If you, friends or family don’t have the full version of Photoshop, check out Photoshop Elements ($90). It’s a powerful image editor that uses the same engine as Photoshop, but with a simpler interface. Version 11 was just released, with a new, even friendlier interface than before. A new “Guided Mode” walks users through common edits, and Adobe has included new high-end effects such as Vignette and Tilt-Shift. New filters include Pen and Ink, Graphic Novel and Comic. Read about it in Lesa Snider’s Macworld review here.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.