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10-09-2012, 04:09 PM   #1
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Photoshop Elements 11

Anyone using this? Do you like it better than previous versions? Interesting that the UI has gone back to a lighter color scheme. Guess the "dark" versions of software are becoming passe?

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They're always been a menu option letting you select the color scheme, FYI. While I don't have PSE 11, I do have Premiere Elements and I'm enjoying it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
They're always been a menu option letting you select the color scheme
Where? I have PSE version 9 and would like to change out of the black. I looked when I first got this version but didn't find a way to change it.
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I think you can change just what's around the image, not the whole UI. In fact it had been a big complaint. That's why they have changed it back is my understanding.

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No, you can not change the dark background in v9.
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Thanks Den. I am glad to hear they've changed it back. That black with white lettering is hard on my old eyes.

Thanks Kyle. I had plans to buy the newest version, then I had to have work done on my car, to the tune of $400, there went the monies for PSE11.
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QuoteOriginally posted by photolady Quote
Thanks Den. I am glad to hear they've changed it back. That black with white lettering is hard on my old eyes.

Thanks Kyle. I had plans to buy the newest version, then I had to have work done on my car, to the tune of $400, there went the monies for PSE11.
Strangely enough my old eyes prefer the white letters on black.
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If you download it from Amazon, it's $69.99 instead of $89.99 for the box.

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So i did the upgrade for laptop and desktop PSE 10 --> 11 yesterday. All the tools like Undo, Redo that were on the top are now in a thick bar on the bottom so overall there is less room for the image. As stated above, back to the light grey with no option to change it. I resent their making the decision for me and changing that decision every year but will get used to as always. Mostly, I upgrade hoping for better performance through multithreading and 64-bit memory addressing. Did not get those in 11 but we have so many double digits left for them to work with 12-99 in our lifetime. Instead of spending massive bucks on CS6 I just get PSE and load it up with Elements+ for scripting, Nik software, Topaz and other plugins. Pretend like I am doing "best in class" selection of tools when really its just whatever Adam posts a discount for I give it a try.
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load it up with Elements+ for scripting,
What is that, Lee?
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What is that, Lee?
When I can batch a couple of folders for processing, PSE is very weak in what you can do. This add-on unlocks much of the code in PSE that supports scripted actions in Photoshop but are hidden in PSE. The most work is to decide which actions you need to be available for scripting and add them to the scripting list which is short, for no good reason, to start. Think of it as a way to get to many of the hidden actions of Photoshop but not as easily so its good for scripts and occasional use. It also has an extra .EXE that places the selection menu in the Windows toolbar in case working on top of your image makes artifacts....not a problem i had but I install the systray anyway...its an extra .EXE you have to find and run from the Elements+ folder. Enough from me....here is the site. I have used it for years.

About Elements+

and here are the new items in the version just released 2 days ago. Like PSE, its ok to install it over multiple computers and its very cheap.
http://elementsplus.net/v5/new.htm
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I came to ask about this software. I hadn't tried elements in years upon years.. back then it was really, seriously, heavily limited. I installed the trial of PSE 11 yesterday and gave it a quick run and was shocked.. it is a mini-Photoshop now!

So much.. I'm wondering what are the differences between PSE11 and LR4? PSE11 has the latest ACR and it appears the same, exact 2012 processing abilities as LR4. It also seems to have some sort of photo management library dealy-o as well as having the ability to use PS plugins and layers (really missing those in LR)

I was looking to upgrade from LR3 to LR4 but if I can get the exact, same RAW conversion and PP abilities in PSE11 and also get the layers and plugins support, what is the point of going to LR4?
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QuoteOriginally posted by mee Quote
I came to ask about this software. I hadn't tried elements in years upon years.. back then it was really, seriously, heavily limited. I installed the trial of PSE 11 yesterday and gave it a quick run and was shocked.. it is a mini-Photoshop now!

So much.. I'm wondering what are the differences between PSE11 and LR4? PSE11 has the latest ACR and it appears the same, exact 2012 processing abilities as LR4. It also seems to have some sort of photo management library dealy-o as well as having the ability to use PS plugins and layers (really missing those in LR)

I was looking to upgrade from LR3 to LR4 but if I can get the exact, same RAW conversion and PP abilities in PSE11 and also get the layers and plugins support, what is the point of going to LR4?
The reason to use Lightroom 4 is for the flow. It is something that can let your sort/organize/edit photos very rapidly, much faster than with the ACR function in Elements. I do probably 98 percent of my editing in lightroom, just taking a few photos over to Elements (I have version 9) for big clone jobs or layers.
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To PhotoLady: On the subject of elements +, be aware it only works on 8 bit depth. I consider that a negative.
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be aware it only works on 8 bit depth
I only work in 8 bit depth. I don't know why it won't work in 16 bit depth but when I have done that, had a photo in 16 bit depth, I can't edit anything.
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