Thursday, September 22, 2011

Beginner Helps for Photoshop Elements

I did quite a bit of research on various graphics programs specific for photography users, and decided, for now, to get Adobe Photoshop Elements.  From what I've read, for my needs right now (as a beginning amateur photographer), it will do a fine job editing -- and at a much better price ($100) than the Big Daddy Adobe Photoshop!  I was able to send in a rebate for $20, too, which made the deal even sweeter.

One little side note:  a few day ago, I found out that Adobe was releasing a brand-new version (version 10) of PSE.  I was very disappointed and a little upset seeing as I'd just bought version 9.  However, I received an email from Adobe telling me that because I had purchased version 9 just a short time ago, I was eligible for a complimentary upgrade!  Gotta love that!  Adobe Customer Service gets a BIG TWO THUMBS UP for that!

I have not gotten too far with learning how to use PSE yet.  There's just too little time in the day and too many other things that need to be done.  All of you mothers of young children will understand; the rest of you, just think you do.  :-)

I did try importing photos into the organizer.  It did fine with JPG files, but had a problem with my NEF files (which are RAW files specific for Nikon cameras).  It gave me error messages saying that the files were corrupt or incompatible.

After doing some research, I discovered I needed to download and install the Camera Raw PluginGo to this page to download it for Macs. Go to this page to download it for Windows.

I just now tried to re-import the NEF files into Organizer, and it worked!  I'm very excited about that.  My intentions are to use iPhoto for my JPG files and PSE for my NEF files.  Not sure if I'm causing too much work for myself with that, but for now, that's the plan.

Planned Future Posts:  Resources for learning to use PSE9/10.
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  1. Thanks for this post Ava, I never did figure out how to download raw to PSE and so I never shot in Raw because of it!

    Happy playing. I love my elements. but I have always had elements of some version or another. My friend has the full version and it seemed to complicated to me! lol

  2. I'm glad it was a help! I was really frustrated when it wouldn't import the raw files. I don't think I'll ever get the full Photoshop. I've heard Lightroom is really good, though (and it's much cheaper, around $300).



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