What is the difference between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements?

October 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Photoshop Elements Q&A

Klein asked:

I am looking to purchase photoshop for my home computer. We use photoshop cs3 at school and I would like to work on projects at home at the most affordable cost. We use most of the features of cs3 at school. What is the major difference between the original photoshop and photoshop elements?


4 Responses to “What is the difference between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements?”
  1. Scrawny says:

    Essentially, Elements is a “junior” version of Photoshop. Photoshop is much more powerful in what it can do. It costs more too.

  2. Chris says:

    If you use *most* of the features of CS3 at school, then get CS3, because Photoshop Elements is kinda limiting.

  3. Mary says:

    Photoshop Elements is a significantly scaled down version of the full blown version of Photoshop.You can do some of the same things in Elements as you can in Photoshop, but you have much more flexibility in Photoshop. Simply put, Photoshop is the pro version of the software and Elements is more geared toward hobbyists.

    The cost of the two software packages reflect these differences. But, the good news is that, as a student, you can buy Photoshop at a sizable discount. I believe the Student/Teacher version of Photoshop is about 20% of the cost of the regular version. So, if you’re thinking of buying Photoshop, doing it when you’re a student is definitely the way to go.

    Good luck.


  4. Ace glenn Gonzales says:

    Photoshop is a very popular imaging application while Photoshop elements is a scaled down version of Photoshop

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