So if you are reading this you must have some interest in photo editing otherwise you clicked on the wrong link but don’t feel bad it can happen to the best of us, joking aside we are going to help you decide whether Adobe Photoshop or Elements is right for you and your specific needs.
Looking Under the Hood
Photoshop is truly one of the most popular pieces of software out there, it is used instead of the word photo editing, “just Photoshop it” so we know that the brand and software carries a significant amount of clout with it. Photoshop is the “go to” software that people turn to when they want to edit photos but the software could be overkill depending on what your needs are and how often you plan on using the software.
One of the primary challenges associated with using Photoshop I the amount of system resources the software requires just to function. While the application does meet the needs of just about everyone out there for the majority of us we simply do not need all that power for a few simple edits here and there. You would have to invest a significant amount of time learning how to use Photoshop which is a commitment the majority of us out there simply cannot make. Along with the amount of time and system resources required another issue is the costs associated with purchasing Photoshop which is not cheap by any stretch of the imagination so you really do need a use for it.
On the Flip Side
Adobe Elements is the second entry on the ballot of potential video editing solutions and it is one that you should give some serious thought to if you are the type of person that only has to do some light editing once in awhile. Do not be deceived into thinking that this application is not up to the challenge of the average person, it can handle just about anything you throw at it but it will not have the full suite of features and functions that is found in Photoshop. If you were trained on Photoshop then using Elements may feel like a downgrade but for the average individual out there. One of the benefits associated with using Adobe Elements is the lower costs which is negligible when compared to what a full install of Photoshop will cost. While the cost is lower there is the added benefit of not tying up a large amount of system resources to run Adobe Elements so this option is the one that most people should consider using when they are searching for the right photo editing solution.