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.
Adobe is counting down the days, hours, minutes, seconds until they launch Creative Suite 5. How many of you out there are even all set with CS4?
Back in October, the DP editorial team attended an Adobe presentation of their newly announced Photoshop Elements 8 software ($79.99 MSRP with $20 mail-in rebate). Since Elements is the number one selling consumer photo-editing software on the market, according to Adobe, we thought that many of you would be interested in what this newest version has to offer.
About Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac:
Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac is the perfect complement to iPhoto for consumers who want to go beyond the basics and tell amazing stories with their photos. The software is loaded with new options to make extraordinary photos with ease. For media management, Mac users have access to all the features in Adobe Bridge CS4 software, which provides quick organization with a custom viewing workspace and full-screen preview with one-click close-ups. Keyword tags and a variety of search options also make it easy to find photos quickly.
Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac now includes all of the intelligent photo-editing options as the Windows version. In addition to Photomerge Exposure, Recompose and Quick Fix previews, Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac features Scene Cleaner for brushing away unwanted elements, such as tourists or cars, from a series of photos to create the perfect scene. The Smart Brush helps users apply incredible effects to a specific area of a photo with a single stroke and Touch-Up brushes make common editing tasks quick, such as whitening teeth or making bright blue skies. When creations are ready to be shared with family and friends, users can display their photos on the Web with gallery templates or personal Web pages, by e-mail and on CD or DVD. (via Adobe)
About Adobe Photoshop 8 for Windows:
With the enhanced Organizer, Windows users of Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 can easily manage media and find photo and video clips even faster than before. The new Auto-Analyzer automatically analyzes and tags media so users can quickly find the most interesting and highest quality content and People Recognition identifies people in photos, becoming more intelligent over time, as it learns to associate names and faces. Also, consumers can now automatically synch all their media across multiple computers.
Photoshop Elements 8 brings editing capabilities and simplicity to a new level. With Adobe Photomerge Exposure, users can simply merge multiple shots of the same scene, with and without a flash, together to create a perfectly lit photo that shows every detail. Leveraging Photoshop CS4 technology, the new Recompose provides users with an easy way to automatically resize photos without distorting the most important parts. Additionally, Quick Fix previews allow users to visually choose the best color, contrast and lighting adjustments from a series of previews. Once photo creations are ready to be shared, Photoshop Elements 8 offers new interactive Online Album templates that can showcase photos and videos together.
For even more creative possibilities, Windows users have the option to purchase Plus. Additional benefits include 20GB of storage for automatic online backup and sharing (up to 15,000 photos or four hours of DVD-quality video), as well as regular deliveries of tutorials, tips and tricks, seasonal artwork and interactive online templates sent directly to the desktop software. Photos and videos can also be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection at Photoshop.com. (via Adobe)
by Joe Farace
Before you think about retouching any digital image file there are a few simple and basic steps you should consider before you snap the shutter that will minimize the amount of retouching your portraits might need. Good make-up artists are worth whatever they cost and make a big difference in the final portrait. With the right make-up artist and subject you may not need any retouching! Another way to minimize retouching is to slightly overexpose the portrait, making it just a little lighter and brighter than what your meter or camera says is “correct.” This will add a little radiant glow and minimize any minor facial imperfections.
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by Theano Nikitas
What you’ll need: Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 ($99.99). For more information, go to www.adobe.com.
Black and white photography has been rapidly gaining popularity in the digital world in part because inkjet printers and papers can now produce excellent monochrome prints. At the same time, software manufacturers like Adobe are implementing improved black and white conversion features providing photographers with the tools to more easily create beautiful fine art prints, elegant portraits and stunning landscapes.
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