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Photo editor Photoshop: The Big Difference Is? 
Ok, it's obvious with the $500.00 plus difference in price that the full version Photoshop CS contains a lot more that the latest version of Elements. 

Just what are the differences? Does anyone know? Is there a web site explaining the details? 
If you are looking for minor photo editing (cropping, red eye/noise reduction and resizing), you wouldn't really need to get Photoshop. 

Save yourself lot of money and get Photoshop Element.

About the Geese Photo
The geese photograph was shot with a Casio 2.11 Mega-pixel QV-2300UX LCD Digital Camera with a 3X optical zoom at f/2.8 and 1/355 second. The original image size is 1600x1200 pixels. The Casio 2.11 Mega-pixel a very nice camera, by the way.

GIMP v Photo$hop: photo editor
GIMP looks and feels much like Adobe Photoshop (GIMP = GNU Image Manipulation Program). Unlike Photoshop, the GIMP is free (as in beer) and does not need to be registered or activated.

There are desktop and user interface (UI) differences between GIMP and Photoshop that take some getting use to if you already are familiar with Photoshop. Traditionally, Photoshop has had an easier to use desktop and user interface. However, the GIMP 1.3 desktop and UI changes all that. GIMP now is as easy to use as is Photoshop perhaps even easier.

GIMP does not have all the advanced, commercial, pre-press features that Photoshop does have. However, it comes pretty close to Photoshop with actual photo editing and image manipulation. Moreover, GIMP has some features that Photoshop does not have.

In short, unless you are a professional photographer or image editor who needs Photoshop's advanced or prepress features, you likely can do just about everything that you need or want to do with GIMP instead of Adobe Photoshop. That is particularly true where digital photography and editing photos and images for Web pages are involved.

Moreover at Photoshop's $649 price tag ($169 for upgrade from a licensed copy of Photoshop 7 or earlier) there are 649 more good reasons to use GIMP instead of Photoshop.

Photoshop has a greedy and consumer-unfriendly end-user license agreement (EULA). GIMP is free and has a very consumer-friendly license known as the General Public License (GPL). Please see the Adobe Photoshop & GIMP Licensing Note in the right-hand sidebar.

Additionally, Photoshop has a horrible and very anti-consumer Product Activation requirement. GIMP has no such crap! Please see the Adobe Product Activation Note in the sidebar.

A very nice thing about GIMP is that you can try it without paying a cent. Moreover, if you try the GIMP and like it, you do not have to pay a cent to keep on using it. If you are a Linux user, chances are that you already have GIMP installed on your Linux-based computer.

MicroFrontier ColorIt! 
For a decade, ColorIt! has been been winning awards as a full-featured and easy-to-use image editor. It offers powerful features, yet has modest system requirements. It offers features for working with existing images, importing images from scanners and digital cameras, or creating original art work from scratch. Runs in Mac OS System 7.0 and up (in classic mode under OS X).


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