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Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 [OLD VERSION]

by Adobe
Windows Vista / XP
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Make your photos look their best with easy-to-use editing tools
  • Do more with your photos in unique creations for print and web
  • Easily find and view all your photos and video clips
  • Easily perform more advanced retouching and enhancing thanks to easy image-selection tools, amazing compositing capabilities, and more
  • Share your stories in imaginative photo books, scrapbook pages, slide shows, interactive web galleries, and more

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Vista / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 software combines power and simplicity so you can easily tell great stories with your photos. Make your photos look their best whatever your level of editing experience--a friendly new design and step-by-step editing assistance help get you started. Easily perform more advanced retouching and enhancing thanks to easy image-selection tools, amazing compositing capabilities, and more. Share your stories in imaginative photo books, scrapbook pages, slide shows, interactive web galleries, and more. And always find and view all your photos and video clips with ease.

Create the perfect group shot
Never let a frown or a closed pair of eyes ruin a group photo again. New photo-blending technology lets you easily combine the best facial expressions and body language from a series of group shots to create a single, perfect composite.

Select and adjust specific areas of a photo more quickly and easily than ever before.

Easily organize stills and video clips with visual tagging options.

Bring out the best in your photos
Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 software combines power and simplicity so you can make your photos look their best, share them in imaginative ways, and easily find and view all your photos and video clips.

Make your photos look their best

  • Experiment with easy-to-use compositing tools that let you create perfect group photos, seamless panoramas, and more.
  • Easily brush away wrinkles and unwanted objects using the Spot Healing Brush for instant results and the Healing Brush for finer control. And now when using the Healing Brush, you can preview your changes prior to committing them to get the best results possible.
  • Make image selections in seconds so you can easily adjust specific areas of a photo. Simply brush your selection, and then use sliders to make the adjustment blend perfectly with the background.
  • Easily adjust skin tones for a more natural look, even in poorly lit photos.

Do more with your photos

  • Get step-by-step assistance for making photo creations like scrapbook pages, cards, and CD/ DVD labels. Simply choose the type of creation you'd like to make, and the appropriate tools and instructions appear at your fingertips.
  • Find inspiration in professionally designed, color-coordinated layouts that make it easy to make great photo creations in minutes. Or spend a little more time and customize all the elements of your chosen layout.
  • Quickly create professional-looking photo books with flexible new options that allow you to view spreads, flip through your book, and rearrange pages--all with fewer clicks than ever before. When your book is finished, just click the Order button to have it professionally printed, hardbound, and delivered to your door.
  • Create an eye-catching slide show complete with captions, documentary-style pan and zoom effects, amazing transitions, voice narration, and music. Or take things a step further and share photos in your choice of interactive web galleries.

Easily find and view all your photos and video clips

  • With a single click, transfer photos from your memory card to your computer according to your preset preferences, so you can get back to taking photos sooner.
  • Easily tag photos with keywords that represent people, places, or events. You can instantly view every photo you've ever taken of your dog, for example, by simply clicking on its tag.
  • Place your family, work, or vacation photos into Albums to keep them together for special projects. And see just the photos you want to see with new Smart Albums, which automatically bring together photos based on criteria you choose.

Product Description

Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 software combines power and simplicity so you can make your photos look their best, share them in imaginative ways, and easily find and view all your photos and video clips.

