Time flies fast and it’s time for another Photoshop upgrade, Photoshop CS5 is just around the corner and for many photographers the questions are “should I upgrade?” and “how will I benefit if I do?”.
I’ve been doing a bit of investigation to answer these questions for myself and here’s a list of some of the more relevant features for photographers:
– Content aware fill for deleting objects and replacing them with appropriate content based on the surrounding textures
– HDR Pro – Finally professional HDR tools inside Photoshop (if only they put this into Lightroom)
– Automatic Lens Correction with lens profiles
– Improved content aware healing brush algorithm
– Improved selections for selecting complex outlines like hair and removing colour fringing from selections
– New straighten tool to correct crooked horizons
– Improved noise handling in Camera RAW 6
– Minibridge image browser within Photoshop
– Auto convert to 8 bit for saving jpegs
– Option to omit the “Copy” added to duplicated layer names
– Puppet Warp – Allows intelligent manipulation of selections
– New Paint controls to turn photos into paintings
– 64bit version for MAC users
I have to say that some of these features are simply stunning. The content aware fill has many potential uses, not least of all the potential to allow empty areas of sky and foreground in a stitched image to be easily filled in rather than cropped out. The new HDR functionality is also a welcome addition and long overdue. Of course how well these new features work outside of Adobes demo videos remains to be seen.
Another change that I will personally welcome is that Adobe have finally realised how annoying it is to have “Copy” added to duplicated layer names and have added an option to turn it off. Also duplicated groups will by default not add the “Copy” tag to embedded layers YAY 🙂
Oh and apparently MAC users now get 64bit, old news for us PC users but I am hoping that there will still be some performance and memory handling improvements over the CS4 64bit version. I don’t know about anyone else but I find that after working on large 16bit images around the 1GB size that Photoshop initially handles the files well but eventually performance will be reduced to a state of constant disk swapping and enormous wait times only fixed by a full system reboot.
The above two images are new releases from a trip to Margaret River in 2009. The first one was taken in Bunker Bay and the second on Redgate Beach.
Technical Details (BBS1.12): Canon 5D, Single RAW Shot, Canon 17-40mm @ 17mm, tripod mounted, 30 sec, f11, ISO 100. Image processed in Adobe Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4.
Technical Details (MRP1.4): Canon 5D, 5 RAW Shots, Canon 70-200mm @ 200mm, tripod mounted, 1/400 sec, f6.3, ISO 100. Image processed in Adobe Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4.
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