Alternative to Photoshop Elements??

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Maclovertoo, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. Maclovertoo macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2010
    I'm really into digital photography and would like to be able to jazz up some of my photos from time to time (think using the watercolor feature, etc).

    But, I've heard some horrific stories about Elements and the Macbook Pro.

    Is there an alternative software that would be better?

    I'll be buying a new MBP (non-retina..I need optical drive for now) once they come out in late July/Aug w/Mountain Lion.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
  3. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
  4. brilliantthings macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2011
    I have always been a huge Photoshop fan.

    I bought Elements recently and absolutely love it. What were the bad reports you'd heard?
  5. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    +1 For Pixelmator. Its the fastest graphics program out there. Much faster than Photoshop (not sure about Elements but regular Photoshop it is).

    They have things I wish Photoshop had like real time gradients.
  6. Sital macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2012
    New England
    When I tried Pixelmator I just didn't care for it, but I'm blanking on the exact issue I had with it - I just remember being frustrated with it. I've used Photoshop Elements and that always ran fine for me, it just takes a long time to load up. Currently, if I need to do more editing than either Preview or iPhoto allows, I use Seashore. While not as powerful as Pixelmator or Elements, it could be an alternative if you're just looking to "jazz up" some of your photos. And it's free. ;)
  7. Maclovertoo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2010
    Thanks for the replies. I heard that Elements moves at a glacial pace and that the way it requires pics to be saved in its folder system is a nuisance.

    Not true?
  8. netslacker macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2008
    Uh, no.

    Elements does not move at a glacial pace at least not for me (mbp 2009). It's no slower than say, office.

    As for file saves, sounds like you are confusing it with some other program such as Lightroom that has its own file storage. Elements allows you to save anywhere on the file system. You just open, pick a file, edit, save (or save-as) like usual.

    You can download a trial from adobe to give it a whirl before dropping 80 bucks on it.
  9. brilliantthings macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2011
    If you reckon Photoshop proper does things slowly, this is an identical pace. I think it's quite impressive, though I havent worked with RAW as yet.

    Regarding the File System, Photoshop Elements comes with an editor and a file organiser called Organiser. Organiser is an appalling piece of software. I dont know why people want to use any file viewer outside their normal file system. (eg. Finder. Mine is Path Finder)

    So I do not use Organiser at all - in fact you dont need to install it.

    But on it's own, the Photoshop Elements Editor is great.
  10. netslacker macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2008
    Just to clarify, Photoshop Elements from the Mac App Store does not include Organizer, only the box version does.
  11. brilliantthings macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2011
    Yes. Yes. Good point. I bought it online directly from Adobe and paid about $50 more for that Organiser crap.

    Mac App Store is a better way to buy this one.
  12. Pharmscott macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2011
    Sacramento, CA
    I have version 9 and no performance issues on base MBP 2011. If you're patient, there are deals to be had for the boxed version 10. I just bought a copy for a friend on Amazon (sale was posted on 9to5 Mac) for $50 new a few weeks ago. Score!
  13. bamaster macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2012
    Can Pixelmator apply filters to individual layers? I thought I read somewhere that it didn't.
  14. netslacker macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2008
    Good point, I've seen Amazon and Newegg both have great deals on Elements every once in a while. Currently you can get the Elements combo (photoshop and premiere) on Amazon for 100.00. But I've also seen better pricing on just photoshop on either site before in the past.
  15. Maclovertoo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2010

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