|Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 [OLD VERSION]
|List Price: $99.99
Our Price: $99.99
Adobe Elements 3.0 Image Edit Software for Windows is the third version of this amazingly popular digital image and photo editing application. It's no wonder really. Adobe's Photoshop Elements series is geared to you, the casual user, seeking access to image enhancement tools that are simple and easy. While ease-of-use is the key, PE3 adds more power. Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 software now provides powerful photo editing functionality plus intuitive organizing and sharing capabilities. Make quick fixes when you need to or use advanced editing options when you want more control. Organize the way you want and show off your creativity with new dynamic slide shows, themed photo e-mail, and more. Make compelling slide shows with transitions, captions, music, and narration Send your photos displayed within your e-mail instead of as attachments, and include decorative backgrounds and frames in a variety of themes Make the most of your valuable photo paper by printing high-quality pages in any layout you want?individual or multiple photos
- Photo enhancing tools plus intuitive organizing and sharing capabilities
- Make quick fixes or use advanced editing; quickly find any photo
- Correct color and lighting; remove imperfections; compare images
- Create compelling slide shows; send themed photo e-mail
- Use industry-leading technology; archive photos for safekeeping
- Great program, powerful top learning curve though!
This program falls in line with other Adobe programs superpowerful with a steep learning curve. If you're new to photographic editing. I say drop the change on this learn Photoshop. You will have no regrets. Once you know it, you know it and you'll be amazed.
Photoshop elements 3.0 comes with Adobe Photoshop album integrated into it. And it is a great program for organizing your digital photographs, because the one problem that comes with digital photography. Is that you can take so many photographs. They don't cost you a penny, but then you have to organize them. So you can find them album solves this problem beautifully.
If you're looking to compare this to Adobe Photoshop and again you're new to Photoshop or have never used it. This will work perfect for you. There's no need to drop $500 on Photoshop CS, what it has you won't miss.
If your thinking of buying this package, though. I would recommend get the bundle edition that comes with Adobe Premiere elements. It's only a few dollars more, and with Adobe Premiere elements you can make amazingly great photo slideshows and montages.
Free photoshop tutorials
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Have some fun and get it done
- One step forward, two steps back
I downloaded the trial version and immediately saw that the program was buggy and unstable - started getting weird error messages as this hawg was acting like Beetle Bailey on downers trying to get its act together (my gig of ram, blah, blah, didn't help). I think it has trouble accessing its on self, it's such a blubbertub. Just about sextupled in disk space occupied over ver. 2.
So then I download the 3.01 update, thinking these Adobe people worked some of the kinks out, but no - the update couldn't even recognize the program, and quit. Repeated process - same result.
Next step - uninstall, then proceed to clean up the biggest mess I've ever seen left behind in the registry and elsewhere. Registry Mechanic just about choked getting rid of all the debris. Then I check the installation folder and just about all the stuff was still there!
If you're Mom and Pop, you sure don't need this program *anyhow* - even if it weren't such a resource hippo. Get something like Paint.net 2.0 - it's free. Of course it's poor Mom and Pop that Adobe sought to target by throwing in all that organizer junk and prettying the thing up to look so friendly and inviting - steer them more to Elements and the heavy hitters more to CS.
And for the folks left behind, just throw that 16-bit deception (which has been well-addressed in other reviews) at them so they'll have something to gnaw on. Good work, Adobe!...more info
- They gave us enough for perfection... but then gave too much
Picasa 2 has ruined the value of this software. The organizer is a good idea but Picasa 2 does the same thing better, faster and is FREE. So the fact that they took the powerful Elements and merged it with the slow and fat Organizer results in a mixed emotion towards this software.
The editing side is great. It doesnt alienate novices like Photoshop CS would, but it doesnt dumb things down to grandma level like most other photo editors do. But the Organizer is another story. It looked great in demo, but in real world use then its amazing how much more efficient Picassa 2 can be.
-Tons of features only found in high end software
-Organizer should be an optional install
-Slow load. Very very slow.
