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Which Photoshop program to buy?


Billyray 13 70 3 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2008 12:33PM
Hi to all you experts. I am not very computer literate and need to know which digital imaging program to buy. Cost is a factor in my decision so need all the help and advice you can give. Many thanks in anticipation.
Ray
Milvus 14 168 2 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2008 12:40PM
What sort of work do you want to do?

If it's simple cropping, resizing and the like there are plenty of free programs that can do that very well.

If it's so that you can follow the tutorials in Magazines then a lot of them now can be done with Photoshop Elements.

Remember a lot of people use the word Photoshop to describe any imaging program in the same way that people say they need a Hoover when they mean a vacuum cleaner. You might want to consider a competing program such as Paint Shop Pro.

For managing your images and doing simple adjustments Picasa from Google is very good and free.
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2008 12:41PM
You don't say how much your budget is?

For 10.00 have a look here

http://www.tescosoftware.com/photoreviews.php
Milvus 14 168 2 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2008 12:43PM
Many of the programs also have trial versions you can try for a limited period. That's a good route to making a decision before you part with your money.
Billyray 13 70 3 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2008 12:59PM
Hey that was quick, thanks for all your help, I would like to try to do some of the excellent things I have been looking at on site. Will look at all sussestions before buying. THANKS a lot
Ray
Billyray 13 70 3 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2008 1:00PM
Hey that was quick, thanks for all your help, I would like to try to do some of the excellent things I have been looking at on site. Will look at all suggestions before buying. THANKS a lot
Ray
Sorry for typing error on previous
richard00 14 504 1
28 Mar 2008 1:41PM
Download Elements and try it for a month - if you like it buy it, if you need more options download CS3, if you don't like it look elsewhere [non Adobe].
I've just had to swop from CS2 to Elements - one of too teething problems [having used CS2 for so long], but does everything I need so far - and saved 500+ in to the bargin
Billyray 13 70 3 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2008 3:22PM
Thanks Richard, advice gratefully received.
Ray
28 Mar 2008 4:22PM
riprap007 16 1.6k 37 England
28 Mar 2008 4:53PM
the advantage of learning elements is that you can easily use Photoshop, handy if you do a college course or need the power of the full version at some stage.
Billyray 13 70 3 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2008 7:25PM
Many thanks to all.
Ray
Lou_C 14 755 2 England
28 Mar 2008 7:29PM
A few people I know use GIMP and they say they'd never move over to Photoshop, so it must be pretty good (and its free!)
Tooth 16 5.8k 227 Ireland
29 Mar 2008 2:31AM
Paintshop pro is cheap and probably 95% as functionsal as photoshop. The only problem is a circular one....most people use photoshop so most stuff is written about it,therefore more people buy it...

paintshop pro does mostly the same stuff, just things are called different nams and in different places..

Stephen
strawman 17 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2008 12:02PM
Colour management is the other weakness of Paintshop Pro, so if you get your printer profiled you need to use another application to do the printing. It made a couple of people I know give up on Paint Shop Pro. Its a shame as otherwise its a lot of editing power for the money.
chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2008 7:00PM
i have a elements 6 still in its box unopened, am open to offers
chris

ps have cs2 so dont really need it Smile

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