I would love to hear your thoughts (in the comments) on Adobe Photoshop CS4 that was announced today. For me every version is a must have. But will it be a MUST HAVE for you?
If it is, you can PRE-ORDER from Adobe. I am ordering after I finish this post. I am so excited. How pathetic is it that this excites me… Upgrade from CS, CS2 and CS3 is $199 and full version is $699. Upgrade from Elements is $599. It will be available by the end of October. Just in time for my birthday (October 30th – for anyone wanting to send me presents :))
Here are some features I think looked amazing and to me would be reasons to upgrade (quoted from their site) and my thoughts on each in parenthesis:
CONTENT AWARE SCALING
This feature is enough reason for me to buy PS CS4 – you can scale a photo and leave the important parts alone – seeing this in action makes me almost salivate – WOW – I am psyched! Wish I could play with this feature today!!!!!
SEE IT IN ACTION from Russell Brown (a lucky person who has his hands on PS CS4 already…)
Adjustment and Masks panels
Easily access every tool for nondestructive adjustment of color and tone. Quickly adjust specific image areas with easier access to all the tools for creating and editing nondestructive masks.
You know how much I stress things being NONDESTRUCTIVE so this sounds HUGE to me!
Richer painting and drawing toolset
Create or modify images with a wide assortment of professional, fully customizable drawing tools, paint settings, and artistic brushes. Simply drag to resize brushes and adjust for hardness as you paint and preview brush strokes.
Sounds fun – I need to see it to judge for sure. Could be really useful.
Auto-blending of images
Easily create a single image from a series of shots that have different focal points with the enhanced Auto-Blend Layers command, which smoothly blends color and shading and now extends your depth of field, automatically correcting vignettes and lens distortion.
Sounds very useful!
Auto-alignment of layers
Create accurate composites with the enhanced Auto-Align Layers command. Move, rotate, or warp layers to align them more accurately than ever before. Or use spherical alignment to create breathtaking panoramas.
Sounds fun and helpful.
Extended depth of field
Combine a range of images, each with a different exposure, color, and focal point — with options to preserve tones and colors — into a single color-corrected image.
WOW – if it works – I am in! Well I am in anyway – but this could be huge.
Better raw image processing
Enjoy superior conversion quality as you process raw images with the industry-leading Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 5 plug-in, which now offers localized corrections, post-crop vignetting, TIFF and JPEG processing, and support for more than 190 camera models.
Selective work – sounds good – though you all know me – most of my work is edited in photoshop not raw. But this could be helpful.
Industry-leading color correction
Enjoy dramatically enhanced color correction with reengineered Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools that now intelligently preserve color and tone details. Make precise adjustments with Brightness/Contrast and Curves controls, the histogram, color channel lines, and a clipping preview.
This sounds amazing – I cannot wait to try it.
*** Here is a great place to see some examples of what CS4 will do.