-Manual stinks. Purchase of PE3 book is REQUIRED for mastering this
Honestly, the best thing they couldve done is make Organizer an optional installation. If they did that tehn i would have saved 200mb of HDD space and the editor wouldve required a bit less resources....more info
- Only for the digitally educated folks
I bought this product because it had such great reviews and it appeared to meet all my needs. I have had it over 6 months now and I still can't get the hang of it. It is NOT user friendly. I try to use all the help features but it takes so long to do just one little thing that by the time I am done editing one pic - I am burnt out and don't want to touch it for awhile.
If you are already up to speed with this type of software - it is really cool - but for new users - stay away from it....more info
- A great alternative to Photoshop...
... for poorer folks! I have used the full version of Photoshop in my work, but when I wanted to buy a copy to use at home, I couldn't swallow the price. Luckily, there is Photoshop Elements.
I have been able to do nearly everything I want to do with my photos. It works pretty much the same way as the full version, so if you know your way around Photoshop, you should have no problems here. There are plenty of filters and adjustment tools, so you can make your digital photos or artwork look great.
Of course, it doesn't have all the features of the full version. But for most people, Photoshop Elements will be enough. It offers what its title implies: the main elements of good photo correction and manipulation software.
I highly recommend it....more info
- Disappointment with DVD Burner
My primary reason for buying Elements 3.0 was to organize my vacation photos onto discs for archiving and viewing. I really liked the editing features, which I am just beginning to get a handle on.
From the git-go the program could not see my CD burner. 2 hours on the phone with a sincere and knowledgeable rep got me no further towards resolution to my problem. It was a 4-year-old IOMEGA drive, and I suspected a compatibility issue. A new Samsung DVD burner solved that problem.
Then I discovered to my horror that this product level would only burn VCD quality. My great photos all looked blurry and pixilated at the lower resolution. I don't have hours to spend on learning the tricks of this software, but it would appear that to get DVD quality NTSC, I need to upgrade to a more expensive product.
This is a huge disappointment, and right now the software sits on my machine while I figure out if I made the right decision.
I also found the DVD presentation utility in the program to be very limited from what my expectations were. Looks like it does great PDFs and on-computer slide shows, but has very limited DVD burning capability. It would also be great if the product could save in the Kodak Picture viewer format.
- Still the best entry level photo editing
This version is substantially better than 2.0!
* The photo organizer makes finding a particular photo easier. (though if you already have a great deal of digital images it takes a long time to get them all sorted)
* A new feature called quick fix is great when it works. It tends to do better on outdoor pictures than indoor pics. If quick fix does not work another feature, auto levels, does a good job.
* The spot-healing tool is great for removing facial blemishes and other small objects that need to be removed. I have actually been really amazed at how well it works. On some photos it even can remove unwanted faces.
* The red eye correction is another easy to use tool that consistently works well. This red eye tool is the best one I have worked with.
With all these automated tools editing pictures has become a whole lot easier.
- I'm satisfied
I've had this program for a year. I give it a four because it's not perfect, but it's very good. I edited a professional portrait for my first project. It turned out very well. I have a 16x20 of it hanging on my wall, so even blown up, the detail is very good. From there I've cut people out of one picture, and put them on an edited background, along with other possibilities.
I don't like the cutout with anchor tool; touch the edge of the picture, and it's all over the place. Instead, I use the eraser. I can erase away all unwanted details. I also like the stamp tool. It gives all the inuendos of shades and ripples so it looks like the original picture.
This is an extensive program. The possibilities are endless. I can use it as a beginner, and continually learn - - I don't have to understand it all at once.
I bought the bundle. I've made about a hundred movies with Premiere Elements 1.0. It likes over 40gb free hard drive and 1.5gb ram to run smoothly. Anything less is frustrating because it crashes constantly. Nonetheless, the two programs are compatible. I love having an image in Premiere Elements, and being able to edit it in Photoshop without removing the picture from either program.
AND I forgot to mention that Photoshop can import video clips to allow you to separate one frame, and you can edit that photo. It's all powerful software with the equipment we have to operate it. It's all very, very good....more info
- on time
My product came on time and in the excellent condition it was described as. Overall it was a great experience with this seller....more info
- Compatibility Problem!
