Photoshop Elements 2018 - Mac|Windows

Go from hundreds of mystery folders to a visual view of your photos automatically sorted by date, subject, people, and places. See your best photos auto-curated based on quality, faces, subjects, and more. Make your photos look amazing with automated photo editing options, and create and share printed artwork, new dynamic slideshows, photo collages, and gifts for friends and family.

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    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (152 out of 168)

    Product Details


    • Publisher: Adobe
    • Release Date: 10/04/2017
    • Color Category: Multi
    • Model Number: ADO951800F085
    • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan|Windows 10|Windows 7 Home|Windows 8

    Features


    Effortless organization

    Finally - a photo Organizer that makes it effortless. Go from hundreds of mystery folders scattered across your computer to a visual view of your photos automatically sorted by date, subject, people, and places.

    See your best photos auto-curated based on quality, faces, subjects, and more.

    Intelligent editing

    Automated photo editing so you have more time to be creative. Open closed eyes like magic, make precise selections effortlessly, and get step-by-step help with artistic techniques and creative effects.

    Stunning creations

    Create beautiful printed artwork, new dynamic slideshows, photo collages, and gifts for friends and family. Make calendars, scrapbook pages, and cards you can print at home.

    Shareable memories

    Share with friends and family any way you like - via print, slideshows, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, and more.*

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    Customer rating

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    91%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great consumer friendly Photo Editing package

      Posted
      ITJim
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      Pros: Easily accessible filters and special effects Easy to follow wizards for quick easy editing of photos Expert mode with many common photo editing features Support for Touch, tablet, and active stylus Works with my Surface Pro 4 in all modes No Subscription! Cons: Steep learning curve when using Expert mode Cut-Out tool does get confused easily Often need to go into Expert mode to adjust Cut-Out tool’s selection Save changes can be confusing I do some photo editing of my family and event photos. Most of my photo editing needs focus on the arts and crafts that I make and post to various sites. For the last three years I have used Photoshop like competitor products. My biggest paint points are the Cut-Out tools when changing backgrounds, special effects, applying filters, or converting my photo into wallpaper for block text. This year, instead of paying for my annual, marginally improved upgrade, I chose to give Photoshop Elements a try. My needs are simple. I take the photo, sharpen the photo, adjust the color, and maybe apply a few special effects when needed. I was not expecting much from Elements and thought the wizards were marketing fluff. I was mostly wrong. Attached to this review is a picture from my last Disney vacation as an example of something that would take me hours to figure out in another product. I was able to do the same work within five minutes with Elements. What I did was load the photo into the “Quick” view. Selected the view drop down to Before & After. And then walked through the preset special effects. I found the effect I want and then went straight into the “Guided” tab. From there I applied text to my photo, pressed a button, and my image magically became wall paper for the block text! You have no idea how excited this made me. The great part is that I can get fancy or as simple as I want to make it. If there is an effect or a touch up that the wizards can’t do for me, then “Expert” mode is available. The features are a subset of what you will find in Photoshop CS but they are probably the most commonly used features. The icons are large and easy to handle. Each feature does have a subset of adjustments to reduce or amplify an effect. These features are where the learning curve steepens considerably and an opportunity for Adobe to leverage hover help bubbles. Unfortunately, they do not. You will be forced to head out to YouTube and look for helpful videos on how to use each feature’s settings. The good news is that Adobe does supply information about their features online. Click on the question mark in the section that pops up at the bottom of the screen and you will be taken to a web page with more information. So, read or watch a video from some kind stranger. I also love the fact that this product works without issue on my Surface Pro 4. It is slower on the surface than my full featured desktop. The speed has more to do with the portability and convenience over raw performance that most of these ultra-portable devices fall into. The good news is that the MS Pen works without flaw. And Adobe fully supports finger gestures. I cannot tell you how much of an advantage an active stylus is over a mouse pointer. When I need precision, the Surface is my go-to platform. When I need raw speed, then I’ll leverage my desktop. I do have a few gripes that I hope Adobe addresses in upcoming updates. First, if you hover your mouse pointer or active stylus over an object eventually a name will pop-up. This is helpful if you don’t know what an icon represents. The problem I ran into is that the pop-up is usually blocked by my active stylus. It would be nice if I can indicate to the program that I would like the pop-up boxes to appear over my pen tip and not under it. My next gripe is the selection tools. I tried to use the background replacement wizard with an actual person in the shot and found that it was only partially successful. For whatever reason, any colors in a photo that are close will throw the tool off and give you some strange selection. I also found that multi-layered objects such as a box with a pattern on it will also through off the selection tool. This may be where I need to spend more time learning about the selection tool. My point is if you really want to swap out backgrounds then you will need to put some time into the tool and even the wizard before you will get the effects you want. Finally, I noticed that when I edit a photo, I’m only editing a safe copy of the photo. Meaning, the original is preserved. What I find difficult, and I hope Adobe addresses this, is how do I accept the changes to the photo. A few times, I have made the mistake of saving my photo only to find out that I did not save anything at all. I was forced to do a Save As and then create a whole new file. I would like to see some mechanism that tells me what will save my changes, how it will save them, and where it saves them. I have only had this product for about a week. It’s going to take a month of dedicated use before I can dig through all the cool features. My list of pros and cons are superficial at best. My chief take-away is Adobe put together a consumer-friendly package with many common tools and effects front loaded for the weekend photo editor. There are many advanced features back loaded for those who want to take their photo editing skills to that next level. So far, this has changed the way I work and what I expect to see in a consumer-friendly photo editing program.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Outstanding Photo / Video Editing Software

