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Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 review

£69.8 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Adobe

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 continues to straddle the line between novices and more seasoned users, offering three levels of editing: Full Edit, Quick Fix, and Guided Editing.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 continues to straddle the line between novices and more seasoned users, offering three levels of editing: Full Edit, Quick Fix, and Guided Editing.

Online photo sharing is more popular than ever, with sites such as Flickr and Facebook keeping people connected through photos and blogs - something Adobe is keen to exploit with its forthcoming Photoshop Elements 7.0 release, in the US at least.

In the States, Elements 7.0 provides ties to Adobe's forthcoming online service, Photoshop.com. It also adds enough new features to the desktop app itself to make version 7.0 a worthy upgrade for UK users, too.

We found much to like in the latest iteration. New to version 7.0 of Adobe Photoshop Elements is a Smart Brush tool borrowed from full-fat Photoshop, as well as a handy Scene Cleaner that has been added to the Photomerge tool.

Disgruntled users of Photoshop Elements past will be pleased to learn that Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 lets users adjust the background tint from charcoal all the way to stark white. More good news: Photoshop Elements 7.0 has FTP settings, so you can upload galleries directly to your own website.

Unfortunately, Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 still lacks the Fade slider tool available in Photoshop that lets you adjust the intensity of a filter immediately after applying it, so you can get exactly the look you want. Considering its many impressive creative filter options, Elements 7.0 would benefit from such a tool.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 Expert Verdict »

2GHz or faster processor
Microsoft Windows XP SP2/3, Vista
1.5GB hard disk space
colour monitor with 16-bit colour video card
1,024x768 monitor resolution at 96dpi or less
Microsoft DirectX 9 compatible display driver
CD-ROM drive
web features require Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0/7.0, Mozilla Firefox 1.5-3.0
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 8 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

For anyone seeking a combination image editor and organiser that doesn't break the bank, Photoshop Elements 7.0 is a powerful contender. The program's new online components permit you to do more from within a familiar interface, and despite the 'US-only' tag applied to the web-based features, Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0's new desktop tools alone make it worth the upgrade.

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