What is the difference between Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Adobe Photoshop Elements?

Question by Morten S: What is the difference between Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Adobe Photoshop Elements?
Hello, Elements is a lot cheaper. Can someone please tell me detailed what the big differences are? Can i for example make graphical designs with it?

I appreciate your help


Answer by Lukas Wolfe
The main difference would be the ‘pen tool’. This is not available in Photoshop Elements. Additionally Photoshop Elements doesn’t have all the advanced features Photoshop CS4 has, but it does have some of its own things such as the organizer, smart brush, cookie cutter, etc. If you are a beginner or intermediate photographer or digital artist, I would recommend Photoshop Elements. If you are a professional, and wanting to use it for web design and illustration, or very professional photography, that’s the only time I would recommend Photoshop CS4 over Elements.

0 thoughts on “What is the difference between Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Adobe Photoshop Elements?

  1. Photoshop Elements is a watered down version of Photoshop CS4, with many features missing, that the average consumer probably wouldn’t notice.

    The most noticeable for the average person would be the lack of vector tools, such as pen, and the lack of possible brush effects. Furthermore, many of the new features introduced in Photoshop CS4 are not incorporated into Elements, such as 3D layers and painting, non-transform canvas rotation, and content-aware scaling. Furthermore, many features used by professionals, such as CMYK color mode and advanced filters, are missing.

    The best thing that you can do is download the free trials of each from Adobe.com, and see if you can tell the difference between CS4 and the latest version of Elements. If you are perfectly fine with Elements, than there’s no need to spend the extra money on CS4. However, if you find that you do want to get CS4, you can purchase a student license for it. It’s worth noting that the potential $ 1200 price tag on Photoshop CS4 Extended is not only for the software, but for permission from Adobe to use the software to crate ads, corporate logos, or anything that one could get a profit from. This is contrary to the student license, which grants you access to the exact same software, but you’re not allowed to sell anything that you make with it. The price is certainly worth considering, though, being about $ 1000 less than the full license.

    Also, another thing to think about is the possibility of buying older versions of Photoshop CS, such as CS3. These will likely be far cheaper than the current version, and you can find them on eBay or similar websites. Also, CS5 is practically around the corner (there’s already a site showing off the features of it), so it may be worth biding your time to wait until CS5 comes out, and CS4 is suddenly several hundred dollars cheaper.

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