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Old Jul 23, 2011, 9:01 AM   #1
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When you guys speak of 'photoshop' I always assumed it was a very expensive $500+ program.

On amazon I'm seeing Photoshop Elements 9 for $79.99.

For the most part I use a photo editing program for cropping, resizing and basic adjustments. However, I am now using Corel Paint Shop Pro X, which is old. I wanted to get into using a photo editor more, as in working with RAW images and making my photos much better on the color/saturation/sharpness side.

Is Elements what I'm looking for?

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Old Jul 23, 2011, 9:12 AM   #2
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Elements is scaled-back version of PS. I'm not sure if PSE will handle RAW. I know Lightroom will but the cost is substantially more than PSE. There are several open source options you might want to look at Raw therapee being one. For extensive editing, Gimp is excellent. DigiKam is the open source equivalent of Lightroom. LOTS of stuff out there.
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Hi I would say for that price give it a try you get so much with elements 9 including layer masks and it opens up RAW images in camera RAW
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Elements will handle RAW but the Camera RAW converter is also scaled back with less features than Camera RAW in PS However for most photography I think will work just fine.
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Hi I would say for that price give it a try you get so much with elements 9 including layer masks and it opens up RAW images in camera RAW
I would agree with this statement. PSE version 9 comes with Adobe's Camera RAW plug-in. Camera RAW, in and of itself, is a rather powerful program that I use in Photoshop's full blown CS5 software package. I find that most of my post processing can be achieved within Adobe's Camera RAW. I then fine tune the image in CS5.

For the money, I personally think that it's a no-brainer.

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PhotoShop Elements 9, has many features not previously included in other older versions. Such as Layers, and several other new and improved applications. The new Elements is more advanced, than the regular PhotoShop of a few years ago. If you want the Video editing features, you will have to buy Elements Premium 9.0, as the basic version has no video editing functions; as if I really cared.

With a few plugins, Elements 9.0 is probably more advanced than the average user will ever learn to use, or need. And yes Elements does process RAW.
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Elements 9 can also do OOB (out of bounds) editing and a trial version of Premier 9 (video).
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Steve - Hasn't Photoshop Elements always included Layers? I have PS Elements version 2 and it has Layers. I bought it on eBay some years ago for $25 and I find that it does everything I have ever felt I needed.
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If you're familiar with Corel PSP, the latest version is going for $30 on the corel website. you won't beat that price anywhere and as far as i can tell, it is as capable as full photoshop. tutorials are not as plentiful tho. i use it cause it came with my computer. For $30, it's good value.
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Steve - Hasn't Photoshop Elements always included Layers? I have PS Elements version 2 and it has Layers. I bought it on eBay some years ago for $25 and I find that it does everything I have ever felt I needed.
Evidently some advanced function of layers has been included, that is one of their stated updated. But if you have V2, there are a heck of a lot of things in V9 you might want to look into.
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