Adobe has been able to create the elite in photo editing software at all user levels, but unfortunately everything seem very complicated at first, and even choosing the right software often seems a daunting task. The basic rules are that Adobe Elements is for beginners and Adobe Photoshop is better suited for more advanced users.
As with most software manufacturers Adobe regularly comes out with new “versions” of their programs, oftentimes including security updates and new tools. Deciding which version is right for you might have you stumped however you may be surprised that there are not a lot of major changes between the various versions; if deciding to purchase Elements you can be assured that any version will meet your needs however if you are looking at Photoshop I recommend you purchase the latest version available to be assured of having access to all the new tools available.
Currently the latest Photoshop version is Photoshop CS5, which has made great advances with added new tools that will produce the most amazing results. The Photoshop software is a lot more expensive than the Elements, so even a more advanced photo editor might find the new Photoshop Elements 9 is perfectly suitable, easier and a lot cheaper. The new functions include an excellent photo organizer and an extensive online component for Digital photo sharing as well as excellent online backup.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 includes two main tools, both of which are found in Photoshop CS5, so if these tools are the only thing you use you might want to save your purchase for later and stick with Elements 9.
The first tool is the Organizer which allows you to vew thumbnails of your images and perform some pretty basic editing tasks. Your second main tool is the Editor which gives you access to your photos, is relatively simple to use, and provides a variety of wizards that walk you through step by step photo edits. The Quick Fixes tool will figure out the best way to fix problems in your photo including any lighting, color, or sharpness issue.
Using the Organizer gives you access to tools such as Auto Color and Auto Contrast. You can even use the Auto Smart Tool which takes any poor quality image and transforms it automatically into a professional quality photo.
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