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Have a trial version of Photoshop CS5 which will expire soon- I don't want to spend a fortune as it'll take me years to get the most out of it.
Does anone know where to get an older version?
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Why not use Photoshop Elements. It has most of the features of the full package and is considerably cheaper. Normally around £80, but with a bit of shopping around or special offers can sometimes be purchased for just over £50.
Elements 9 has just come out. I have photoshop cs2 and elements 6. I hardly ever use photoshop because I find elements has all I need. Also Corel's paintshop pro is an idea.
Thank you Csurrey and Minicooper!
Cheapest I've seen Elements 9 is on eBuyer @ £58.58, but you can also get Elements 7 on eBay for £19.94 if that's more to your liking.
Hi, thanks for this
Is Elements really as good?
Can you do everything or will it be a case of upgrading as the skills improve?
I would be cautious about buying earlier versions of Elements ( or any other software ) as they may not support your camera's RAW file format.
Just check that out before you buy.
Quote: Is Elements really as good?
No. It's nowhere near.
In fairness, I've never owned a copy of Elements but I do have (somewhere) a copy of Serif PhotoPlus X3 which is very similar so I'm basing my comparison on that.
To be honest, if you're moving away from CS5, anything you use to replace it is likely to look like its poor relation.
Is it worth buying Elements?
How long does it take to get good in CS5?
Thing is, you may not need the functions of Photoshop 5... just because you have used it doesn't mean you've used all the features which it has over-and-above Elements... or perhaps you have, I dunno.
What about trying Elements first?
I have to say that if you've never actually had a copy of Elements it's probably not fair to make the comparison...!
I mean, having the top-draw stuff might be nice, but if you can't afford it and don't need it...
Quote: Is it worth buying Elements?
Is it possible to download a trial of Elements?
Might be an idea before you part with fifty or so quid?
Quote: How long does it take to get good in CS5?
How long is a piece of string?
I think that that will depend on a thousand things.
How quickly you learn?
How much of CS5's capabilities are you likely to want or need to learn?
I've used just about all the freebies out there, then Serif for about two years, then CS2 for about the same and now CS5 for about six months.
I've certainly gone beyond scratching the surface of it but it's a huge learning curve and I'm not sure that anyone really reaches the top.
As has already been stated download a trial of the latest elements software, I think you may be surprised how much it has to offer,
also there are plug ins and add ons which you can download to bring it closer to the full photoshop. Also from time to time, twice recently,
there is an offer for registered owners of elements to upgrade to the latest photoshop for half the full price.
I am currently using elements 8, my third version and very happy with it, that is not to say if I had the spare money I would not buy the
full versions, just one more point there is a massive amount of on line support for the elements software.
Here's an example of use, or not-use of Photoshop...
The "design studio" - and I use that term loosely - where I work, have to get the Photoshop manual out each time they are asked to do anything with a photograph. Now they are mostly doing just DTP, to be fair, but I would expect them to be able to know about the layer function... Obviously they have the full CS5 - the complete suite - so they can just use the bits they like... oh, and they aren't paying for it!
So, sometimes not even those you might expect to have the need to use it, really understand what it is capable of.
Whilst I covet those with the full Photoshop, in my heart-of-hearts I know it is overkill for my own needs
All this sounds good.
You know when you're in the situation of decididing- and not knowing-
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