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Re: filmscanners: PS 6.0 v. PS 5.0 LE v. Jasc Paintshop Pro 7.02

Photoshop is not necessary unless you intend to be employed in the business.
Photoshop Elements or 5.0 LE could do it for you, or Jasc PSP or even Corel
PhotoPaint.  What you learn in learning to use these other programs will
apply to PS itself if and when it becomes worthwhile to shell out $500+.  I
think you're better off, for now, using one of these other programs, and in
using them you'll discover for yourself whether you even want to go through
the whole learning experience for using PS 6.0 - it's not easy, and
something like Photoshop Elements contains most of the features (excepting
being able to work in CMYK and LAB color spaces)without the learning curve.

If you already have PS 5.0 LE start with that - it's an excellent program
and, like Photoshop Elements, will do just about all PS 6.0 will do
excepting CMYK and LAB adjustments.


----- Original Message -----
From: "S. Matthew Prastein" <smprastein@earthlink.net>
To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
Sent: Monday, July 09, 2001 7:24 AM
Subject: filmscanners: PS 6.0 v. PS 5.0 LE v. Jasc Paintshop Pro 7.02

| I'm new to all this, just getting my feet wet, and have a very basic
| question about image processing software.  It's clear, from all the
| content here, that PS, and in particular PS 6.0, is the Rosetta stone,
| an essential professional tool for achieving image quality, and
| uniformity, in publishing.
| But what about lower-class people like me?  I'm an amateur, with very
| modest equipment (an Acer Scanwit 2740S and an Epson 900), very much
| in the learning mode.  Should I shell out the $500+ bucks, plus the
| learning time, to get a grip on 6.0?  Will 5.0 LE serve me better, at
| least in the learning phase and possibly for all time?  And what about
| the Jasc program?  It receives rave reviews in popular (i.e.
| non-professional) reviews, especially in computer publications, but I
| don't recall any reference to it in this list.  Why not?  What
| capabilities is it missing, that I really ought to have in order to do
| quality work?
| Put another way, how do I choose software that matches the
| capabilities of the rest of my system, and yet provides a reasonable
| path for future upgrade?


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