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Photoshop 7 - a no-brainer upgrade
on 20 April 2002
Photoshop has long been the software package of choice for those who are serious about their digital images.V6 was a significant improvement over previous versions particularly in the creation of images for the web. Version 7 builds on that by providing a number of new features (the 'instant website' feature, aimed at novices, is especially useful) and a tweaked, more user-friendly interface.
As always with Photoshop the real power is under the hood. Professionals will be pleased with the new file browser and the 'metadata pane' which displays hidden information stored in digital images. The clone tool has been updated and is now called the 'Healing Brush' enabling a retouched area to more closely match the image around it (ideal for removing spots and wrinkles).
Die-hard Photoshop users will be pleased with the new additions and those just coming to the package will not find it as daunting as previous releases. They may find the price a little off-putting and I can't help thinking that Adobe price the full version a little high. However, given that there is nothing else on the market to touch it in terms of power and usability, I believe the upgrade option is well worth the money. My verdict? If you have a qualifying version the upgrade is a no-brainer. Newcomers may want to gird their loins and wait for the trial version before stumping out. But be warned, once you try it you won't want to live without it.