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Photoshop - what version to buy?
Old 02-21-2005, 02:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As Photoshop appears to be the standard for digital photo work, I was wondering what version of the product should I buy? My use of the product will be limited to: photo manipulation, red-eye reduction, photo preparation prior to printing - don't need publishing.

Also, has anyone acquired any of the OEM versions of Photoshop? If so, what was your experience with the software?

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at Elements 3. We have CS but for all that we do I can't help but wonder if Elements wouldn't do the Job. If I remember right there is no RAW support but with the various RAW programs that are better than CS. . . well you get the idea.
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After looking more closely at the Adobe site, I figured the Elements 3.0 was probably the way to go. It does say that it "supports popular digital camera raw formats".

BTW, like your MoonBoots image. That model's figure sends me to the moon.
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Re: Photoshop - what version to buy?
Old 02-21-2005, 04:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you are planning on doing any batch processing. From what I have seen elements is very limited in what you can do. I say go for the best..photo shop cs.

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Elements 3 does support RAW. If you're not doing lots of CMYK prep or web graphics...go with Elements 3.0. I got it myself a couple of months back for around $65 after rebates.

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Re: Photoshop - what version to buy?
Old 02-21-2005, 04:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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that's a pretty broad term. I wouldn't buy anything except for CS, but I'm a multi-millionaire so cost is not a factor. If you too are a multi-millionaire, buy the CS version.

Honestly, I can't say with any authority if elemnts is any good or not. I have always had the full version, starting with the original waaaay back when. I find that CS is miles ahead of PS7 with regard to photography, i'd say most of the changes to 7 were with regard to photography, rather than graphics creation.
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Re: Photoshop - what version to buy?
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I have found that I don't particularly care much for the feel of the elements versions. I have 2 and downloaded the trial of 3 but with both of them I uninstalled, preferring the feel of 7. My reasoning is that I can't seem to find a true layer masking feature in elements. Also, I would go with CS simply for the reason that it has full support of 16 bit files. Elements 3 claims to support it, but is like seven and other previous versions of PS and doesn't allow layering. CS has layer support for 16 bit images, I haven't worked with it but from what I've read it's supposed to allow you to fully manipulate your images in 16 bit, which would be fantastic.
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Re: Photoshop - what version to buy?
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Download both CS and Elements 3.0 and decide for yourself including our(posters) thoughts. I think you will make the right decision. If I had to say one or the other I would buy Elements if that is the "wrong" decision you are only out of $100 minus what you can sell it for vs $649 if you get that first then decide its too much.

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People still buy software? I think I should stop using winmx and getting it free.

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Old 02-22-2005, 12:41 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I had Elements.. got tired of it not doing things I saw people talking about here on GG so I got PS7.. coulndt afford CS... I like 7 and have had no problems with it.


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