Review, Photoshop, CS5

Review Photoshop CS5

So over the last week or so I have had the opportunity to really work in the new camera raw window of Photoshop CS5. When I shoot digital its all in camera raw. The first thing you really notice is the sharpening dialog window. Adobe has really done their homework in the area of what photographers need and what our pet peeves were.

In CS3 if you sharpened your images at say 100 to 150 you were stuck with rainbow noise or same color noise. Not in CS5. By sliding the luminosity and luminosity detail sliders all the way over to 100 you clear 90% of the noise out. You don’t have to choose between low noise and a soft image or a noisy image but tack sharp. You can really have the best of both worlds.

Another area that I have really noticed a big improvement is in the jpeg window. Before the spot healing brush ( band aid tool) was a 50/50 crap shoot. Sometimes you would use it and it would do more damage then good. In CS5 you have content aware. It’s not fool proof but is definitely a step in the right direction. With this tool if you use it to remove a stray hair or a dust spot PS will look at the background and remove the unwanted hair with out adversely affecting the background. The only beef I have is that when you have a background that has a lot of detail and you use this tool with content aware sometimes it will make your background slightly blurry. This single change in PS has made a huge impact on the time I spend on post and makes it worth the upgrade price alone.

Another issue I am having at the present is with the camera raw window. Since I am on the mac platform the open, cancel, and done buttons are behind the apple task bar. So yes it’s annoying but CS3 did the same thing for some reason. Ahhh to live in a perfect world where everything worked as it