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Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Review

What's new in AdobeR PhotoshopR Elements 9? There are many new and enhanced features to make your photo editing and photo projects easier and more fun. WindowsR 7 and Mac OS users will be glad to hear that Elements 9 supports your favorite technologies including Multitouch touchscreens.

The new PhotomergeR Style Match feature is one that I will use often. I have so many photos that look great alone but placed in a project as a group they look mismatched. This is usually because they have differences in style, lighting, etc. With the Style Match feature, I can choose my favorite photo in the group as a guide and tell Elements to analyze and convert the other photos' color tone, contrast, texture and tint so that all the photos work as a group or arrangement.

All Elements fans will enjoy the new Guided Edits feature which are step-by-step instructions for creating professional-looking effects with your photos, such as Pop Art, Reflections (lake effects), LOMO look, Perfect Portrait and Out of Bounds. I especially use the Out of Bounds effect in many projects. The new Guided Edits for this effect is a great time-saver.

There are enhancements to the Spot Healing brush which makes it easier to remove unwanted objects from your photos and to the Photomerge Panorama feature. You no longer need to crop your photos before creating a panorama. Elements will automatically analyze the surrounding areas and fill in those problem matching edges.

Another new feature that one can use to combine photos to create great multi-photo proejcts is Layer Masks. With this feature, you can create a layer mask on an area of one photo that will allow a second photo (which is on the layer below) to show through. I can only imagine how much fun this feature will be for Halloween!!

Elements has new Basic and Advanced design modes. With the Basic mode, Elements does most of the work for you. For those times when you want complete control over photo editing, you can easily switch to the Advanced design mode. Also, you now have access to the editing tools from within your photo project layouts.

The Organizer has been enhanced with new animated templates for your interactive online albums and with easier sharing. When emailing or uploading to your favorite sharing site such as Facebook, FlickrR and Photoshop.com, Elements will automatically format and optimize your photos.

A yearly subscription to Photoshop Elements 9 Plus offers 20 GB of online storage with automatic online backups of your photos, exclusive libraries for projects, artwork, templates and how-tos accessed directly from the Elements workspace.

*Adobe provided a review copy to me free of charge.

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