I bought Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 on January 1st, 2005. I like the program, but buyers beware, it's not too compatible Windows XP Service Pack 2. I used the software a couple days, and my computer wouldn't shut off properly (you know, the blue screen thing). As far as Elements goes, it's a great product, but on the box it says compatible with Windows XP Service Pack 1. I wouldnt' have bought it, if Amazon.com had listed that in the "requirements" section on the product's description....more info
- Amazon Customer service
I Bought Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 from Amazon for the Windows Vista and i was sent the program for Macintosh. When I contacted Customer the employee informed me they only take my money and order it from a vendor. He refused to help he and informed me to contact the vendor. I needed this program for a class now i even lost the money I paid for the class (75.00). I would not even give AMAZON 1 star but it forces you to rate at least 1. Do Not buy from Amazon. At least when I bought from EBAY I get what i ordered and the ONLY time it wasn't what i paid for they returned my money and did not give me the run-a-round like AMAZON just did.
If it says AMAZON Run !!!!!!!!!!!!...more info
- Still learning Photoshop
I purchased Photoshop elements 3 in hopes to improve and hopefully simplify my photo editing/printing. I find that there are a lot of things to learn about this software to get the most from it. I like what I see so far and think it will be worth the time and trouble to educate myself. ...more info
- Decent product, but overrated
This is a decent product, but there are cheaper and easier-to-use products out there that are a better fit for the average person who simply wants to organize, share, and print/produce digital pictures. Below are my pros and cons:
1. Easy import of photos directly from camera.
2. Pretty good interface for viewing/organizing photos in a central location (a little busy at first but fairly intuitive once you get the hang of it)
3. Easy sharing options (again, once you figure out where the right buttons are).
4. A dizzying array of photo editing tools.
1. A dizzying array of photo editing tools. If you are planning projects which require a lot of layout, editing, layering, etc then you might need some of these, but if you are like 95% of the rest of us digital camera owners and just want to do some basic editing (redeye removal, etc.) before sharing then you will find that most of this stuff is overkill.
2. Very slow program startup time. It is baffling as to why, but this seems to be the norm for all Adobe products.
3. Mediocre product integration. If you have a picture in the viewer and want to do some quick editing, then it opens a different editing module. This editing module is "integrated" in that there are buttons for easily switching between the viewer and the editor, but on my brand-spanking-new computer it still takes 3-5 seconds each time I want to launch the editing module.
4. Not as intuitive as all the professional reviews say it is. Don't get me wrong, it is fairly well layed out once you get the hang of it, but if you are new to photo organization/management then don't expect to just jump in; it will take some ramp-up time. There are some very good, free third party tutorials available online to help you with this (which nicely fill in the gaps left by the virtually worthless Adobe documentation).
In summary, the best word I have to describe this product is... annoying. Bottom-line: It is a decent product but fails to live up to the hype. For $100 I expect something much more intuitive out of the box, with much tighter integration.
If you have projects in mind where you'll be working with photo layouts, etc then I would recommend you check this product out, as it does have a deep feature list. But if you're just trying to get those photos off of your digital camera, get rid of that redeye, and then e-mail them to friends/family or upload them to one of the online services, then I would check out Picasa 2.0 (free from Google) before investing $100 in this product. ...more info
- Great Product - better than 5.0 version?
I've used Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0, 3.0 and now 5.0. I found that the 3.0 version was generally easy to learn to use and could handle most of the problems and modifications that were needed with many of my digital photos.
Be aware that obviously none of the Elements series is meant to replace a full version of Photoshop. I use the full Photoshop on more difficult photo problems or those in which I need to be considerably more professional. But for me, the learning curve on Photoshop is often quite steep.
A couple of months ago, I bought the 5.0 version of Elements thinking it might give easier and faster access to some of the full Photoshop features. I found that it did not seem to give me all that much more utility than the 3.0 and it felt slower and a little less agile in moving from photo to photo. I must admit this may be due to my computer or my inability to appropriately adjust the 5.0 program based on the rather skimpy 5.0 user manual.
For the money and ease of use I think that the average amateur photographer would find the 3.0 most helpful....more info
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0
Elements 3.0 has several useful improvements over 2.
