old photoshop vs. paint shop pro

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  1. gardy90

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    old version of photoshop or pay for psp? any suggestions? dont have much of a budget for alot:( or maybe gimp?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Have a look at Photoshop Elements. It does 90% of what most photographers would want/need.
     
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    i have a copy of photoshop 7 i got from my father but i havent used it much, dont know how well it will be for converting RAW and all that jazz
     
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    Gimp does most of what u need. Its free.
     
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    ill just have to start spending more time with it, i have it downloaded but is just as confusing IMO as photoshop haha
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Photoshop uses a sub-program called Adobe Camera RAW to convert RAW files. For every new camera model that comes out, ACR has to be updated...unfortunatly, they don't put out updates for older versions of ACR (that are compatible with older versions of Photoshop)....so you won't be able to open RAW files with PS7 (unless they are from a rather old digital camera).

    There are plenty of other options for converting RAW files though....including the software that will have come with your camera. That will allow you to process the RAW files and convert them into TIFF or JPEG files etc. You can then open those files in your older version of Photoshop.
     
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    Photoshop 7 is a good image editor, but is useless for RAW conversion. It doesn't support any version of the necessary Adobe Camera RAW plugin.

    PS7 could work as a companion to some RAW converter that was supplied with your camera. Often the RAW converters supplied by the camera manufacturer do very decent RAW conversions but provide rather limited editing so using PS7 after the RAW conversion makes good sense.

    If you have PS7 and have a RAW converter that came with your camera, I would suggest starting there and see if the pair work well for you. You would then be in a better position to evaluate where replacing the "team" with another single program (PSP, newer PS, ...) is worth the expense.
     
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    Whats more on craving for such elements without doubts?
     

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