CS2 or Elements??

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  1. 250Gimp

    250Gimp TPF Noob!

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    I know this question has been posed before, but I couldn't find the info I wanted in my searches so far.

    I am fairly new to photography and need a decent editing program. I mainly want to be able to adjust colours, sharpen, layers and masks. I would like to be able to access the pic in RAW format (Rebel Xt). Maybe some borders and filters as well.

    Will Elements do all this or do I have to install CS2?

    The other kicker is that I have a copy of CS2, but haven't had the heart to install it.

    So....do I pay for elements and sleep at night or do I need CS2??

    Thanks for your help.

    Cheers
     
  2. Peacemaker636

    Peacemaker636 TPF Noob!

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    It sounds like all you need is Elements, but I don't know why you wouldn't install CS2 (it wouldn't be illegally obtained? Would it? *end sarcasm*).

    I'm pretty sure Elements does everything you said you need.
     
  3. 250Gimp

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    Can you change the alignment of the pics in photoshop elements, such as straightening a building taken at a poor angle?

    Thanks
     
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    I would personally start out with Elements, and when you feel like you have exhausted - or outgrown - the limits of Elements, then try out the one month trial version of CS2. If you feel if it is worth your time - purchase it :) I have both, and sometimes after I use CS2, I will take my images into Elements to do some further minor tweeking.
     
  5. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm sure you can.
     
  6. 250Gimp

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    Thanks for the help!!
     
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    Sorry to be a waste, but what is the command for straightening/rotating an image?
     
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    Lol, I was just coming on to post this exact same question.
    I was thinking along the same line as Peanuts, buy Elements first and upgrade to CS once I have outgrown it.
    It got a good writeup in Practical Photography this month.
     
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    I meant to add...

    Does anyone use Gimp? Is it comparable?
     
  10. Jeremy Z

    Jeremy Z No longer a newbie, moving up!

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  11. Digital Matt

    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    I think the short answer is, if you don't know what's in CS2 that you'd need above Elements, then you don't even need to bother getting into CS2 ;)
     
  12. 250Gimp

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    Well, downloaded the trial version of CS2, and I'm really liking it so far. DOesn't hurt that I got a pretty good book on it from Santa. Once I get some more time on it I will post some pics I have touched up.

    Cheers
     

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