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Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0

Update three years in the waiting. . .worth the wait By John Virata

Adobe has offered various iterations of its flagship Photoshop application in an effort to capture new consumer-based markets. It first started in the 1990s with the short lived PhotoDeluxe image editor and then had a hit with Photoshop Elements 1.0. In the meantime, the personal computer became extremely fast, and digital cameras quickly went from the 2.1 megapixel models common around the year 2000 to the current crop of four five, six, and even eight megapixel cameras. The application is now in version 3.0 and more feature laden and powerful. And digital cameras and memory cards can be found at your local drug store. Things have certainly changed.

What is unique about Photoshop Elements is that in addition to Adobe migrating some of the power and core engine from Photoshop to Photoshop Elements, the company has migrated some of the tools first seen in Photoshop Elements into its Photoshop professional image editing tool. Within the scope of this first look, we'll visit some of the new features in Photoshop Elements 3.0, features that were three years in the making.

When you first launch Photoshop Elements 3.0, the Welcome Screen is the first screen that you see. From the Welcome Screen, you can take a tour of the application, you can View and Organize your photos, Quickly Fix photos, Edit and Enhance Photos, Make Photo Creation, and Start from Scratch. You can also access the tutorials via Adobe's website from the Welcome screen as well. The Welcome screen isn't the only startup that you can choose from, as you can select Photoshop Elements to launch straight into the Editor or the Organizer. This is achieved in the bottom corner of the Welcome screen. When you make a change, it will take effect the next time you launch Photoshop Elements 3.0. This version is actually two separate applications, Organizer and Editor, but you hardly notice it because both apps are very tightly integrated.

Editor Interface
The Photoshop Elements Editor has been revamped to include some very important features, the first of which is the How to tab. This tab launches when you launch the editor, and provides easy access to common help tips that may arise when you work in the Editor. This is located to the right of the interface, which also includes the styles and effects tab as well as the layers tab. The right side of the interface features all the common tools that you use when editing an image, including the new healing brush and spot healing brush tools, tools first introduced in Photoshop.

Photo Review
The first new feature that we'll take a look at is Photo Review. Photo Review enables you to view a series of images individually or as part of a slide show presentation. The idea here is to get a full viewing of selected images and editing, tagging, or discarding them if necessary.

Photo Review Controller

To build a Photo Review, you need to select the images that you want to review from the Organizer, select any background music that you might want to include in the review, and determine the page duration of each image. You also can include captions, allow photos to resize, allow videos to resize, and repeat slide show. These are determined via checkmarks in the respective boxes for these actions. If you don't want to allow photos to resize, then you can simply uncheck the box.


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