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Digital image editing and organization under $100
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0
For digital photography hobbyists, you can't find a better editing package than Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0. It has many of the features that you'd find in the more expensive Photoshop version (except for high-end features like color separations) for a fraction of the price.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 features especially geared toward the digital photographer include:
• Red eye removal so your relatives and pets don't look possessed
• Color, contrast, and brightness adjustment to fix a poorly-lit photo
• Photomerge takes individual photos of a landscape and stitches them into a panorama
• Lots of filters so you can feel like the artist you really are

Some describe Elements as bare-bones version of Photoshop, but for 98% of people Elements 2.0 will do everything they need.

Adobe Photoshop Album 2.0
So, you've got a digital camera and you've taken lots of pictures. What will you do with them? You could just dump them on your hard drive but how would you find a picture of your favorite pet or all the pictures from your trip to Paris? Never fear, there is a solution for your digital image collection woes. Adobe Photoshop Album 2.0 imports your photos with one click and allows you to organize them using keyword tags. Keyword tags are visual representations of user-defined categories. For example, you can tag photos of your daughter across several different collections (your Paris vacation, cookouts and graduation) and then view all pictures that feature her on one screen.

Album also has the ability to fix minor flaws in your photos such as red eye removal, adjust brightness and crop photos down to frame them better.

Once you have a collection of photos how you want them, why not share with your family and friends? With Album you can e-mail photos, create slide shows, cards, calendars, and you can even order a hardbound book of your photos online.

Album is great for the beginning digital photographer or anyone who needs to organize their photos.

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