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Kristen Hodgson

Photoshop Elements 4.0 vs. ????

I am currently using Elements 2.0. For Christmas, my husband bought me the 4.0 version--I have a small portrait business and so far have been fine with what I currently have. I'm afraid to open the software b/c I don't know if this new version is so user friendly that I won't be able to work on specific aspects--should I hold out and buy a fuller version of Photoshop???

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12/25/2005 4:43:23 PM

Robin Sheppard
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/19/2005
  You might want to have a look at

It's a pretty comprehensive look at the new features--as well as what's been taken out. For my money, I'm sticking to PE 3 and skipping the "upgrade." If I do decide I need an upgrade, I'll go with CS2.

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12/26/2005 9:20:52 AM

Kristen Hodgson   Robin-thank you for the link. I couldn't find an honest look at pse4. going to the adobe site left me frustrated b/c I found only general overviews. I will look at your link.

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12/26/2005 11:17:50 AM

Kristen Hodgson   Love that link!! It also gave many links to enable actions for elements. I have found a couple, but they seem "cheesy." But the samples I found from your link seem more reliable. Thank you.

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12/26/2005 11:56:08 AM

John Roberts
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/30/2005
  I have both PSE 2.0 and PS 7. I bought PSE, and PS7 was given to me by a generous friend who upgraded to CS. PSE is what I use 99% of the time, and I find it more than adequate for my needs. While the full version of Photoshop has some additional features, there's no way it's worth the huge difference in price to me. I think PSE is more than adequate for what the vast majority of photographers are doing with their images.

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12/27/2005 3:23:54 AM

Kristen Hodgson   John-Thanks for your input. I love your gallery--so if I can get conversions like you're able to in pse 2, I'll be happy. What conversions do you use for your b&w and your sepia? I'm jealous that you're in N.C.--one of my picks for best places to live!

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12/27/2005 9:00:47 AM

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