After several years of using Elements (and a Canon 7D), I'm ready to start exploring RAW images. Photoshop is a little tough for me because I don't have a grasp of the terminology (lasso-marque?). For editing purposes can someone recommend a Photoshop product that is somewhat user friendly?
Elements is obviously the best choice to start with editing 'raw' files.
It is a reduced version of the ACR conversion module in Photoshop. It keeps all the important features and skips the features which can be used in the Elements editor like saving and printing (you don't sacrifice editing ability, you simply continue some kinds of edits like layers and local tools in the editor).
- you can take advantage of the 'non-destructive' editing
- you can apply the same edits to several pictures
- A small number of sliders are apt to correct tricky lighting situations and color balance. Far better quality and ease of use than with the editor
- you can use the ACR for jpegs as well as raw files
- If you switch to Photoshop or Lightroom, you are ready, same tools.
- in my case, 90% of my pictures don't need further editing in the editor.