Photoshop Elements vs Photoshop CS

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by GordonP, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. GordonP

    GordonP Guest

    I'm currently using Photoshop Elements 4.0 under Windows XT and continue to
    be amazed at what the application can do.

    I've just acquired a new Windows Vista (Home Premium) Dell computer that has
    an Intel Dual-core processor with the expectation of getting enhanced
    Photoshop performance. I find that Photoshop Elements 4.0 won't run under
    Vista (if anyone knows how to run Elements 4.0 under Vista, I'll appreciate
    receiving that information).

    Apparently Photoshop Elements 6.0 is compatible with Windows Vista, so I'm
    considering upgrading to that version. But I'm wondering, should I bite the
    bullet and purchase the full-blown version of Photoshop? I've looked on the
    Web without success for a detailed comparison between Photoshop Elements 6.0
    and Photoshop CS3. Can anyone direct me to such a comparison?

    From what I've learned so far, it seems that Photoshop CS solves the problem
    of limited capability for editing images with a color depth of 16 bits. I
    could certainly use that capability. However, Photoshop CS doesn't seem to
    contain the Organizer, a sub-application I find very useful. If I purchase
    Photoshop CS, could I have that co-resident on my computer with Photoshop
    Elements so that I still can use the Organizer?

    I consider myself an advanced amateur photographer. My principal camera is a
    Canon Rebel XT. My primary interests are plant, garden, and landscape
    photography. I almost always capture images in Raw format, use Photoshop
    Elements to make initial corrections to entire images, save the corrected
    Raw images in PSD files, and make detailed enhancements first in the Quick
    Fix Editor and subsequently, if necessary, in the Standard Editor.

    GordonP, Dec 31, 2007
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    catfish Guest

    "sometimes" it is possible to run a program in the "compatibility"
    mode. Right click the icon on your desktop, choose "properties" and
    click the "compatibility" tab; then put a check in the "run in
    compatibility mode" box, and hit the dropdown for XP or 98.

    give it a try - the wrst that happens is no worse than what you have
    (or don't have) right now.
    catfish, Dec 31, 2007
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  3. GordonP

    Scubabix Guest

    Your Elements an CS are two separate programs, there shouldn't be any reason
    not to have them both on the same machine. I've never worked with Elements,
    but CS3 has the upgraded Bridge which should take care of any organization
    Scubabix, Dec 31, 2007
  4. GordonP

    GordonP Guest

    Thanks for the suggestion.

    I gave it a try and was able to bring images into the Organizer. However,
    neither the Quick Fix or Standard Editor would open the files.

    Gordon P
    GordonP, Dec 31, 2007
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    tony cooper Guest

    The only possible reason one could want to use Organizer is the
    ability to "tag" images with multiple tags and sort by these tags.
    Other than that feature, Organizer is no more than a Viewer, and
    better Viewers are available free as downloads.

    I have PS 7.0 and Elements 5.0, and don't know if CS has tagging
    functions. Personally, I "tag" by filename and folder system and
    don't use Organizer.

    Oh, yeah, Organizer does allow the easy construction of slide shows
    with bells and whistles. I've used that occasionally when I've wanted
    to send off some family pix with music and such. Usually, though, I
    put pix up with html and provide links.
    tony cooper, Dec 31, 2007
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    Don Guest


    have you considered Lightroom in concert with Photoshop Elements 6. I am
    running both on a similar speck machine to yours and find very little need
    for any tools that are available in CS. Paying for CS seems like a big
    spend for very little gain in functionality (based on your current needs and
    work practices, obviously CS has vastly greater functionality, I just
    haven't met any non pro who uses most of it yet). I do the odd wedding and
    shoot with pro level gear and have found the combo of elements 6, Lightroom
    and Downloader Pro (from breezbrowser) to be an excellent set of tools.


    Don, Dec 31, 2007
  7. GordonP

    GordonP Guest

    Thanks, Don, for suggesting I take a look at Lightroom. I'll do that.

    I agree that Photoshop CS has many capabilities I'll probably never use,
    such as working in CMYB. One thing I think I would use a lot is the ability
    to work consistently in 16-bit mode. Photoshop Elements 4 makes me reduce
    everything to 8-bit in order to use most tools. I wonder if Elements 6 might
    make this less of a problem?

    GordonP, Jan 1, 2008
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    Mike Russell Guest

    Elements 6 is 8 bit throughout. Even ignoring 16 bit support, budget
    permitting, there are enough additional features that you won't regret
    moving up to CS3.

    Adobe provides a 30 day free trial of PS CS3. My guess is you won't look
    back. (BTW, do check out the benefits of color correcting in Lab and CMYK).
    Mike Russell, Jan 2, 2008
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