iPhoto versus PS Elements

tomegun

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I take pics with my Canon DSLR and Sony point and shoot. I use iPhoto currently, but I'm wondering if I will find any value with PS Elements. I want to learn how to touch up my photos, but I'm concerned with integration with my iPhones, iPad, etc.

What are the benefits or downfalls of getting PS Elements for someone who is a rookie with a camera?
 

Aidoneus

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iPhoto is a photo importer and organiser, whereas Photoshop Elements is a photo editor, with none of the management options of iPhoto.

You might want to check out Apple's Aperture, which is a nice balance between the two.
 

MacTech68

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I concur with Aidoneus.

Elements will not give you the organizational abilities that iPhoto has.

However, more powerful editing can be performed with Elements.

If you prefer the ability to use iPhoto and sync to other Apple devices, you can still use iPhoto, but set Elements (or any other application) as an "external editor".

See:

http://support.apple.com/kb/PH2419
 

tomegun

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Thank you both! I didn't know I could have the organization of iPhoto and open other apps for editing. That is great.
 

tomegun

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How does Aperture compare with iPhoto and PS Elements? Is the combination of iPhoto and PS Elements superior to using Aperture?
 

Aidoneus

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That's something thatcan only really be answered by you; we don't know your needs or workflow.

Aperture certainly has a free trial, and I would imagine Photoshop Elements does too. I'd recommend trying them both out for a couple of weeks each, and seeing how you feel then.
 

tomegun

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That's something thatcan only really be answered by you; we don't know your needs or workflow.

Aperture certainly has a free trial, and I would imagine Photoshop Elements does too. I'd recommend trying them both out for a couple of weeks each, and seeing how you feel then.
Fair enough. I just want my pictures to be organized, look better and have the ability to share them (email, facebook, etc.) efficiently. I will look into the trial versions of Aperture (I will probably buy this for sure) and PS Elements.

Thanks for the information.