What Is Newest Version Of Photoshop 7.0 Considering buying newer version
Posted 22 April 2011 - 04:01 PM
I've had Photoshop 7.0 for about 5 years now. I don't use it very much and only know how to do a few things on it so far, but I've just decided I want to learn more. Now I'm thinking...hhhmmm, there are much better versions out there since 7.0 came on the market. Which one is the next (or newest) version of Photoshop 7.0? There are so many out there! Is it Creative Suite?
I know Elements is a lighter version and great for scrapbooking. I think I should stick to the full version,though, since that is what I'm used to and I can do more on it BUT it would be nice to have an easier version (like Elements) to learn on. Decisions, decisions!
In the past I've mainly used 7.0 for removing things from photos with the clone tool and healing brush. Does elements have these? Can I edit photos and have them printed through Shutterfly like I do with the photos I alter on 7.0?
Thanks for any suggestions and input!
Posted 22 April 2011 - 04:22 PM
And to answer your questions (sorry! I get ahead of myself! LOL):
PSE does have a clone stamp tool and healing brush and you can edit and print photos at any online printer of your choice. PSE saves files in the same formats as PS.
(Even though I have a version of PSE7, I exclusively use CS3. While many features are the same (between PSE and PS), I don't find the interface at all similar and I had a LOT of difficulty trying to use PSE. I did copy some of the styles out of it (mainly the plastics, which don't come with the full version), but then I uninstalled it.)
Posted 22 April 2011 - 04:40 PM
Posted 22 April 2011 - 05:59 PM
I like using CS5 Photoshop though very much.
Posted 22 April 2011 - 07:49 PM
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Posted 23 April 2011 - 06:03 AM
PSE9 has the pen tool, which is well worth learning to use for extracting objects from photos. It also has layer masks which earlier versions don't have. Layer masks allow for non-destructive photo editing to take place....which in my opinion makes it well worth upgrading to from previous versions of PSE.
It has all the healing and cloning tools that CS4 has AND has the content aware healling tools that CS5 has, and it even has most of the same photo filters that PSCS has. In fact, I am pretty sure that PSE9 has all the same tools that PSCS has. It is more powerful and more sophisticated than most people realize.
CS5 is beyond amazing to me and when I read some of the blogs by the "big guys" like John Nack, Deke McClelland, and Scott Kelby I feel like I could spend the next 10 years just learning everything that can be done with it.
The truth is that neither program is intuitive to use and both have really steep learning curves. If you already know that the tools and features mentioned above are important and useful to you, then you probably should go with CS5.
If your main use of the program is healing and cloning and scrapping, you should probably save yourself the $$$ and go with PSE9. (Spend the difference in the boutique LOL that's what I would do.)
Hope that helps.
edited to include new info from Pat
This post has been edited by Rose Ann: 24 April 2011 - 02:24 PM
Posted 23 April 2011 - 09:26 AM
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Posted 23 April 2011 - 04:23 PM
I use the content aware healing brush tool in PSE 9 a lot too. Love it! It was one of the reasons I bought PSE 9.
Posted 23 April 2011 - 05:41 PM
I love anything that "heals" my mistakes! LOL
Posted 24 April 2011 - 02:22 PM
THANKS PAT!!! I didn't know that! I have PSE9 (haven't used it yet) and that is a great feature!!! I am looking forward to trying it out! Any special tips? or does it work just like the regular healing tool?
Posted 24 April 2011 - 03:36 PM
Load all your styles into PSE. Delete or rename the thumbdatabase and start PSE. Give your computer time--this could easily take 15 minutes.
Create a 12x12 document called "StyleSaver" or something like that. On a new layer, draw a square, hexagon, or other shape, perhaps about 3/4" to 1", up near the corner. Rasterize the shape. Using CTRL + J, copy the shape, up to 143 times. Distribute these shapes evenly over the 12x12 document, so you have 144 of them. Now, apply one style to each shape, proceeding in a systematic fashion. NAME the layer to match the style/color/designer. Save the document; you may want to write-protect it to prevent accidentally changing it.
Note 1: you can print the page as a "proof sheet" of your styles; that's handy in PS, also.
Note 2: I suggested 12x12, but you can make a larger document with more shapes, or just another document, or choose an alternate size. Your computer's memory may guide you on the best quantity of layers. I actually do 4x6 size (easy to print for reference) and up to 18 shapes or so, and "clump" similar styles together.
Note 3: I put another shape of gray, beige or pastel UNDER translucent/transparent styles so I can see the effect.
Now you can remove all the styles you've loaded from PSE and rebuild the thumbdatabase again. When you're working on a project and want to use styles, open the StyleSaver document as well. The StyleSaver document has to be a floating window, rather than maximized or docked. Identify the shape with the style of interest and click on it. Drag that Layer from the Layers palette to the new document and release. ALT + CLICK + DRAG to copy the style from the shape to the item of interest. You can drag more than one layer/shape from the StyleSaver document at a time. When you're done, bring the shapes to the bottom or delete them. If you keep the styles you used in the document, it helps you remember which style you used, also.
I know this sounds lengthy, but it's not that onerous, especially when you have lots of styles for PSE and an older computer. While I use mostly PS CS4 on my fast computer, this makes PSE much more productive on my older laptop. I find the proof sheets helpful, too.
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