It is a steep learning curve to master but with the help of forums like above, here and digital juice there is lots of help! Let us know what you decide. Cheers Jan
In my current version of Photoshop elements 5 I don't believe I have the option of actions - I've been told I would have to get one of the CS versions of Photoshop. If you know actions I can do with my current version that would be grand and I would save money but I've looked at instructions books and tuturials they all point to CS versions. Thanks for your help!
I'll be darned, but I thought Elements supported Actions. I can't imagine life without them.
and I checked and Adobe doesn't sell ImagerReady by itself anymore- it is bundled with the CS products - so looks like if I want some action I will have to take action and dive into CS2 or CS3 - the great thing is learning Elements hasn't been that hard with so many people helping everywhere and the great video tuturials (better than just reading sometimes) so I'm hoping I can get a handle on the new software as I put in the time to learn it- as with anything the more ya use it the more use you get out of it because ya learn a lot more... thanks again
as far as making puzzle pieces and cubes; i would think that someone could just list the steps for you. then you can do them on your own in elements. when i was first learning photoshop i read an article by the manager of a graphics design house. the author said that while they enjoy the speed of filters, they prefer their artists know how to do it without filters also. it made them better designers. i think the same may apply to you. learning how things work often makes you a stronger artist/designer.
if you have your heart set on purchasing a full version of photoshop i think you would probably do best to try an upgrade path from your version of elements to version cs3 standard. with every wacom tablet i have purchased i get a bundled version of elements and it comes with a little slip that allows me to upgrade to the full version of photoshop for something like $250. maybe someone in this group has one of those offers if you do not have access to one. mine expired in 2006 so they would be of no use; otherwise i would give you mine. there may be other offers out there if you search.
although i could use photoshop without all the new things that version cs3 has, i would not be happy about doing it.
oh! i almost forgot: image ready is not included with photoshop cs3. if you want that particular program also you would have to buy a version of cs or cs2.
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Before you leap, I suggest you look carefully and you might want to look at the material here:
http://graphicssoft.about.com/cs/photos ... ompare.htm
i have never attempted scripting in photoshop in my life although i saw some power users do it at NAB one year. it is pretty amazing. there are things in photoshop you can only do through scripting, but i have not run into any myself yet. i do use actions all the time.
i think the confusion comes from the fact that many advanced programs offer some form of scripting. i use lightwave and flash and they have a scripting language. i have used those, but not to any great extent. flash's scripting language is called actionscript which i can see would lead one to think of a connection. actionscript was named by macromedia; the company that created flash before adobe bought them. actionscript has nothing to do with photoshop or it's actions.
http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/pselem ... ctions.htm
You'll also find some free actions to try. There is also an excellent selection of free actions including puzzles and cubes at:
http://panosfx.com/index.php?option=com ... e&Itemid=1
I've been looking exactly for this on about.com and couldn't find it.... INow that I have this I'm going to give it a try and will let you know the outcome...
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