Adobe has been able to create the elite in photo editing software at all user levels, but unfortunately everything seem very complicated at first, and even choosing the right software often seems a daunting task. The basic rules are that Adobe Elements is for beginners and Adobe Photoshop is better suited for more advanced users.
Step 2 is normally deciding which PS or PSE version will best be suited to your particular photo editing needs, but you would actually be surprised at just how similar each version is, although the latest edition has always got something new added. Personally I think that any Elements version will meet a newbie users needs, but when it comes to the more advanced Photoshop software, you may find the latest version for suited to an advanced Photoshop users needs
Currently the latest Photoshop version is Photoshop CS4, which has made great advances with added new tools that will produce the most amazing results. The Photoshop software is a lot more expensive than the Elements, so even a more advanced photo editor might find the new Photoshop Elements 7 is perfectly suitable, easier and a lot cheaper. The new functions include an excellent photo organizer and an extensive online component for Digital photo sharing as well as excellent online backup.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 provides two main functions, many of which can be found in Photoshop CS4, so if these functions are all you need remember that Elements 7 will mean big savings.
First of all there is the Organizer which allows you to view thumbnails and perform very basic photo editing and then you have the Editor, where gives total access to all of the photo editing functions. The Editor is simple to manage and allows “Guided Fixes”, which basically comprises of Wizards that walk you through step by step photo edits. The “Quick Fixes” calculate the optimum way to fix colors, lighting, and sharpness calculated upon either your input with sliders or whatever PE7 sees fit.
The Organizer is the easiest section to deal with on Adobe Elements 7, with tools like Auto Color and Auto Contrast. Things get a little more interesting though when you start to use the Auto Smart Fix tool that will allow you to transform poor quality images into photos worthy of a professional with just the click of a button.