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Feb 16, 2019 09:13:30   #
ChiefEW
 
I have the Adobe package that I pay a monthly fee for. The only program I use is Photoshop. I am shooting RAW images and open them in Photoshop. I don't think I take enough pictures to justify paying the monthly fee for the Adobe package. Would I be better off to purchase the newest version of Photo Elements? Thank you. Earl

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Feb 16, 2019 09:14:36   #
Idaho
 
yes.

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Feb 16, 2019 09:15:44   #
Linda From Maine (a regular here)
 
They are very different software. PS users will tell you that it - and only it - is worth considering. I am a PS Elements user, and like others who use PSE, we find it fully meets our needs.

The decision is dependent on how much you like to learn software and how much time you like to spend on the computer.

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Feb 16, 2019 09:20:18   #
ChiefEW
 
Thank you. I have Photoshop elements 6 on my computer. It almost did everything I wanted before I updated to the Adobe combined program(s). I would think the newest version would do much more.

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Feb 16, 2019 09:45:23   #
petercbrandt
 
Elements is limited but good. E.I. It will not have brush so you can lighten a face, only lighten the photo overall. Thats just one example, but look at the overall cost comparison.

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Feb 16, 2019 09:46:27   #
tommy2
 
ChiefEW wrote:
...I would think the newest version would do much more.


Oh Yeah! Stopped my monthly payments to Adobe several years ago, bought Elements (upgrade every couple years) and have never looked back.

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Feb 16, 2019 09:52:12   #
john vance
 
You might want to try Corel paint shop pro. it does everything I want and competes very well against Adobe

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Feb 16, 2019 10:04:31   #
rfmaude41
 
petercbrandt wrote:
Elements is limited but good. E.I. It will not have brush so you can lighten a face, only lighten the photo overall. Thats just one example, but look at the overall cost comparison.


Add Elements+ (for about $15) and you'll get a lot of PS back into PSE (brushes, etc.).

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Feb 16, 2019 10:07:24   #
petercbrandt
 
Not seen this possibility to add brushes for $15. Where, how ?

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Feb 16, 2019 10:07:32   #
rjaywallace (a regular here)
 
Strongly recommend Photoshop Elements as more cost effective and easier to learn.
Meets most folks’ needs very well.

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Feb 16, 2019 10:08:44   #
FL Streetrodder
 
I agree with Linda's response as, I too, find that PSE works just fine for the processing I normally do and has a Raw converter. My newest version is 10 and the only reason I upgraded from 7 was the ability it offered to create an "out of bounds" photo look. I purchased PSE 10 on ebay at a very reasonable price. From what I find, the latest versions only offer more processing abilities for videos and I only shoot videos on very rare occasions.

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Feb 16, 2019 10:25:22   #
bsprague (a regular here)
 
The Adobe CC plan is evolving into a system of interconnected parts. The monthly $10 gives you pieces ranging from cell phone photography tools to a personal portfolio website. Photoshop is just one of those many parts you pay for.

If all one uses is a single part, in this case Photoshop, it makes sense to search for something else.

Be aware that the Adobe plan is an annual contract with the option of paying monthly. I'm pretty sure there is a cancellation fee if you drop the subscription in the middle of you agreed contract period.

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Feb 16, 2019 11:02:15   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
I have Elements v.14; Photo Impact Pro v8.5; and Canon's RAW editor v3/4; and a couple of other gadgets.
They meet my needs and requirements and I'm not paying a monthly fee.

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Feb 16, 2019 11:15:57   #
Linda From Maine (a regular here)
 
petercbrandt wrote:
Elements is limited but good. E.I. It will not have brush so you can lighten a face, only lighten the photo overall...
Incorrect. PS Elements has an "expert mode" in which you can use layers and layer masks, and do all the selective editing you want (with a large variety of brushes available) - including controlling opacity and changing blend modes of layers.

More Brushes: go to https://www.brusheezy.com/ for some free ones, or make your own:

https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-552238-1.html

I made the quail and dragonfly brushes. The raven in #3 was free from brusheezy.

So far, I use my homemade brushes more as "stamps" than typical brushwork. But there are lots of tutorials for ideas!







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Feb 16, 2019 11:40:46   #
Bill_de (a regular here)
 
petercbrandt wrote:
Elements is limited but good. E.I. It will not have brush so you can lighten a face, only lighten the photo overall. Thats just one example, but look at the overall cost comparison.


I was surprised to 'hear' you say that about the brushes. But as I read further I was reminded that I had spent $12 and added Elements + to my Elements 15.

https://elementsplus.net/

According to the product information it doesn't add features. It opens Photoshop features that Adobe hid rather than remove from Elements. It is version specific and still $12.

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