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Feb 14, 2009 21:04 |  #1

CS 4 is currently half price as per the below link.

I currently have elements 6, does anyone else have the two and what extra do you get for your money to justify the price ????

http://mail.adobe-direct.com/v?xlHnJnvEc​JvWlWJJ (external link)

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Feb 14, 2009 21:10 |  #2

The step from elements to cs4 would be enough to justify the purchase. CS3 to CS4 , now that's a harder question..


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Feb 14, 2009 21:15 |  #3

I asked this same thing a week ago. Here's the link along with another one.

https://photography-on-the.net …hread.php?t=641​321&page=2

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=642391

I'm staying with PSE 7 along with LR2


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Feb 14, 2009 21:19 as a reply to  @ tupper's post |  #4

Yeah I agree, The upgrade from CS2 to CS3 was minimal and I havent heard of much for this one either. some changes in bridge and better performance from what I hear.
But from elements to CS4... big jump.

Oh also its the only version that will support the 5D2 unless you import as a DNG file.

No expectation of Adobe updating CS3 to do it either from what I read.


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Feb 15, 2009 10:16 |  #5

I haven't used elements, but I've used CS3, and the jump from CS3 to CS4 is huge! I'd go for it if you can get it 50% off.


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Feb 16, 2009 16:16 |  #6

Thanks for the advise just got to work how I am going to pay for it


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Feb 17, 2009 10:10 |  #7

adrian5127 wrote in post #7338645 (external link)
just got to work how I am going to pay for it

In that case, I'd first look at just how Elements is limiting you. Or isn't it?

Elements to PSCS4 is a big jump. The question is: Do you need the added features?


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Feb 17, 2009 11:22 |  #8

I really like that it's 64-bit. That makes a huge difference with the amount of ram you can use, and subsequently how quickly you can do major operations.

Also, I really like the graphics acceleration and the rotate canvas tool. VERY handy!


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Feb 17, 2009 18:17 |  #9

Only you can decide that but...But From CS2 to CS4, I have been nothing but happy.


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Feb 17, 2009 18:22 as a reply to  @ neumanns's post |  #10

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Feb 17, 2009 20:36 as a reply to  @ flash_1964's post |  #11

I have CS3 and went to CS4 and what a waste..if there are any good reasons to go from CS3 to CS4 they are negligible..now if you have elements or CS2 and skip 3 and go to 4 it would be worth it.




  
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Feb 17, 2009 21:21 as a reply to  @ Shooting's post |  #12

Rene asked a key question that only you can answer, but you can't answer it if you don't know what it can do.
Downloading a 30 day trial will only give you a taste of it's capabilities.

But...be advised that it has a learning curve that can be measured in years for mortal man.

An alternative might be Lightroom where most of us do most of our work. Check the sticky at the top of the page.


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Feb 18, 2009 05:40 |  #13

In the back of my mind I have been considering lightroom 2, I have some days off so will have a play with the trial versions.

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Feb 18, 2009 05:48 as a reply to  @ adrian5127's post |  #14

If it is a lightroom -vs- photoshop debate with yourself (i.e. which to get), you have to really decide what you plan to do with your editing. If you are going to be doing alot of detail work - like restoring old photos and stuff like that - you need CS4. If you are not going to be doing alot of detail fixes to photos and really need or want a data manager - lightroom is good for that. However, CS4's content aware scaling is such a powerful thing (and I am not sure whether or not lightroom has that), you still may want to consider CS4. I myself was in the pickle, whether to add lightroom on when I could get some money off it with the CS4 upgrade. Ultimately, I decided against it, since Bridge CS4 got some of lightroom's features, and I really needed CS4 for editing older photos.

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Feb 18, 2009 07:43 as a reply to  @ pigtailpat's post |  #15

Kinda boils down to the question "are you a photographer that aspires to be an artist" or a photographer that wants to improve his photographs.


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