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Here are the top reasons customers purchase Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.

Photoshop Elements 9Do it all with one powerful yet easy-to-use product
Use Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 for all your photo needs. Manage, edit, and enhance photos; make photo creations that look just the way you want; and share in print, on the web, and on popular devices.

Experience the ultimate media-management hub
Quickly organize all your media in one convenient place. Find your best photos and clips—or photos that feature specific people—fast, thanks to automated options. Then dive into a full range of creative activities and start enjoying your memories.

Go from flawed to phenomenal in seconds
Get just the photo fixes you’re looking for with one-step shortcuts that whiten teeth and make skies a vibrant blue. When you perform one-step photo adjustments—including color, contrast, and lighting—you can quickly choose the best result from a group of adjustment previews. And instantly unclutter a photo and beautifully blend in the background.

Count on step-by-step assistance
Want to easily fix a scratch, create a reflection effect, or design a scrapbook page? Get help with key steps to get the results you want fast.

Easily create the perfect photo
Take advantage of amazing Photomerge technology to easily match the style of one photo to another; create fuller panoramas, perfectly lit shots, and great group shots; and combine elements of different faces for entertaining results.

Show off your creativity with flexible layouts
Make amazing printed photo creations like scrapbook pages, photo books, calendars, and cards. Choose your level of control: Create in minutes using professionally designed templates, or let your creativity run wild and access every photo-editing option from directly within your layout. Get fun, fresh looks with new artwork and templates.

Share experiences in fresh, exciting ways on the web
Show off your photos in one-of-a-kind Online Albums with your choice of animated templates, including all-new options for sharing photos and videos together, with music. Adobe Flash® technology lets viewers interact with your photos for an entertaining experience.

Top new benefits of Adobe Photoshop Elements 9

Instantly unclutter or repair photos

Is your photo cluttered with telephone wires, tourists, or passing cars? Make unwanted elements vanish with one stroke of the enhanced Spot Healing Brush, which beautifully blends even the most complex background. Also instantly fix old or torn photos so you can make new prints.

Easily match a favorite photo style
Want to imitate a favorite photography style, like a dramatic high contrast or a beautiful color tone? Photomerge Style Match analyzes the stylistic qualities of any photo you choose and then automatically applies those qualities to another photo.

Create fuller panoramas
Easily create your best-looking panoramas yet. With its enhanced blending capabilities, Photomerge Panorama fills in jagged edges as it automatically stitches together multiple horizontal or vertical photos.

Create stunning photo effects
Easily create stunning effects that enhance your photos with professional style. New Guided Edits help you create pop art masterpieces, reflection effects, perfect portraits, and more.

Photoshop Elements 9Create richly layered photos
Bring new sophistication to your photos. Reveal one portion of a photo through another photo by using layer masks to control the transparency of specific areas.

Quickly share photos and videos on Facebook
Conveniently share photos and videos on Facebook* directly from the Organizer, which automatically optimizes your media so it looks its best.

Get a complete photo solution for Macs
Use a Mac for your photos? You can now experience the ultimate media-management hub for organizing your photos, and you can quickly find your best photos and video clips—or photos that feature specific people—thanks to automated options.

Adobe Announces Photoshop Elements 7 and

Photoshop Elements 8 software available for Windows and Mac Adobe today announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 software with new membership, a milestone release of the No. 1 selling consumer photo-editing software*.

Available for Windows, Photoshop Elements 7 makes it quick and easy to organize, edit, create and share amazing photos with others by leveraging the editing power of Photoshop software, the professional standard for image editing.

For the first time, Photoshop Elements 7 customers will have the option to sign-up for one year of membership on, extending the capabilities of the software by providing helpful templates and creative tutorials delivered on a regular basis. Other benefits include: automatic online backup and storage of photos and videos, access to photos and videos from virtually anywhere, and interactive options to share memories with great impact.

In addition, Adobe today announced Adobe Premiere Elements 7 software, a complete video-editing solution. Available separately or together in a single retail bundle package, Adobe Photoshop Elements & Adobe Premiere Elements bundle give photo and video enthusiasts everything they need for a complete digital imaging experience.

Create Picture-perfect Photos with Powerful yet Intuitive Editing Tricks
Photoshop Elements makes it easy to tell amazing stories through memorable photos. The new Scene Cleaner, based on Adobe’s innovative Photomerge technology, creates the ideal photo by letting users simply brush away unwanted subjects, such as tourists in a vacation shot who may be impacting the main subject of the photo.

