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Old 18th May 2011
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When it comes to editing software I’m about as dumb as is possible.
Up until now I’ve just used Olympus Master and occasionally Picasa.
I decided to look though this section to try to learn a bit more.

I have discovered (reading this section) that Master has been superseded by viewer 2 so have downloaded this.
It appears to be version 1.1 is this the most recent?

I don’t like the black desktop –but maybe I can live with it.
It does not seem quite as friendly as Master but maybe I’ll get used to that.

I acquired & loaded Elements 7 but have never used it.
I believe this doesn’t like RAW, is that correct?
My camera is an E520 if that’s of any significance

I’ll try to get used to Viewer 2 & keep away from Elements for now.

Given my lack of ability is this best thing to do or should I bite the bullet & use Elements?
I know I need to “learn” a bit more about editing but trying to master two systems would only see me confused.
If I go with Elements I thought I might get a “user manual” as there seems to be a lot of them around. Anyone got recommendations?

I don’t want to do anything clever other than “tidy” up photos now & again.
Other than crop/contrast/ brightness/ colour balance for artificial light I’ve not manipulated my photos much at all.
Master did much what I wanted but I’m obviously aware there is much more & better out there.
I’m guessing Viewer will be a step up but would Elements 7 be a further step up.
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Re: simple person needs simple answers to simple questions

Hi

I'm in the same boat regarding software, using Master and Picasa too, so will be interested to see others comments.

I changed the background on Master as I too wasn't keen on the black background when viewing pics :-

Select "Tools", then "Options", then "Display" and you should then be able to select a suitable colour from the right hand side drop down box.

Hope that's useful, I'll leave it to others for the other bits.

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Re: simple person needs simple answers to simple questions

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When it comes to editing software Iím about as dumb as is possible.

I acquired & loaded Elements 7 but have never used it.
I believe this doesnít like RAW, is that correct?
My camera is an E520 if thatís of any significance
I do not know where you heard this but Elements 7 will deal with Raws from your E-520 easily and is a lot more powerful than picasa or viewer.

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Iíll try to get used to Viewer 2 & keep away from Elements for now.

Given my lack of ability is this best thing to do or should I bite the bullet & use Elements?

Iím guessing Viewer will be a step up but would Elements 7 be a further step up.
Given your lack of ability (your words) then Elements would be lot easier to use and learn then other programs out there.
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Re: simple person needs simple answers to simple questions

OlyPaul,

Thanks for your valuable advice.

Based on what you suggest, I think I will continue to use Master to download from the camera & store my photos Ėnothing new to learn & I like with the way Master files the shots in date order.

Iíll forget about Viewer entirely & try to learn to use Elements 7.


Paulg1 Ė itís reassuring Iím not the only one!
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Re: simple person needs simple answers to simple questions

Hi Homer - I would recommend sticking at Photoshop Elements. I don't do anything special but I find it great for processing RAW files and general tweaking and improvements. I have found the Elements guides by Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski (available from Amazon) pretty good for the basics.

In addition, as you're local, if you pop down to Loughborough market the guy who sells past issues of magazines (outside Stuart Westmorland) often has mags like PhotoPlus - which if you ignore the Canon focus - has some really good tutorials on Photoshop - he sells these for £1 just because they are a month out of date.

Cheers

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Thanks Martin

I know the stall - I get my woodworking mags there. (even the blokes I work with in Scotland think I'm a tight fisted).

Funnily I've just come off Amazon browsing the Elements books so might pop back & get the ones you recommend.
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