Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 offers many new and exciting features not included in previous versions to create an end-to-end photography experience. The possibilities for organizing, editing, and sharing photos seem endless as does the time required to get comfortable with the product. For those who are either computer savvy or familiar with previous versions of Elements and have time spend, the program is amazing. For new users or those with fewer computer skills, the software will probably be cumbersome and frustrating. [See Image 1] Once familiar, the available features really are neat and allow the user to make endless creations out of their digital photos.
There are two main workspaces in the application - Organizer and Editor. The Organizer workspace provides the ability to categorize, view, and overall organize digital photos. [See Image 2]
Photos are automatically sorted by date but the user can also apply filters to further organize photos such as, 1) tags - keyword or keywords used to identify photos; 2) events - such as Thanksgiving, First Day of School, etc.; and, 3) places - locations where the photo was taken. The Editor workspace provides the user with digital image editing tools to enhance the photo's color, clarity, composition, layout, and the like. [See image 3]
One of the most notable features is the product's sharing capabilities. This version of Photoshop Elements 5.0 includes Photo Galleries that are specifically geared towards electronic sharing. [See Image 4] Photos grouped in a gallery can be customized with a theme, title, and captions and then shared to a CD or via the web. Another nice feature is the Upload Service which allows the user to upload photos to the web, even if they do not have their own personal website. From here, the photos can be viewed by friends and family. Photo storage functionality is a great fail-safe feature that provides a backup to the user's personal files. Personal photos can be stored online with an online storage provider, such as Kodak Gallery or Snapfish, from whom they can also order prints.