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AdobePhotoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows
 
4.3

(based on 106 reviews)

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    (55)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (29)
  • Easy to navigate (25)
  • Accurate colors (17)
  • Easy to customize (10)
  • Easy to collaborate across programs (9)

Cons

  • Difficult to navigate (8)

Best Uses

  • Professional quality (19)
  • Photo editing (5)
  • Educational purposes (4)
  • Presentations (4)
  • Multimedia (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (23), Budget shopper (9)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (41), Business (12)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (16), Mac (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This edition is really worth it

I have used most of the versions of PSE and this one has the most useful features so far. After having the healing brush for a few versions and always needing to be careful...Read complete review

I have used most of the versions of PSE and this one has the most useful features so far. After having the healing brush for a few versions and always needing to be careful that it didn't create a blur or put in unwanted elements, the content aware feature in 9.0 has yielded beautiful results with very little or no touch-up required. I haven't made full use of layers, but I am anxious to do so now that PSE includes layer masks (hiding parts of your picture while still retaining the information in case you need it, rather than just erasing it). There are other little tweaks (better sharpening, better levels control, easier display options for controlling pictures open in the editor tray). It is now easier to do creative projects without using the organizer (which I don't use since I have my own system of organization). One little annoying thing: in both versions 8 & 9 there is a line that appears across the menus at the top when you do various editing tasks. It essentially "crosses out" the menu titles, but disappears after certain actions. This has happened on both the XP 32-bit and the Windows 7 64-bit computers that I own, so I don't think it's caused by my machines or OS's. Just a little warning to those who are not very familiar with screen calibration: PSE, unlike many other picture viewers or editors, manages the "color space" in your pictures which causes your them to open in Elements with different lightness and colors from the way they appear on your monitor if it hasn't been calibrated properly. This can drive you crazy unless you read up on it or select "no color management" in the "edit" menu in the editor.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Some problems

There is little change in the Organizer of Photoshop Elements 9 (PSE 9) from PSE 7 (I never purchased PSE 8). It provides several ways to store and retrieve photos (with...Read complete review

There is little change in the Organizer of Photoshop Elements 9 (PSE 9) from PSE 7 (I never purchased PSE 8). It provides several ways to store and retrieve photos (with tags, placing in a gallery, creating an album). The Editor offers several new features from previous versions, most talked about is Layer Masks. TWAIN is not installed in PSE 9--to scan from within PSE9, scanner preferences must be set to WIA . I was able to create a photo book in PSE 9. However, with the Kodak Gallery 11 x 8.5 choice there was no "Order" tab. There was an "Order" tab with Kodak Gallery 10.25 x 9 and with all Shutterfly options. However, I received an error message that aborted uploading to either Kodak or Shutterfly. I was never able to order a photo book. I have not yet tried the other options in the Create tab. For users of PSE 7 or PSE 8 I would suggest not upgrading to PSE 9. For those looking for a first photo editing software, PSE 9 is an excellent choice, so long as its limitations are recognized. Help functions are so difficult to find and use as to be of minimal value. Finally, Adobe never offers an upgrade discount. Owners of a previous version pay full retail for a new version.

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4.0

Very good program, worth the money

By coyote224

from Joshua Tree, CA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Navigate

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Multimedia

    Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

    Great for basic photgraphy editing. I am a nature photographer so, I use minimum editing if possible.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac

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    4.0

    Image quality problem

    By Chester

    from Oklahoma

    About Me Student Photography

    Pros

    • Easy to Customize
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Difficult to Navigate

    Best Uses

    • Photo editing

    Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

    There could be a problem with my computer, but when i open photos in Photoshop they look very low quality, when i open them in other programs they look fine, is anyone else have trouble with this? Overall i like the functions just not the images

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC

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    4.0

    Great Software

    By Farmz

    from Barbados

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
    • Easy to Navigate
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

        Have only used it once since I got it, but really impressed with it's functionality and how easy it is to use.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 is AAA+++

        By coolweather_guy

        from Queensbury, NY

        About Me Serious Amateur

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
        • Easy to Customize
        • Easy to Navigate
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Multimedia

          Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

          As a serious amateur, I have both Photoshop Elements 9 and Lightroom 3. I go back and forth between the two and find that I could not do without either of them. Everyone always comments on how beautiful my pictures are. They are a must have for a serious photographer.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          1.0

          Organizer kept crashing

          By Phil

          from Neenah, WI

          About Me Avid amateur photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Freezes or Crashes

            Best Uses

            • None- it kept crashing

            Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

            I installed the product on a Windows 7 machine and the Organizer kept crashing. Obviously bad. I spent a couple of hours over 3 different nights on the phone with Adobe support. No help. Finally, the last person i spoke with offered me a no-cost upgrade to PSE 10. I downloaded it as a trial and am going through the steps to get it converted to a permanent version.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            4.0

            Great Procuct

            By Smokin Gunn

            from Georgia

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Navigate
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

                Great Product. Easy to work with. I use it for photo editing and it does all that I need.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                4.0

