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Which program to buy..

Apr 21, 2011 8:39 PM

I recently purchased Lightroom 3 and think I may not have the correct program. I want to get a program that does the following;


Make silhouettes

outline figures as if it was drawn

create a "painted" look

select an area to block in colour.


Which program would do these things?



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    Apr 22, 2011 9:27 PM   in reply to 123xccx

    It would be way easier in photoshop or Corel painter.

    It may be possible in photoshop elements, but I never tried the program.

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    Apr 27, 2011 6:39 PM   in reply to Silkrooster

    If you R looking for the anything beyond basic-very basic =especially with painting-you are better off with full PHOTOSHOP CS5. Elements 9 is more aimed at basic edits.and social networking, A 30 day trial w PS will answer yur Q.

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    Apr 29, 2011 10:44 PM   in reply to 123xccx

    CS5 version of photoshop is a full featured program. In that the wizards are not available. It is assumed that you know a thing or two about photo editing. Because it is a full featured program the learning curve can be steep. But there are lots of books and video training available. some free and some cost.

    So photoshop elements is meant to hold your hand and help teach you and lacks certain features. As for what features are missing, I can't say as I have not tried it. But thats the word on the forums.

    Good luck in making your decission. Oh yeah down load both trial programs, it will make your decission much easier.

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    May 1, 2011 4:00 PM   in reply to 123xccx

    Not an Adobe product but is a plugin. I would try Nik color efex pro 3.0.

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    May 9, 2011 6:02 PM   in reply to 123xccx

    That is what you are after.

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    Jul 6, 2011 7:22 PM   in reply to 123xccx

    Photoshop Elements should do everything that you want.


    It is a full-featured Image editing program. Where it falls short of PS CS 5 will be:


    No CMYK support - unless you are going to a commercial printer, you will not miss this

    No creation of Layer Sets - unless you are creating DVD/BD Menus, you will likely not need this

    Has fewer Filters, and fewer 3rd party plug-ins - may miss some, but maybe not

    Does a bit more with Presets, so some ultimate control will be sacrificed to a "big-button" solution


    Lightroom is great for "processing" Images, but you need an Image editor.


    Good luck,



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