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A couple years ago I was given a copy of Adobe Photoshop 7.0 as a gift, but haven't had much success using it. The few times I've tried using it, I've found myself getting more confused than anything. My understanding is that it was (at the time) a pretty expensive software and want to know anyones opinion on wether this is still a pretty decent photo editing software and I should spend time learning how to use it, or are there much better, more improved softwares available that I should focus on...

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Stick with PS7,anything you learn will be directly applicable to all the later versions of PS and to PS elements. there is no point in getting anything else unless you wish to update to PSCS3 while you can still do this from PS7..

Many of the really good free tutorials on the web are written for PS7 anyway!Good luck,it is a hard road but it will soon fall into place.Just google "free photoshop tutorials" there are literally thousands of them.Frank Perry..

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Keep it, learn to use it, as the upgrades to their software are minimal. You'll have all you need in ps7...

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PS 7 is a very good photo editing program, most of what you learn and use in this version is transferable to later versions should you choose to upgrade later..

There are far more features in PS than you are likely to ever use for editing photos, and this makes it complicated. Get a good tutorial - learn the basics and a simple workflow, expand as needed from there - and you'll be fine..

Best regards,Doughttp://pbase.com/dougj..

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Absolutely keep PS7. Only about 30% of it's capabiilties directly apply to photography, but oh that 30%..

The main advantages of moving up to CS3 would be that the Adobe Camera RAW part is much updated. I don't know what camera you use, but I had to move from CS2 to CS3 just to support my Nikon D300. I felt slightly ripped off..

Cheers, Craig..

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I am curious yo how you came up with the 30% figure. Off the top of my head iI can't remember anything in PS 7 that couldn't be related to photography. Stay with Ps 7 til you outgrow it. Heck I remember being elated over what Ps 3 was capable of doing when I first purchased almost 15 years ago.Bbuzz..

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Buzzzman wrote:.

I am curious yo how you came up with the 30% figure. Off the top ofmy head iI can't remember anything in PS 7 that couldn't berelated to photography. Stay with Ps 7 til you outgrow it. Heck Iremember being elated over what Ps 3 was capable of doing when Ifirst purchased almost 15 years ago.Bbuzz.

I started using way back then as well. That 30% was just me, I suppose. For example I don't do CMYK anything for photography. I don't do any vector graphics in Photography. There are tons of filters I would never use. I would not need slicing, layer masking, vector masking, vector typography, PDF capability, pen tool, line tool, notes tool, etc.

Maybe I'm missing things. Over the years, they've merged a lot of features from Illustrator that really doesn't impact the photographer..

But really, that's just all my opinion. There are photographers that might use a larger percentage of what CS3 has to offer than me. Don't get me wrong. I love Photoshop and use it all the time. I'm even more comforatable there than freebie editors when doing something easy..

Also, I use Photoshop to do graphics for lipstick in my software business. All my graphics are created using that program, and I use features that are not needed for my photography. I use Photoshop, Illustrator and Quark quite a bit.Cheers, Craig..

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That is interesting. Layer masks after layersI is an integal part of my photographic edits!!! I use the pen tool and some of the filters bI firsl learned PS. Many of the filters I never use , but some I use sharpen(unsharp mask and smart sharpening , liquify regularly the others I use occasionly or never..

I guess ive missed a lot that I don't use. but I still think I use 50-75 % in my Photography. I am learning illustrator and am finding ways to use it with my photography edits!!Buzz..

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Buzzzman wrote:.

That is interesting. Layer masks after layersI is an integal partof my photographic edits!!! I use the pen tool and some of thefilters bI firsl learned PS. Many of the filters I never use , butsome I use sharpen(unsharp mask and smart sharpening , liquifyregularly the others I use occasionly or never.i guess ive missed a lot that I don't use. but I still think Iuse 50-75 % in my Photography. I am learning illustrator and amfinding ways to use it with my photography edits!!Buzz.

Well I do use USM a lot and sometimes on layers. Why the pen tool? Just curious. And, why and how liquify?.

Cheers, Craig..

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One point may be worth noting and thats 'upgrading'..

There is a lower limit as to what Adobe will allow you to 'upgrade to'. Right now, it's PS7 -> CS3. What that means is that if you do decide to get into PS, when CS4 comes around, you may well find yourself w/o an upgrade path (only $300) vs. having to buy new ($700ish depending on whether you know someone in school)..

Just a consideration...

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