Customer Reviews

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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great product, but Adobe want to make quick buck! Nov. 20 2007
Had Photoshop Elements 5.0, which Adobe shipped with a printed User Guide. Wanted to buy 6.0, for which Adobe would charge $99.99 a couple of weeks ago, WITHOUT a printed User Guide. Bought version 6.0 at COSTCO for $79.99. Today COSTCO charge $69.99!
Called Adobe about the User Guide. Yes, I can buy one at $50.00!! But sir, you can print it (PDF-file on their site). Total 464 pages! Wonder why double the number compared to User Guide for 5.0. Printing 464 pages will take a lot of ink, so what to do?
Understand Adobe want to make money, but believe this is a bit too much!
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Forget It Feb. 13 2008
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I've used Elements 4 for a couple of years, enhanced with some third-party plug-ins - things like curves, software for lens distortion, sharpening, noise reduction - things that Adobe doesn't bother to include in any meaningful way with Elements. Still, Elements 4 had its good points. I up-graded to Elements 6 because it's supposed to support 16-bit editing. It doesn't. On top of that, it's far, far slower than 4. It claims that you need 256 MB, minimum, to run it, 512 MB recommended. Well, I've got 512 (no great shakes these days, I'll admit) and that ain't anywhere near enough. As soon as I tried to use the plug-in that would let me correct lens distortion, I got an "out of memory" error and everything ground to a halt. Funny - works just fine with 4.

Basically, if you've got an earlier version of Elements, stick with it. That's certainly my plan. If you're looking to up-grade, well, give some thought to the Gimp. It's free, after all, and does pretty much everything Big Photoshop does. At least if you decide you don't like it, you haven't lost anything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for old computers April 8 2008
By Joanne
I had to upgrade my computer to install this program. But if you're a serious amateur photographer and not quite ready for photoshop, this is a great first step.
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436 of 441 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big changes to Photoshop's best product Dec 4 2007
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a user of Photoshop Elements all the way back to the first edition. This is, in my opinion, one of the best graphics programs out there--all the power of the great Photoshop full professional program minus the printing CMYK functions you'd need to do professional layouts. So for most users, the great features of Photoshop are there and the price is oh-so-much-more-affordable.

The Version 6 has some significant changes. The interface looks quite different, though I only had some trouble finding my favorite functions. The loading is significantly faster than the previous versions, which was one of my chief annoyances with Photoshop Elements. Version 6.0 loads very quickly, and this is a big improvement.

Changes:
Smart Albums: built-in picture organization. No need to use a separate organizer program.

Darkened Interface: The picture interface (where you load your photos) is darkened to make a better contrast on screen. At first, I did not like this, but it is easier on the eyes so I got used to it and like it now.

Selections: With this new technology, you use a brush to mark out your selection, and then use sliders to make the adjustment blend into the background. Very easy to use. Major change.

Enhanced Clone Tool: Cloning lets you take an inocuous background selection and copy it over an offending area of a picture (mailbox, person, unwanted pole.)

Enhanced Spot Healing Brush: Very easy to use brush to haze out areas, I used to use the smear brush, this is easier and less difficult. The later versions of Elements have a check/cancel button in the corner of your work area, so you can back out of the changes without altering your work.

Enhanced Black and White: Contrast function built in to convert color to pretty decent b&w.

Photo Blending: Much better function to mix photos. Now you can create unrealistic pictures of yourself by putting in your best bits with someone else's better bits, post it on Match.com and disappoint people who meet you in the flesh.

Enhanced Photo Books: available only in North America and Japan. Kind of a way to make your own catalogs.

Enhanced Sharing: Sharing Center burns cds and sends to email as well.

Enhanced Interactive Sharing: Adobe Flash Technology is employed to make animated web galleries. Very cool.

Smart Albums: You can sort by 10 criteria, such as date of shoot, etc, and make an album of only those pictures to work on.

The computers that run Photoshop Elements 6.0? Right now, it's just PC's, and it supports both XP and Vista, though I've heard reports that Vista can be problematical. I do not use Vista, so I can't report on this.

MAC version is due out in early 2008.

