Oct 26, 2004

Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 review

October 25, 2004
By Galen Fott
PC Magazine

Adobe has taken two sibling applications, Photoshop Elements and Photoshop Album, and combined them into a single solution that will meet all the needs of budding digital photographers. The result, known simply as Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0, is a complete digital-imaging package comprising the Editor component, for fixing up images, and the new Organizer component, for cataloging and searching your burgeoning digital photo collection.

Elements 3 boasts both a redesigned interface and easier access to powerful tools. New image-editing tools include Photoshop's amazing Healing Brush, which lets you easily remove blemishes and imperfections from photos. There's also an easier-than-ever tool for removing red-eye, and built-in support for the Camera Raw format. Meanwhile, a new Quick Fix mode offers an even simpler interface to Elements—it's a perfect choice for image-editing newbies.

These two components are still applications that launch separately, but Adobe has done a great job of getting them to work together. Elements 3's Welcome screen lets you pick which component you want to launch first; whichever you choose, there are handy buttons in the interface to launch the other component at any time. You can use Organizer to find a specific photo and then send it to Editor with just a click. Once you've touched up the photo, you can save it in a 'version set'; this saves the revised version while also preserving the original. When you're done, Organizer will keep the images together as a set.