GIMP vs. Photoshop Elements 10

posted May 18th, 2012
I have always seen online that GIMP is pretty much just like Photoshop, only it's free. That's the main program I've used to edit my pictures for quite a while now and I love it! A friend messaged me this morning, though, to let me know that Amazon has Photoshop Elements 10 on sale for over half off ($47) and she had just ordered her a copy. For anyone who has used both, is it worth buying or can I actually do more with what I already have. (Keep in mind, this is not the full version of Photoshop.) I don't want to waste $47 on a program that does less than what I'm already using for free, but I also don't want to pass up a great opportunity if I could do more with PS Elements.

HELP!
posted May 18th, 2012
PS E is not PS, save your money and buy the full version of PS. :)
posted May 18th, 2012
@istacy1011 You would be downgrading. Save your money.
posted May 18th, 2012
I was wondering about Photoshop Elements, too. Good to know.
posted May 18th, 2012
@agima --- what is the full version? I use PSE and LR. Those are both parts of photoshop but what is the full version?
posted May 18th, 2012
@dmortega They aren't parts of Photoshop, they are three different products. :) Lightroom, for image management, Photoshop Elements, for "hobbyists", and Photoshop, which is the full version he's referring to.

ETA: For anyone who might want more info on the different Photoshop products:

http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopfamily.html?promoid=JOLIW
posted May 18th, 2012
@mittens Elements is fine, depending on what you want to do with your photos. It's just not an upgrade in capabilities from GIMP.
posted May 18th, 2012
@beautifulthing That's what I wanted to know. I'll just save my money then. Thanks! :)
posted May 18th, 2012
@beautifulthing Lightroom is much more than "image management"
posted May 18th, 2012
@38mm I know. I was trying to keep things simple.
posted May 18th, 2012
If you have the cash PSE is well worth it. I never found GIMP that easy to get on with. PIcasa from Google, free, basic but does most things. Also IrfanView is worth a download.
posted May 18th, 2012
@godders -- I agree, I never found GIMP that user friendly... PSE is much better and user friendly... plus you don't have the bulk of the full blown version!
posted May 18th, 2012
PSE wins hands down over GIMP.
PSE is also capable of running a lot of, perhaps most of the available Photoshop plug-ins which, I believe, GIMP can no longer do.
Photoshop CS (the real thing) is in a different league altogether.
Bridge steps in as its image manager.
Lightroom is predominantly used to work on and convert RAW images. Its cataloging and image management abilities are useful but secondary.
If it's cheap, I'd recommend PSE. Just don't expect Photoshop.

Why don't you download the free thirty day trial of any (or all) of them and decide for yourself?

posted May 18th, 2012
I'll toss in on IrfanView as well. It's not as powerful as GIMP or PS (at least, the free version I have isn't) but I've yet to find anything better for simply viewing and resizing photographs.
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