Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 is the latest release from the Adobe Photoshop family and it is the little brother of the industry standard digital imaging software product Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 is available for both Windows and the Mac platforms and has incorporated many new features.
Photoshop is considered by many to be the best image editor on the planet but unless you are a professional it may not be the best choice for the general consumer for a couple of reasons. First, with a high end product, there is usually a high end learning curve that can take months; even years to become accomplished with such an all encompassing product. Second, a high end product usually comes with a high end price. In the case of Photoshop CS5.1, purchasing it new that can mean $699 USD for the standard version, and $999.00 USD for the extended version. For Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 it is $99.99 USD, or bundled with Adobe Premier Elements 10, it is $149.99 USD. You can check out what you need to run Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 from their tech specs page.
So what is new with Adobe Photoshop Elements 10?
• Paint effects – using the Smart Brush and the 30 new patterns and effect that are included. The Smart Brush makes it easy to paint on effects and patterns to certain areas of your photos with simple brush strokes. There are times that a background distracts from the image and now with these new effects you can shake things up and provide much more creative looking backdrops. You can also get artsy by using the new Snow, Pencil Sketch, and Oil Pastel effects.
• Guided edits – give you the ability to professional editing effects and professional results. There are three new step-by-step Guided Edits that are available in this release – Orton Effect which gives a mix of high and low detail areas, picture stack effect which gives that collage or scrapbook look, and Depth-of-Field which allows you to control how much background detail is sharp vs. out of focus.
• Add flair – with the ability to add curving, flowing text. You can provide an artistic touch or entertaining captions to your photos. Want to add bit of flair to your creations? Now easily give them added boost with text that curves or flows any way you wish. There are three new options—Text on a Shape, Text on a Path, and Text on a Selection—let you add text exactly the way you want it to look.