Go Back   RetouchPRO > Tools > Software
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Software Photoshop, Lightroom, Paintshop Pro, Painter, etc., and all their various plugins. Of course, you can also discuss all other programs, as well.

What is your opinion on elements 5 for restoration

Thread Tools
Old 02-07-2007, 01:41 AM
lovemuscle lovemuscle is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1
What is your opinion on elements 5 for restoration

Just wondered if any serious photo restoration people out there use elements 5,is it good enough for serious work.Most people talk about cs2..
Thanks Gary
Reply With Quote top
Old 02-07-2007, 05:56 AM
Doug Nelson's Avatar
Doug Nelson Doug Nelson is offline
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,062
Blog Entries: 21
Re: What is your opinion on elements 5 for restoration

The very first thing I do with a scan of an old photo is split the 3 channels, discarding the blue and green and working with the red. Elements can't do this, but it can replicate it with some effort (see Richard Lynch's Hidden Power book). Aside from that, I can't imagine any other shortcomings for just restoration work.

Photoshop CS3 does have a couple of unique features that will benefit restorers. The clone palette and refine edge are my two favorites. And many of the tutorials (as you've noticed) are done in Photoshop (they can be adapted, but that takes time and time is the #1 factor for restorations).

I generally recommend that anyone looking to make money via Photoshop go with the full version. It will eventually pay for itself, and you won't have any limitations to bump up against in the future. That's just basic business (never pay for anything twice). But if you simply can't afford the full version, Elements 5 should get you well started.
Reply With Quote top
Old 02-07-2007, 08:36 AM
Swampy's Avatar
Swampy Swampy is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: The Swamps of Florida
Posts: 4,418
Re: What is your opinion on elements 5 for restoration

I have to agree with Doug. If you are going to retouch professionally, then get the professional tools. Yeah, it's expensive, but software is a business expense and can be written off as such.

I don't use Elements, so I don't know the program's capabilities, but I do know there are times when being able to go into LAB or CMYK color mode is a wonderful asset. Many essential third party plug-ins are only written for PhotoShop and the day will come when you will want to avail yourself of these great tools.
Reply With Quote top

  RetouchPRO > Tools > Software

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Announcing: Elements Newsletter, Tools, Book and Classes Richard_Lynch Hidden Power Support 0 03-30-2006 09:54 AM
Photoshop Elements 4 and Premiere Elements 2 Craig Walters Software 1 01-04-2006 03:43 PM
Online Photoshop and Elements e-book project. TimShelbourne Photo Restoration 1 11-29-2005 01:04 PM
Great Elements Site! sarahphoto Photoshop Elements Help 0 06-27-2005 10:11 AM
Using Elements stitcher in PS Doug Nelson Software 0 07-10-2002 08:02 AM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:37 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright © 2016 Doug Nelson. All Rights Reserved