Elements: Pros and Cons
Well, the major deciding factor is going to be your budget. Photoshop Elements costs about $100 while the full version of Photoshop costs in excess of $500. So, if you are only planning on performing minor edits to your photographs and graphics, the less expensive program is probably all that you need.
Photoshop Elements is mainly for hobbyists and not professional photographers. If you only take photographs for the fun of it, then you probably just want an editing program that allows you to make simple edits to your image.
Photoshop Elements has some of the full version’s features, including Layers. Layers are one of the most useful and commonly used tools used by both amateur and professional photographers. And, both Elements and Photoshop have these tools.
But, Photoshop Elements does not have all the tools of the full version of Adobe Photoshop. Unlike Elements, Photoshop comes with advanced photo production looks, including being able to separate CMYK, and it can handle animation files.