Posted by: David Vernon | April 12, 2010

The big day

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It’s a big day if you love Photoshop.

Adobe introduces Photoshop CS5 today and it counting on a resurgent economy to help booster sales after the somewhat lackluster results of CS4 which hit right as the US economy was tanking.

As photographers I think we should probably be more interested in the impending release of Adobe’s LightRoom 3. The bulk of the work you probably need to do with Adobe products is best served here. But sooner or later, Photoshop itself comes along to serve some purpose and it’s worth having if you can negotiate the price point for normal everyday users. But consider what CS5 can do. One of the game-changers in CS5 is going to be a boon for photographers: content-aware fill. Check out this video if you haven’t seen it yet – it’s been all over the place. Will this change the way you photograph?

And while that’s pretty slick, check out this page that tells you – as photographers – what this new release can do for you (besides much better masking, automatic lens distortion correction, etc.). I found some of the features in CS4 nice but just didn’t feel the need to make the jump from CS3. Looking at CS5 however I’m thinking this is worth the upgrade. If you’re buying new – that’s a different decision. If you have nothing you’re better off making the jump to Lightroom first. But CS5 will be, I honestly believe, a turning-point for photographers. This is some neat stuff. And check out photographer Thomas Hawk’s take on CS5. He’s been using it for a couple weeks and he goes into a little more detail on what photogs are gonna love.

And speaking of neat stuff… spend 30 seconds checking out these landscape images from artist Matthew Albanese. They are spicy to say the least. Be sure to read the captions. And there’s more stuff from the artist here.

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  1. As some of you know, I got the chance to attend the Scott Kelby Photoshop for Photographers seminar last Friday. Kelby was very excited for CS5, even demo-ing the Content Aware Fill for pano shots (cropping your image and losing content won’t be an issue much anymore!), and even eluded to… wait for it… HDR tone mapping directly inside Photoshop?

    With that being said, I’m stoked for the entire CS to be upgraded, especially Photoshop. Kelby said it himself, as does Dave in this post, that CS4 isn’t really a major leap for photogs, but CS5 was built with an entire team of photography consultants and they included a major load of tools for those of us looking to upgrade!

  2. As some of you know, I got the chance to attend the Scott Kelby Photoshop for Photographers seminar last Friday. Kelby was very excited for CS5, even demo-ing the Content Aware Fill for pano shots (cropping your image and losing content wont be an issue much anymore!), and even eluded to wait for it HDR tone mapping directly inside Photoshop?With that being said, Im stoked for the entire CS to be upgraded, especially Photoshop. Kelby said it himself, as does Dave in this post, that CS4 isnt really a major leap for photogs, but CS5 was built with an entire team of photography consultants and they included a major load of tools for those of us looking to upgrade!By: Michael “Vuji” Vujovich on April 12, 2010 at 7:49 am

  3. I don’t think it will change the way I shoot, but will probably change the way I crop!

  4. Looks interesting! Thanks for posting 🙂

  5. This is amazing. Truly great new tools. Anyone would love to have these features.

    But these tools will no doubt ease the work of a photographer, it will also minimise the creativity of a photographer. Even a kid can become a good photographer – Maybe thats what adobe wants.

  6. Thanks for sharing….


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