      Posted
      Selva
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      Adobe Photoshop elements 2018 came with Windows and Mac installation CDs. The installation went smoothly in Windows 10 and took only 10 mins. Adobe offer two ways to install Adobe Photoshop elements 18 • DVDs included in this box • Electronic software download - see below A software download is available for users who don't have DVD drive in computer. Please visit https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop-elements/kb/photoshop-elements-downloads.html for instructions to download and install your software. During the installation, you need to provide the Abode ID and keys to register. Adobe Photoshop Elements home screen shows three options Photo Editor, Organizer and Video Editor. I have imported the entire photos collection which has more than 25000+ photos. It took a while (15 mins) to import entire photo collection. I am really impressed with editing features on this software. I was able to edit photos and videos very easily adding light, color, balance, sharpen and exposure. I have listed down the new features in Adobe Photoshop elements & premiere elements 15 • Turn frowns upside down - Transform frowns into smiles, adjust squinting eyes and make other quick tweaks, so everyone in your photos looks their best. • ENHANCED Guided Edits for help along the way - Photoshop Elements offers 45 Guided Edits that step you through to fantastic results. • Picture incredible text - Get step-by-step help turning a photo into cool visual text and then adding an embossed look and drop shadows to really make it pop. Great for collages, scrapbook pages, cards, signs, and more. • Create a collage of effects - Get artistic by adding multiple effects to a single photo. Photoshop Elements walks you through it and gives you templates and themes to choose from. • Pump up the action - Add a motion blur behind your subject to create a dramatic speed-pan action shot. • Photo painting - Paint an effect over your subject and then add textures and color themes to create a unique work of art — perfect for sharing on social media or as a printed keepsake. • Truly custom frames - Create your own frames to complement favorite photos, add polish to your scrapbook pages, or share with others. This Guided Edit makes it a breeze. • Touch your way to great pics - The Organizer and Quick Edit mode are now touch-friendly, so you can tap to do all your finding, sorting, and quick photo enhancements. • Find photos faster with Smart Tags - Photoshop Elements suggests tags for your photos based on subjects like sunsets, birthdays, dogs, cats and more. • Share with friends and family any way you like - via print, slideshows, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Twitter I would highly recommend this software who wants to enhance their home photos and videos to next level.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      LOADED WITH EASY-TO-USE TOOLS

