May I first state that I do not desire to be a professional photographer. I merely want the pictures that I can take at any moment of our lives not look like my 5 year old daughter took all the pictures. Well, ok, I will be honest! Even she can take better pictures than me. And so I started taking my own pictures again and edited my photos with 2 different softwares to see which one I liked better.
First, Photoshop Elements. Pioneer Woman tutorials on Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CS4. She uses the CS4 which is the much nicer version, but costs about $700 to purchase. PPWWAAHHH! Not in the budget for a beginner like me. Photoshop Elements runs about $149 for Photoshop Elements. You can go to the Adobe website and get a FREE 30 trial download and that is what I did.
Photoshop Elements 7 can be very overwhelming when first opening. I can imagine that any of these softwares with all their capabilities can have a lot of options and hence overwhelm the first on looker. Thank goodness I had PW with her photoshop tutorials. I would click on the photo editing effect that I wanted to do and follow her directions in the software program.
I had a ton of fun dinking around in this software. There are so many cool things you can do. With Photoshop you do a layering effect where you edit different layers of the photo and then when you put them all together, you have a beautiful picture. Lots of different options to make the little details of the picture stand out and look crisp and clean.
I won't go into the details of the different editing options. That would make this a long post. What I can tell you is that if you want the beginner to be able to do the magical things a professional does to your pictures, then learning Photoshop Elements 7 is where you need to start. At the end of this post, I will show you what pictures I used with Photoshop Elements.
One bonus extra I found with Photoshop Elements is that you can also do graphic design. See the banner up above with the title of my blog?
That was all created with Photoshop Elements. Cool huh? And that is just the beginning of what you can do for a banner.
Alas, my 30 trial is over and my exploring has ended for a time, so I am sure that there are a lot more options to Photoshop Elements that I haven't even touched.
Second, I played around with Photoscape. This is the program my friend Kristen (remember the better photographer with the EXACT SAME camera) uses. The best thing going for Photoscape is that it is FREE!!! You can't beat that!
Photoscape is a very user friendly program. It has set templates in its editing process that you select and it gives you options to the degree you want that edit to happen and then you are done. Very easy and simple. When I am in a rush, I would use Photoscape simply because I could edit within 2 easy steps and be done. However, the editing does not have quite the polishing look as Photoshop Elements. And it does not have as many editing options as does photoshop elements. However, if you are clueless like me, why give me more options than I can handle at the time?
The other wonderful option in Photoscape is that you can use an option called Page where it combines your pictures into one page. Reminds me of the cropping that happens in scrapbooking. If you don't want 20 pictures to take forever to view because you scroll down forever to see them all, you can combine them into one page and view all the pics at once.
(Kristen, my friend brought to my attention that I did not display Photoscape with its full potential. She edited the pictures below to show that Photoscape can be quite as nice as Photoshop Elements. Thanks Kristen! Now you must teach me your Photoscape ways)
Below, I have given you some examples of different pictures I have edited with the 2 different softwares. See if you can see the difference:
SOOC (Straight Out of Camera) Shot
Photoscape with the boost in contrast
Photoscape Edited by Kristen
Picture edited by Photoshop Elements
Photoscape edited by Kristen
I recognize that this was a very brief compare and contrast, but people, I have things to do! So if you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will happily answer the things I know with the little knowledge I have!