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Basically, Photoshop for the rest of us
on April 30, 2012
Given the wealth of reviews that rightfully extol its virtues as a photo editing suite, I'll simply state the following: yes, you can use Photoshop Elements 10 to create original graphics in much the same way as the full version of Photoshop. If you're already familiar with Adobe Photoshop CS5, you'll find many of your old friends waiting for you here: the clone tool, the brushes, the shapes, the multiple undos and even the layers -- but not the channels -- palette are all available in this package. If you prefer, you can even modify Photoshop Elements' appearance and performance to approximate -- but not outright replicate -- Photoshop CS's operating environment. Having used Photoshop since Version 3.0 back in the mid-1990's, I can say with some authority that this is basically the same Photoshop you've known (and loved?) for years with some added easy functionality for novices and without the more advanced design features (CMYK support for print is sorely lacking, but there are workarounds).
If you're finding that free alternatives, like GIMP, aren't filling the bill, or you'd simply like to use Photoshop without resorting to piracy, I can unreservedly recommend that you buy this. The installation DVD includes versions for Windows 7 and Mac OS X, and it runs well enough on both systems. While the box doesn't include any instructional manuals, there are plenty of Internet resources available to help you adjust to Photoshop Elements' various differences and quirks. Furthermore, as one or two previous Amazon reviewers may have already stated, you can easily transfer your skill set and files from this program to the full version of Photoshop at a later date; a definite bonus for industries in which Photoshop CS remains the gold standard for both graphic design and photo manipulation.
In that respect, it's worth every penny you pay for it.