Which version of Photoshop should I buy?

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I have Windows 7 Ultimate with serviece pack 1, Genuine Intel(R) 575 @ 2.00 GHz 2.00 GHz processor, 3 GB RAM, 32- bit. Which version of Photoshop should I buy ?
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That depends on what you'd like to do with the software.

You can download a free 30-day trial of any of our software to see what's right for you: http://www.adobe.com/downloads.html

If you're a photographer and want to import images from your camera (raw or jpeg), catalog your images, and adjust your images, Lightroom is probably your best bet.

If you need to do advanced compositing (combine multiple images together using layers and masks) then Photoshop CC is probably your best option.

The Creative Cloud Photography program gives you the best of both worlds, Photoshop CC and Lightroom, plus Lightroom mobile for your mobile devices in one package: https://creative.adobe.com/plans/photography Learn when to use each application: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/lightroom-photoshop-overview.html

If you're new to digital imaging and you want a simple editing app and organizer, Photoshop Elements is your best option.

Check out these free learning resources (video tutorials, user manuals, etc) from Adobe to help you get up to speed: http://adobe.ly/iczlLh

Here's a 3rd party buying guide: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/adobe-photoshop-buying-guide,review-2617.html
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Hi I want to create high quality A1 - A3 posters for work, which Photoshop should can I use with my windows 7 laptop?
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Thank You for Your help. I will take a look and try one of these !
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Answer to the OP is, none of them, can't buy Photoshop anymore, only rent it at a huge compound(over time) fee. Save yourself the cash and buy a new computer instead.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I am a beginner to photoshop and would like to know what package's or products ar....

What products should I start with? There are to many to choose from and I am confused as to which would be best to purchase first. Do you have a beginner's package?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Very Newbie Question.

I'm trying to download an art software for drawing, but I have no idea whether I'm looking at a mere photo editing program, or an actual drawing program, and I want to be sure I buy the right thing. Which software do I buy?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Old guy using Photoshop.

I have not used photoshop for at least 10 years. My main use for it is to fix parts of old photos that I have scanned. The last time I used it there was a tool that allowed me to erase the area of the photo I did not want and replace it with the local backround. What function of the current version would allow me to do this? What version of photoshop
should I purchase to meet my basic needs?
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I think Elements or Lightroom would probably fit the bill. The "healing brush" in Elements is probably more accurate and effective if you're doing a lot of repair work.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Which product do I need?.

Forgive me I'm very new to this. I'm a mac user and want to create a photo with my father's head on a cartoon character's body. What is the most basic photoshop product I need to purchase?
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I would probably suggest Photoshop Elements 14. You can do compositing to put heads on different bodies, etc. This topic has a lot of tutorials for doing the type of project you're doing: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled What kind of Photoshop using by Fashion Designers?.

Hi!
I am Leyla. I am a studying Fashion Design. In second semester we will have a graphic computer class so I need to download Photoshop program for Fashion Designer. But the problem is I am not sure that which one I need to download? We will be use it for illustration, moodboards, garment design, textile/pattern design.Please, kindly ask you to help me to know which one is useful for me?
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Photoshop CC is probably the right tool or a combination of Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC.
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I love the name Leyla!
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I design sports trading cards, and have 2 versions, both quite old! The oldest one is the one I like better... it's at least 12 years old! The newer old one is about 8 years old maybe, or 9 or 10.

It's time to get a newer version.

All I do is bring photos in, edit them, and add some graphics and text. Nothing crazy.

My "newer version" one sucks... I just tried to use it yesterday, and when dragging an image, even though it was NOT indexed, it became LOCKED and I couldn't move it at all... unlike all the other photos.

Very irritating. My oldest version, never happens. When I drag an image into my card design, I should be able to simply and easily resize it.

Also, have they invented an easier, faster more accurate method to erase backgrounds within a photo besides the magic lasso or eraser? My little son does the magic lasso or magnet thing, whatever it is. I use an eraser. Each takes longer than desired.

So for these things, anyone have an idea which versions I could update to?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Amateur non-photographer here: Which program is suitable for my needs?.

My head spins when I research and just end up even more confused. 

I have a small retail business and take photos of my products myself.  I have a Canon EOS Rebel T3i (not sure if that is pertinent info).  I have trouble getting the most light I can in many of my shots. I take my shots in front of a window to try to capture natural light. That's about all I know.

