April 24, 2005

Photo Editing Software

My trial period with Adobe PhotoShop Elements has ended. This is my comparison to PaintShop Pro.

I’m running PaintShop Pro 7.0. The current version is 9.0, so you can see I’m behind in versions. I’ve gotten the hang of it pretty good.

A month ago, I downloaded (233MB) the trial version of Adobe PhotoShop Elements 3.0.

I rather like the PaintShop Pro better. It has many keyboard shortcuts that make it faster to use. I also like the way I can change the resolution in a Jpeg as I save it. I can also do that in PhotoShop, but PaintShop Pro lets me preview the photo so I can better tell how much I’m sacrificing.

PhotoShop has a better photo stitch or panorama program, while PaintShop Pro does not have that ability at all. The newer version, however, may have that feature. What I like about the PhotoShop panorama program is I can tell it to use perspective and I get a truer picture. The program I use now came with my Canon PowerShot A60. It’s not too bad

The one thing that attracts me to PhotoShop is the tons of Plugins that are available for it. There are also Plugins available for PaintShop Pro, but not nearly as many, as are available for PhotoShop.

I have not yet decided if I will actually buy PhotoShop or upgrade my PaintShop Pro.

What are your thoughts?

Posted by Ted at April 24, 2005 10:12 AM


I've never been a big fan of Adobe products, other than PDF reader and writer.

They just seem to make things too darn difficult. I took a 3 day course in Adobe Photoshop 6 last year. There were 12 in the class. Only three of us were taking it for the first time. The school had a policy that allowed you to repeat the class as many times as you wanted within a one year period. Nine students were taking it again, some for the 3rd time.

Either this is a reflection of the school or the product. The school wasn't that bad.

I like using Paint Shop Pro. I find I can do a decent job with adjusting tones and colors very quickly. I also use Microsoft Image Composer.

Posted by: Reb Orrell at April 24, 2005 6:58 PM

PhotoShop Elements is supposed to be easier to use and is priced at $100.

Posted by: Ted at April 24, 2005 7:39 PM