For PC's, here's your system requirements:
1.3GHz, or better CPU
256 MB RAM (512 recommended, really)
16-bit Color display with 1024x768 resolution at 96DPI or less.
CD-Rom
1.5 GB hard disk space minimum available

I'd add that a good video card is advisable; if your system is more than 3 years old, it may bog down if you don't have enough video memory on board and I can't speak to what is required, as this is not given as a spec. If you find the processing of pictures slow on your system, adding more video memory may be more useful than more RAM on the main board.
323 of 332 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you have Photoshop Elements 5, no need to upgrade Nov. 1 2007
By Observer - Published on Amazon.com
I only use the Editor in Photoshop, never the Organizer, and my OS is Windows XP SP2. I started with PSE 4, then 5, and now 6, and have found this program to be extremely useful for improving, even renovating, my old slides and photos which I have scanned. But I am sorry to say that 6 does not seem to improve on 5. First of all, the Help button brings up no help at all. Tech support provided a workaround which is to use a shortcut to a file in Common Files. I must admit that the resulting Help file is much better than the Help file in 5. Secondly, the color scheme of the program, which cannot be changed, makes many of the buttons hard to read, especially for my aging eyes. In 5 the buttons were very clear. In 5, if you clicked on L, the shortcut for the Lasso Tool for example, an icon in the Options Bar will be highlighted to show which Lasso Tool you have activated, and the same for other shortcuts for multiple tools. That feature has been eliminated in Photoshop Elements 6 for no good reason.

In all fairness, PSE 6 is about 75% larger than 5, so it probably has some resources that I have not had occasion to use, and probably never will. Adobe's "What's New" for PSE 6 does not indicate anything really sensational in my opinion. My conclusion is that if you already have PSE 5, don't bother to upgrade now, and save your money for a future upgrade. But if you don't have any version of Photoshop Elements at all, then I would highly recommend Photoshop 6 which does offer an almost infinite number of ways to improve your photos.
94 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop Elements Keeps Getting Better! Nov. 4 2007
By J. Swickard - Published on Amazon.com
I can't advise on Vista compatibility, since I run XP. Also, it's a personal choice as to whether or not to upgrade from a previous version of Photoshop Elements. With these caveats out of the way, I'll say that Photoshop Elements 6 is the best version of Elements I've used and is a good improvement over Photoshop Elements 5 (which was a marginal improvement over Photoshop Elements 4). Since I teach Photoshop Elements on cruise ships I have to keep up with the latest version, and break it apart as I update and build new lessons. While versions 4 and 5 were great programs, Photoshop Elements 6 is an outstanding program. Just discussing the improvements in the Edit area: (1) Photomerge now has three features that work magnificently. Previously, Photomerge only had a Panorama. Adobe has drastically improved Photomerge Panorama and has added Photomerge Group Shot and Photomerge Faces to the menu. Photomerge Group Shot allows you to move people between photos (someone blinks or is looking the other way when a photo is taken) and works really well. Photomerge Faces lets you move facial features between photos (I'm still in trouble for putting a beard onto a photo of a friend's wife); (2) Quick Selection Tool, that replaced the previous Magic Selection Brush Tool, has become my favorite selection tool. It's fast and accurate, and a lot easier for new users to use than many of the other tools, such as the Magnetic Lasso Tool; (3) Clone Stamp Tool Overlay is a handy new option for use with the Clone Stamp Tool, and Elements has a Refine Edge Option that works well with the Quick Selection Tool, Lasso Tool, and Polygonal Lasso Tool. There are other improvements as well, and Adobe has retained the other useful features that worked well in Elements 4 & 5 (Straighten Tool and Magic Extractor to name just two). The one update in Elements 6 that I don't like is they removed the zoom in and out when scrolling the mouse wheel. My other critcism goes back to Elements 5 and is that to build and print a calender you have to send it off and pay for it. The one great feature in Elements 4 was that you could build calendars and print them out yourself (saving $20 per calendar), which is the one reason I'll also keep Elements 4 on my PC. Photoshop Elements 6 is well worth buying!
157 of 164 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Version 6 is quite buggy - try the free trial first Nov. 26 2007
By John - Published on Amazon.com
I've used all 6 versions of Photoshop Elements, recommending previous versions to friends, and version 6 is by far the buggiest. The Organizer (the part that organizes all your photos) is riddled with bugs, some minor, some major, indicating a major lapse on Adobe's part. While 6 performs a little better than 5 for me (with 12K photos), and some people with larger catalogs says it performs much better, the bugs and new features barely justified the upgrade cost for me.

