Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 3.0: A New
long awaited upgrade to Adobe® Photoshop® Elements is
finally here with the release of version 3.0! One of
the big changes is the fact that for the first time Adobe® has
released separate versions of Photoshop® Elements for
Mac and Windows users. This is because they have decided to combine
the organizing power of Adobe® Photoshop® Album 2.0 with
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 3.0 to give a
powerful and tightly integrated solution to photo organizing
and editing. Since there was no mac version of the Photoshop® Album
software, only Windows users will see this combination of features.
Since the Mac version of the software does not include the Organizer,
it includes the full version of the File Browser
from Adobe® Photoshop® CS with features not available in
the Windows version, such as the ability to flag images. The Mac
version also contains more web gallery templates than it's Windows
Whether you use a Mac or a PC, this version of Elements is full
of new tools, filters, and features, and even sports a new look.
Rather than one workspace fits all, you have several: the Editor,
the Quick Fix Workspace which contains the new and improved Quick
Fix tools as well as new Auto Smart Fix (and it is smart, as you
will see shortly!) and an Organizer workspace in windows. Also,
some old tricks are back, like the cmd/ctrl + J copy selection
to a new layer shortcut! (Cmd/ctrl + shift + J will cut the selection,
the same as in Elements 1 or full Photoshop®.)
Sleek new interface
With this version, Elements has moved farther away
from it's big brother Photoshop®. In Elements 1 and 2 the interface
was nearly identical to that of Photoshop® 6 and 7 respectively,
on which Elements 1 and 2 were based. The differences in interface
between Elements 3.0 and Photoshop®
CS, on which Elements 3.0 is
based, are very striking. The colors are muted and soft, and the
workspace uncluttered, with a single line toolbox down the left
side of the window, if it is docked, and your monitor resolution
is at or above the minimum requirements. Otherwise you will see
a double line of tools. The toolbox can still be dragged away from
the side of the program window and floated anywhere on screen.
I do miss the Tab shortcut key in Windows ,
at least the way it behaved in previous versions of Elements
and still does in Photoshop®. The palette and photo
bins are not affected by the Tab key, only palettes you have
dragged out of the bin and dropped on your work area, like the
Layers Palette I keep open at all times. So if I have the layers
palette out of the bin and in the work area, the tab key closes
it, but only it. It also no longer affects the tool bar (unless
you have it floating) which is a loss as well. This is not the
case with the Mac, and Tab is a toggle that hides and shows everything
but the menu bar and the images you're working on.
The options bar and shortcut bar no longer float. They're there,
permanently anchored across the top of the window, whether you
want them there or not.
In Windows, there are several specialized workspaces for different
tasks, and you can choose from the Welcome screen when you first
open Elements (in Windows) or you can also make your choice
from within Elements.
Mac users will see a different Welcome screen
that allows them to choose from aquiring images from a digital
camera or scanner, opening a file, starting a new file, or choosing
from a list of recently opened files.
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