Adobe Launches Photoshop CS5
The countdown is over. Adobe just officially launched Creative Suite 5. There are a lot of game changing features in the suite—of particular interest to us (and to you photographers) are the advancements to Photoshop. Check out what Adobe has to say about Photoshop and Photoshop Extended—with screenshots of a couple of key features—below.
Photoshop CS5 delivers the utmost power and creative control with the next generation of advanced
tools for outstanding image manipulation and superior compositing. It redefines image editing with a
strong focus on photography, including breakthrough selection capabilities, content-aware fill options,
state-of-the-art processing of raw images, advanced creative control of High Dynamic Range (HDR)
imagery, automated lens corrections, powerful free-form transformations, new painting technology, and
a sweeping range of workflow and performance enhancements that boost productivity at every step.
Photoshop CS5 Extended is a super-set of tools and features made for professionals who want to push
the boundaries of digital imaging. It delivers all the editing, compositing, and painting capabilities of
Photoshop CS5 plus powerful new features for creating stunning 3D artwork from selections, graphics,
and type with direct control over lighting, materials, and meshes.
Intelligent selection technology
Photoshop CS5 takes the time and frustration out of making precise image selections and masks, providing you a faster way to extract subjects from their backgrounds and create realistic composites. New intelligent selection technology offers better edge detection and faster, more accurate masking results of complex subjects, like hair. Automatic color decontamination helps you eliminate background color around the edges of a selection, resulting in more seamless compositions when placing extracted subjects on new backgrounds. Experienced Photoshop users know that the best selections are created by constantly adapting the selection technique for differences in the subject’s edges—one method for hair and another for the edge of a building. With Photoshop CS5, you can produce highly accurate masks and selections faster and more simply than before with a set of new adaptive selection-edge modification controls. Smart Radius automatically matches the best selection approach with the subject’s changing edge characteristics, and the extra view modes assist you in previewing the quality of your selections. The Refine Radius and Erase Refinements tools customize your masks and selections as you make them. These tools, in combination with the color decontamination settings, help eliminate any residual background color from around the edges of your selections.
One of the most exciting new features in Photoshop CS5 is the remarkable ability to remove an image element and magically replace it with details that match the lighting, tone, and noise of the surrounding area so that it looks like the content never existed. Now, you can make substantial changes to photo composition quickly and easily, as even large complex subjects can be seamlessly erased. You can use Content-Aware Fill with the Spot Healing Brush or as an option
of the Fill feature to replace content in an active selection. Selecting the Content-Aware setting with the Spot Healing brush changes the way the tool fills in the areas you paint. This retouching approach is designed to account more fully for the structure and detail of the image elements that surround the painted area, providing a near-invisible result when removing unwanted objects. Alternatively, you can select the object to be removed, and then replace the area with synthesized details from the area surrounding the selection, simply by using the Content-Aware option in the Fill dialog box.
Other new features include: HDR Pro, for creativity and precision with the next generation of high dynamic range imaging; state-of-the-art raw-image processing; extraordinary painting effects; Puppet Warp; Automated lens correction; user-inspired productivity enhancements; streamlined creative reviews through integration with Adobe CS Review; faster performance with cross-platform native 64-bit support; greater access to key resources via flexible custom panels; easier interface management with Live Workspaces and Workspace Switcher; and superior black-and-white conversion.