A lot of people struggle with the decision to buy Aperture because they believe that even if they own aperture they will still need to do some editing to their images that Aperture cannot do and therefore they’ll need to buy a program like Photoshop. Buying Photoshop at $699.00 and Aperture at $299.00 together is a bit much for many amateurs and digital photography enthusiasts. So often people end up making a choice to buy one or the other. Quite often it seems to these people that Photoshop is the logical choice because it is true that Photoshop has many advanced editing features that Aperture does not have.
What many of these people fail to realize is that for digital photographers, many (a majority really) of the additional features in Photoshop are not used by photographers, they are used by graphic artists or other professionals that create graphics from scratch or combine elements of several graphics into one image creating multiple layers, masks and blends. I have personally found that Aperture (since version 1.5) has all the tools I need for editing and outputing my photographs. While I do own Photoshop CS2 I find that I rarely use it since Aperture has been updated to version 1.5. The rare cases where I need Photoshop are when creating web graphics like buttons, logos, banners etc. And that leads me to my solution to the Aperture or Photoshop dilemma.
If you really want Aperture (and who wouldn’t?) but you also think you will need Photoshop (we all do from time to time), why not consider this combination: Aperture + Photoshop Elements. With Photoshop elements you save over $600.00 off the price of the “full blown” Photoshop and you get most all of the features you will need with the exception of channels and some other very high end features that most users never use.
Until next time,
Allen Rockwell Photography