The new version of Photoshop
takes on several of the more useful and easy-to-use tools from its Photoshop Elements
sibling and is the better for them.
Photoshop continues to be the photo graphics editor standard against which other products are measured. Used by more graphics professionals than just about any other photo-editing and paint program, it's solid and brimming with features.
The new version, carrying the CS (Creative Suite) extension, includes a raft of new features for most types of user. Everybody should benefit from the improved file browser, which offers many of the features of photo album-style products, such as Adobe's own PhotoShop Album 2.0. As well as viewing thumbnails, you can preview at a variety of sizes before loading, and add information, such as copyright details and keywords for searching.
Several of the new features for photo artists suggest more mass-market products, too. There's now a simple way to match colours between photo-objects, while leaving their underlying textures unchanged. This kind of colour replacement first appeared as a red-eye tool in Photoshop Elements.
The colour histogram, useful for checking the colour make-up of an image, is now available as a real-time tool, which you can use to monitor changes. You can intelligently stitch pictures together, too, to create panoramas and dig detail out of the shadows with Shadow/Highlight correction.
Graphic designers will like this version of Photoshop CS for its introduction of text on a path, with which you can create and edit text running at angles and along curves. You can also work on images up to 300,000 pixels square, large enough for billboard design, and develop multiple versions of graphics using layers to hold the version differences.
Adobe includes ImageReady CS with Photoshop CS. This Web image designer and editor offers improved multiple selection controls, direct export to Macromedia Flash and more compact HTML code when you've finished.
While a program as popular as Photoshop CS may have the right to stick to its own interface conventions, it does take some relearning. Adobe terminology can be idiosyncratic; you "place" objects rather than insert them and view "Actual pixels" rather than at 100%, for example. Overall, though, it's easy to see why this no-nonsense image-creation tool is so widely respected--in the right hands, there's little it can't do. --Simon Williams
Get superior results faster with industry-standard Adobe Photoshop CS software and its integrated Web production application, Adobe ImageReady CS software. Graphic and Web designers, photographers, and video professionals can take advantage of indispensable features that include improved file management, new design possibilities, a more intuitive way to create for the Web, and support for 16-bit images, digital camera raw data, and non-square pixels. Now you can create the highest quality images more efficiently than ever before.
TOP TEN REASONS TO BUY ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS
Professional toolset. Create original images or modify photos using a full assortment of painting, drawing, and retouching tools.
Color correction. Improve the color, contrast, and dynamic range of any image with a comprehensive set of professional color-correction tools.
Enhanced layer control. Composite images, text, and effects on hundreds of layers that you can organize with up to five levels of nesting and save in different combinations as Layer Comps.
Improved File Browser. Quickly preview, tag, and sort images; search and edit metadata and keywords; and automatically share batches of files from the improved File Browser.
Advanced Web capabilities. Create sophisticated Web page elements, such as rollovers and animations, using ImageReadythe only Web application thats completely integrated with Photoshop.
Healing Brush. Effortlessly remove dust, scratches, blemishes, wrinkles, and other flaws with the Healing Brush.
Special effects filters. Easily experiment and achieve amazing results by accessing more than 95 special effects filters. Preview and apply more than one filter at a time with the new Filter Gallery.
Advanced type control. Add vector-based text that you can edit at any time, format, warp, convert to outlines, and use for masks or other special effects.
Customized workspace. Work the way thats best for you by saving personalized workspace and tool settings, and creating customized keyboard shortcuts.
Unparalleled efficiency. Automate production tasks with built-in or customized scripts and the actions palette which lets you record editing steps to quickly process batches of files.