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Laura Leigh

Which Photoshop do I buy?

I am getting started with my own photography business. I want to buy Adobe Photoshop. Which one do I buy? I've heard there's a new version coming out next month. Should I buy that? Also, I see Photoshop Elements, would that be a better choice? What's the difference?

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4/14/2005 4:20:28 AM

Michael H. Cothran   You state that you are getting started with your own photography business. First, congratulations, and good luck.
Since you will now be a "professional," it would behoove you to buy the full blown version - CS2 has just been announced by Adobe.
However, since you asked about the difference between this and Elements, I am going to presume that you are also a "newbie" to Photoshop.
Elements is a skeleton version of the full version. For many photographers, it offers all they will ever want or need in image editing. FYI - it comes FREE with the purchase of many digital cameras and printers. So if you are planning the purchase of some peripheral equipment anytime soon, you may end up with Elements 3.0 anyway!
That said, as a "professional," I would recommend CS2. Whatever you get, take some classes, or link up with someone knowledgeable in PS. It has a very steep learning curve. Once you start learning the "language," your work flow will get easier.
Michael H. Cothran

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4/14/2005 5:53:53 AM

Pam M
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/24/2005
  Michael is absolutely RIGHT!! Photoshop has as many layers as you can possibly imagine.

I've never gotten to take a class ... if money falls from heaven I'm changing that ... however in the mean time ... i've learned incredible ideas just by reading articles and skimming books in the book store and if I lived in an area that had a real library, i'd be making full use of it too.

And I've watched my daughter closely

And I bug people who are actually working on their stuff in the middle of Starbucks

And I've played and played with my old Photoshop 4.0. I've learned it the same way I've learned every piece of software I've ever touched ... one menu, one filter, one technique ... one little bit at a time. Extreme-ism is useful ... I apply one filter with various settings set very high or very low ... just to see what I see.

Then it's useful to know what you did to what ... so develop some way of making notes. I'm forever sticking textpad files in my folders with my pics that I played with. This is a very antique way of keeping notes on pics considering all the databases available now.

Anyway do allow yourself pleanty of time to play all you want to ... um I mean learn all you need to.

have fun

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4/16/2005 4:45:17 PM

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