I'm glad I ordered it....more info
- Adobe Elements 3.0
I was disappointed with Elements 3.0. I purchased it because I wanted to put more than 1 music selection with the slide shows that I made. It performed that function but the resolution of the slide shows suffered because of a 3rd party program that produced the slide shows on a VCD instead of a CD. My computer which is fairly new with Windows XP Home and a LCD monitor worked perfectly with Adobe Photoshop 2.0 and produced very sharp pictures. The new 3.0 does NOT work on my computer and will only work on a TV through a DVD player. The DVD player worked but the resolution of the pictures was very poor and could only show it on a TV. I think the selection of VCD is a mistake in 3.0. ...more info
- Amazing color-correction, but Windows users beware!
I feel like an idiot for buying this software. This is a Macintosh application that has been ported to Windows with predictably confusing results.
I was looking for an inexpensive alternative to the various photo editting tools I've acquired with different hardware peripherals. In the past I have relied on an old Adobe product that came with my HP scanner to do simple photo editting, but I was having trouble installing it on my Windows XP machine, and thought it was time to look for something more modern.
A large part of this product suite is a photo organizer that is not as easy to use as Picasa, a free product available from Google.
I have only begun to attempt to use the photo editting software on the JPEG files I have been scanning from slides. I must say that the "auto correction" operation, whatever it does exactly, seems really excellent. I am amazed at how well it corrects the color automatically: I have some slides I shot of the leaning tower of Pisa that were all overexposed, by (my) mistake, and are thus super-saturated with blue. Photoshop appears to be able to restore the greens as if by magic, and I give the product three stars for this feature alone.
As I try to learn to use the photo correction tools to remove some fingerprints from a few slides however I realize that the reason I am having so much trouble using the program is that it was clearly originally written for a Macintosh environment.
I have nothing against Macs per se, but as a Windows and Linux user I find the Macintosh user interface to be utterly baffling.
Some of the Mac influence in this product is obvious, like when the help says "if running on a Windows PC, do an Alt-click" (rather than use the PC's 2nd mouse button) but the most confusing discrepancies from a Windows environment are unfortunately more subtle and thus particularly confusing.
At least, I think that's why this product is so hard for me to use. Having spent my $85 I am determined to learn this product, but I wish some of the glowing reviews on Amazon that convinced me to buy it had warned me that it's (apparently) not a native Windows application.
I should also add that the performance of the Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 Windows is not what I would expect for a modern application written for a state-of-the-art PC: nowadays PC applications do not typically stall when switching between different parts of an application while it loads a different set of plug-ins. ...more info
- Just try to get tech support for this...under $40
I purchased this product three days ago for $99.99. After installing it, I imported all of my photos to start the organizing process. At first I loved how easy it was to use. Then...it happened. I started coming across pictures that were blurry beyond recognition. These were pictures that open in other programs (Microsoft picture viewer, picasa, and HP image zone) without ANY problems. After hunting around on the internet, I found a toll free customer support # (there wasn't one included at all with the product). When I called the "tech support" #, the gentleman that I spoke to told me that the problem I was having was well above his realm of expertise, and he gave me another # out of Washington State that I could call (not toll free). When I called them, they asked if I was enrolled on one of their "plans". I told them that I was not and that I just purchased the product and just wanted to know if there was a way to fix the problem that I was having. I was told that if I wanted to talk to a tech, that I would have to give them a credit card # and that I would be charged $39 if the tech determined that the problem that I was having was anything other then a defective installation disc. This quote comes directly from the adobe web site, "If you need one-issue access to an Adobe Expert Support specialist, you can pay for a single incident. Calling about a single incident lets you experience the how-to-help and convenient hours of Expert Support for US$39 per call." Long story short (too late, I know), I will never again purchase any products from adobe....more info
- Great for beginners, lacking a good manual
I have had this product only a week now and I have nothing bad to say about it. Photoshop Elements 3 is not the Cadillac of the line and I didn't expect it to be a 600.00 product. I do say one thing, that this is far better than Microsoft Picture It of any number. Yes there are things that are lacking in this program, but it does more than the previous software I have used. Johne...more info
- Stop Whining - it's a great program!