      Posted
      TECHBEENGOOD
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      Photoshop Elements 2018 I’ve provided two of the several example photos I created my first afternoon using Photoshop Elements 2018. A photo taken at the Fort Worth Stockyards was turned into a puzzle. A photo taken in Boston Harbor was turned into Photo Text. I could have gotten fancier, but I wasn’t in the mood to read directions. Yeah, it’s that easy. And, no, I’m very much an amateur, althoughI have used previous version Elements 15 a number of times. This is a simple review because Photoshop Elements is a simple decision. Whether you view photography as a hobby or just a serious interest, you really ought to own a copy of Photoshop (CC subscription usually for professionals or Elements for everyone else). If you own an older (than version 2015) Elements, this Elements 18 is a revelation in photo editing. It brings Photoshops well known capabilities down to where us regular folks can easily accomplish professional effects. It’s a minor upgrade from “15”, but still worth if for me. I love playing with my pictures. Are you ready for a comprehensive photo management program? It’s here. Elements recognizes faces, places, and can organize your photos by various criteria. This program takes the frustration out of managing thousands of pictures. Are you looking for an photo emergency room dedicated to recovering and correcting picture problems? Elements can manage your scanner to digitize your photo albums. (Did you know almost every printer/copier is also a photo scanner?) It will help you bring back old family photos from the dead. Those faded skies and bleached or stained pictures are quickly restored. Are you an artist looking for a way to turn your pictures into stunning displays? Being “photoshopped” has entered the language because of its unique capability to modify photos. This is, of course, the primary reason why people buy Photoshop elements. It has amazing editing features. And you can choose “Guided” mode or “Quick” mode or “Expert” mode. There are video workshops built into the program. No college workshop is required to generate really special photographs long after you’re home from the game or the vacation. But workshops often appear in local schools because the program has so many features to explore. Whether you’re recovering long faded photos scanned into your computer or generating puzzles from your pics, or fixing poorly staged group photos or generating special effects, or aging modern pictures or creating artistic renderings, this program has no limits. This program is loaded with photo manipulation tools . . . and sufficient help, step-by-step guidance, and content relevant hints to make you smile during the entire creative process. This is an easy program with which to succeed. Highly recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Easy to use with lots of features

      Posted
      enem156
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      I've used Photoshop Elements in the past and this new version is very similar. There are a huge amount of options and features with this program and it would be impossible to run through them all. It's actually two separate programs in one. When you open it up it gives you the choice of selecting the Organizer or the Editor. In the Organizer, you have a program that lets you consolidate all your photos and directories in one convenient location. Just tell it where to look and it will add all your photos (including your directory names) to the main catalog. From there you can separate and further organize them 'til your hearts content. You can further break down your collection by People, Places or Events. It will attempt to group every face it finds into different people so that you can name the person. When you select a persons picture, you can elect to see all the faces in the group, or all the faces so that you can confirm that the face it's showing you is the same as all the faces it grouped together. You can always edit these people names. This works well, but it is very tedious even with this feature. It does a pretty good job, but you still need to name people and verify that it found the same person in all the photos. I've found that I still needed to edit quite a few, especially in the photos of when my daughters were very little because they looked similar when they were young. This sometimes happened with all of my wife's sisters and her as well. But if your willing to go through them all, you'll end up with a way to sort on actual people, which would have otherwise been almost impossible. The editor program is a breeze to use and is always available from the organizer so that if you run across a photo in the organizer that you want to play with or edit, you can just open the photo up in the editor right from the organizer. There are a lot of editing features. A lot of which I haven't had the opportunity to explore yet. But all the basics you would want to be able edit are certainly included. It does a particularly good job at automatically getting rid of red eye, everybody's bane. You have your choice of Smart Fix, Exposure, Lighting, Color, Balance and Sharpen. Opening up any of these sub menus shows you a selection of alterations on the actual photo that you've selected to work on. This is a really powerful set of tools. You could pretty much fix any photo with these tools alone. All of them are listed under the Quick heading. Meaning that you can just click through any adjustment you want to make. There is also a heading labeled Guided, that will actually guide you step by step through fixing a variety of photo problems and obtaining stunning results while teaching you how to do things in a more manual way to fix them. This heading also includes many artistic affects that you can apply to any photo. This is really a great bag of tricks for anyone who enjoys doing a little more with their photos and applying artistic effects. The last heading is Expert mode. In this mode you can perform all the edits yourself without any help at all. This is handy if you know exactly how you want to alter a photo and don't need the aid of any of the included tools to fix it. This version of Elements is really a wonderfully comprehensive tool that allows anyone the ability of organizing and altering any and all of their photos. If you want to spend the time, you will really benefit from the huge number of tools and features that it offers. I highly recommend it for amateurs and enthusiasts alike. Even experts would probably benefit from tools.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Lots of power, but good for novices, too.

