Photoshop Elements Upgrade

  Fishbox 11:03 28 Nov 2006

Bought Photoshop Elements 2.0 some time ago but have only just got round to using it!
Should I try to "master" this first or is version 5.0 so much more user-friendly and versatile that an upgrade would be useful?
I note that the Upgrade software from is only about £6 cheaper than the Full version.
Is there any advantage in buying the dearer, Full version of 5.0?
Any recommendations for a book to help with 5.0?

  spuds 13:00 28 Nov 2006

Regarding the book, I generally find that a quick look in the local 'good' library solves most problems initially, as different people have different views. Failing that, somewhere like Borders bookstores or PC World for a quick browse and possible purchase.

  Kate B 13:03 28 Nov 2006

Can you upgrade from version 2.0 to 5.0? It might be too big a leap. My experience of the various flavours of Elements is that they have become progressively more user-friendly and streamlined and also now includes Album, which I think was sold separately when Elements 2.0 was around.

  ened 13:24 28 Nov 2006

I have just installed version iv from two.
There was no upgrade option, in fact during installation a message came up saying that I would have both but could only use one.

I aborted the installation and removed V.2 first.

One of the features I miss from version 2 is the File Browser. It is still there but in it's own window and has so much more about it, which took some getting used to.

I have read other Forums where people have preferred V.2. Having used it awhile I disagree.

A useful site: click here

  BRYNIT 14:22 28 Nov 2006

You could always go to the Adobe web site click here and down load the 30 day trial of Photoshop Elements 5 to see if you like it. The file is 467MB.

  hssutton 14:44 28 Nov 2006

I'm a PS user so cannot offer advice from a personal standpoint, however a number of photographers that I'm acquainted with, say that Elements 5 is much easier that 2 and also far superior.

Scott Kelby is a well respected author, so check out the price on Amazon. Also you will find loads of tutorials by Googling "Elements 5 tutorials".

Adobe also provide quite a lot, but you will probably have to register to gain access to them.

click here

  Fishbox 14:58 29 Nov 2006

Adobe customer support tell me that I can upgrade from the FULL version 2.0 (which I have) using the version 5.0 UPGRADE software.
The upgrade pack is about £6-50 cheaper than the Full, based on prices.
Amazon are cheaper than Adobe and,when I last looked on ebay,people were bidding well beyond the Amazon price and had postage to add on top!!!
Thanks all for your useful advice and helpful suggestions.

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