Let me start by saying that I am a devoted Adobe Photoshop Elements Girl.
At Christmas last month I decided to give myself an extra present and upgrade from Photoshop Elements 4 to PSE6. So I downloaded the free trial that’s available on the Adobe website, taking a ‘try before I buy’ approach.
Thank heavens I did!
Now don’t get me wrong. PSE 6 has got all the functions that you would expect it to have. And one special one that really pushed my buttons was a huge level of control over the drop shadows, compared to PSE4. Photoshop Elements 6 lets you control not just the angle, and size of the shadow, but also its colour, opacity and distance from the object. If any of you have watched my video tutorials you’ll have seen how I compensate for the lack of drop shadow control in PSE4. With PSE6 I was in drop shadow heaven!
So what’s the problem, you may ask?
Why aren’t you hightailing it over to the Adobe website and downloading this wonderful new PSE version right now?
Well the reason I won’t be heading off to Adobe and upgrading to Version 6 is that the User Interface colour is truly truly terrible!!!
Although the text is printed in white to contrast with the black background (this (white text on black background) actually flies in the face of accepted usability standards) all the other bits are still in black. Things like the arrows on the drop down menus and the slider bars for opacity and tolerance are black on charcoal. In other words all the control spots for managing your work. HOW DUMB IS THAT?
I went to the Adobe site to share my unhappiness with them and surprise, surprise. I was not alone. But it seems the general vibe is that this problem is unlikely to be fixed until PSE7!
And to add insult to injury, a suggestion was offered that users go and buy an ‘inexpensive’ calibrating program from Amazon for $60.
So I’m devastated! I can’t move to PSE6 when I have to click around like a mad thing to find the right spot on the screen to make things happen. It would drive me nuts.
If anyone out there has already upgraded and knows a solution please please let me know.
And thank you for letting me vent on you today.