, or use Smart Albums based on search criteria. Smart Albums are dynamic, automatically updating as you add and tag photos, or when you change their search criteria. Up to 10 criteria can be selected for any Smart Album.
Red eye? Poor lighting? Lens distortion? These are all common problems that are inherent in snapshots. Photoshop Elements features tools to easily correct these issues, and the program does much more. You'll be able to combine multiple pictures to create a composite image, apply artistic filters, add text and graphics to photos, remove wrinkles from portraits, and control color temperature. Photoshop Elements even gives you access to advanced darkroom tools, including dodge, burn, and sponge.
Elements includes a subscription to the Photoshop.com Basic online service. The service allows you to share photos with family and friends via invitation-only online albums. You can also share ideas and learn to better use Photoshop via tutorials and templates. The membership gives you 2GB of storage: enough to store up to 1500 photos.
There's no point in taking photos to simply have them sit on your hard drive. Elements features tools to help you turn snapshots into scrapbooks, calendars, greeting cards, and photo albums. You'll be able to print your creations at home, from within the program.
The Internet has made sharing pictures with family and friends easier than it has ever been before. Elements gives you a plethora of options to share your photos digitally. You'll be able to create web albums, e-mail photos to friends, and even create Ken Burnsesque movies of your snapshots.
It will also let you send photos to CEIVA Digital Photo Frames, order professional prints and photo albums, and even create your own custom US postage stamps. All these great sharing features are accessible from Elements' Sharing Center.
Operating System: Windows XP SP2/SP3, Vista (32-bit OS only)
Hard Drive: 1.5GB
Display: 1024 x 768 display at 96dpi or less; 16-bit color
Software: DirectX 9; Internet Explorer 6/7 or Mozilla Firefox 1.5-3
Hardware: CD-ROM drive
Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 Software for Windows Review