The new Smart Brush helps users apply incredible effects to a specific area of a photo with a single stroke, making it a snap to improve lighting and add rich textures with access to more than fifty sophisticated effects. Common editing tasks, such as whitening teeth or brightening blue skies, are a breeze to fix with the one-step Quick Fix tools. Surfaces can be softened while retaining edges and details crisp with a new filter ideal for portrait shots. Also, a new selection of Online Albums, based on Adobe Flash® technology, offers users a richer interactive experience.

Adobe Announces Photoshop Elements 7 and Photoshop.comNew Membership on Inspires Users and Keeps Them Connected
Users can push their creativity even further with membership, offered in two levels, Basic1 and Plus2. For those who want fresh, creative project ideas delivered straight to the desktop, the option to purchase an annual Plus membership guarantees inspiration will come on a regular basis in the form of new tutorials, seasonal artwork, themed templates and more.

In addition, Plus membership provides 20GB of storage - enough for 15,000 photos, four hours of DVD-quality videos or a combination of both. Online back-up keeps memories safe from computer failure or natural disaster, with access from anywhere, via a personal account linked to the software. Basic membership can be experienced for free, providing 5GB of storage, access to photos and videos virtually anywhere and online photo sharing in a fun interactive environment. members also will be able to upload photos directly from a mobile phone. The addition of Mobile beta, a rich Adobe Flash based mobile application, offers camera phone users the easiest way to upload, share and access photos using their account. Mobile runs in the background and allows consumers to take photos, send messages and run other applications while pictures are being uploaded to their account.

Adobe Announces Photoshop Elements 7 and Photoshop.comPricing and Availability
Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 and Adobe Premiere Elements 7 for Windows will be available in local retail outlets such as Best Buy, Circuit City, Costco (Photoshop Elements 7 only), Office Depot, Office Max and Staples in October 2008.

Consumers can pre-order the products at and The products will be available separately for US$99.99. Photoshop Elements 7 & Premiere Elements 7 bundle also will be available for US$149.99. Plus membership will be available for purchase from within the products for US$49.99 and Basic membership can be experienced for free. membership is available in the U.S. only.

*Source: The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service (April 2002 to April 2008) based on units sold (North America).
1. Basic membership does not require the purchase of any Adobe product, including Photoshop Elements 7 and Premiere Elements 7.
2. With Plus membership, annual membership terms apply.

Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual - Free Sample Chapter

Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing ManualBestselling author Barbara Brundage — whose day job is playing the harp — didn't plan on becoming an authority on Photoshop Elements, one the world's most popular photo-editing programs. Yet her newest publication — Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly, $26.39 at — clearly secures Barbara's position as the premier Elements' expert.

"I'm a lowly musician, but if I can learn Elements anyone can," insists Barbara, the author of three previous books about Elements 3, 4, and 5. A few years back in 2001, Barbara chose Elements to create graphics for her new website and promo materials. She soon discovered the nifty software program also made arranging and publishing her harp music a whole lot easier. Then she got hooked on digital photography and relied on Elements to improve and organize her images.

"Fortunately, the folks at Missing Manuals know that sometimes it's easier for someone who isn't from a technical background to explain things to people who don't have a lot of technical knowledge," says Barbara about her road to authorship.

Indeed Barbara's technical knowledge combined with her appealing, down-to-earth writing style made her a perfect addition to the Missing Manual roster of authors. Founded by New York Times technology columnist David Pogue, O'Reilly's Missing Manual series specializes in producing beautifully written manuals for popular consumer software and hardware products — the book that should have been in the box.

Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual provides the best possible guidance to scrapbookers, photographers at every level, budding graphic artists — anyone who wants to get the most out of the latest Elements upgrade. She clearly explains Photoshop Elements 6's exciting array of new features, including the new Quick Edit function, Windows Vista compatibility, improved RAW conversion, a handy Quick Selection Tool, and more. Under Barbara's intelligent tutelage, readers learn how to:

  • Import, organize, and fix photos quickly and easily.
  • Repair and restore old and damaged photos, and retouch any image.
  • Jazz up their pictures with dozens of filters, frames, and special effects.
  • Learn which tools the pros use — and finally understand how layers work!
  • Create collages and photo layout pages for greeting cards and other projects.
  • Get downloadable practice images and try new tricks right away.

Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual progresses from simple to complex features. Those ready for the more sophisticated tools can easily jump around to learn specific techniques. As always, Barbara lets you know which Elements features work well, which don't, and why — all with a bit of wit and good humor. Adds Barbara: "Elements is wonderful software, but there's a lot going on there. I wanted to help people find their way around and to understand some of the great things they can do with the program."

Free Sample Chapter — Chapter 4: The Quick Fix
At the O'Reilly site you can find a great free sample chapter from the book — Chapter 4: The Quick Fix (PDF Format - 26 MB). From the intro:

Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing ManualWith Elements’ Quick Fix tools, you can dramatically improve the appearance of a photo with just a click or two. The Quick Fix window gathers easy-to-use tools that help adjust the brightness and color of your photos and make them look sharper. You don’t even need to understand much about what you’re doing. You just need to click a button or slide a pointer, and then decide whether you like how it looks.

If, on the other hand, you do know what you’re doing, you may still find yourself using the Quick Fix window for things like shadows and highlights because the Quick Fix gives you a before-and-after view as you work. Also, the Temperature and Tint sliders can come in very handy for advanced color tweaking, like finessing the overall color of your otherwise finished photo. You even get two tools—the Selection brush and the Magic Selection brush—to help make changes to only a certain area of your photo.

In this chapter, you’ll learn how to use all of the Quick Fix tools. You’ll also learn about what order to apply the fixes so you get the most out of these tools. If you have a newish digital camera, you may find that Quick Fix gives you all the tools you need to take your photos from pretty darn good (the way they came out of the camera) to dazzling.

Buy Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual at and save 34% off the cover price.
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Free Photoshop Elements 4 Trial Versions (30 Days)
Adobe has posted a free trial for Photoshop Elements 4.

Photoshop Elements Techniques (WPET) Radio Launched
Visitors to the Photoshop Elements User Web site can join Dave Cross and Matt Kloskowski as they broadcast a bi-weekly radio show full of tips, tricks and inspiration for anyone who likes to create with Photoshop Elements. With the premiere broadcast on November 2nd, listeners heard a few tutorials on basic image editing, some cool project ideas and a lot of the usual humor from Cross and Kloskowski. Listeners can access the broadcast by going to the Photoshop Elements User home page and clicking on the play button in the WPET window.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 4 Released
Adobe Photoshop Elements 4 ReleasedAdobe has released version 4.0 of Photoshop Elements. So what's new? The improved Red Eye Removal now eliminates red eye automatically as photos are downloaded from the camera. The new Magic Selection Brush quickly selects specific parts of a photo for easy color, lighting, and contrast adjustments. The new Skin Tone Adjustment allows more realistic skin colors in just moments. The new Magic Extractor easily removes subjects from photos, with advanced edge de-fringing.

Simple search and tagging options make it easier to find and view photos. Date View automatically arranges photos by date. The enhanced Folder View lets you move, create, or delete files and folders. The new Face Tagging helps to find faces in photos automatically so that they can easily be tagged.

New sharing options include multimedia slide shows, which can be created in seconds, complete with multiple pans and zooms, soundtracks with narration, and over 80 transition options. New one-click printing makes it simple to order professional-quality prints and hardbound photo books through integrated online services.

Read the full press release.
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Total Training Introduces Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 Unleashed
[January 13, 2005]
Total Training Presents: Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 UnleashedTotal Training Presents: Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 Unleashed is designed to help you master Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 with ease. In this training, you'll uncover the extensive capabilities of Photoshop Elements 3 along with advanced lessons, time saving techniques, and tips for creating impressive projects.
Photoshop Hall of Famer and best selling author Deke McClelland, provides you with step by step instruction for essential techniques including adjusting colors, effects, filters, and layer styles. Deke’s extensive knowledge, combined with his fun presentation style properly positions you unlock the secrets of Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 and achieve remarkable results.
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Read Our Review Of This DVD
[reviewed by Eric Martin]
It is remarkable how the overall costs of digital photography have gone down. Just a few years ago a digital camera that could match the quality of an image from a film camera would have cost over $5,000. Now you can buy a decent digital camera for under $300. And the software has become cheaper as well. Photoshop's hefty price has kept it out of reach of the amateur and hobbyist photographer. But now you can buy Adobe's Photoshop Elements 3, which has a feature set that almost equals the power of Photoshop, for less than $80.
Photoshop training courses have also seen a downward trend in pricing. Total Training's latest — Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 Unleashed — offers over 6 hours of lessons, includes project files and bonus stock photos, and costs less than $60. That's a very good deal considering the host is none other than Deke McClelland, who I consider to be one of the top Photoshop teachers in the world.
Read full review of Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 Unleashed.

