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PS experts: I'm often frustrated with design type programs (it all goes back to being an illustration major and being told I wasn't techie enough and I should switch to printmaking...12 years ago now and I did switch and never really learned design software). My question is if I was to learn and buy one for my calligraphy, which should I get? Honestly, I prefer Elements because of the price tag but if it can't do what I want, it is a waste of money. 

What I want to do is:
1. scan my artwork (watercolor and calligraphy...mostly broad edge at this point) and save to send to a fancy printer to reproduce for me (possibly even for giclee prints at some point) - minimum 300 dpi and RBG color
2. adjust the color (levels) possibly using an adjuster like this for very close color: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0055MBQOM/?tag=w0834-20
3. scan and cut out calligraphy (probably not the right term) for sending out for making a letterpress plate

Can I do those things with Elements?


I only have and use Photoshop. You can do those things. I haven't touched Elements.

I know Lynda.com has great tutorials with both programs. Maybe check it out. They let you have free trial period.

Thanks! I just won't use it often so I hate to pay for an ongoing membership. I like to buy things outright. I'm using the free trial for PS right now to have my Christmas cards printed. I should try Elements trial and see if I can do the same things. Haven't heard of Lynda.com, I'll definitely check it out!

I'll second that Lynda.com has great tutorials on many, many things!

Susan C:
Elements is a straight purchase, not a subscription. It is on sale right now for $69.99. http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-elements.html 

I use regular Photoshop and don't know what exactly Elements can do.


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