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Kathy Hale
 

WHICH ONE Photoshop Elements 4.0 or photoshop cs2


I am wanting to purchase one of these programs but don't know which one. With either one do you have to have a photoshop program now? I am new to this and just learning. Someone told me that these were upgrades but I have not read that. Could someone please help me! Thanks,Kathy


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11/28/2005 9:45:04 PM

 
Terry  R. Hatfield
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2003
  Hi Kathy!With Either One Of These Programs You Would Have To Have A Previous Program For It To Be Used As A Upgrade,Elements 4.0 Is A Heck Of A Program For About $150.00?(Full Version) And You Might Find It A Bit Cheaper.CS2 Is Quiet Expensive If You Dont Have Student Discounts Or Coupons,
I Would Have To Steer You Towards The Elements Program,The Money You Save Could Be Used For Other Camera Goodies:-)


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11/29/2005 4:27:29 AM

 
Kathy Hale   Full Version meaning I don't have to have a previous program? Right. Thanks for your help. I found the Photoshop Elements 4.0 at Sam's Wholesale for $79. But will have to make sure its the full version.


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11/29/2005 7:12:27 AM

 
Terry  R. Hatfield
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2003
  (Full Version meaning I don't have to have a previous program?) Thats Right Kathy!Thats A Great Price!As You Say Make Sure Its A Full Version:-)


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11/29/2005 9:26:15 AM

 
John P. Sandstedt
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  You can get a full version of CS for about $79 if you don't need the box, manual and ability to get Tech Support. Check out some of these OEM software vendors. I like the possible price, but I'm afraid of the bootleg nature of the offer - reportedly legal, but . . .

CS [also known as Photoshop 8.0] is the full blown graphics program. Frankly, I'm notsure the "non-professional" [photographer, but not graphics artist] needs the $600-800 full blown program. I just loaded PSE 3.0 [with PSE 1.0 still on my computer.] Version 1.0 satisfies most of my needs, but Version 3.0's red-eye removal feature means I can delete Microsoft Picture-It 2000!


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11/29/2005 12:06:00 PM

 
John P. Sandstedt
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  You can get a full version of CS for about $79 if you don't need the box, manual and ability to get Tech Support. Check out some of these OEM software vendors. I like the possible price, but I'm afraid of the bootleg nature of the offer - reportedly legal, but . . .

CS [also known as Photoshop 8.0] is the full blown graphics program. Frankly, I'm notsure the "non-professional" [photographer, but not graphics artist] needs the $600-800 full blown program. I just loaded PSE 3.0 [with PSE 1.0 still on my computer.] Version 1.0 satisfies most of my needs, but Version 3.0's red-eye removal feature means I can delete Microsoft Picture-It 2000!


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11/29/2005 12:06:01 PM

 
Irene Troy
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/27/2004
  Hi Kathy - as someone who has (until fairly recently) used both products I would steer you toward CS2 - yes, it is expensive, unless you already have a version of PS (not Elements). But, there are some bargains out there – BUT be weary of the “too-good-to-be-true” prices on some marginal websites. The rational, IMO, for the full-blown CS2 is that it is one incredibly powerful program that can work magic on some images. I am far from a pro and not a graphic artist; however, I have been using CS2 for about 6 months and would never go back to Elements. Personally, I have not found the learning curve for CS2 to be nearly as hard as I feared. I am someone who learns by doing – mostly making mistakes and fixing them and have found that CS2 is so powerful that it helps me to make good images better without spending hours on the computer. I felt somewhat limited with Elements, but it is a good program in its own right. My main reason for switching was that with CS2 I can do many things I could not do with Elements and the number of helpful plugins that are available with CS2 but not with Elements. I suppose your decision will rest with 2 major factors: cost and your willingness to spend time learning new techniques.


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11/29/2005 12:43:42 PM

 
Pat Worster
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/21/2004
  I just recieved Photoshop 4.0 last week as an early xmas gift and I love it. Red eye is removed as your photos are put on the computer. I had pse3.0 before and for some reason I find this upgrade easier to use.


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12/4/2005 5:46:14 AM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  Hi, Pat... I'd love to hear more of your PSE4 experiences. I put it on my Christmas wishlist, and my mom called to tell me about a user review (posted on a website where she was shopping for PSE4.) The user was very unsatisfied with it, citing bugs, loss of file explorer, and ultimately returned to using PSE3.
I am comfortably on PSE2, and would love to know which is the "better" (more stable, finer features, easier useability) version to move to...


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12/4/2005 12:49:13 PM

 
Kathy Hale   Well I did IT!!! I purchase Photoshop Elements 4.0!!! NOW if I can learn to use it will be great. There is so much that you can do with it! It's overwhelming!!!! To me that is! I hate to read and learn to try to do something I do better if someone is standing over me showing me how to do it! So this is going to be a real learning experience for me! I am a hands on person! But I am also the type of person that if I want to learn it bad enough I can do it! I think it's something called "Take your time and read the book!" So far that's not working....but I have been trying to do it late at night and practically falling asleep in front of the computer! Finding time when the house is quiet will be nice! The best deal Chris that I found was at Sam's Wholesale Club if you have on near you for $79. You might want to tell your mom! I really wanted to do the PSCS 2 but thought I would have a hard enough time learning this one...there is always later...


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12/4/2005 8:44:04 PM

 
Pat Worster
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/21/2004
  Good job Kathy. I have learned all I know about photography from trial and error. I still don't know how to use anything but the basics on photoshop, I really struggle with the text factor and usually go back to my other program for that. Good luck with it, maybe we can help each other.


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12/5/2005 1:44:24 AM

 
John Roberts
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/30/2005
  I'd vote for PSE 4.0. I have both PSE 2.0, and PS7 that was given to me by a generous friend who upgraded to CS (I would never have paid what it originally cost). I still use PSE 99% of the time, and I don't feel at all limited. The full version of Photoshop has some nice features, but not nearly enough to justify the enormous difference in price - at least not to me. I believe PSE is more than adequate for what most photographers are actually doing with their images. Unless you're one of those photographers who just has to have the latest and most expensive of everything, get PSE and put the hundreds of dollars that you saved into a new lens.


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1/2/2006 3:46:18 AM

 
Kathy Hale   John, thanks for the info. I did purchase PSE and now trying to learn to use! Trial and Error if you know what I mean!!!! But I am getting there slowly.


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1/2/2006 10:07:20 PM

 
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