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p.1 #1 · Upgrade LR or PSE?


I'm running a Windows 7, 64 bit system.

Both option upgrades are $80. I'm not sure if either are worth it, but I'm starting to use a couple newer techniques for retouching portraits that my current software doesn't support, particularly PSE8. Are either of these upgrades worth the $80? A few sliders here and there? A channels panel to separate RGB for sharpening?

Thanks in advance.

Kevin



Aug 25, 2012 at 12:52 PM
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p.1 #2 · Upgrade LR or PSE?


Both?

Adobe Elements 10 is $50 today only, 8/25:

http://mpex.com/adobe-one-day-deals




Aug 26, 2012 at 02:58 AM
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p.1 #3 · Upgrade LR or PSE?


Do you want to manage your images as well as process them ? If yes then get Lr 4. I like the better processing engine and better collection management than Lr 3. However, also a bit slower.

If you're not into managing your images then you're free to pick any editor. I'm not familiar with PSE - does it do parametric editing like Lr does or does it always change the original file with the edits ? Does it matter to you ?




Aug 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM
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p.1 #4 · Upgrade LR or PSE?


Alan321 wrote:
Do you want to manage your images as well as process them ? If yes then get Lr 4. I like the better processing engine and better collection management than Lr 3. However, also a bit slower.

If you're not into managing your images then you're free to pick any editor. I'm not familiar with PSE - does it do parametric editing like Lr does or does it always change the original file with the edits ? Does it matter to you ?



Photoshop Elements changes the file each time it edits. I use both programs for different things. LR3 for basic exposure adjustments and PS8 for anything requiring work with layers.



Aug 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM
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p.1 #5 · Upgrade LR or PSE?


LR 4.1 is like getting a new camera for free. The processing pipeline is that much better.
The learning curve from 3x to 4x is significant - it's a completely different animal in the develop module - but it is worth the effort. There is no question in my mind that this is a better use of the money than PSE. I also have and use CS6 and can tell you that except for pixel level editing all of my PP is now accomplished in LR4.



Aug 26, 2012 at 02:10 PM
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p.1 #6 · Upgrade LR or PSE?


definitely Lightroom. Besides, I would guess that in a few months PSE 11 will be out, you can upgrade that then.


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p.1 #7 · Upgrade LR or PSE?


LR never quite got the job done for me in the past, so I never bought it @ LR1, LR2 or LR3. LR4 ... I bought it. Very much worth it.


Aug 26, 2012 at 07:44 PM
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p.1 #8 · Upgrade LR or PSE?


Thanks everyone. I ordered LR4 from B&H for $58 with the student discount and it comes with a Kelby tutorial DVD...bonus! Can't wait!

Kevin



Aug 27, 2012 at 03:26 PM
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p.1 #9 · Upgrade LR or PSE?


PSE does not handle 48 bit RAW as native 48bit. Makes it useless for RAW conversions.

I would use Lightroom or Photoshop
or DPP



Aug 27, 2012 at 03:33 PM
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p.1 #10 · Upgrade LR or PSE?


abqnmusa wrote:
PSE does not handle 48 bit RAW as native 48bit. Makes it useless for RAW conversions.

I would use Lightroom or Photoshop
or DPP


Looking into a trial version of CS6. I don't care much for DPP unless I want to go back and verify a focal point or something. To me, LR is useless if I'm going to use DPP anyway. I guess one could use DPP to process levels and tones in the RAW file then open in photoshop, but IMO LR is much better. Disclaimer, though, I don't know DPP well enough to say LR is better...it's just what I prefer.

Kevin



Aug 29, 2012 at 09:46 AM
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p.1 #11 · Upgrade LR or PSE?


I bought PSE and never could get the images to look right. Something always seemed off. I bought LR4 and was quite shocked how nice the post processing looked and how little time it took. For removing things like telephone poles, etc, I do like PSE eraser tool quite a bit, but otherwise never use it.


Aug 29, 2012 at 12:16 PM
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p.1 #12 · Upgrade LR or PSE?


abqnmusa wrote:
PSE does not handle 48 bit RAW as native 48bit. Makes it useless for RAW conversions.

I would use Lightroom or Photoshop
or DPP


Incorrect - PSE does handle 16-bit/channel raw files and a lot of the editting can be done in 16-bit mode. Some features, such as layers and spot healing, e.g., requires the file to be converted to 8-bit first. So, you do all that you can in 16-bit (levels, highlights/shadows, sharpening, etc.), then convert to 8-bit IF you need those 8-bit features.



Aug 30, 2012 at 01:00 PM





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