Photoshop CS3 "regular" or "Extended"?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by macstatic, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. macstatic macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2005
    I'm wondering if I should get Photoshop CS3 or Photoshop CS3 extended.
    My use will be touching up and editing photos, composite work, web images (buttons, logos, headers etc.) and so on. Pretty basic Photoshop stuff in other words.

    I've had a look at the features at the Adobe site, and from what I can understand, the extended features apply mostly to scientists, doctors and architects, and I'm neither (or plan to become).

    However, I've heard rumors that the extended version does actually contain features which are very useful to photographers and general work -is there any truth to this? Are there features available in that version I'm likely to need, or "can't live without"?

    Finally I'm concerned about the computer resources the extended version might demand in comparison to the regular one.
    I'm on a 1.67GHz Powerbook G4 with 1.5GB RAM which I guess in these days is considered "ancient" and "outdated" :rolleyes:
    For best possible performance I'm thinking that a less featured Photoshop might be better, especially if I won't be using those "extended" features anyway.
  2. JFreak macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
    If you cannot think of a reason to spend more, then you don't need it.
  3. ipodtoucher macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2007
    Cedar Park, TX
    I have Photoshop CS3 Extended but i don't use the 3d functions it has for architects, doctors, etc. But if you use the 3d you have to have a high video card and a lot of memory...but i haven't used the regular Photoshop so i couldn't tell you what is doesn't include for photographers...and i agree with JFreak, if you don't want to spend $500 more dollars then don't...unless you do a lot of 3d rendering...

    hope this helps a bit
  4. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Photoshop CS3 regular will do you ok, if you can afford the extended edition or get the student edition all the better, but just for image editing and photographic work then regular version should be fine ;)
  5. Adrien Baker macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2008
    Bakersfield, Ca.
    All Extended does is add elements of 3D Design...I have the regular version and it's plenty.

  6. jason999 macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2008
    Download the trial version which from memory works for about 30 days before it requires registration. Then you can work out if you'll need the extra features.

    Its about a 400Mb file download for the trial version from the web site.

    For help on how to use adobe photoshop go to the site and type in photoshop and you'll see gazillions of video tutes on how to use photoshop.
  7. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    For Photography Extended won't provide anything more than Just CS3. But if you would like to use some 3D features in the future then get it.

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