Reviewers say Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 is the best photo-editing software for most users. It's not as powerful as its big brother, Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Est. $700), but it offers many of the same tools for a fraction of the price. Photoshop Elements is also much easier to use than the full version of Photoshop, and a new feature called "guided edits" provides users with step-by-step instructions for performing advanced edits.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 is available for both Macs and PCs, and it includes new features such as Facebook integration and new paint effects. Experts are big fans of the smart brush, which allows users to make changes to specific parts of an image. However, reviewers say Photoshop Elements 10 isn't the best photo organizer. The organizational side of Elements is separate from the editing mode, which annoys reviewers who have to switch back and forth between modules. It's also not a huge upgrade from the previous version, so those with Photoshop Elements 9 shouldn't feel pressure to upgrade right away. Of course, Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Est. $700) is still deemed the best choice for professionals and serious hobbyists.
A number of technology reviewers evaluate the latest version of Adobe Photoshop Elements, including PCMag.com, MacLife and NotebookReview.com. Britain's Which? magazine conducts independent tests on photo-editing software, although details are only available to subscribers. We also found a good selection of user reviews at Amazon.com.
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 earns an Editors' Choice award from PCMag.com. Although he finds the organizer view somewhat clunky, Michael Muchmore says Photoshop Elements offers more tools and photo-editing options than any other consumer-focused software.
Review: Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, Michael Muchmore, Oct. 14, 2011
MacLife gives Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 a score of "Excellent." Bryce Hubner says some of the uploading tools are slow, but he's impressed with the new Object Search and Guided Edits features.
Review: Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Review, Bryce Hubner, Oct. 18, 2011
Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 also receives a high rating from NotebookReview.com. High points include the software's ease of use and Facebook integration. However, Daniel Grotta says it's not a must-have upgrade for current users.
Review: Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 10 Review, Daniel Grotta, Sept. 20, 2011
4. Which? magazine
This British-based organization conducts independent tests similar to ConsumerReports.org. Editors test a variety of photo-editing software, including Adobe Photoshop Elements 10. Full details are available to subscribers.
Review: Photo-editing software reviews, Editors of Which? magazine, As of June 2012
Photoshop Elements earns a 4-star rating from more than 180 owners at Amazon.com. Although some find it hard to use -- and others say it's too slow -- most users say Elements is a great value among photo-editing software.
Review: Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, Contributors to Amazon.com