Photoshop CS5 Preview -- 'Abracadabra' Optional|
Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, April 12, 2010 - 00:01 EDT)
Call it whatever you want -- Photoshop CS5 (officially), White Rabbit (its code name), Photoshop 12 (who's counting?) -- it's here.
We've been playing with a Dec. 12, 2009 build for about a week on a unibody MacBook Pro. And it's such a fast combination, we finished this preview early enough to tell you all about it just as Adobe is announcing Creative Suite 5.
We dove into Photoshop CS5 with a thumbdrive of our own images to explore all the new features after a briefing and press conference detailed the highlights for us. What we found was magic.
The magic includes features like Content-Aware Fill and Puppet Warp, which have already been widely demoed. But it also includes less well-known features like the Mixer Brush that simulates mixing paints rather than averaging pixels. In fact, the painting engine is a complete rewrite. And the new horsepower also extends Content-Aware Fill to the Healing Brush, where it's particularly helpful with sensor dust. Selections and Masking all get beefed up with the new technology as well.
And that's not to mention automatic lens corrections, the new Camera Raw processing engine, HDR enhancements (now for moving images, too) and, well, more.
Our Photoshop CS5 preview takes a look at these from the point of view of a photographer.