For over 20 years, Photoshop has been the image editor of choice for photographers around the world. Initially it was just about the only good option, leading to its use not only by work-a-day pros who value its extensive feature set, but by millions who would really rather have an easier-to-use and less-expensive alternative. With Adobe’snew “rent-only” policy for Photoshop, those users, along with new photographers looking for an image editor, the search for alternatives has an increased urgency. Fortunately Adobe itself is now providing a worthy option in the new Photoshop Elements 12.
Elements offers three different modes, Quick, Guided, and Expert, that you can flip between at the click of a mouse. Initially I assumed I’d skip right to Expert mode and stay there, but some of the features in the Quick mode are great for productivity — especially the integrated Before and After display shown next to a sidebar of common image enhancement tasks. The innovative Guided mode serves two purposes. First, it is a great way to learn how to do more complex tasks in the program, and second it extends what you can do by yourself simply using the built-in commands. In many cases when I was trying to figure out how to achieve a particular effect, I found switching to Guided mode and looking for a recipe a faster solution than digging through the help files or searching the web.
- 1.6GHz or faster processor (including single-core support)
- Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista® with Service Pack 2, Windows 7, or Windows 8 & 8.1 (Note: Limited Camera Raw functionality on Windows XP)
- 1GB of RAM (2GB for HD video functions)
- 4GB of available hard-disk space (additional free space required during installation)
- Color monitor with 16-bit color video card
- 1024×768 display resolution
- Microsoft DirectX 9 compatible display driver
- DVD-ROM drive
Video instructions on how to install and crack Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 :