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Old 11-22-2004, 02:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is Photoshop Elements 3.0 good enough?

I am in need of a good photo manipulation program. I used to have Photoshop 6.0 (or was it 5.0?) and all I have now is an install for Photoshop Elements 3.0 (the latest one). My question is will this be good enough for me? I make use of complex selection manipulation, layer manipulation, cloning, and a variety of image file formats, and all with a Wacom tablet (actually, I usually just use the mouse but the pen comes in handy, sometimes...).

So, should I wait and get my hands on Photoshop CS or will Elements 3.0 be good enough?
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Old 11-22-2004, 02:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Aw crap! I thought I was in Tilted Computers but, apparently, I'm smoking crack. Mods, can you please move this thread! ...and delete this post asking you to move it!
Thank you...
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Old 11-22-2004, 06:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've used pretty much every version of photoshop and the last two versions of Elements.

Here is how I've broken it down:

Photoshop 7.0 was the best one ever made for photo editing/manipulation/creation, CS is great for more web based or modern use, but has extra stuff I'd never use.

Elements was better towards the user who is doing a lot of album editing, automated task, or less technical needs. In other words, a more common user rather technical one.

I'd wait for CS if this is your only choices. (Specially with a wacom tablet, I have the Grapphire3) Photoshop provides the more professional needs when it comes to anything that is serious over Elements.
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Old 11-22-2004, 07:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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if you're buying, then PSE 3.0 will do a TON of stuff for $500 less than CS...The GREAT part of elements is that you can look around for 'actions' that allow you to do about 90% of the higher functions of CS even though you can't do them 'directly'

but overall, yeah, it is geared towards more automated tasks, but it is infinitely functional for 90% of the people who think they need CS or 7.0

a good part of 3.0 over 2.0 is the ability to use 16 bit files....the file browser is also much improved over even CS

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Old 11-22-2004, 08:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Damn, are there no mods around? This thread is obviously in the wrong forum but, oh well.

I will give Elements a try under the assumption that I can just uninstall it if it's not good enough. I generally don't like uninstalling software because it often leaves a footprint that is not removed with an uninstallation (like in the registry) but I should really just get over it. The Install Shield isn't half bad and I'll probably end up installing a new OS by the time the registry clutter becomes an issue...
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