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09/11/2003 12:19:02 PM · #1
I see many people use Photoshop on this website. Do you use Photoshop Elements or the full-pricey beast? Just curious...

Is there any benefit with going with Elements over PSP V8.1?

I'd love some advice as I am looking to purchase one of these...

09/11/2003 12:25:56 PM · #2
I use PSP 7 and I love it.It is easier to use and have ssme features as Adobe PS.
09/11/2003 12:29:11 PM · #3
I have been using PSP since v4.0 and wouldn't even consider switching. The learning curve is much less steep on this application and it delivers similar features and results as Photoshop for very much less money.
09/11/2003 12:36:53 PM · #4
I use photoshop elements. Just got it a couple of weeks ago. I love it.
09/11/2003 01:25:28 PM · #5
I own PSP 7, PS Elements 2, and have tried out the public beta for PSP 8. PSP 7 worked well for me-- quite intuitive, and plenty of features... however, I absolutely love PSP 8! There is a lot more flexibility, and the program is very easy to use. Unfortunately, the PSP 8 beta period ended a few months back, and I haven't been able to pile up enough cash to pop for the upgrade from 7.

I've tried playing with PS Elements 2, and in my opinion, it is generally a waste of time. I haven't been able to get the same level of control over the finished product as with PSP, including curves/levels/HSL adjustments, JPEG compression ratios and the like.
09/11/2003 01:28:44 PM · #6
I've tried PhotoShop, and it's a very good program, but I prefer PaintShop - it's intuitive, works well, is relatively inexpensive, and does everything I need to do with digital images. Maybe I'm missing something, but I haven't found out what it is.

09/11/2003 01:42:29 PM · #7
I used PSP on my PC for a few years. I learned a lot of good things on there. When I came to college to study graphic design, my parents decided they would spoil me by getting me a mac. I said 'hey, if you're putting that much money into a computer, you better throw in Photoshop!'
Macs have much better monitors. As far as the difference in software, the feature I would say PSP is missing is the "Save for Web" option. It makes it easy to size down files, without losing more quality than wanted/needed. I also find it easier to play with/blend layers.
09/11/2003 01:49:12 PM · #8
I've not used Elements, but I do use the full Photoshop 7 app.

I've used Photoshop for couple of years now, both for professional graphics and photo editing. I use it over PSP (which I used to use a lot) simply because it's the defacto professional package, and I can and do notice the differences.

PSP8 has come a long way, basically emulating Photoshop a lot more than it used to. Hopefully with the release of Photoshop 8 at the end of this year Adobe will once more prove why it's the best.

I use PSP7 at work and it's a lot more kludgy than Photoshop, with experience of both. Photoshop is harder to use, which only underlines the fact that it's more powerful. I guess you have to decide if the extra money is worth the extra features, which you may not end up using..

Message edited by author 2003-09-11 13:49:58.
09/11/2003 03:41:30 PM · #9
I use PSP 8, after upgrading from PSP 7. I also have PS 6. I find PSP easier on the learning curve, but for working in photos, I think PS is more powerful. I tend to use PSP for graphics work. I also use PSP when I'm after a quick re-size and jpeg compression. For true post processing I use PS. I say this though with less knowledge of PS. I also have Elements but couldn't tell you much about it except it seems to be a scaled down version of PS.

In an earlier post of this thread I saw someone mention that PSP 8 was better than 7. I must agree - they came out with some big changes that added a lot of great features to the software.

Message edited by author 2003-09-11 15:42:42.
09/11/2003 04:54:23 PM · #10
Thanks for all the insight from everyone. It is much appreciated. Considering the sizeable cost difference between the full PS and PSP, I am leaning towards PSP. I am very familiar with older versions and I have the demo installed now. So far, I like it.

You can buy copies of PSP on Ebay -- if they are legitimate for about 1/2 the retail price. Considering Jasco (?) is selling them on ebay, I am going to guess they are legitimate or they would stop it (as it is indirect competition).

Thanks again!
09/11/2003 05:01:06 PM · #11
I use PS7 99% of the time but I also have PS Elements which I use because it came with my camera. I have tried PSP but it was a trial version and I really didn't like it as much. PS7 (or any other version) takes a long time to learn but is worth the learning time.
09/11/2003 05:13:52 PM · #12
Hi Renee, that might be JASC you are referring to that is selling the software on EBay? If so, they are the manufacturer of the software, so it should be legite.

Message edited by author 2003-09-11 17:14:11.
09/11/2003 05:20:31 PM · #13
That's the name -- thanks. I could remember it!

09/11/2003 06:43:22 PM · #14
You can get 30 evaluations of PSP at download.com. You should try that and see if you like it :)
09/11/2003 07:43:58 PM · #15
I have Photoshop 7, Paint Shop Pro 7, Photo Impact 6, and Painter 7. I use Photoshop 7 almost exclusively. It is much more powrful and even though it has a learning curve, it is well worth the money invested, and the time invested to learn it. I also have several copies of Elements that came with cameras, scanners, etc but I have never installed it since I have PS7.

I just ordered an Epson 1280 printer that came with another copy of Elements. You can have it if you want it... It also came with a special upgrade code to Photoshop 7 for $299. I will send that to you as well if you would like to have it.
JD Anderson
09/12/2003 12:41:38 AM · #16
I use PS Elements 2.0. I've tried PSP 7.0 and Photo Impact 7.0. I think PSP 7 is more powerfull the PSE 2.0, but the user interface really annoyed me. It's unprofessional when compared to PSE/PS and really bugged me. Photo Impact had a great UI and was powerfull, but I found it very slow in most operations, and much slower then PSP and PSE. So I went with PSE 2.0.

I'm downloading PaintShop Pro 8.0 to see if the UI is any better. :) Price is great at only $89 plus a $30 rebate for a competitive upgrade, IF the UI is much better then 7.0 was.
09/12/2003 12:45:13 AM · #17
I use Paintshop and I really do like it. I tried Photoshop and found it to be so slow after using PSP. One of these days I will find the time to actually learn all the functions available on PSP but til that day comes I will just have lucky moments when I figure out what a function does.
09/12/2003 01:51:58 AM · #18
I use both Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro.

For large graphics (70 megs +) nothing is better than Photoshop, but it's got a mean learning curve and takes twice the time to use. $$$

I use Paint Shop Pro for nearly everything to be viewed on the internet. Its great for smaller files. fast and easier to find your way around. Most of the tools are easier to use, but are not as refined in accuracy as Photoshop. (for the smaller .jpg files I generally don't need all the power of Photoshop.)

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