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Software, which do you have?

I REALLY want to get some photo editing software, but I can't decide what to get. Right now I use mainly the software that came with my camera and then maybe a little bit of Picasa. I was thinking of getting Elements. Is it good? I was looking at the Adobe website and it showed a bunch of videos of what you could do with Elements. It showed how if you had several pictures and in them not all people were looking at the camera, how with just a few clicks the software would swap the people out for you. Can it REALLY do that? I just can't imagine a software under $100 having that kind of power. But man if it did, I could REALLY put it to use!

I don't think I can justify spending $700 + for CS3 or above, as much as I would love to.

So what do you have and do you like it, would you recommend it?

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I am the oddball here who uses PSP (Paintshop Pro) and I've loved it in the 6 years I've had it. It can do all the layers, masks, adjustments, etc. everything other people use...and I"ve translated a few "actions" into PSP too.
I'm sure if I was a pro I'd "need" to get one of the fancier Adobe PS ones, but not right now! I did have trial versions of PS and Lightroom and I liked them.

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I was given Elements as a gift, and I do love it. I used PSP for a while, but mine were never as good as Amy's. I never got the hang of it. There's so much more out there for Adobe, so it's nice to find tons of resources. I love my Elements

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Sadie, can your elements really do what Adobe's website says it can? With the changing of people's faces, getting rid of background "junk" quickly, etc...?

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I started with Elements, and didn't upgrade to CS4 until I started my business. Elements is worth every penny, and yes, you can do everything the website says, and it's EASY! It will take a bit to learn, but you can't go wrong!
If and when you're ready to take the leap to the full version, you'll have a pretty good foundation from what you learned in elements, and the transition won't be so crazy.
Go for it, you won't regret it!

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Costco.com has Elements 9 for $79.99 I think--I might do that one of these days! That's $10 cheaper than even the almighty Amazon.com! Smile

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"fudd8963" wrote:

Sadie, can your elements really do what Adobe's website says it can? With the changing of people's faces, getting rid of background "junk" quickly, etc...?

To be honest, I am not sure what all it can do. Gwen loaned me the book (love her for that!), but I just do things as simple as possible. I would like to learn to soon!

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Hopefully Gwen will chime in about Elements as I know she used it pretty extensively before upgrading to CS4. I've been a photoshop user since version 2.0, I think. I've never used Elements, but I know a LOT of folks who do and they seem extremely happy with it. I have used PSP too (ages ago) and it is also very friendly. Moreso that straight photoshop, but like I said, I've been using it for so long, I'll stick with it.

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My new copy of Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3 should arrive any day now. Previously, I used Photoshop CS2, but it was on my work laptop and it was a pain to lug it back and forth between my office and home.

I only paid $199 for Photoshop CS5 because I got it as a "student" since I was taking a photography class at the local community college. I believe the class I took was $110, so even when you factor in the cost of the class, Photoshop only cost me $309. If you're interested in the full version, you should see if your local community college has a photography class for you to take and do what I did!

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I was wondering the same thing myself as I hope to ask DH for some accesories for xmas. I have a Mac and was wondering how their Applications for photography compare to Elements. I think it's call Aperture. Anyone have any experience with it?

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I use Elements 8 and did a full person swap in this thread My First Swap It's wasn't a few simple clicks, but I had the finished image in about 30 minutes(probably less).

I'm still learning, but I love PS Elements and it can do more than I know right now. It's easy to remove unwanted items from photos and definately worth it for ACR. Plus there are all sorts of actions and plugins you can download. I'd love to have CS5, but I haven't learned all you can with Elements, so I'm not itching for the upgrade just yet.

ETA: With the student version, you are only 'supposed' to use it for educational purposes. You aren't supposed to use it for commercial purposes (ie buisness/making money).

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Thanks ladies! Jennifer, your shawp is great!

I took a photo class in the summer, I should have seen if I could have gotten it then. Shoot. It was a non-credit class, so I'm not sure if that would have worked.

I think you all have convinced me that I need SOMETHING!

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Oh, can Elements do Layers? Or do you have to have the CS2,3,5 to do that?

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"Laberglund" wrote:

I started with Elements, and didn't upgrade to CS4 until I started my business. Elements is worth every penny, and yes, you can do everything the website says, and it's EASY! It will take a bit to learn, but you can't go wrong!
If and when you're ready to take the leap to the full version, you'll have a pretty good foundation from what you learned in elements, and the transition won't be so crazy.
Go for it, you won't regret it!

Exactly what Lisa said!

I used Elements all last year, and upgraded to CS4 after Christmas (but took a while to start using it because I was intimidated, silly me!)

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"sadieruth" wrote:

To be honest, I am not sure what all it can do. Gwen loaned me the book (love her for that!), but I just do things as simple as possible. I would like to learn to soon!

that book is a wealth of knowledge, you should try some of the more complicated things to see how easy it is once you know how. Wink

And yes, Elements does Layers. you can do a LOT with Elements!

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I started with CS2, then 3, 4 and now have CS5 and Lightroom 3. Hubby is a whizz at getting these things for me. Personally I would have stuck with CS4 as I don't use most of the little upgrades they made for CS5, but I do like the new selection tool, very intuative.