As the camera auto focuses, it will brighten up the image (which is what I want), but when it comes time to capture, it darkens a little. A professional photographer I follow on social media is talking about lightroom. And seeing the before and after photos makes me feel like that is just what my photos need.  Brightened up and the color touched up. 

I know this takes years of experience and just cant afford one for all my products at this time. :/ Is this the program I am looking for or is there one that is more basic? I'd really appreciate any info or recommendations anyone can give me!  Im attaching a photo to show an example give an idea of what I feel like Im lacking. 

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While these things can be fixed in post processing, you might like to try increasing the exposure compensation in your camera to get them right in-camera.

As far as editing goes, I'd suggest you either look at Photoshop Elements or Lightroom.  Lightroom has a bit more of a learning curve than Elements, but it's more capable.  Either would allow you to brighten the photo,  and both would catalog your photos so you can easily go back and find older photos.
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Karen, Lightrooms is great for simple alterations and fiddling ! However to make the corrections better you should be looking at shotting in RAW . This gives far more control and detail. It has been comment on already, that getting it as close as possible to correct in camera is a good place to start. Your picture seems to be light heavily from one side. You say a window. It looks like you need to get some additional artificial lighting involved. This doesn't need to be expensive proffessional equipment. You can use a torch, standard lamp or what ever to balance the lighting a little.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Interior Design Mood Boards with Perspective.

Hello I am thinking about learning photoshop to create interior design perspective boards.. Which would be the most affordable and best product for me to use. And also the easiest to learn. Thanks.
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Elements 14 might be the best option for you. Download a free trial and try it out for yourself to see if it fits your needs.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Which to buy.

I want to add an object like a beer can to photos. Which photo shop software should I buy/
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Hello i do not yet use any photochop products. I am seeking advise! I need to collage pre and post treatment facial images. I would like my own watermark set as default so i do not need to add each time and Windows compatible with easy upload to FB, Twitter etc. Any recommendations???
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See my official answer on this page. I think Photoshop Elements 15 would probably suite your needs. You can download a trial from here: http://www.adobe.com/downloads.html
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Hi, purchasing the right photoshop products for photo editing. I could use some ....

I'm adding additional infor to my question. I have a Nikon D300 which I bought in 2008. While it is 9 years old it is still a decent advanced amateur digital  SLR camera.  We are purchasing a new desktop computer with 2 TB hardrive and a lot of ram. I stlll used outdated Photoshop elements 7 would like something more advanced that would allow me to have more creativity and speed with photo editing.  Please provide recommendations. I could get photoshop elements 15. I never used the professional photoshop editing (CS6 and lightroom). I need some recommendations as to what photoshop product would be essential to improve my photos. Mostly  just do travel shots and like to make prints up to 16x 20 to place on the wall. Thanks.
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Elements 15 has a lot more bells and whistles than Elements 7 - so 15 might be the logical choice. If you're looking to make a bigger leap in terms of organization and editing, CC Photography plan gives you both Photoshop CC and Lightroom. 
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I'm starting my own business online and I have a nikon sLr camera, that I will be using to take pictures of my products. I will need to photoshop these pics to make a beautiful website. Which one do you recommand?
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>  Mostly  just do travel shots and like to make prints up to 16x 20 to place on the wall. Thanks.>

Prints viewed large like that (and often scaled larger than their native size to fit), need careful handling. You're used to PSE, and it's tempting to say stick with it, but the leap from PSE 7 to 15 is pretty big, so it contains a pretty steep learning curve. That's not much different from switching to  the Photography plan, where you get both LR and Photoshop, or buying the perpetual license for Lightroom, so long as Adobe is planning to continue with it.

I'm a Photoshop user, but many people I know moved from PSE to LR because they mainly wanted to edit their photos quite simply, but with all the good image editing tools that LR and PS have. The knowledge of image editing that they'd already gained help them adjust quickly to Lightroom. Others moved up from PSE to Photoshop because they wanted to do more work with compositing their photos with other imagery, so needed the Photoshop way of doing things, even though it meant dealing with a more complex interface to start with.  But again, coming from PSE, there are many similarities.

Before investing time in any of these programs, whether PSE or LR (and PS if you buy into the Photography Plan), I'd watch a couple YouTube videos on how to do basic image edits using them, and then decide which you think would be easier to learn coming from where you are, and if they would cover your needs. Or download trials of each, but it might be quicker just to watch an overview tutorial on YouTube before you try out the software you think suits you best.

I'd definitely not try to stay with PSE 7 if I were you. You're doing everything the hard way by now, they've improved on their apps so much.