I'd recommend reviewing the problems people are having at Adobe's user forums ([...]) and testing the free trial available from Adobe before committing your money, especially if you're upgrading from a previous version. Beware that Adobe almost never releases patch releases of Elements - they release one version each fall.

Here are the bugs that I've personally encountered:

Major Problems:

* Even when Help installs correctly, it is missing more than half its content, and the manual isn't in the online download or on the CD. (How is one supposed to know that much of the Help content is missing?)
* The menu bars don't display if you have changed the screen DPI to be larger than 96 (as many people do on today's ubiquitous high-res displays).
* The grey-on-black user interface can be completely unreadable or hard to read on many uncalibrated displays (e.g. the typical consumer display) and can be hard to read by older people with aging eyes (distinguishing dark is a known problem of aging, and middle-aged people like myself appear to be a primary target demographic for PSE).
* The File > Move command will silently and permanently lose a file if the destination folder has a file of the same name as the file being moved; this is different behavior than PSE 5.
* The File > Move command loses the association between the photo and the audio caption, even though it moves both files to the new location.
* On a multiprocessor, the Organizer behaves erratically with catalogs containing raw files: sometimes it crashes, sometimes it shows the hourglass icon for raw files, sometimes it shows the broken-image icon.
* In a catalog with large numbers of raw files, scrolling quickly over dozens or hundreds of large-sized thumbnails will consume 100% CPU for a minute or longer.
* Tag hierarchies with more than 500 or so tags make the Keywords pane unusably slow (but worked fine in PSE 5).
* Moving map locations always fails, silently (too bad if you want to record backcountry locations not namable via Yahoo Maps).
* Giving a map location to a tag assigned to hundreds of photos makes both the Keywords pane and the Map View unusably slow.
* Removing the map push-pin of a tag assigned to hundreds of photos mistakenly tries to update the metadata of each photo, which can take tens of minutes and fill up your recycle bin.
* If a photo with GPS coordinates is imported, it doesn't show as a red push-pin on the map.
* New dates set by Edit > Adjust Date and Time sometimes get silently lost.
* The Photo Downloader process APDProxy.exe crashes at startup because of a missing DLL.
* File > Write Keyword Tags and Properties fails to update the metadata of TIFFs produced by Nikon Coolscan V, Nikon Coolscan 5000, and Epson 4490 scanners.
* File > Write Keyword Tags doesn't write the map location (GPS coordinates) into the .xmp sidecar files of Nikon D80 or Canon G9 raw photos.
* The File > Write Keyword Tags command doesn't report any errors in writing the metadata back to the photo (e.g. unsupported file types, readonly files, corrupt EXIF data).
* The Organizer fails very ungracefully when two drives have the same volume serial number, e.g. because of the use of a disk-cloning utility.
* The duration of a video clip included in a Slide Show is set to the default duration, not the length of the video clip, and right-click Edit Duration doesn't change the clip's duration.
* An audio caption attached to a photo isn't imported into a slide show even though the option Include Audio Captions as Narration is selected.

Searching and Dates/Times:

* The timeline doesn't correctly display date ranges spanning many years.
* You can no longer exclude a parent category from a search, e.g. exclude all photos tagged with any tag in the People category.
* Find > By History > Imported On sorts the photo dates alphabetically, rather than by date/time, making the command almost useless, and it shows a scary message "Deleting Keyword Tags" for catalogs converted from version 5.
* Setting a date range and then excluding two tags from the search clears the date range.
* Show All doesn't clear a date range set by Find > Set Date Range (can be very confusing).
* Searching for "0 stars only" doesn't work for photos in a catalog converted from PSE 5.
* Save Search Criteria As Smart Album isn't available if a date range has been set but no other search criteria have been.
* Time "unknown" has two bugs: Editing a photo won't preserve time "unknown", and searching with date ranges doesn't properly handle "unknown".
* File > Write Keyword Tag And Properties sometimes fails silently to write the EXIF XMP Date Time Original tag to older .jpgs, even though several other tools are fully capable of doing so.
* Edit > Adjust Date and Time sets the wrong date/time for the EXIF:CreateDate field of JPEGs produced by an Olympus C50-Z.

