Which version of Photoshop would be best for an amateur photographer?

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There are about a half dozen different versions of Photoshop available with a wide range of prices, and I am trying to pick the one that is most appropriate for an amateur photographer. I'm more of a point and shoot photographer, but my wife takes it more seriously. She used to be a photographer for her college newspaper, and understands the nuances of photography much more than I do. Honestly, I would be perfectly happy sticking with Picasa, but she would like something more powerful. I don't want to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on it though. Which version of Photoshop would be most appropriate?

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TheCount
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If you use a Mac, you might also want to consider Pixelmator 2.2. At $15, it's cheaper than Photoshop, and is surprisingly powerful, while being easier to use than GIMP.  There was a review on zdnet, if you are interested. 

jimlynch
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Before paying for Photoshop, you might want to give GIMP a try. It's free.

http://www.gimp.org

You can see a list of features here:

http://www.gimp.org/features/

riffin
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I would probably choose Lightroom 4. It doesn't do everything that CS6 Extended does, but it has more powerful editing tools than Elements. 

 

Don't forget GIMP. It's free and powerful. It's not all that intuitive, but if you want professional quality photo editing, you can get it without paying hundreds of dollars for Photoshop CS6 Extended.  

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