Photoshop Elements 6 q's.

SOLLERBOY

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Hi guys , I've never used photoshop before but I'm doing a course at college that involves photoshop so I thought I would buy elements to get used to the basic functions / features.

I have just a couple of questions if you will be so kind as to answer them.

will this suit my needs for basic image manipulation and graphics design?

can I use Photoshop cs3 files(pc) with elements 6 (mac) ?

Is elements 6 good and does it run well on mac's?

Does this offer many features or is it really cut down from cs3??

Edit: One last thing , I need to be able to make graphics with images like posters etc , will this suffice?

Thanks.:)
 

arjen92

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it will run

I can only answer one question: adobe runs faster on mac's than on pc's. And it's almost native on mac os x. So I don't think it will be a problem running ps elements on your mac.
 

cosmokanga2

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will this suit my needs for basic image manipulation and graphics design?
I myself use PS Elements 6 for Windows and it does suit my basic needs. It lacks however masks, colour manipulation/ranges and a few other features that CS3 have.

For basics, it's great, but if you want to ever take it a bit further, you may wish you had some of the CS3 features.
 

Westside guy

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I myself use PS Elements 6 for Windows and it does suit my basic needs. It lacks however masks, colour manipulation/ranges and a few other features that CS3 have.
You're overstating it a bit. The only color space option Elements doesn't have, as far as I know, is CMYK - not something that's commonly used in photo processing.

Elements supports layers, but not layer masks - however there are ways to fake it. The average photographer, though, probably couldn't care less about layer masks.

Basically, Photoshop Elements does everything the typical photographer care about - they're exactly the target market for the product.

Edit: One last thing , I need to be able to make graphics with images like posters etc , will this suffice?
Can you explain what exactly "make graphics with images like posters" means? It can be interpreted about 100 completely different ways.
 

cosmokanga2

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You're overstating it a bit. The only color space option Elements doesn't have, as far as I know, is CMYK - not something that's commonly used in photo processing.

Elements supports layers, but not layer masks - however there are ways to fake it.
Thank you. I never figured a way to make the masks that many tutorials required. After seeing that site though, I think Elements would be fine.