Minor Bugs:

* If a hard drive containing photos in the catalog gets its drive letter reassigned by Windows, then the left-hand folder pane of Display > Folder Location view shows the old drive letter, not the new one, as containing the photos.
* The File > Rename command no longer includes leading zeroes, causing the renamed files to sort incorrectly in Windows Explorer.
* In File > Export, the Common Basename can no longer be empty, and a hyphen is added automatically, so you can no longer get files named 1.jpg, 2.jpg, etc.
* Setting the Apply Metadata > Author or Copyright fields or the option Preserve Current Filename In XMP of the advanced options of the Photo Downloader causes duplicate files to be downloaded and imported.
* Display > Import Batch shows the wrong time for batches imported by the Photo Downloader; if the local time zone is UTC-8:00, then the time will be 8 hours earlier. Also, dates are shown as 2\20\2008 rather than 2/20/2008.
* With the Import EXIF Caption option turned off, captions pre-existing in a file's EXIF:ImageDescription metadata field reappear in the Organizer after invoking the Full Editor.
* In the full Editor's Red Eye Removal Tool, the Darken Amount is reversed: 1% produces the most darkening, 100% the least.
* Nudging with the arrow keys in the Editor stops working after applying a layer style, until you type Ctrl-T (Free Transform).
* The width of the Editor's Palette Bin can't be adjusted by dragging the left edge, as you can with all the other similar panes (Project Bin, Organizer Bin, Map View).
* Dialogs in the Editor sometimes bounce back when you try to move them.
* On a 1280x1024 display, the Editor Print window is positioned to perfectly obscure the scroll bar of the drop-down list of printer profiles, leading people to think their printer's profiles aren't available.
* If there are more lines than can be displayed in the Note field of a keyword tag, it is impossible to show the last line, though you can select it with Ctrl-A (select all).
* Copying a paragraph from Microsoft Word and pasting it into the Notes field of a keyword tag causes some of the spaces between words to be deleted.
* The scroll bars in the Organizer Full Screen view don't work correctly - clicking on the scroll bar arrows or the space between the arrows and the center box of the bar does nothing, unlike a standard Windows scroll bar.
* Escape doesn't close the full-screen-mode Properties dialog.
* Control-A to select all text doesn't work in the text fields of the Properties dialog.
* You can't use the Windows Explorer Tile command to tile the PSE Organizer and Editor windows.
* The Editor window can't be resized the standard Windows way by grabbing any edge, just the lower-right corner.
* Alt doesn't underline the shortcut letters of top-level menu items in the Full Editor (but it does in the Organizer).
* In the full Editor, if at least one open photo is minimized to the Project Bin, Ctrl-Tab no longer cycles through the open windows.
* In Create > Slide Show > Slide Show Preferences dialog, you can't use backspace or delete to clear the text in the Static and Transition Duration fields -- you need to select the text and then type over the selection (non-standard Windows behavior).
70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, it's great software Oct. 24 2007
By David P. Roe - Published on Amazon.com
I didn't give it 5 stars because I know it's not perfect. But with that said, I love the program. After using trial versions of several image-editing programs, I decided on Elements 6.0 because I will eventually purchase Photoshop Lightroom and thought they would integrate well together. I also didn't want to pay the price for Photoshop CS3. I am still learning Elements, but so far I have not been disappointed.

The program works flawlessly--no glitches, hangs, crashes, or bugs. I'm running it on my 2-year-old laptop, which has Windows XP SP2, Intel Celeron M processor (1.5 GHz), and 2 GB RAM. (I don't know what my video card is; whatever came with the computer.) I would have to agree with another reviewer who said that any problems people experience with Elements 6.0 is most likely due to insufficient RAM and processor speed.

I highly recommend this program, and I look forward to learning more of its nuances.
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