It’s shopped! We’ve all heard that expression, it means something has been altered. It’s usually a photograph that’s been doctored trying to make something funny, but it can be a professional job like a magazine cover. We’ve seen good and bad shops, some are so bad they’re funny, and some are so good you can’t even tell. I’ve been using a computer for many years and I’ve ever used Photoshop, believe it or not. I’ve used many other programs for editing photos and for what I do they work fine for my needs, but there are times when I wish I could do more. Adobe Photoshop is the premiere choice for photo editing of course, it’s where the term ‘shop’ came from. Today I have a quick review of the new version of Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 & Premiere Elements 9. Photoshop Elements is basically Photoshop while Premiere Elements is a video editing and creation suite of software.

The software comes in a box that opens up  into panels to explain more. Inside you’ll find a lot of documentation and the software discs themselves of course.

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So I installed the software, you have to install the separately of course.  It took a little over six minutes to install Photoshop and almost five to install Premiere Elements. Once everything was installed I ran opened them but I had to install the updated which took a few more minutes. So let’s take a look at everything.

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It does come with some extra stuff including 2gb of free storage. There is the option to upgrade to Plus as well.


The first thing we’ll take a quick look at is Premiere Elements 9

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When you’re creating a project you can change a plethora of setting for the videos, which is nice so you can configure everything to your needs exactly.


The interface is fairly basic honestly, but that’s good as you can make a basic video quickly and easily. If you want though you can take advantage of al of the advanced features as well to make your video how you want it with special effects, and other editing.


Here’s all of the menus expanded to give you an idea of just what you can do:

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Next up is Photoshop Elements 9, which I think needs no introduction, it’s Photoshop after all and you can edit and do all sort of things to your photos. On the right side you’ll find the tools, and then on the left side there’s more for editing and special effects.

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Here’s the menus expanded for you to get a better look at all of the options again:

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So as you can see, with both of these you can do plenty of thing to your videos and photos. There’s just so much to cover here with this type of program.

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A review of this type of software can be a difficult thing really, there’s just way to much to cover really from a beginning standpoint.  That’s a good thing of course as with this software you can do pretty much anything you ever could possibly want to your photos and videos. You won’t need different programs and since they’re both from Adobe you know you’re getting a truly quality product.

Had I already owned the previous version I could have compared the differences and just told you what changed, but I don’t so I can’t. In the time I’ve had this software installed I’ve been a bit overwhelmed by all fo the features an options of it honestly. There’s a lot you can do with this software truly, and it can be a powerful set of tools in the right hands.

The best part of all of this though is that it’s inexpensive for all that you get.


+Powerful suite of photo and video editing software
+Very popular everywhere
+Includes 2 gig of storage

-There’s a lot to learn
-Can have a high learning curve


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  1. April 20, 2011 at 9:59 am

    A really detailed and comprehensive review.

  2. May 4, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I think photo shop is a littile difficult to understand and handle, I hope in the future it will be easier to handle.

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  4. Johnsmcgill
    September 11, 2011 at 4:42 am

    I just spent countless hours with Adobe Tech support trying to resolve an issue with Elements 9 ‘Organizer’.  Whenever it was started;  within a couple of minutes, an error message window popped up; Elements Organizer has encountered a problem and needs to close.  Any unsaved work will be lost.  Sorry for the inconvenience”.  After upgrading my RAM (it was below the listed requirement of minimum 1GB – my oversight)!. However, this didn’t solve the problem – more hours with tech support.  Next, I was told I needed to upgrade my video card -afterwards the problem still occurred.  Many more hours with tech support only to be told that my user account under which I signed in, didn’t exist.  Another trip to the repair shop.  Once this was corrected, the error message continued to appear.  Finally, Tech support called me back to check my progress.  When I told them the error message still popped up, I was quickly informed that the problem is associated with the software itself.  It doesn’t present in all computers; however, it must be common enough that Elements 10 is going to be released in approximately a month.  If you are getting this error message and your system meets the program requirements, don’t pull your hair out.  Contact Tech support and make them aware that you know this problem likely originates from the software.  I would suggest you request a refund on Elements 9, or request a free upgrade to Elements 10 when it becomes available.

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