Affordable Photoshop

If you, friends or family don’t have the full version of Photoshop, check out Photoshop Elements for Mac or Windows. It’s a powerful image editor that uses the same engine as Photoshop, but with a simpler interface and a much lower price: $80.

Version 8 was recently released and includes Content Aware Scaling (called Recompose), a Smart Editing Brush for retouching and color effects, an enhanced PhotoMerge technology that includes Scene Cleaner (lets you remove objects across up to 10 photos), and Exposure (for merging shots with multiple exposures).

It also includes a limited version of Adobe Camera Raw as well as the full version of Adobe Bridge CS4.

(Note: Photoshop Elements does not let you edit images in the CMYK color space, but it does support RGB, Grayscale, Bitmap and Indexed Color images. It will open a CMYK image, but will convert it to RGB upon opening.)