      Posted
      BobinVA
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      It’s been quite a few years since I’ve updated Photoshop Elements on my computer. So many, in fact, that I didn’t even have Elements installed. When I recently had the opportunity to pick up the 2018 version, I figured that maybe it was time for me to see how Elements has changed. Installation took a while (it’s a 5.1 GB program) but went smoothly. I experienced no problems during installation, and appreciated that Adobe offers the opportunity to install either from the DVD or by downloading it from Adobe’s servers. That’s a great option with fewer and fewer laptops coming with optical drives these days (or if you just don’t feel like dealing with the disc). I decided to start with the Organizer. I’ve been using a free tool for this task for some time now, so I was interested to see how the new Elements would compare. Overall, I think Elements is the better organizer and its integration with the editor is excellent. I had over 37,000 photos to import, which took a while, but that’s to be expected. One thing I really liked about the organizer was the ability to tag photos to a location on the map. Elements offers a lot of ways to tag your photos to make it easier to find them later. With as many photos as I have, this is a great feature that I’m looking forward to exploring. On the editing side of things, Elements offers three modes: Quick, Guided and Expert. Quick mode is where you’ll old standby adjustments like Smart Fix, exposure, lighting, color, balance and sharpening. A great feature that was new to me was the ability to see a side-by-side view of the before and after. This is a great way to see the impact of the changes you’re making and undo them if necessary. Guided mode walks you through making changes like replacing the background, changing the depth of field, or changing the composition of the photo. This mode makes it easy to do some things that previously would have been considered difficult. It’s really just a repackaging of the tools, but this is great when you just want to get it done. Expert mode is what you would think it should be: you’re the expert, so you do it all yourself with the wide variety of tools available in the program. It’s clear that there is a huge amount of depth in this program, and it’s going to take me a long time to get through it all. What’s great about that is that Adobe has provided a wealth of helps, both in the documentation as well as the wonderful eLive mode. This is where you can find help for what you’re trying to do, as well as getting ideas and guidance on new techniques. This is a wonderful resource and one that I’m sure I’ll spend a lot of time with. Making minor adjustments is easy to do, and this has always been a strength of the program. The ability to get rid of red eye, whiten teeth or open closed eyes is very cool and can help you salvage a photo that might otherwise be a loss. I did find it frustration, however, to try to go deeper without the knowledge and experience to do so. In other words, I was hoping that things like replacing the background would be easier to do with this version. I tried to use the magic lasso tool, but could never really select what I was trying to select. Perhaps I’ll be able to do this with more study and practice, but in my opinion, this is the kind of thing that an editor should make easier. This just points out that there is a huge amount of capability hidden in this program, and will reward those with the perseverance to figure it out. Overall, I think Photoshop Elements 2018 is a good value, and gives the user a powerful set of tools for managing and improving their photo collection. You can often find Elements on sale, so if it’s been a while since you’ve upgraded, now’s the time to pick this up. If you have the prior version, I’m not sure there’s enough new stuff here to justify the upgrade, but you should at least check it out.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great software, even better value

      Posted
      skylog
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      I take a lot of pictures. A lot. For fun, for work, for hobbies, you name it. I am always documenting something from my life. As such, I also spend a fair amount of time editing, collating, and organizing all those photos. For years, that has meant using an old, old, did I mention old, version of Photoshop CC. I like what Adobe brings to the table, and while I am an active user, it was hard for me to spend the money for the full suite with the subscription model. It is something I contemplate each year, but I never really considered making the move to Photoshop Elements. Finally, that has changed. I could not be more pleased. While I am by no means an “expert,” I am fairly experienced with photo editing. That was always one of my concerns, that the program would be limited, or restrictive in what one could do. I have found that is not the case. It is true that Elements does not have “everything” that full Photoshop does; however, I think most nonprofessionals will be satisfied with all that the program DOES offer. Simply, there are a vast amount of editing resources at your fingertips. I think one of the best aspects of the program is the user interface. There are three user levels or modes for editing: Quick, Guided and Expert. Here, the product really shines, as all levels of skill are covered. Those new to photo editing can get the help they need, while those that are more familiar can quickly and easily navigate through the program to accomplish tasks. The layout was updated from what I was used to (again, I was using such dated software) but I had no trouble handling everything I typically do. I do have a “system” I use for organizing and archiving my photos, I have used it for some time, but I am impressed with Elements Organizer. It is, well, an organizer for your photo collection. You can sort, tag, arrange, etc.…all your photos. I like what I see here, and to change will be a big commitment, but I am at least considering. I did not expect that. Given the trend in the software world towards subscription based models, I think I should briefly touch upon the value presented with Photoshop Elements. For many people, the subscription model does not work. Either they do not use the software regularly, they are not and have no desire to become versed in the software, or simply, it is too expensive. Further, to purchase a full version of Photoshop upfront is even more costly. In that reality, Photoshop Elements is quite a value. The price is quite competitive to a Photoshop subscription, is a one-time fee, and, quite frankly, as I mentioned previously, the software provides a wealth of features that should please most users. Ultimately, I have no problem recommending Photoshop Elements to nearly everyone. Some, mainly professionals with targeted needs may want more, but Elements is intuitive, feature-rich, a high-quality photo-editing solution and a tremendous value.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Mostly used to organize photos, but great!

