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Worth the price in the long run
on 27 July 2012
Although a stiff entry price, CS6 and predecessors are worth it in the long run, not least the discounted future upgrade oportunities. I may have dabbled with dubious versions in my mispent past (going back to 1999), but if you're serious about photography, a legitimate version ultimately makes sense. The cost is not huge when you think about how important photoshop is to your final product, and compared to what camera equipment costs these days, it brings things into perspective.
Having moved from CS3 to CS6, the new features on offer are quite dramtic, the adaptive wide angle filter is an amazing tool and is actually 'fun' to use and experiment with. The shadows and highlights tools has been improved considerably, with halos a thing of the past. Noise reduction is impressive, and as effective as any add-on plug-in...just a shame that brushing noise reduction that features in current adobe lightroom, isn't available in photoshop.
One feature, not sure when it was introduced, that has grabbed my attention is the ability to fade most adjustments, and this has proved it's worth when fine tuning an image after an auto adjustment has not quite done the job, but has got pretty close.
Bridge seems to work seemlessly, although I gather some have had issues (I use Win7 64), the mini bridge feature is handy but I do wish I could find out how to get Bridge to launch at the same time as I open Photoshop...which was the case with CS3.
As with most photographers, even advanced ones, I will only ever scratch the surface of what photoshop can offer.... but each year I learn something new in photoshop, which increases it's worth to me. All in all, very glad I finally pulled the trigger on a full version.