Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements
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 ElementsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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!