Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is an excellent program. You can do so many things with it, if you have the time and patience to learn how to use it. Adobe offers great tutorials themselves, to those who purchase and register the product. I have used Adobe Photoshop for many years. Starting back when it was version 4 and I was taking a college Design course. I began teaching it around 1998.

This software allows you to remove things from a picture, add things to a picture, and adjust things in a picture just to name a few. I have created totally digital worlds that look real and have altered real photographs to look surreal. I have removed blemishes from teenagers faces, toned down my own flushed face, removed wrinkles from elderly faces, and made people instantly lose weight. I have patched up antique photos to remove tape discoloration, smudges, burn marks, and even brought some faded ones back to life. I've turned colored photos into black and white or sepia, and given color to black and white images. And if you are looking for just a touch of color well that can be done too.

Photoshoped Pics using Elements

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The processed pic of my grand daughter. I changed her earrings, ponytail holder, and trim of her shirt all to purple.Cookie Cutter Tool from Photoshop ElementsDaughter's invitation to her daughter's baby shower My daughter created this in Photoshop ElementsThe original pic of my grand daughter. Earrings are green as well as the trim of her shirt. ponytail holder is orange.
The processed pic of my grand daughter. I changed her earrings, ponytail holder, and trim of her shirt all to purple.
The processed pic of my grand daughter. I changed her earrings, ponytail holder, and trim of her shirt all to purple. | Source
Cookie Cutter Tool from Photoshop Elements
Cookie Cutter Tool from Photoshop Elements | Source
Daughter's invitation to her daughter's baby shower My daughter created this in Photoshop Elements
Daughter's invitation to her daughter's baby shower My daughter created this in Photoshop Elements | Source
The original pic of my grand daughter. Earrings are green as well as the trim of her shirt. ponytail holder is orange.
The original pic of my grand daughter. Earrings are green as well as the trim of her shirt. ponytail holder is orange. | Source

Adobe Photoshop Elements

Another powerful program from Adobe, is Photoshop Elements. With a much smaller price tag. It is not the full version of Photoshop but for most users it is all you need. I used to use Photoshop but could not keep up with the newest version. They always added something more you thought you needed. I gave up at version CS, they are up to version CS 5. An upgrade from a previous version costs about $200.00 so it is not easy to keep up with them.

Photoshop Elements, however is up to version 9 and is only about $100.00. If you look below you will find Amazon offering it for less than $80.00. I was content with version 2 for many years. I got a free upgrade to version 4 when I bought a new computer. Then I was happy with 4 until I began teaching it at the school I worked at. It was on version 5 then so for the class I had to have 5. I used 5 very happily until just recently, my husband surprised me for my birthday with version 9.

Elements does almost everything I need. There are times that it is easier for me to go to my old CS version of Photoshop than to take the time to figure out how to do the same thing in Elements. Of course that is because I used it for many more years. The majority of the time though, I use Elements anymore. It is usually quicker and easier to use because it has tools set to do what you would need two or more steps to do with Photoshop. It is much easier for beginners but it can be a little confusing for seasoned Photoshop users at first.

Tools of Photoshop Elements

Some of the quick tools in Photoshop Elements that are time savers include:

  • Red eye removal
  • Healing brush (for fixing blemishes, wrinkles, dark circles, etc.)
  • Spot healing brush (this one also does what the Clone Stamp does only faster) The Clone Stamp samples an area of your choice to replace another area.
  • Detail Smart Brush
  • Cookie Cutter Tool (this will crop a picture to the shape of your choice. Star, heart, shamrock, etc.)

These are only a few of the tools but they are probably the ones that save the most time when performing these processes.

Which one to Buy?

It is hard to say which is the one for you. I think in most cases Photoshop Elements will be all you need. But if you feel you can afford Photoshop it is a terrific software. You get tutorials from Adobe for either program if you buy it and register it with them. Some of you may still feel the need to take some classes. I know my students felt that they needed to have someone actually show them, to be able to grasp it. Others will just play around with the tools and discover it on their own. Most will watch the tutorials to learn how to use it.

Which ever one you choose you are sure to be amazed!

Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements

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Randy M. 5 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica

Interesting info. Here are some editorial suggestions: Change patients to patience. Eliminate themselves, replace They with Adobe. Second pararaph, first sentence: remove the "from a picture" and "to a picture" and the sentence will read much better. First sentence under "Adobe Photoshop Elements" is not a sentence, better: Elements is another powerful program from Adobe. Put a comma after Photoshop in the next sentence. Fourth sentence of this section, replace added with "are adding."

Actually, I have learned to like Picasa 3 quite a lot, even though I have Photoshop CS4 and the Mac programs Aperture and iPhoto 2011. The problem though with Picasa 3 is that you have to be online to do detailed editing.


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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Randy, for your input. I noticed that I had made many mistakes this morning. I guess I should not have published it when I was so tired. I don't know when you read this but by the time I got your comments I had already replaced patients with the proper word.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Thanks for the info Dardia. I like fiddling with stuff on my computer so this is great!


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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello Cardisa!

Nice to hear from you again. Both programs are a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy whatever you choose.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Dardia, thank you for the information on Adobe, I'm sure a lot of people don't realise there is the cheaper option of Elements and so don't have the software. Voting up.


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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello again, Movie Master! Yes, that is what I thought which is why I wrote the hub. I wanted people to be aware of the cheaper option. It is also a little easier for beginners. Thanks for the comment and the vote.


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BeatsMe 5 years ago

Whew, photoshop. I think I need to learn this, I'm impressed with some of the tricks you mentioned you can do with it. And I thought Gimp is all I needed. :D

Great software review. :)


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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello, BeatsMe!

Photoshop is quite awesome. Elements as well. I don't use them as much anymore probably because I am busy spending time with my grand kids. I'll probably start playing with it more once they are in school.

Thanks for coming by.


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businesscardprint 5 years ago from UK

Good info Dardia. I'm in agreement as I think the full-blown version of Photoshop is overkill for many users and Elements makes the perfect fit. I've been using Photoshop professionally for many years, and I'm still learning!


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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Not only am I still learning, I am re-learning. I seem to forget how to do many things because I don't use them all of the time. So, I catch myself having to re-learn some of the steps to accomplish what it is I need. I suppose I could make actions.

Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate the comment as well.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

I have always wanted to learn how to to this photo shop thing. I'm gonna bookmark this. Thx for the great information.


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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello Minnetonka Twin,

You are welcome! Maybe I should write a few hubs on how to use Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Thanks for stopping by.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, I must admit to never using it, and wondered what you could do with it, amazing stuff! I shall have to go take a look and see what I can figure out. I am not that good with things like this, impatient is my middle name! lol but it looks great, thanks nell


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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi, Nell. It can be a lot of fun but frustrating if you are not good with the mouse. Photoshop Elements is also a bit more forgiving if your mousing is not so accurate. One thing that is handy for those who make mistakes, is layers. If you work on separate layers you can throw away the whole layer and start over. Another favorite is the Undo History. Maybe I'll get around to making some basic tutorials on hubpages.


sestasik 5 years ago

Nice info! I don't have Photoshop and mostly use free tools now, but am considering getting Photoshop as I do more with photos online...


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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello, sestasik!

Glad you liked it. There is also a free very limited version of Photoshop online. This one you use from their site and don't download or install the software. There are other softwares of this type but I have used Photoshop for so long I don't know how adept I would be at them. But for those who have not already been set in their ways these other somewhat cheaper packages might be great. Good luck deciding!

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