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Dec 26, 2010 00:17 |  #1

I cant seem to find a decent comparison anywhere. Could somebody please explain or point me to somewhere explaining the differences and if CS5 is actually worth the $$?

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Dec 26, 2010 02:53 |  #2

What have you been doing up 'till now? Generally speaking, Elememts packs a real punch!


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Dec 26, 2010 03:32 |  #3

all depends on how much PP you need to do... elements is like CS5 light... and much much much cheaper... $100 compared to around $800... made my choice pretty simple...lol


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Dec 26, 2010 08:18 |  #4

Elements has most of the features that you would need to edit photographs - layers, layer masks, etc. etc.

I tried Elements for a short while, and was pleasantly surprised at how well featured it is. There are a few things (obviously) that it doesn't have when compared to CS5, and amongst those are some of the things that I use, which meant that Elements wasn't for me.

If you've never used a full version of Photoshop, I very much doubt that you would feel that you were missing out on anything by using Elements.


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Dec 26, 2010 10:11 |  #5

Is there anywhere on the net that has a thorough comparison of the differences?




  
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Dec 26, 2010 10:17 as a reply to  @ qwerty11's post |  #6

If you don't already know the differences, I think you should get Photoshop Elements 9. The biggest differences are CMYK, total 16 bit workflow, Channels and Paths.


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Dec 26, 2010 10:29 |  #7

qwerty11 wrote in post #11516063 (external link)
Is there anywhere on the net that has a thorough comparison of the differences?

For general photo editing only, it's "the law of diminishing returns" that applies here. PS CS5 is not 8X more powerful or feature laden than PS Elements.

But having worked in a corporate marketing and advertising environment for many years, I think if you do more creative image editing than just tweaking your own photos, you should have Photoshop CS5. In fact IMHO opinion, the decision should be between PS Elements and a full Adobe CS5 Suite.


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Dec 26, 2010 10:31 |  #8

See here:http://graphicssoft.ab​out.com …hop/f/elementsc​ompare.htm (external link)

The major difference is in the batching capabilities and the ability to record actions (macros). And while Elements has about 80 percent of the tools available in Photoshop, you can supplement them with freeware and shareware products that are readily available.

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Is there anywhere on the net that has a thorough comparison of the differences?


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Dec 26, 2010 11:36 as a reply to  @ PixelMagic's post |  #9

Also check out Elements+ which is a very inexpensive add-on to Elements. It allows you to access a lot of the PS features that are actually "hidden" inside Elements with no way to access them.




  
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Dec 26, 2010 11:46 |  #10

ncjohn wrote in post #11516416 (external link)
Also check out Elements+ which is a very inexpensive add-on to Elements. It allows you to access a lot of the PS features that are actually "hidden" inside Elements with no way to access them.

isnt that a $40 or $50 year membership????

i just got photoshop elements and adobe premier 9 both in a dual pack for xmas.. wife said it was $100..... not bad...


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Dec 26, 2010 12:24 |  #11

TeleFragger wrote in post #11516474 (external link)
isnt that a $40 or $50 year membership????

i just got photoshop elements and adobe premier 9 both in a dual pack for xmas.. wife said it was $100..... not bad...

No, Elements+ is a product that you buy (download) for $12.
I don't know what's in premier, but E+ has some nice additions to basic Elements.




  
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Dec 26, 2010 13:19 |  #12

ncjohn wrote in post #11516661 (external link)
No, Elements+ is a product that you buy (download) for $12.
I don't know what's in premier, but E+ has some nice additions to basic Elements.

sweet ill check it out


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Dec 27, 2010 05:37 |  #13

I was thinking of moving up to lightroom or CS5 but decided to stick with elements and get the NIK ad on software instead.


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Dec 27, 2010 10:44 |  #14

ncjohn wrote in post #11516661 (external link)
No, Elements+ is a product that you buy (download) for $12.
I don't know what's in premier, but E+ has some nice additions to basic Elements.

can you show me a link to this? i dont see it anywhere... i do see that it has more online storage, you can with a subscription have access to more online content and that stuff...


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http://video-books.net/buy_elements​+.htm#elem9 (external link)

just have to be carefull.. they add $6.99 to make it available to you for download for 24months.. making it $18.99!!!! HAH... guess ill have to get this too


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Dec 27, 2010 11:07 |  #15

TeleFragger wrote in post #11521857 (external link)
just have to be carefull.. they add $6.99 to make it available to you for download for 24months.. making it $18.99!!!! HAH... guess ill have to get this too

Well once you've downloaded it, I don't see why you need to be able to download it for 2 more years. Put it on a CD and stick it in a drawer.




  
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