                Best for Beginners

                By Lindsey G

                from Knoxville, TN

                About Me Beginner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Educational Purposes

                  Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

                  Its definitely overwhelming at first. But the fact that there are so many quick options, especially B&W conversion, makes it worth the deer in headlights look at first!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  4.0

                  Photoshop Elements 9 shines

                  By Ranger John

                  from Marin County, CA

                  About Me Documentation photography, Historical researcher, Writer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                  • RAW conversion ability
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Difficult to Navigate

                  Best Uses

                  • Historic photo retouching

                  Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

                  The most recent version of Photoshop Elements has given me a tremendous jump in processing power over my previous version (a creaky old 3). I do a lot of documentation of historic buildings exteriors and interiors, as well as retouching of historic photographs of old buildings. The Elements tools I especially appreciate include shadows/highlights adjustments, the ability to combine widely varying exposures into single balance shot (aka HDR), precisions sharpening, and RAW processing.

                  The only drawbacks I've found are the greatly updated interfaces. More likely it's my shortcoming rather than the program's, but I'm still learning the navigate through the various windows.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Great starter editing software!

                  By SLR Enthusiast

                  from Walnut, CA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Navigate
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

                      Elements 9 is definately an improvement from previous versions. For the cost, this is a bargain. Great for anyone getting started with photo editing or for advanced users looking for a quick solution to organizing and editing on the go.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      4.0

                      Good help for photo editing.

                      By ThuCuc Nguyen

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Amateur

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Navigate

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Fixing problems

                      Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

                      There are a lot of things that will need to learn.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      like it better than cs5

                      By brndalu

                      from Cincinnati, OH

                      About Me Budding photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Budget friendly
                      • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                      • Easy to Customize
                      • Easy to Navigate
                      • Versatile
                      • Works on both mac and pc

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Editing photos

                        Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

                        i downloaded a trial of cs5 and i like elements SOOOO much better. i find it easier to use, and comparable enough for my needs and money.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        4.0

                        Great Purchase

                        By Tc

                        from Minneapolis, MN

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Amount of tools
                        • Price

                        Cons

                        • Confusing at first
                        • Needs large manual

                        Best Uses

                        • Personal home use

                        Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

                        Decided to change over from Aperture. Lots to learn to get full use, but so far a great product. Pictures are much better quality than I was able to produce with Aperture.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        5.0

                        Great Program

                        By 99

                        from Wilmington, DE

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

                            I use CS5, but I got this for a friend who's just starting in digital and currently uses his delete button for photo editing (admittedly a very useful tool). I've used Elements 9 at my parents and with just a little basic instruction, it's workable and does a great job.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            4.0

                            PSE 9

                            By McWalto

                            from Oklahoma

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Navigate

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

                                I use this for doing simple edits and have found it very easy and useful. From what I have seen, you can't make your own actions which would be very nice, but you also aren't paying for the full version.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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                                5.0

                                This is just what I was lookinf for

                                By Happytowin

                                from Canada

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Multimedia

                                  Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

                                  I am not a professionnal but I can do great things with this product. Fairly easy to use. Glad I bought it.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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                                  5.0

                                  works good

                                  By Little-e

                                  from atlanta, GA

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

                                      easy to use IF you have used elements before. otherwise spend some time online training.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • PC

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                                      3.0

                                      There is a learning curve.......

                                      By MG

                                      from Tulsa, OK

                                      About Me Amateur Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • Difficult to Navigate

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

                                          I know this is supposed to be a very powerful software, but I am still trying to navigate through and learn how to use it. I know it will probably amaze me in due time, but until that time, I can't say I am impressed. It does not seem very intuitive.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • PC

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                                          2.0

                                          Mac version doesn't measure up

                                          By aks

                                          from New York, NY

                                          Verified Reviewer

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                                            Cons

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                                                Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

                                                I used the Windows version for years and then switched to the Mac version and encountered some unpleasant surprises. For one thing it is not possible to import a catalog created in the Windows version. For another, it's missing a couple of features I found extremely useful: (1) batch export; and (2) automatically suggest stacks. I think it's cynical of Adobe to rush out a product for Mac that doesn't have the features of the Windows version, cynical because they know that many Mac users wouldn't know what they're missing.

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Personal
                                                • Computer Platform:
                                                • Mac

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                                                3.0

                                                Just enough shortcomings to want CS5

                                                By Bob

                                                from Detroit, MI

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Difficult to Navigate
                                                  • Not Very Powerful

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

                                                    While it does most of what I wanted, having to work in an 8 bit pallet instead of the 12 to 14 bit that my camera can do and large panos that have issues because of insufficient memory. I'm probably going to have to bite the bullet and by CS5.

                                                    • Primary use:
                                                    • Personal
                                                    • Computer Platform:
                                                    • PC

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Great product!

                                                    By biobek

                                                    from akron ohio

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Versatile

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Software for Mac and Windows:

                                                        This software is powerful - worth every penny. Good for a beginner or advanced photographer.

                                                        • Primary use:
                                                        • Personal
                                                        • Computer Platform:
                                                        • PC

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