Adobe’s Photoshop CS5; Faster & More Features, But Is It Worth The Upgrade?
1 September 2010
Excerpt: If a computer is part of your photographic workflow, then you’re probably already using Adobe’s Photoshop. The program has become standard for serious pros, erstwhile amateurs, and even those who just want to add some flair to their Facebook profile.
Summary: Adobe Photoshop CS5 is the latest version of what is arguably the world’s most popular pro image editing program. So how do you go about updating such a wildly popular piece of software without alienating your current base of users? By adding new tools like Content-Aware Fill.
Conclusion: Digital Media Page 2 of 2 Until now, Photoshop's paint engine hadn't been touched in any significant way since version 7 (five full versions ago). But with CS5, it gains an entire new category of brushes--bristle brushes--and a whole new way to apply paint to a canvas.
Summary: Photoshop CS5 offers several productivity gains, including Repoussé and selection enhancements, HDR Pro and Content Aware Fill. Whether artistic tools like Mixer Brush and Puppet Warp will be worth the price depends on the type of work you do.
Pros: Faster 64-bit support, selection enhancements, content-aware fill, lens correction, Merge to HDR Pro, Mixer Brush, Puppet Warp, Repoussé and 3D improvements
Cons: Power hungry in places, optimised for high-end systems, Camera Raw plug-in in shipped version still requires an update, 3D offered in Extended version only
Excerpt: Hans Weichselbaum runs his rule over the latest iteration of Adobe’s ubiquitous program In February this year Photoshop quietly celebrated its 20th birthday, and Adobe just released the 12th generation of Photoshop. Yes, CS5 does indeed contain Photoshop version 12.
Pros: Some great new features, particularly content-aware fill, automatic lens correction and artistic brushes, Improved selection tools, Interface remains familiar
Cons: A pricey upgrade from the already good CS4 — though worth the outlay if your income depends on Photoshop
Excerpt: As a longtime Photoshop user, I was most excited to hear that the Creative Suite 5 (CS5) release would be introducing some really useful tools to what is widely considered as the premier image editing application on any platform.