‘White Rabbit’ – the codename under which Adobe (pronunciation: a-DOE-bee) launched its twelfth major release in the best-selling series of image-editing software on April 12, 2010, Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5), had cut a wide swathe from the entire Photoshop community, designers and photographers. Adobe unleashed its latest versions of image manipulation software viz. Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended. Take image-editing experience to the next level with their power-packed features.
HDR Pro Tool – Combine Multiple Exposures into a Single High Dynamic Range Photo
Fans of HDR photography will welcome the HDR enhancements. The HDR Pro tool helps to merge identical images taken at different exposures and combine them to create a single shot with a very high dynamic range. Using this is as simple as clicking “Merge to HDR Pro”. When working with a single photo, the new HDR Toning feature allows one to easily adjust the toning of the image to ape the effects of HDR photos.
It also includes a Remove Ghosts feature that automatically removes artefacts that often occur when merging overlapping shots.
Automated Lens Correction – Produce Images of the Highest Quality
Adobe has also added a lens-correction feature that rectifies the three most common lens-based errors: geometric distortion, chromatic aberration, and vignetting. Using Adobe Lens Profile Creator, users can also create custom profiles of their lenses i.e. update the database of lens profiles themselves.
Mixer Brush and Bristle Tips – Turn a Pencil Sketch into Painting
Let’s say a reader visits this page, sees a useful advertisement on this page, clicks on it, finds a beautiful image on that page, and feels tempted to use the colour combination of that image into his own image. Now Photoshop CS5 gives the users the ability to use a photograph (or any image) as a sort of template canvas or colour palette for painting. Clicking on a given area will simulate dipping one’s brush in paint in real world. The user can then drag the colour out and it will spread around while simulating a wet brush.
One of coolest features of Photoshop CS5 is the Mixer Brush tool. It allows one to define multiple colours onto a single paintbrush tip and blend them with the underlying hues on the canvas. The Mixer Brush has many of the things one would want to use to replicate the traditional oil-paint media. For instance, if a user paints red on blue, violet paint will begin to appear. Application of this tool can turn photographs into painting-like images.
Bristle Tips emulate a wide variety of natural paintbrush shapes while Bristle Tip Preview displays a live view of the brush tip as one paints, giving real-time feedback of brush’s shape, angle and bristle interaction with the canvas.
LAB B&W Action – Convert Colour Images to Monochrome Photos
The integrated Lab Black & White Technique action, located in the Actions panel, helps to easily and interactively convert HDR colour images to HDR black and white images.
Adobe Repousse Technology – Convert 2D Artwork into 3D Objects
Repoussé is a metalworking technique for embossing artwork on the surface of metals. Taking
inspiration from this, Photoshop CS5 Extended allows users to easily create 3D logos and artwork from any text layer, shape or mask, as well as twist, rotate and extrude designs for different looks. The front or back of the extrusion can be inflated too.
3D – Easily Create New 3D Objects
Users can now use default materials, download new materials, or edit existing materials in Photoshop CS5 Extended and can add different textures to their surface for better 3D look. The Material Drop Tool and Material Load Tool help to load and drop a material into different meshes.
The Shadow Catcher feature can easily generate a shadow on the ground plane of an image. The improved Adobe Ray Tracer Engine allows to re-rendering a 3D scene after a pause while providing immediate feedback and dramatically reducing the time it takes to preview key areas in high quality.
Hue Strip and Sampling Ring – Onscreen Colour Picker and Eyedropper Tool
The new Hue Strip is an onscreen colour picker. Dialogue boxes to choose Hue, Saturation or colour have been bid adieu from Photoshop CS5. The Sampling Ring, added to the eyedropper tool, provides for quicker, interactive colour adjustments and a better colour sampler. When a user clicks a colour with the eyedropper tool, a circular camera focus-ring-like thing pops up. The top half on the inside is the clicked sample and the bottom half is the active colour before sampling.
Now the user can change the size of the brush with horizontal movement and the softness with vertical movement of the mouse. He can also change the page size with the magnifying tool.
Smart Filters – Add, Delete and Adjust Filters Without Resaving the Image
Experiment by adding, adjusting, and removing filters from an image without resaving the image or starting over to preserve quality. Nondestructive Smart Filters allows the user to see the changes without altering the original pixel data.
Paste in Place – Paste an Element in Exactly the Same Position
It allows the user to paste an element into a Photoshop file in the same position it held in the original file. For example, when the user creates something on the wrong layer and needs to move it to the exact same place on a new layer.
Fluid Canvas Rotation – No More Tilting the Head While Painting
This tool permits the user to go even a step beyond the traditional painting on canvas. Just use this tool to smoothly turn the canvas for nondestructive viewing at any desired angle.
Pricing of Photoshop CS5 and CS5 Extended
Photoshop CS5 -> New: $699 and Upgrade: $199
Photoshop CS5 Extended -> New: $999 and Upgrade: $349
Photoshop CS5 and CS5 Extended thus provide revolutionary tools that boost users’ creative impact and produce excellent results quickly and efficaciously