Elements 5.0 vs Photoshop CS2 &HDR

Discussion in 'Digital Darkroom' started by ronald_duren, Dec 24, 2006.

  1. I'm trying to establish a work flow for my recently purchased D80. Currently
    for raw conversion I'm testing both Capture NX and lightroom Beta 4.3; both
    are great programs. Regardless of which program I choose, I still see a need
    for an editing program I've used older versions of Photoshop but not
    Elements. What capabilities will I be giving up to use the less expensive
    Elements, for example does elements support HDR and photoshop plug-ins?
  2. Elements 5 has most of the regularily used functions. It does not have the HDR tools but you can do very good job using Layers and Layer masks.I have found lightroom very good even though it is only in Beta Some of the functions are a bit obscure but OK once you get used to it.
  3. Thanks for the response Glyn. It's good to have a cost effective alternative to CS2; I'll give it a try.

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