Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 continues to straddle the line between novices and more seasoned users, offering three levels of editing: Full Edit, Quick Fix, and Guided Editing.

Online photo sharing is more popular than ever, with sites such as Flickr and Facebook keeping people connected through photos and blogs - something Adobe is keen to exploit with its forthcoming Photoshop Elements 7.0 release, in the US at least.

In the States, Elements 7.0 provides ties to Adobe's forthcoming online service, Photoshop.com. It also adds enough new features to the desktop app itself to make version 7.0 a worthy upgrade for UK users, too.

We found much to like in the latest iteration. New to version 7.0 of Adobe Photoshop Elements is a Smart Brush tool borrowed from full-fat Photoshop, as well as a handy Scene Cleaner that has been added to the Photomerge tool.

Disgruntled users of Photoshop Elements past will be pleased to learn that Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 lets users adjust the background tint from charcoal all the way to stark white. More good news: Photoshop Elements 7.0 has FTP settings, so you can upload galleries directly to your own website.

Unfortunately, Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 still lacks the Fade slider tool available in Photoshop that lets you adjust the intensity of a filter immediately after applying it, so you can get exactly the look you want. Considering its many impressive creative filter options, Elements 7.0 would benefit from such a tool.

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