BONUS - 2 Video Clip Tutorials For Photoshop Elements 3
We've added two sample clips from Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 Unleashed, hosted by Deke McClelland. Styles And Effects, and Spot Healing Brush Tool.
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Free Photoshop Elements 4 Trial Versions (30 Days)
Adobe has posted a free trial for Photoshop Elements 4.
Photoshop Elements 4 Free Trial for Windows
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Photoshop Elements 3 Down And Dirty Tricks Book Released
[January 11, 2005]
KW Media Group, the premier resource for the Photoshop Elements community, announced today the release of their new book Photoshop Elements 3 Down & Dirty Tricks. This must-have book features Scott Kelby, best-selling author of The Photoshop Elements 3 Book for Digital Photographers, as he unlocks the secrets of the most closely guarded Photoshop Elements 3 special effects. By using his simple step-by-step method, with hundreds of full-color images, you’ll see exactly how it’s all done.
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Photoshop Elements 3 - New Resource Sites
[via Pierre-Etienne Courtejoie]
Richard Lynch has launched a new forum for Photoshop Elements users called APEA. APEA is the Adobe Photoshop Elements Alliance — a group of dedicated Elements advocates who have come together to help promote the use of Photoshop Elements, and to empower users to get more from the program. Richard is the author of Hidden Elements, a book reveals the hidden powers of Photoshop Elements. There is a Hidden Elements book companion site that is worth a visit as well.
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Photoshop Elements 3 Users Get Access to 11 Video Tips
The editors of Photoshop Elements Techniques have announced that users can get access to 11 online tutorial video tips that explain how to use the new features in Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 by going to Photoshop Elements User.
Photoshop Elements User is a great website featuring online tutorials, discussion forums, downloads, and video tips. Here are some site features to look for:
 A First Look At Photoshop Elements 3 — Read the review by Scott Kelby.
 Photoshop Elements 3 - Top 10 Reasons To Upgrade — For those on the fence about the Photoshop Elements 3 upgrade, have a look at this top 10 list by Dave Cross.
 Downloads for Photoshop Elements 3 — Download layer styles, actions, brushes and more. There's a also a quick tutorial for layer styles.
 Photoshop Elements 3 & Digital Photography Glossary — This is a great collection of definitions that will help anyone working with Adobe Photoshop Elements as well as with digital photography in general.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 Maximum Performance

There's an interesting Photoshop Elements 5 book from Mark Galer that has come to my attention — Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 Maximum Performance. Part of the appeal is that the book ships with 5 hours of DVD tutorials and a whole bunch of free stock photos. That's a nice touch. And the book is getting a good amount of positive reviews, including this one: 'Using crafty work-arounds to achieve remarkable results, Mark Galer pushes Elements' capabilities to new levels.' — Christy Brandt, Director of Engineering, Photoshop Elements, Adobe Systems, Inc. Here's some press on Mark's book:

Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 Maximum Performance
Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 Maximum PerformanceGet the most from your digital camera to produce high-end results that casual users only dreamed of. Your photos will look like a pro shot them as imaging guru Mark Galer shows you how to use critical but little-known techniques for professional quality editing.

  • Create awesome effects with no commercial lighting or studio equipment
  • Extend the dynamic range of your digital camera by merging multiple exposures
  • Give your shots the WOW! factor with advanced options for more power

Everything is at your fingertips with the DVD:

  • 5 hours of video tutorials, cataloged into digestible snippets
  • Over 200 royalty-free, high-resolution images
  • Raw and 16-bit/Channel files
  • wMulti-layered project files, loadable presets and keyboard shortcut reference guide

Mark Galer is a senior lecturer in digital imaging at RMIT, Australia, is a Photoshop Elements Ambassador and is the author of 7 best-selling digital imaging books. 'Well written, well illustrated, with a good knack for explaining complex issues.' - Steve Caplin, digital illustrator and author of How to Cheat in Photoshop.

Buy Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 Maximum Performance at (34% off).
visit Mark Galer's site.
Photoshop Elements 5.0 - Special Offer - only $65.99 at

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