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Michelle Lea  Guinn
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member since: 11/3/2004
 

Photoshop Elements 3.0: Is It Good Enough?


I'm interested in buying Photoshop Elements 3.0. Does anyone here use it? Is it a good buy, or should I look into something else?

4/29/2005 8:11:17 AM

 
Michael H. Cothran

member since: 10/21/2004
  PS is as good an editing software as you can get. It is the industry standard. IF you do not need all the bells and whistles of the full version, Elements 3.0 is ideal.
FYI - I believe it still comes bundled with many printers and cameras. If you plan to buy any equipment soon, you could have 3.0 for free.
Michael H. Cothran
www.mhcphoto.net

4/29/2005 10:30:08 AM

 
Michelle Lea  Guinn
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member since: 11/3/2004
  Thank you, Michael, for your help!! I already bought a new camera, so no free stuff here, but it's not that expensive! thanks again! mlg

4/29/2005 11:37:48 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  I use it. I don't do a lot of post-processing other than some lighting/color adjustments. But, so far, I've been able to do most of the things you can do with PS with my PSE3. Some of the commands are just in different places. I did "Middle Earth" in my gallery with PSE3 from PS directions ... I'm happy with it.
Bob

4/29/2005 7:02:04 PM

 
Patricia A. Cale
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  I use Elements 3, too, and love it. I shoot my images in RAW and I download my images from the card, convert it and do some minor contrast editing..all in Elements 3. If you need information, check out www.photoshopelementsuser.com. You'll find a lot of info on the program and what it does. For me, it's all I need and easy to work with and I get excellent results.

5/3/2005 11:55:11 AM

 
Laura Roth

member since: 3/16/2005
  If you want to just do basic color correcting, resizing, and basic editing, PSE 3 should be fine. In fact, some of the functionality is better than photoshop.

If you want to do more complicated things like using layer masks, using a healing tool, edit people in and out of pictures and alter reality in any extreme way, you're better off with Photoshop full version, eventhough it is almost cost-prohibitive.

5/3/2005 12:27:13 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Well, I can do multiple layers (I believe), have a healing tool (bandaid), and I've moved people out of one pic and into another w/pse3. Of course, never having used the full version, I might not know what I'm missing....:-) But I'm not into ...no, I won't get into phony magazine/newspaper pics.
Bob

5/3/2005 2:41:00 PM

 
Laura Roth

member since: 3/16/2005
  Perhaps I haven't used PSE enough... I'm a slave to layer masks though. I can't help it, since some of my work has been in advertising. : )

With PSE, I don't think I would have been able to do this...

http://www.sourceperrier.com/cgi-local/enlarge.cgi?mode=fc&category=furniture&item=allegra_tent

There used to be a full 6 person dining set in the middle of it & there were scalloped edges on the canopy.

But don't get me wrong, PSE is great too!

5/4/2005 7:39:18 AM

 
Michelle Lea  Guinn
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member since: 11/3/2004
  thanks for your responses everyone!! I am trying it out before buying and so far I like it so I just might buy it!! thanks again!! mlg

5/4/2005 7:59:00 AM

 
Amanda Botterweck
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member since: 12/20/2003
  Go for it Michelle....especially if you are beginning...this is a good start for you. It has not let me down yet and all of the photos that I have taken and sold were worked in PSE3...have fun!!!!

Amanda B.

5/6/2005 5:56:43 PM

 
Michelle Lea  Guinn
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member since: 11/3/2004
  Thank you Amanda for your response!! I will be buying it when my free trial is up!! and you have a wonderful gallery of photos!!! mlg

5/9/2005 10:18:04 AM

 

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