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Victor J. 

Software: Show I Upgrade?

I recently acquired Photoshop Elements 2 from my purchase of a Canon 10D. Should I upgrade to PS E3, as I understand the learning curve is less?

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12/1/2004 8:23:02 AM

John P. Sandstedt
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  I use Version 1.0. When Version 2.0 came out, a reviewer wrote that there wasn't enough of an improvement to warrant upgrading.
Version 3.0 reportedly adds a number of the features of Photoshop CS. This might make it worth the upgrade, but ask yourself whether you really need more than Version 2.0. After all, in 6-9 months, there will be Version 4.0! And, none of the Elements programs do what the full versions of Photoshop can do.

As to a learning curve, it's all what you get used to! I fight Version 2.0 when I try to show friends how to do certain things that are a snap in version 1.0. Learn to use what you've got FIRST - then, maybe, consider upgrading to Photoshop 7.0 or CS.

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12/1/2004 12:22:34 PM

Victor J.    John S, Thanks, I think I'll stick with Version 2 as long as I already have it. Once I'm comfortable with it I'll consider moving on to CS.

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12/2/2004 10:50:16 PM

Kip T. Berger
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/20/2002
  Wonderful advice, John! Too many go out to buy the next version on all types of software, neglecting to learn the potential of their existing software! Makes the companies happy, I'm sure, but the newest, most featured packed program will mean "nada" without learning to use the potential and fundamentals of editing tools.
Your advice is well-made and hopefully others will read and judge its merit before wasting money just to own the newest program available.

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12/3/2004 12:25:46 AM

Janis Herd
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/11/2004
  I just upgraded from Elements 2 to Elements 3 and it was worth it to get Healing Brush, which makes it so much easier to remove unwanted portions of the image. E. 3 also has a quick way to deal with highlights/shadows. I would recommend getting it now and skipping the learning curve on Elements 2 -- just learn this one. I will say, however, that I don't like or need the Organizer portion of of E3 (which, by the way, is not included in the Mac version) and E3 is a much bigger program than E2.

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12/7/2004 7:51:54 AM

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