Sunday, May 1, 2011

photoshop advice...

ok...i want to buy photoshop.
i want/need to be able to make 
my own graphics for my blog 
and website.
it's pricey to pay someone else!
and i've been doing it for 8 yrs.
i could have bought the expensive 
photoshop with all that money.
so here is the problem...
photoshop cs5 or whatever it is
 is wayyyy
out of my money league.
that puppy is expensive.
so, do any of you just have
elements 9?
would it do what i need it to?
i just need to design graphics.
i don't need fancy schmancy photo stuff.
any input or knowledge would be
greatly appreciated!

happy sunday!!


dani84m said...

you can download GIMP. its a free program similar to photoshop

Mindy said...

Sha would be a good one to answer this... I know she uses elements a lot, and also has cs5. I have never used elements, only cs4, so I don't know for sure... but I would guess that elements would do just fine. :)

Mike, Sha, Kenna, Kate, & Garrett said...

I think elements would do it just fine. I have elements 7 and I do all my editing and scrapbooking in there. But if you did want to get the big daddy cs5-(I have that one too,;)) you could have your college age daughter use her student discount. Well as long as she is a student. I was able to get that-saved a butt load.

Marci said...

how did you get that discount sha? that sounds like a good idea!

Felicia said...

I'm still using elements dinosaur...I mean E5. I don't know how to use half of it, but I think you would be fine with elements 9, at least to start.

stevie kay said...

I use CS3 (no point in spending the money to upgrade yet) but I tell everyone who's starting out to start with elements. Photoshop has a steep learning curve if you've never dealt with photo editing software before. Elements should be able to do everything you want and are capable of doing at this point.

Finally, no matter what you get, use a college student to buy the product and save up to 50% off the list price.

And should you quickly master elements and want to upgrade, there's hundreds of moms (possibly an apron girls reader) out there just like you who would love to buy your used copy off of craigslist, ebay, or a college bulletin board.

Charlotte said...

I have CS3 also, but I started out with Elements 2 and even that was enough to do almost everything I needed... it just took about 100 times longer than it takes me now, because of the fancy tools in Photoshop. But you can do everything in a round-about way with elements.

It drives me crazy now to use elements because I know what's missing. But if you don't know, you won't miss it at all. Learning elements will keep you busy enough and provide you enough creative tools to keep you going for quite some time.

Lindsay Housley said...

I have PS Elements 7.0 and LOVE it! I run a small photography business & edit pics for my boutique business as well and it works GREAT!

Mike, Sha, Kenna, Kate, & Garrett said...

You can go online to adobes website|22183|student%20adobe||S|b|6150982942

or just google it. Then you will buy the student edition and then send in your identification to prove that you are a student and they give you the code to use it.

You could do that for CS5 or Elements. Like I said above, elements would be sufficent. Good luck!

Marci said...

thanks for all the advice girls!!
i knew you guys would know.:D
i think i'll just do the elements for now.
i'll let you know how it works out!

Chasing Molly said...

I am a BIG Adobe fan myself. I too am a housewife and there are so many other things we need to make our house run but Photoshop is a mental and creative necessity. We simply NEED it to function happily. I found my copy on e-bay for a really good price. The trick is to buy it at the beginning of the year (right after or slightly before the end of the year and right before upgrades). New in the box and the full version (not educational version). After you get it, a great place for video lessons is (virtual training center) They have a lot of free lessons and then after you have seen all of those and need more then you can pay 35 dollars a month to finish it off and you can even get a certificate after you are done. My heart goes out to you. Best wishes in getting Photoshop. Love, Bianca

Kiahna Williams said...

Do you have kids in school? If so you can use the educational discount. Lots of people do that and CS5 is only $199. That said, I started on PSE6.0, but when we got a new PC with Windows 7 it wasn't compatible. That is when I took the plunge to CS5...I miss PSE!!! It is so easy to use. I highly recommend starting with PSE9.0, you won't regret it, and once you learn all the basic tools, then upgrade.

grimefighter said...

One thing to know about Elements vs. the full version of Photoshop is that if you are doing a professional printing job you cannot save in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, back) color in Elements (it pretty much just works with RGB - red, green, blue). This is fine if you are only using it for blogging graphics, but doesn't work if you want to get invitations or scrapbook pages, etc. printed by a commercial printer (not like your printer at home sitting next to your computer).

Charlie said...

I am with the first comment. I love and use gimp all the time. Works great and is free. I even used it instead of Photoshop when I worked for a major shoe company. We all did. Much easier to use. We all had Photoshop, but Gimp was faster and easier with great results.