Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 ; Yea or Nay?

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  1. mtbdudex macrumors 68000

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    I've got ancient PSE9, and see PSE14 is out, was thinking to get that for $77, the disc version because I read some bad experiences with the full digital download install.

    Besides that, overall for those who have used PSE14 (or even 13 and know 14 updates) what do you think compared to PSE9?

    Uses will be my wife, who does digital scrap booking and also me for the occasional times I need to use layers. I'm still keeping my photos in libraries in Aperture (RAW from my Canon 70D or jpeg from the multitude of iPhones we have), and do edits in there mostly via Aperture itself, but the times I need layers PSE is easy and works.
     
  2. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    I have it. I upgraded from PSE 11, and find it solid. Still no text kerning, but it hasn't been there that I've ever known.
     
  3. someoldguy macrumors 65816

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    I put a copy on a Windows machine I use for some consulting stuff I do to pick up a couple of bucks on the side . As DWFAUST says , it's solid . The pull down menus seem to be pretty much the same as on the standalone PS CS6 . One thing I found really useful in the additional 'Enhance' pulldown which gives quick and dirty adjustments of a bunch of different things , color, contrast , and the like . There's also an auto dehaze and a manual dehaze in the same pulldown .My last experience with PSE was PSE6 (!) . Big improvement over that .
     
  4. dorsal macrumors member

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    Dehaze is worth the price of an upgrade alone.
     
  5. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Personally I would put the money into a CC photography subscription where you get the real thing....Lightroom plus Photoshop.
     
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    Another vote for the Photography CC subscription. Lot of great features for $10/month
     
  7. High Desert macrumors regular

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    Guess I'll be the outlier here and say that I am not overly impressed with PSE 14. I purchased a macbook pro specifically to get back into (digital) photograph and recalled how Photoshop was king of the hill in prior years. Not wanting the full blown CC and subscription (which I dislike), thought I's start with PSE 14. It seems to be a straightforward application with limited things you can do to a photo. If all you want is a basic photo enhancer, then this will work. If you want to go beyond, work with RAW photos rather than just JPEGS, I do not think this is the one you want. I also find the support system for PSE 14 extremely weak. I have run into several instance where I got all wrapped up in my shorts and could not figure the solution and posted to the Adobe PSE community for help. Rarely did I get an answer or offer of help. Further frustration is trying to get help from Adobe website, and they only loop you back to the forum, which I find to be unsatisfactory when you cannot find a solution. I spent time on this forum in an earlier post trying to sort out what to use after my frustration with PSE 14 and finally settled on Infinity Photo at $49.95 for a full subscription and all future updates for a MAC only app. The downside of this app is it is not intuitive, takes time to learn to really utilize all aspects, and has a very good, real time support system on their forum page from both OP and Affinity staff. Maybe later, I might go with some of the higher end applications suggested by OP on this site, but for now, Affinity suits me fine. At the same time, I totally realize what you choose / use is a personal choice and you have to find what you like best.
     
  8. mtbdudex thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well never updated to PSE 14, but now I see Amazon has PSE 15 for $39.99
    Just ordered it.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KICI4LQ/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    I'm just going to use the disc for the serial #, I've already downloaded the 1.8GB PSE15 file from offical Adobe site
    https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop-elements/kb/photoshop-elements-downloads.html
     
  9. mtbdudex thread starter macrumors 68000

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    PSE 15 is being delivered just before Thanksgiving, cool, look forward to using it.

     
  10. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    But assuming he keeps it for as long as he kept version 9 that is much more expensive. 6 years at $10 a month is $720 vs $77 for elements now.
     
  11. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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  12. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    True. But you are not comparing the set of features. PSE does not equal Lr + Ps.

    Personally I am moving to On1 Photo RAW. I have the prerelease. The public release is later this month. I will rarely need to go past RAW ability to use something from Macphun. It is nice to seamlessly move around the large feature set all the time working on a raw file with edits in a sidecar; no exporting of jpg, tif or psd needed.
     
  13. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    I'm assuming that since he was asking about PSE he had decided it had all the features he needed and thus the extra features are irrelevant to the discussion as he won't use them.
     

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