If you read through most of these reviews, you'll find lots of people whining about slow start times and steep learning curves. I'm sorry - long experience with computers has taught me that you don't buy the latest and greatest program and expect it to run with lightning speed on your old machine! My 2-year-old Gateway with a P4 2.4gig processor and 256 megs of RAM runs PE 3.0 with absolutely no problems. Startup time from the opening screen to the photo organizer is about 40 seconds, and from the organizer to the editor is about another 40 seconds. Once they're both open, toggling back and forth is nearly instantaneous. Yes, running other applications at the same time IS a little slow, but I don't know why a person would go to the trouble to start up Photoshop and then go check their email and surf the web! Bottom line - if you're running an older machine, you may want to upgrade if you expect high performance. With the cost of computers these days, that's not as big a deal as it used to be. I only paid $450.00 for mine, with an LCD monitor.
I LOVE the program. The organizer is the best I've seen yet, and I've tried several. The editing features are super powerful. I highly recommend the Adobe "Classroom In A Book" to go with it. It's about $30.00, and worth every dime. Yes, it would have been nice if they would have included that with the program, but I'm sure from a marketing standpoint that it was important for them to keep the cost of the program under $100.00 retail. That's life in the big city!...more info
- Why did you sell me an old out of date version
I just bought this product new two weeks ago. Why did you sell me an out of dated product. You have already sent me a message promoting Elements 4.0. You should upgrade me to 4.0 at no charge. I had no intention of buying a product that would be replaced in two weeks. I am an angry customer....more info
- Makes You want to Punch Your Screen
I know that Photoshop is considered the gold standard of photo editing software and all that, but man, does Elements have to be so frustrating to use? Has any programmer that built this code ever actually tried to use it to fix a picture?
I wanted something more powerful than the free photo software available online or that comes with a new camera, but I didn't want to have to sign up for a Continuing Education class, either. Yes, it seems powerful, and all that, but it is so hard to get up to speed to know whether you are harnessing all that power. I am not computer illiterate. I use Excel, AutoCAD, databases, etc, and lot of job-proprietary software at my work every day.
I bought 3.0 after reading reviews of how buggy 4.0 was. Elements 5.0 had not yet come out.
A Few Frustrations:
(1)Adobe did not see fit to provide a manual with the software, so I have now spent just about as much on 3rd party manuals as I did on the software. There is a short "getting started" manual. It is useless.
(2) The Organizer. Why did Adobe think they were so much more clever than Microsoft and come up with another way to manage your files? I simply want to go to a directory tree, open a file, work on it and then have the option to overwrite with Save or make a new one with Save As. No, Elements wants you to work in the Organizer, where you have to labor to find the actual location of the file you have up.
(3) The Share functions. The photo album utility is surprisingly inflexible as to the sizes and orientations of the pictures printed out. I printed out a number of pages with 4 photos per page, and the images came out about 2" x 2" each. You can stretch them bigger, BUT YOU MUST DO EVERY ONE INDIVIDUALLY, not as a batch. The HP Photosmart that came free with my printer does a much better job here.
(4) DVD burning. I have yet to succesfully burn a photo DVD with the included burner. Elements locks up every time.
(5) New Version Every Year. Why? Just get one right.
(6) Resource Hog. I had to double the RAM in my computer just to get this thing to run.
(7) No Tutorials. I could be made a little happier if I had some idea as to the best workflow to follow to work on a picture. Okay, I open up a file needing some work. Do I want to work on colors or brightness first? What about Layers, when is the best time to put them in? When is the best time to Sharpen? Save? Convert from this file format to another?
(8) Saving Files. Be aware that I have not found a way to prevent saving multiple copies of a file whether I want to or not. Every time I Save, whether I want to overwrite or not, I get a new file. If you are working with a HUGE .PSP or .RAW file, this gets to be a big problem. A 1MB .JPG file can easily become a 100MB - that's right - 100MB .PSP file. Better have a big hard drive. This leads to:
(9) Deleting Files. Never delete or move to another directory a photo again through Windows Explorer or My Computer. Use the Organizer. It freaks Elements out to not find a file there that was there the last time it was started up. It will make your life unhappy.
(10) Adobe Gamma. It would have been nice to know about that little feature BEFORE I worked on about 300 pictures!
This is just a start.
It is easy to kick MS software, but there is one thing about MS products, they know how to make them intuitive. Adobe, fugedabodit!