Good PointsHighly versatile
Operator tips on screen
Imports Photoshop files
Many filters for photo manupilation
Bad PointsText effects difficult to control
General CommentsI highly Recommend Adobe PhotoShop Elements for the serious digital photographer. For those who are hesitant about plunging into PhotoShop, let me recommend this highly versatile package instead. It is a fraction of the price and it looks, feels, and operates like its big brother.
I use PhotoShop 6.0 at work constantly, but can't afford the package for home use. However Photoshop Elements has filled the bill and I have found it to do most everything that PhotoShop can. I wouldn't recommend Elements for those who just want to make quick and pretty greeting cards or photo album pages. PrintShop is best for that. Elements is suited for individual photo manipulations.
The most valuable tool of Elements is it's layering capibility. This feature separates the pro packages from the run of the mill.
As with new software there is a learning curve ahead and Elements is no different. It's a package that is easy enough to get you started right into the basics, however you'll spend the rest of the year discovering and experminting with the many creative features.
Added help and tip menus come with Elements, they step you through intricate photo effects, sometimes just with drag and drop operations. The file outout is pretty big when your working with multiple layers. But once your creation is finished you can flatten all the layers down to one and save as a JPEG.
I love the sharpening algorythum on the Adobe products, it does an excellent job with my digital images. Elements will give you full control of your photo creation.