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"Redefine digital imaging."
Adobe Photoshop is the most popular graphics editing program around the world, created by Adobe Systems Incorporated. Since Creative Suite 3, Photoshop comes in a Standard version as well as an Extended version with specialized tools and features for the video, engineering, architecture, manufacturing, science, and medical fields. Now, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Photoshop, the new Creative Suite 5 is available and it has a few very exciting new features.
Photoshop CS5 is an awesome program, but it’s not worth a thing until you install it, so here it goes. First of all, before installing, you need to be sure that you have the required setup to support it :
Mac OS X Requirements:
- An Intel-based processor
- Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or higher.
- An Intel Zeon, Zeon Dual, Centrino, or Pentium 4 processor or their AMD-branded equivalents.
- Microsoft Windows 7, Vista Service Pack 1, or Vista 64-bit.
- At least 1 GB of RAM—the more, the better!
- 2 GB of available hard-disk space for Photoshop to use during installation.
- A monitor that can display at least 1024×768 resolution (1280×800 is even better) with a 16-bit or greater video card that has 256 MB or more of video RAM.
- The latest version of QuickTime for multimedia features like animation and video editing.
Note: You can’t install Photoshop on a flash-based drive like a USB memory stick.
The installation process is pretty straightforward. By default, the installer will copy all the options available and the program will install in the applications folder, but you can choose the options you want to install and the destination folder. However, it's best to let the program install as default if you are not a computer specialist. The installation process can take up to 10-15 min, depending on your computer.
Being the industry-standard, Photoshop skills are a necessity if you want to work in the graphic design field, but I should warn you, it's not for everyone, the learning curve of the program being pretty steep but the investment can pay off in increased productivity and the ultimate in flexibility. The interface has a lot of features and it will take a while to get around to know it, but everything is very well explained and the help page...actually helps. As I said, it's not very easy to use, but it's the best professional solution out there once you learn it.
- The industry standard for professional photo editing, graphic design, and digital imaging.
- Offers ultimate flexibility and has a lot of non-destructive editing features.
- Photoshop takes advantage of the graphics card's GPU for improved performance.
- Supports unlimited RAM and 64-bit processing under Windows and Mac 64-bit systems.
- Edge detection: Selection of complex edges, such as curly hair, has always been a problem. The feature is fairly easy to use: make a selection or a layer mask, open the Refine Edge dialog and use the Refine Radius tool to brush over the desired area. In addition, there’s a Smart Radius check-box with a Radius adjustment slider to make selections even easier.
- Content-Aware Fill: This feature copies areas around the object being deleted, creating background fill where there was none.
- Enhanced 3D: The 3D features keep getting more useful to the everyday designer and easier to use. A couple of new features include Repoussé, which extrudes flat selections into 3D objects. It will take a little practice to get all the settings under control, but the presets make it fun to play with.
- High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing debuted back in CS2, but it's been greatly enhanced for this version.
- Many other improvements: Auto Lens-correction, Puppet Warp command, Painting and Brush enhancements, Bridge and Mini-Bridge
- Steep learning curve.
- Buyers must choose between giving up features or paying more for the costly Extended version.
- Some legacy plug-ins and features have been removed, or require manual installation.
- GPU and OpenGL features increase the hardware graphics card requirements.
Adobe Photoshop has been the industry-standard image editing software for two decades now, and is used by professional photographers, artists and designers all over the world. With the launch of version CS5, Adobe Photoshop remains what has always been, by far the best and most comprehensive image manipulation program available and I believe this is a worthwhile upgrade for all Photoshop users.