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Elements 7 v CS2/3 ?


JanieB43 6 47 6 England
19 May 2009 4:28PM
I have Elements 4.0 and have had some decent pics edited with this software but I'm hankering after something a bit more "professional", I like the options to add filter effects and enhancing the vibrancy of colours/tones in digital editing and Elements 4.0 is pretty naff where this is concerned (unless I'm missing something). CS4 is out of the question because it's too pricey and probably a little over my head anyway ( having said that I'm downloading the trial version of CS4 as we speak ).
Can anyone out there tell me what the pros n cons are for Elements 7 against the more "up market" CS2/3 ?
Thanks guys in advance.
Jane

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strawman 11 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
19 May 2009 5:01PM
Jane

Elements 4 is about as effective for adding filters etc, I suggest you go off to the techniques section and have a look. The one area that I think elements 4 misses is curves, they can help add punch to a photo.

I have avoided this problem by shooting in RAW and using Curves etc in the RAW tools. If you are a Canon user you get this for free with DPP or there are tools like Capture 1 (I use this) or Lightroom. I found using a decent RAW editor gives the best control of colour, especially with White Balance Control, 16 bit curves, and control over saturation. So much better than the RAW converter Elements 4 ships with and a step on from JPEG.

For free you can get the GIMP which offers a lot of editing power for free. Again look to the techniques section where many tutorials are written. Is it as good as CS4, no but its not bad.

In short Elements 7 is optimised for photographers and is made to be flexible and lower cost for the majority of us. CS is made to cover the need of graphic artists, and while it has features that will help advanced photographers, it costs a lot more. But you can do a lot with Elements. So I would say, with some confidence, that few of us need CS.
JanieB43 6 47 6 England
19 May 2009 8:02PM
Thanks Strawman,I'll have a look at what I've already got and certainly have another forage through my canon software - might save me a lot of dosh !!!!
Jane
steve_p 9 1.1k England
19 May 2009 8:16PM

Quote:So I would say, with some confidence, that few of us need CS.

I agree, I have a copy of photoshop 7, which I never use because Elements 6 does everything I need -along with Canon DPP.
Steve
riprap007 10 1.6k 37 England
19 May 2009 8:24PM
you can add a curves function in Elements 5 and I think also in 4 too!
elowes 10 2.8k United Kingdom
19 May 2009 8:32PM
Just got myself Lightroom 2 after much prevarication and procrastination. Together with Elements this is all I seem to need. Try out the trial version of Lightroom.
mrcal 10 1.0k
19 May 2009 8:35PM
You can add curves, layer masks, channel mixer and other features to most versions of Elements. I've used Grants Tools on both PSE v2 and PSE v5.

You can also add various colour poppers, framing routines etc. I've used the ones from Coffee Shop . Make sure you get the ones for your version. They can be tricky to install first time; be sure to read all the instructions.

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