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    I just bought the Print Shop Deluxe but have not installed it yet. I am wondering if there is a better photo program than this? What I would really like to know is, is there one that does restoration of old sepia photos and color restorations much like an old Epson program I used to have? And IF there is something available that restores old photo, corrects faded colors, and sharpens blurry pictures what is it? AND is there a free download that works just as well as a purchased one?

    I am quite ill-informed when it comes to the more techy side of this stuff. So, I will appreciate any suggestions and input. Thanks!

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    Hi Judy, I've been very happy using Adobe Photoshop Elements. I have an older version but I see they now have 6.0 that looks very user friendly. You can check it out at their website and I see they have a free trial. They also have all kinds of tutorials plus support groups. I also like it because I store my photos on the program and can also keep them in their own categories, i.e. kids/vacations, etc. Here's the address for you to visit: http://www.adobe.com/products/psprelements/
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    Judy, my recommendation would also be Photoshop Elements. You can certainly do a lot with it with training and experience; however, don't expect it to work miracles. Some photos are just beyond restoring to a great photo.
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    Judy, I use Print Shop Deluxe all the time because I know how to use it. It's my understanding, though, that PhotoShop Elements can do a whole lot more. I just don't really know how to use it. The times I've tried have just been frustration for me. If you are not technilogically challenged like I am or you have someone who will show you what to do, PhotoShop is supposed to be the better program. It also costs a lot more money.
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    Hmmm. Thanks for the input. The Photoshop Elements is expensive and my son has said that it is very hard to use and takes lots of time to learn although it is a good program. And I do use Picasa, HP, and Costco online photo programs but them are all alike.

    I just know that when I had the Epson Photo Printer, it actually did work miracles with oranged, wrinkled, and blurry photos bringing them back to like-new or almost like-new condition via their photo restoration program. It was also very eady to use. So, I figured that if Epson Photo Printer had this capability, there should be another downloadable photo program available that does that, too.

    I will have to do more research...just purchase another Epson Photo printer. I had to return mine because it ended up being a 'lemon' and then had to buy another printer because the Epson was sold out.

    Oh! The woes of photo copying!

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    Judy,
    REALLY, Photoshop Elements is NOT that hard to use. Those kids like to think they know a lot more than us, but really, you use the computer...you can do Photoshop. Just start slow and do what you can. Remember your first paper lo...you didn't do anything fancy the first time, you just did the basics and got hooked.
    It may be expensive....that is a relative term. It will run you between $70-$90, which may seem like a lot, but when you think of all you spend on paper scrapping, it is a bargain.
    I'm not trying to take you into anything; jsut don't want you to get it because someone convinces you YOU aren't capable. I'm sure you are!

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    Geesh, lillinimom,

    You almost have talked me into this! I am going to wait until opening the Printshop delux 22 and give the Elements thingy some consideration. I will talk to my son again and see if he thinks he has the patience to help me with it. I REALLY want to be able to restore some family photos. And I know that I have a HUGE batch of photos coming down the pike after my hubby's folks pass. (His dad is a photographer and they have boxes of pictures to go through. And they have tons of photos turning orange while they sit in those old sticky albums from the 1960-70's. They won't take the time to take them out and put them into new albums. So I want to be able to restore their normal colors when we inherit them all.)

    I think that I need to do more research on printer and program options...

    Thanks for your encouragement.

    JUdy
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    Judy, I'm with Illinimom. I had no one to help me with Elements other than the scads of books, magazines, websites, TV shows etc. that use this program and have free tutorials. www.digitalscrapper.com and www.scrapgirls.com and Scrapbook Memories on TV (PBS) are just a few. You can visit the Adobe site and use the free trial offer and see for yourself how user friendly it is before investing anything. I've had 2 versions and am now waiting for 6.0 to be in Costco and I'm right on it. But, in the long run, it's what you are comfortable with that counts. Be sure to let us know what you decide. It's fun to see what others are doing.
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