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Obviously CS5... but it's 700 bucks! Is it worth it for a recreational photo buff? I mean I can afford it, but I'd like to spend the money on lenses more than the software. But it is pretty sweet software I must say. I've used older versions before. Or should I just buy a mac laptop and use something else.



Or... are the other photoshop products good enough like Elements 9. If it's good enough I might as well just buy that and a gaming laptop then.
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Lightroom 3.0 is great, and pretty cheap considered its capabilities ( $89 for the student/teacher edition )
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i use lightroom 3. worth every penny that my parents spent on me poor college student for the win
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Elements is just fine. Elements, PS, and LR all use Adobe Camera Raw, so you can good results from any of them.

Hell, I use DPP more than anything.
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Hell, I use DPP more than anything.
+1 to that. I hear a lot of folks not liking DPP, but it's always the first step I use.

After that it's either Lightroom or Paint Shop Pro. I actually prefer PSP myself.

Just my 2c worth...

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post #6 of 27
I love Lightroom 3. It's great at keeping everything organized and for 95% of my photo editing.
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I use Lightroom 3 for editing, and Photoshop CS5.5 for pixel work (gotta love that content aware fill)
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post #8 of 27
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Alright, I think I'll just snag a copy of Lightroom and some sort of laptop/external HDD.


Thanks guys.
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Alright, I think I'll just snag a copy of Lightroom and some sort of laptop/external HDD.


Thanks guys.
Wise decision.
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post #10 of 27
To be honest, as long as you know what you're doing (and with one or two plugins), anything from Photoshop Elements 3 is everything you'll need.
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