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      bzm3j81
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      I picked up Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 mostly for the Organizer component. I had previously gone through the task of face tagging several thousand photos with Google Picasa. Since Google Picasa is no longer supported/offered, I finally decided to move to Adobe. Even though both Google and Adobe are part of Metadata Working Group, their implementations of face tagging metadata seems to be different enough that Adobe Photoshop Elements cannot read the data. To top it off, Google Picasa defaulted to writing the data to a single .ini file and writing to individual files was deemed experimental. So I'm a little disappointed in both sides. Adobe Organizer seems slower at analyzing faces. It seems prone to locking up my system when throwing almost 100,000 images at it. But if I remember, Picasa locked up my system as well. Luckily, the analysis will resume after I return to Adobe Organizer. However, I am now confident that once I tag the photos, it will persist in future Adobe products. Using the power of machine learning, Adobe Organizer is jumping into letting the computer try to select the best images of all your photographs. This allows the computer to work through hundreds of images and select the handful of images that are the best. It may not be perfect, but I like where this is going. I also did a little research on the Terms and Conditions on Adobe Photoshop Elements. It indicates I can install on a laptop device and on a desktop device so long as I am not running Photoshop Elements on both systems at the same time. I have a decent desktop that helps me power through the facial analysis. I am also more comfortable when using a desktop with the larger screen. I have a Windows Surface like device with Pen Input and I wanted to see if I could use the pen to allow fine control over edits. Unfortunately, this will not work as I had hoped. Simply hovering the pen over the screen is treated as input. Again, I cannot fault Adobe on this. If I want to have fine pen control, I should invest in a Wacom device. Onto the main program...Adobe Photoshop Elements is great for the amateur photographer to edit photos. What's special about the 2018 version is that it offers a walkthrough of many common editing scenarios. The walkthroughs are simple and get the job done. If the photo still isn't to your liking, you can jump into more advanced modes easily and edit to your liking. This feature is great for people like me who want to learn how to edit photos. One of the neat features is 'Open Closed Eyes'. Using two photos of the same person, it can take the open eyes from one photo and seamlessly blend into the photo where the person has closed eyes, thus opening previously closed eyes. I had seen some of this work with my android phone, I'm glad that this feature is now I can control. With Adobe Photoshop Elements, I am excited to learn how to edit photos.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Step-up from basic editing, limited slideshow

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      TrueReviews20
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      I was looking for a program that would give me good editing ability as well as slideshow creation. This program does the former well and definitely a step-up from free or basic editing applications. I am not impressed the the slideshow features on this program and would say they are more basic. If you want both or heavy feature-rich slideshow capabilities, you should look elsewhere. Learning to use all the features as a beginner (or new to Adobe) may have a learning curve, but you should pick up on in quickly. This program is good for beginners and even more advanced users, but definitely not for professional use. Price-point is also very good for an Adobe Photoshop program. The organization system is thorough and offers many options to categorize by place, people, date, and you can even assign ratings. It has features like Auto-Curate to find what it considers your best pics, this worked pretty well for the most part if you want to put together a quick album. There is also a good amount of knowledge-base available to help you learn what you may not yet know how to do. In terms of editing, I was happy to see accessing basic and advanced features were streamlined and easy to adjust. Basic adjustments like Hue, Brightness, Contrast worked just as expected. It took me a little effort to get right, but the open-eyes editing feature was fun to play with and surprisingly effective. This is perfect for those moments where you only have one or two pictures that were almost perfect. Slight learning curve to perfect, but solid feature. Adjustment of facial features was weird, yet impressive. It gives you the ability to "turn a frown upside-down." You can adjust the eyes, nose, etc. It really gives you multiple fine controls of each feature that you would not be able to do without a special program and does it very well. I was very happy to use features like auto-select and brush to which are akin to tools in professional Photoshop. These also have the added benefit of "Guided Edits" which help you master or learn new techniques. Adobe really thought through each level of this program with the idea of multiple levels of users. Filters can be added then further edited to really unique images such as the well-known water brush look. The "painterly" option makes for great printing onto canvas. You can easily share with friends and family through the integrated share feature in the program. The slide-show option will create nice, basic slide show. It will display all your hard work in to a nice presentation, but the features are very limited. This is what bumped this down to 4-stars versus 5-stars. I'd actually give this 4.5 stars. For a really impressive slideshow, you'll have to use another program. Overall, highly recommended. Great price point, tons of features, and perfect for almost every non-professional user.

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