Adobe Photoshop Elements


Developed By : Adobe
Type : Raster image editor
Compatibility : Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
Popularity : Fourth most used on BZPower

Adobe Photoshop Elements, shortened to PSE is the consumer-oriented version of the Adobe Photoshop raster image editor produced by Adobe Systems. It is sold at roughly 1/6th of the price of the original product. It contains most features that Adobe Photoshop has, but as it is targeted at hobbyists, they are simplified or have fewer options.

Photoshop Elements cannot export files in the CMYK color mode, as it uses a more basic one. It also has a number of features aimed at non-experts. Currently, it is in its eighth version. Photoshop Elements is not part of the Adobe Creative Suite and is a fairly new program, being introduced in April 2001.



PSE 8 toolbar

Although there are many features in Photoshop Elements, as with Photoshop, the main part of the program is the toolbar. The features are:
  • Move Tool
  • Zoom Tool
  • Hand Tool
  • Eyedropper Tool
  • Rectangular Marquee Tool
  • Elliptical Marquee Tool
  • Lasso Tool
  • Magic Wand Tool
  • Quick Selection Tool
  • Text Tool
  • Crop Tool
  • Cookie Cutter Tool
  • Straighten Tool
  • Red Eye Removal Tool
  • Spot Healing Brush Tool
  • Clone Stamp Tool
  • Eraser Tool
  • Brush Tool
  • Smart Brush Tool
  • Paint Bucket Tool
  • Gradient Tool
  • Shape Tool
  • Blur Tool
  • Smudge Tool
  • Sharpen Tool
  • Sponge Tool
  • Dodge Tool
  • Burn Tool
  • Foreground/Background Colors

File Types


Screenshot of Photoshop Elements 8

Photoshop Elements can export and read PSD files, the native Photoshop file format. Some versions can open, edit and save PDF files. Besides that, Photoshop Elements supports many vital formats including PNG, JPG and BMP.

Use by BZPower Members

Photoshop Elements didn't gain much attention until recently, with various Photoshop/GIMP arguments and/or comparisons, with some people wanting a more powerful program than GIMP that wasn't too expensive. Whether Photoshop Elements is better than GIMP or vice versa is debatable. Notable PSE users include Mr.Maniac, Arc1110, Vahi, Dokuma and more.

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