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07/20/2006 02:28:07 AM · #1
I assumed this was covered already, probably in multiple threads, but I haven't found the right search terms. So if that's the case, please post a link.

If not, can anyone succinctly describe PS 7 vs CS vs CS 2? Are they alternatives to each other? Or is it just a progression of versions?

Also, is there free or low-cost editing software that's not as versatile? Right now I only need to use curves, levels, etc. I have a feeling PS is too much for me.

I have the budget to buy PS, but not necessarily the need.

Thanks!
07/20/2006 08:08:20 AM · #2
The only version of PS I've ever used is 7. But, I know a lot of graphic artists who claim you can do anything you can do in PS with Paintshop Pro. I have Paintshop, but I don't see that it's nearly the powerful tool that PS is.
07/20/2006 08:21:28 AM · #3
If your looking for free, why not try GIMP. Someone else will probably have the link handy.
07/20/2006 08:23:56 AM · #4
I have Paint Shop Pro X... didnt cost me anything... >.> lol
07/20/2006 08:38:32 AM · #5
Originally posted by ragamuffingirl:

The only version of PS I've ever used is 7. But, I know a lot of graphic artists who claim you can do anything you can do in PS with Paintshop Pro. I have Paintshop, but I don't see that it's nearly the powerful tool that PS is.


Sorry, but those artists are incorrect. At a certain level of manipulation that is true, but PSP is handicapped in MANY ways. It is, however, more powerful than Elements most of the time.
07/20/2006 08:42:42 AM · #6
if you dont need the power of photoshop - look at Adobe Elements, has most of the functionality of PS its just missing a few things ;)
07/20/2006 08:43:56 AM · #7
Originally posted by Bobster:

if you dont need the power of photoshop - look at Adobe Elements, has most of the functionality of PS its just missing a few things ;)

Including curves, which the OP said he needed, and which is far better than just levels :-)

Message edited by author 2006-07-20 08:44:31.
07/20/2006 09:00:37 AM · #8
If you are a total newbie to photo editing software then I'd reccommend to start with the GIMP. It's a complete full featured photo editing program and it's totally free. There is a dedicated group of software developers that keep improving it all the time and there are many tutorials available too.

Here's a couple of links to get you going:

GIMP Users Group

download GIMP for Windows here

GIMP Users Manual

GIMP Plug-ins

UFRAW - the RAW Converter for GIMP

Message edited by author 2006-07-20 12:00:53.
07/20/2006 09:29:29 AM · #9
If it is ease of editing you are looking for try the demo of MS Digital Image Suite.

MS Digital Image Suite There's a trial in the sidebar on the left.

Super easy UI and as good and/or better than Elements and the likes. Uses PS filters, has an excellent pano stitch program.

Can be picked up very cheap at Costco and the likes...

Digital Image Standard is the Editor only
Digital Image Suite is Editor plus Library (highend organizer)
Digital Image Suite Plus adds Pinnacle v10

ED: A Tut I started to put together, has some screen shots that you can get an idea how it looks and works:
DIP Tutorial



Message edited by author 2006-07-20 10:05:09.
07/20/2006 09:42:15 AM · #10
Originally posted by OdysseyF22:

Originally posted by Bobster:

if you dont need the power of photoshop - look at Adobe Elements, has most of the functionality of PS its just missing a few things ;)

Including curves, which the OP said he needed, and which is far better than just levels :-)


You can get a curves add-in for Elements... I forget the link, but it was discussed here in the forums within the last month.

07/20/2006 09:45:00 AM · #11
If you would like to try elements I am pretty sure that I have an extra copy lying around, just send me a PM.
07/20/2006 10:45:26 AM · #12
Originally posted by aguapreta:

Originally posted by OdysseyF22:

Originally posted by Bobster:

if you dont need the power of photoshop - look at Adobe Elements, has most of the functionality of PS its just missing a few things ;)

Including curves, which the OP said he needed, and which is far better than just levels :-)


You can get a curves add-in for Elements... I forget the link, but it was discussed here in the forums within the last month.


Here's that link: //www.earthboundlight.com/phototips/photoshop-elements-curves.html
07/20/2006 11:27:46 AM · #13
Buy a Wacom graphic tablet and it contains a copy of free copy of Adobe Elements.
07/20/2006 12:07:56 PM · #14
I didn't pay anything for my PS 7 either. ::::looks innocent::::
07/20/2006 12:15:11 PM · #15
Originally posted by Claya:


Here's that link: //www.earthboundlight.com/phototips/photoshop-elements-curves.html


Ohh Claya - thank you thank you thank you!!! I've been looking for something like that !! Looks like I won't have to upgrade to CS :D

07/20/2006 12:18:59 PM · #16
Originally posted by faidoi:

Buy a Wacom graphic tablet and it contains a copy of free copy of Adobe Elements.


that is where i got my extra copy:)
07/21/2006 10:10:12 PM · #17
Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate the info.
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