Photoshop vs. something else?

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    I'm looking into getting a good photo editing program for myself. Something that's affordable and works well. It doesn't have to have all the bells and whistles, since I'm not a professional by any means. At the moment, I'm considering Photoshop Elements, but I'm looking for some feedback on it. How well does it work? Is there anything cheaper that works just as well? I've been looking at GIMP as well, which is a free download, so I'm wondering if anyone has had much experience with that program either.
     
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    Photoshop Elements it runs about $80 and worth every penny.
     
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    I used to use Elements 5.0, works great.
     
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    Elements came free with my new computer, its a good program, its adobe! Although in my case, i use Lightroom more than anything, with post editing in PS.
     
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    There's something else?

    I'm not kidding. PS is literally unparalleled in advanced functions (read: the ones that are necessary for fine-tuned post-processing, advanced compositing, and a host of other things).

    Elements? Works great? For what?
     
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    Man, MaxBloom give peaple a break. PS is expensive and not worth it if you don't know how to use it. Fortunatly for me my wife is a graphic artist and has been teaching things since we meet. It's not the easiest thing to use.
     
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    People seem to forget that Photoshop is a designers tool (along with the rest of Adobe's suite) more so than anything. If you want a user-friendly, affordable piece of software, Elements is the better choice. Especially for a hobbyist looking for an initial program.

    You may look into getting a Wacom board -- some come with a copy of Elements 5.0 included and will sit you back around $200 (USD).

    Also, if you go the Elements route you can always have money left over for cool things such as Alien Skin, Photomatrix, etc...and still come in below retail price for CS3.

    However, if you are a student and available to take advantage of student pricing on CS3 I would.
     
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    I used the gimp for a long time. I was happy with it, but I will say that PS seems to offer a bit more and it should for the price of it.

    Depending on your design and editing abilities, the gimp will probably suit you for a good while.
     
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    Yay! Indiana! BSU Class of 1998!
     
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    Hello!! Are you from here or did you just go to school here?
     
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    PS is complete overkill for I bet >90% of photographers out there. I used Paint Shop Pro for years all the way back from when it was version 4 and it did everything I needed it to. Later versions would even work with photoshop plug-ins. GIMP is even better since it's free. It depends on the platform, but you can even hack PS plug-ins into working on GIMP too. On Mac I use DxO now (works on Windows too) and do all of my batch processing on that. If I need to do heavier editing I just use GIMP.
     
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    I use Lightroom and I love it. I find it much easier to use that PS and it was much cheaper.
     

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