4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 11, 2010 11:06 PM by Terence Devlin
Gramma L Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi everyone,
I am considering switching from Photoshop Elements to Aperature. How happy will I be?

Thanks for all your input!

Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • William Lloyd Level 7 Level 7 (20,980 points)
    If you're on a PowerBook running 10.4.11 you won't be very happy at all, as it won't run

    Aperture is a fair bit different to Elements. It's more focused on editing/keywording many photos, versus the "one at a time" of Elements.

    If you have a fairly recent machine (< 1 year old) it's certainly worth downloading Aperture (there's a 30-day free trial on Apple's site) and giving it a go. Only you can really know for sure.
  • Gramma L Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Oops! I need to update my info - I'm using MacBook Pro running OS 10.5.8.
  • SierraDragon Level 4 Level 4 (2,695 points)
    Apps like Aperture and Lightroom are primarily images-management apps with limited editing capability; iPhoto is a free beginner version.

    For significant editing but poor images-management one can use very expensive Adobe Photoshop, less expensive Adobe Photoshop Elements, Pixelmator or (free) GIMP.

    IMO DSLR photogs should own/learn/use one app from each of the two categories above.

    Specific to only removing distracting background elements are apps/plug-ins like KnockOut2.

    You are using Elements, so editing is covered. For images management use iPhoto for free until it seems limiting. Only then embark on the one-time 30 day Aperture trial, realizing it it hardware-intensive (your MBP is adequate if RAM is maxxed).


    -Allen Wicks
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,945 points)
    Are you shooting Raw? High volumes of Jpeg?

    If the answer to both question is 'No', then you'll probably not see a particular benefit in Aperture. Consider iPhoto, which can work with Elements.