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picture editing software

I realize this is the camera forum but I'm sure you guys all use this software.

I'm looking to buy some software for editing my pictures. I had adobe photoshop on an old pc that is long gone but all I have right now is paint shop pro which just doesn't do anything for me!

I just bought a new canon A-95 and I want to be able to do some touching up and maybe some effects. I've seen some pictures where they were all black and white except for one thing (like a flower). I'd really like to be able to do some things like this but I can't spend a ton of money either. I have a friend that just bought photshop cs and some of the editing he's done is just phenomenal!!! Is the CS version that much better than some of the earlier (cheaper) versions? Will someone like me miss the added features of the newer versions?

For example the black and white while leaving one color feature... What version first had this tool?

Thanks for any advice!

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You should probably look into Photoshop Elements.

It has many of the Photoshop tools, but has a low price. I can't tell you what the differences are, or when PS did something. It has probably changed a lot since you had it.

If you are a student, you should check out student versions of Photoshop. I think they sell for about half price, but are the full version of the product.

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Picture editing software

The Gold standard is still Adobe Photoshop, but it is expensive.

Adobe Photoshop Elements has all of the good parts of Photoshop. I saw it in WalMart for about $80.

I have seen those photos of black and white with one item of color. I tried it with Photoshop Elements and found it to be quite easy.

1. You load a color photo.
2. Select your color subject by using one of the selection tools (magic lasso, etc).
3. Select/Inverse
.....(this unselects what you just selected and selects everything else)
4. Enhance/Adjust Color/Remove Color
5. Press Ctrl-D (to remove all selection markers)

And it is done.


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"I've seen some pictures where they were all black and white except for one thing (like a flower)."

I do this all the time in paint shop pro 8 and it's so easy. You can even find loads of PSP tuts for this.

I do all my photo editing in PSP 8 and I found it much easier to learn than photoshop elements but that's just me. I like it because I can not only edit my photos but I can create some neat animations from scratch. I have heard that Jasc now offers the full PSP 7 as a free download.

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