Tools on Elements 2018

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I am looking for a Photoshop program for my new MacBook Pro. Can anyone tell me if the Photoshop Elements 2018 has the heal and clone tool. I would also like to know if you can change select colors like I've been able to do on Photoshop CS5.
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I've just purchased the full version which consists of both Photoshop Elements 2018 & Premiere Elements 2018 and my price is cheaper because I have upgraded it from PSE 10 and actually they are PSE 16. It is impossible to wait for PSE 2019 to come out anytime soon just like what Apple pc has often come with so many upgrades before 1 year of use where older and slower netizens have panicked and complained. PSE 2018 is quite simplified than the older Versions which we don't go around hunting for the right tools to apply on our works. Despite the fact that some users might oppose it because of the "Quick Selection" unable to detect fine hair splits or other thin lines and some other problematic issues, the price of an upgrade is worth it. The Adobe support technicians told me not to buy all those "Popular" choices like Creative Cloud and its ilk because PSE 2018 has everything altogether which is sufficient for an ordinary layman.
 
They told me we didn't need to activate or deactivate PSE 2018 anymore like those older Versions whenever we send for pc repair. My PSE 10 has been rejected many times because they said I had activated more than 2 pcs which was not true at all.  

Of course, if some users might be a professional website designer wanting to buy the "Popular" choices as I have mentioned, those extra things might be useful in other matters which an ordinary layman doesn't really need them at all. But I would advise you to contact Adobe Support to double confirm about what I have suggested. Premiere Elements 2018 is rather equally important to us as we are heading towards the future digital technologies. No regret for a certainty.
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Hi there Susie,   

Yes, the heal and clone tools are in "expert mode" in the 2018 edition.   PSE-2018 has different categories like beginner, quick, or expert modes.  It will load all the tools in expert mode where our pro's work.   Photoshop 5 is not supported now.  Photoshop 6 still has plugins like CS edition but the PSE's also have some plugins like a full version.   The only difference between the CS and newer versions of PSE, is that PSE has a back button.   Early versions of PSE had its back button at the top, and 2018 has the back button at the bottom.  (same as PSE14 & 15).  
Let me know if I can be of help further.  

I think you will like the newer versions because unlike CS, you don't need to subscribe to get it.  You can own the PSE versions.  And that's the part I like most too.   I have PSE 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, and 14; plus lots of Photoshop's, plus Light Room version 4.0.    Light Room can change lighting in half-steps between the adjustments compared to other Adobe products.   It gives more flexibility in changing lighting and color.  Also, what may be new to you will be curves which can adjust light the same way as Levels.   Personally, I use Levels more than Curves.  Get the PSE edition.  It has a lot to offer.   

Steve Lehman, Windows MCSE   
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Thank you for the help. I've downloader the trail version of  Photoshop Elements 2018 and will play with it today. It looks like I can try Photoshop Elements 2018 & Premiere Elements 2018 too. My CS5 was a download...that I've had for 6 or 7 years. I haven't found the change select color yet, but will contact the Adobe help to see if they can help.
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Hey Susie,   

Hold on there.  You may be coming back here to get some help from someone who is good with color, and whether you are or not, you can pickup lots of points from another here.  Adobe has sales help via phone, but not technical help.   I've been helping here for a couple of years.  This forum has some very experienced people with whom we could label as technicians although none of them are certified for Adobe products, as I am a certified as a Microsoft Windows technician.  Actually, I am a Microsoft network engineer and SQL programmer.   And, when it comes to our business website, I am selected to be the Webmaster.   My title is Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).   I left Microsoft in 1999 to operate my own business which is related to photography.   We use a lot of Adobe products and my employees are all technicians.  Once in business, it becomes you, consumes you, grows onto ya, but it's not my hobby and I don't miss my former job.   I do this because I don't mind helping people with photography related software.   

In this forum, each one of us has a strong point to help in our own capacity.  Most of us know more about this software than any technician online.  If you are good with color, perhaps you might return to help others as well.   For color changes or touch-up, PSE works like any other Photoshop with the same techniques you used before.   For that, not much changed since CS5.   This forum is volunteer and although the Adobe "users" hate that Adobe skimps on technical reps, this forum gets people lots more help than otherwise, and its probably nicer, definitely faster, easier speaking, than an Adobe technician on the phone, even if there was one.  

Sometimes we are displaced, laid off, retired, or like me we go into business and leave behind the large technical corporation.  And after that, we help others like this, only because we can, and we don't want a good technical education to go to waste.   I don't mind helping along side people who don't have a great education, and although I have a University education for this, I have found lots of interesting points I didn't have before, from them, as they have helped me sometimes.  

Consider your experience and don't be bashful.  Anyone's two-cents is worth the words we can type in this forum.   You may not see me often, but that's only because if something is being handled already, I bow out.   If I can add to it, I will.   I hope you will consider this forum to give your two-cents worth.   If you can, welcome aboard "CS5-Susie".   There are many "techs" in this forum, but we can use your color experience and anything else you can share.   Don't just look at PSE 2018, own it.  Then help others who don't know it.   You have one cool thing that's more than I have - PSE 2018.  I stopped at 14 and I need to jump to 16 (2018), and soon.  Both 14 and 16 have a similar interface which is why I was slow to ramp up.   

Steve Lehman, Windows MCSE   
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Here is what I'm looking for. I haven't been able to find it on the Elements 2018. Do you know if there is anything like this on this program? The program seems to be able to do most of the other things I'm looking for. I have even added a few plug ins. I really like being able to adjust one color at a time or enhance a color.
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Granted, PSE won't have everything that Photoshop CS has, but what you're showing is the Color  Balance in Photoshop with CMYK which is the same as the RGB in the Channel Mixer and it's in Photoshop.   PSE has that but in another adjustment module and it works with RGB instead of the print-makers letters which is basically the same colors.  If you want to stay with CS5 that's your choice.  But you have this same basic function in PSE in RGB format which produces the same colors whether it's in a known print-format or in RGB print driver format.  

If you're not satisfied with that, I suggest you go with a combination between PSE and Light Room, not a combination with PSE and Premiere.   That will give you much, much more than Photoshop will ever give you.   Most of the choice you're making is whether to own your software as apposed to renting it by subscription each year, and all of the CS software is by subscription now (PSE is not), and you will pay for the CS by the year.  Most of us want to own it so we can do what we want whether a year changes or not.  For instance, I teach as well so I want to own my software to network on a server and keep my project titles intact which I plan to teach every year, rather than going back to find the backup file.   Still each year, I backup to another server, and then, I also copy files to two external drives.   While this is a backup file, I would rather not search when I can have everything on my main sever.  

Not to get off the subject... but just bit...   ownership became important to us when Server Software had to last forever, and be used on an Enterprise Server System for banks (my engineering expertise).  Those little ATM's you like, are operated by an Enterprise System which is two separated servers in two different States that copy system files and customer transactions back and forth every 30 minutes, and it pings each other so that one can take over for the other should a "final" problem become.   As an added bonus each of them happen to be located in an underground vault and not under a bank, although a few of them are in metropolitan suburb centers and not in rural areas like I would want them.  IF there was a nuclear war, money would out live all of us, underground.   

I think you would have what you want with color management in Photoshop CS if you want to rent it, and it seems if you don't want to get used to the color adjustments in PSE - otherwise, I would use Light Room which has a lot more flexibility than Photoshop ever did.   
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I own the program I have on my other Mac. I'm not interested in a subscription. I think this program will work for me, but I still can't find a place where I can change the intensity of one color at at time. If I don't have this ability...I will learn to live with out it.