Often I'm asked whether to purchase the full version of Photoshop or the "little brother" Photoshop Elements. I actually have both. Let's first take a look at the Pros and Cons of each. I've found that for myself, 95% of the time, what I need to do to a photograph can be done with Photoshop Elements. This "cut-down" version is worth every penny and will take care of almost all of my needs.
Some of the more powerful tools included in the full version of Photoshop that are not included in Photoshop Elements are:
- ability to create custom Actions (for batch processing)
- pen and path tools (for detailed selections)
- layer masks (for special effects)
- text on a path
- advanced Web features (slicing, rollovers, hotspots)
- CMYK colors (important if printing an image)
- Acrobat Professional version 8
- Flash Professional
The bottom line is, if it's end of year and money isn't an issue, I'd get the full version of Photoshop CS3 included in one of the Suites. Otherwise, Photoshop Elements is a great place to start since the learning curve isn't as steep and it should meet all of your needs. Elements can be purchased for only $59, or as a departmental license for $28, (as opposed to buying it directly from Adobe or locally for $99) so it's a sure winner.
For detailed information about UNL's Adobe license agreement click here. Or, if you dare contact Alain Boucher at 472-9960