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#1 Frogman62

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Posted 22 November 2015 - 06:03 PM

Does anyone use elements. Why no mention of it anywhere.

#2 Doug S

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Posted 22 November 2015 - 06:35 PM

Were I to guess it's because people who are trying to save money use GIMP and Picasa or some other set of free tools while people who are OK spending money for software invest in Adobe or Capture One's offerings.



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Posted 22 November 2015 - 09:18 PM

I have used Photoshop Elements for a few years and it was less than a year ago that I switched to the Photoshop CC 2015 (which comes bundled with Lightroom)



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Posted 22 November 2015 - 11:39 PM

I use Elements 10 which is fine for the basic uses that I make of it , not much into software manipulation of pics yet, still struggling to learn first principals in-camera.

 Think it has advanced to Elements 14



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Posted 23 November 2015 - 09:44 AM

I have Elements 11.  Since I started shooting Raw and using Lightroom, I only use Elements to fix JPG scans of old photos and negatives.  There's no way I'd ever use all the features of PS, so Elements is a good alternative.



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Posted 23 November 2015 - 10:53 AM

Before I started using PS, I was using Elements 13 and I agree that PSE can perform the majority of edits that an amateur photographer is likely to need. At the time I also purchased Lightroom 5 on DVD which I used 99% of the time; the only time I resorted to PSE was when my sky was so blown out or dull that it had to be replaced with a better sky from my library, something that LR cannot do.

 

Now that I am subscribed to the Creative Cloud 2015, I almost never use PSE. The major PS functions that I miss the most in PSE are Smart Objects and Luminosity Masks. Luminosity Masks are extremely powerful: I downloaded a free action that, when invoked in PS, divides each image in 24 levels of luminosity (8 brights, 8 darks and 8 midtones) enabling me to adjust specific regions with no or negligible effect on the others..



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Posted 23 November 2015 - 11:50 AM

I take pics in both RAW and JPEG and Elements 10 handles both though I think it may have upgraded to handle the RAW files after I initially loaded it a few years back. If I feel the urge to get into processing from a discussion here between Steve and others it seems Capture may be the way to go...?



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Posted 24 November 2015 - 10:12 AM

Try it Geedee it's free for a month.

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 04:01 AM

Thanks for the heads up Steve. ... When the time comes that I want to get into PP I will give it a go. I like that I can buy it outright.



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Posted 13 January 2016 - 09:29 AM

I bought Elements 13 last year (2015), just before the roll out of 14. I bought it as a stand-alone because I don't like cloud subscriptions and I want control of any updates. I also don't want or need all the manipulation and wouldn't use half the tools. I learned to compose in-camera and don't do a lot of post work except for cropping and exposure control. I'm just a hobbyist so it suits my needs and is powerful enough to give me alternatives.



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Posted 13 January 2016 - 11:16 AM

I find your reasoning matches my own, so your choices must be without question...(-:   I have Elements 10 so you are more up to date than I.

 

Welcome to the group.



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Posted 14 January 2016 - 04:38 AM

Hello geedee.

In Digital Photo magazine they almost always show you how to do things in PS, LR and Elements

I found quite a few vids on youtube about it.

Try this

Its Elements 12 but there are others.

 

Good look

Rod



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Posted 14 January 2016 - 05:37 AM

Many thanks for taking the time to post the link Rod. At this time, I have elements 10 which looks a bit different.... If I get my rear in gear and can turn my attention to advancing beyond the basics in Elements I may upgrade to whatever the latest version of that is available at the time as I am not comfortable with subscriptions preferring to purchase outright.  Should I find that I am capable of advancing to any real degree, I suspect Steve`s PP software recommendation would be a very worthwhile consideration.  



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Posted 14 January 2016 - 11:12 AM

Hi geedee.

Elements 10 seems to handle RAW.

There are a good few Elements 10 training vids on "facetube"

When you get the chance go to youtube and put "photoshop elements 10" into the search

(Nag nag nag... ;) )

 

What I like about Digital Photo mag is that its full of task based how-to's.


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