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This review is from: Photoshop 8.0 CS Win (CD-ROM)
Photoshop has been the leader in the field for many years now. The good thing is that they are not resting on their laurels, but continually striving to improve the product.
Photoshop has advanced to a stage where one can do virtually anything with image files. The improvements in this version are mostly improvements to simplify the processes and I suppose to improve stability (which still needs a little work) and speed, which is spectacular.
The user interface has been much improved over the years and I believe a novice should be able to teach himself the basics of this programme by just playing around. It is that good, even though CS has more features than ever. There are a multitude of books available, though, which I would recommend even professional users to consider, as there are so many features available. As one reviewer wrote about a famous PC Game: "Easy to learn, hard to master".
The point is that Photoshop has been the leader for so long, it is the industry standard, and will be for a while, because no one else comes close. (I have always been a very loyal supporter of Corel products, especially of the WordPerfect series, but Photoshop puts Corel Photopaint to shame).
If you are a professional photographer or designer, you will know that this is an essential purchase. If you are a serious amateur looking for the very best image editing software available (regardless of price), this is the one to get, although Photoshop Elements 3.0 is also a very worthwhile purchase, as it contains many of the features in this package (but not the ones the more professional users would need).
For me, photo-editing has been transformed from the pain it once was to a very enjoyable part of my job, thanks to Photoshop.
Yes, there are other products available, but all of them thrown together still cannot give you what Photoshop does. End of story.