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    Adopt Photoshop Elements < or > Paint Shop Pro?
    So we're coming from a PC background....Mac Noob. Obviously my old copy of Paint Shop Pro 7 will not run on the Mac, and I'm not entirely sure I want to try running it in Parallels.

    I do a lot of graphic editing, "photoshopping" work if you will. I take images, strip the background, shade it, invert colors, mix-n-match, andflip the opacity, and generally play images as if they were 6-string banjos. Paint Shop Pro 7 (more or less) met my needs. I tried GIMP and its pretty rough.

    Simply put, will Photoshop Elements do all I need? I need to occasionally freehand cut images, put them on different layers, often transparent, and save them as PNGs. I'd just like to be certain before I pony up $100 for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phacade View Post
    So we're coming from a PC background....Mac Noob. Obviously my old copy of Paint Shop Pro 7 will not run on the Mac, and I'm not entirely sure I want to try running it in Parallels.

    I do a lot of graphic editing, "photoshopping" work if you will. I take images, strip the background, shade it, invert colors, mix-n-match, andflip the opacity, and generally play images as if they were 6-string banjos. Paint Shop Pro 7 (more or less) met my needs. I tried GIMP and its pretty rough.

    Simply put, will Photoshop Elements do all I need? I need to occasionally freehand cut images, put them on different layers, often transparent, and save them as PNGs. I'd just like to be certain before I pony up $100 for it.
    For a cheaper alternative, look into Pixelmator. It's not as full featured as Photoshop, but it may suit your needs. It's Mac-native and very popular. And has a free trial.
    Pixelmator

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    Photoshop Elements does have a lasso tool, layer transparency, and png support.
    Here is a pretty decent list of what Elements has and doesn't have vs PS CS5.
    Adobe Photoshop vs. Photoshop Elements - A Comparison
    And here is a list of stuff it does vs previous versions
    Adobe Photoshop Elements 9: Version comparison
    There is also a trial for elements to see if it does what you need
    https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/i...ents&loc=en_us

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    Well I think I got the answer I wanted. Went to the Mac store tonight and the rep highly recommended Pixelmater, so I think I'll try that out. Thanks all!
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