I just bought this last week! My experience to date was just the sofware supplied with my Canon 400D..
I have made some light use of the Photoshop Elements and I am very impressed. It will cater for you as a beginner and then beyond as you get more confident. Using just some of the 'auto' features (means the software fixes things without much input from you!), breathed new life into pictures I had taken some time ago (and dismissed as being useless!)..
I would say go for it!.
Funny, a moment ago I just posted here about Elements:.
If you want a lot of power, Elements is great. I use CS3 - the monster edition of PS, but I could just about do 99% of what I need in Elements if I needed to; my wife is a beginner and she took too Elements quickly..
The great thing about the new Elements is the ability to adjust white balance, exposure and more of your JPEGs; you don't need to shoot RAW anymore to get that with the latest edition (see my post above)..
Photoshop Elements is an excellent program. It supports most all Photoshop pluggins and is a tiny fraction of the price of Photoshop CS3 without being a tiny fraction of the usefulness. You can download Adobe ACR free to work with RAW. I love photoshop elements and I only have version 2..
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PE6 is a very good program and a good value. It will let you correct many common problems you can straighten, crop, adjust color balance, adjust exposure, lighten shadows, darken highlights, sharpen, etc. The RAW editor is pretty good and you can even use it on JPEG files..
The full Photoshop has Curves, layer masks, and other goodies but 95% of what you need is in Photoshop Elements for a fraction of the cost..
I would suggest, however, that you spend $30 on Scott Kelby's The Photoshop Elements 6 Book for Digital Photographers. It's a great book aimed at telling you how to use PE6 for common editing problems...
How are the photo organizing features of elements? Are they adequate for casual use. Im looking for an all in one program with editing and organizing. Also does anyone know if photoshop elements can be installed legally one two computers (desktop and laptop)...
While PSEs is a good program for starting out, it's RAW leaves a lot to be desired. You only get 2 out of the 8 tabs to use, and you can't use the calibrate tab to correct Adobe's BAD default rendering. I think that PSE with RAW really takes away control and creativity. I use Bibble, the lite version has a PSE plugin if you want to try it though. Bibble has the best color I've seen (profiled) and is pretty cheap...
Rob Donchez wrote:.
How are the photo organizing features of elements?.
I have used it for years and it is very good. Although you can put all your pictures in one folder on your hard disk and have PE put tags on each photo to group your shots, I recommend the following:.
Set up your hard disk with folders to group your shots. For example: Alaska, Graduation 2008, etc... When you download your pictures you will be asked which folder to store them. PE will then allow you to tag the pictures as Alaska, Graduation 2008, etc....
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Rob Donchez wrote:.
How are the photo organizing features of elements? Are they adequatefor casual use. Im looking for an all in one program with editing andorganizing. Also does anyone know if photoshop elements can beinstalled legally one two computers (desktop and laptop)..
Besides Elements itself, you get a separate photo browser/organizer. On the Mac you get Bridge; I think that on Windows you get Organizer (?). Either lets you edit metadata, rank the photos, etc. Pretty good for normal use. If you want to process tons and tons of photos get Photo Mechanic or something else, but for < $100 PE 6 is a pretty good value...
Also check out Corel's Paint Shop Pro X2. Very user friendly, processes RAW, gobs of tools and toys and inexpensive (No Mac version, PC only). Has all the stuff like curves, layers and masks that PS has for under $100 UShttp://corel.com/...ervlet/Satellite/us/en/Product/1184951547051#tabview=tab0http://www.flickr.com/photos/fdevyatkin/..