November 02, 2008

CS4: What’s in it for Photographers?

I thought photographers might like to have a single, consolidated list of all the enhancements in Photoshop CS4 & Bridge CS4 that can help improve their productivity.  Photographer/author/fellow Photoshop PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes kindly stepped up with a guest blog entry, below.  It’s a long list, so I’ve put it into this post’s extended entry.  Read on for the good 411…  –J.




Photoshop CS4:

 

  • Camera Raw 5: The comprehensive raw conversion engine in Photoshop and Bridge leaps forward with the ability to edit individual regions–dodging, burning, painting saturation, applying graduated filters, and more.  ACR supports more than 200 proprietary raw formats, plus JPEGs and TIFFs.

 

  • GPU acceleration: No more jagged pixels at various zoom levels.  Instead, what you see is what you get at any zoom ratio, from .07% all the way up to 3200% (and everywhere in between).  This gives us previews of cloned/healed data clipped to the brush and faster performance from the color management engine, HDR preview adjustments, and much more!

 

  • 64-bit (Windows): If you’re running Windows on a 64-bit OS (officially Vista, XP64 possible but unsupported) you can now address ridiculously large amounts of memory.  [Look for more performance benchmarks soon.  –J.]

 

  • Dramatically improved Dodge, Burn and Sponge tools: More power, fidelity and control linked to the speed and flexibility of Photoshop’s fast and flexible pressure-sensitive paint engine.  “Protect Tones” gives you dodging and burning where you need it (while preserving the areas you don’t) and the Sponge tool can now saturate or de-saturate with the intelligence of the Vibrance logic (from Camera Raw and Lightroom).

 

  • Adjustments Panel: The power of adjustment layers comes to a non-modal panel.  That is, all of Photoshop is alive and available while you edit non-destructively.  22 new presets (all user-configurable, of course) and on-image controls for both Curves and Hue/Saturation.  89% less mouse travel than a menu-driven layers workflow.  Faster, more powerful and no longer forcing you into a limited dialogue.

 

  • Vibrance adjustment layer: The intelligent preservation control that we know and love in both Lightroom and Camera Raw comes to Photoshop in the form of an adjustment layer.  Skin tones, we can now see you!

 

  • Masking Panel: Quick and powerful masks from selections in this new, live, re-editable panel.  Whether you’re creating detailed masks from scratch (pixel or vector), using the powerful and much improved Color Range control, Feathering or adjusting Density of your masks or even Refining what you have, the Mask panel offers a live spot for powerful one-stop selective editing.

 

  • Alignment: CS3 took the alignment of multiple images far, and CS4 goes even further.  CS4 offers better results, more choices for projection, even built-in profiles for common wide angle lenses.  CS4 can even remove vignetting and geometric distortion as it aligns.  For example, here’s the same set of images aligned in CS3 vs. in CS4 (no auto-blending applied), courtesy of photographer Ian Lyons.  Most importantly, this can all be handled automatically by Photoshop, whether handing off from Lightroom or from Bridge.

 

  • Blending: CS3 made panoramas and composites smooth, and CS4 makes those even smoother while doing entirely new things like blending focus from multiple images!  From the practical (multiple product shots with varying depth of field blended to “buy” more focus) to the surreal (shallow depth of field for a subject in the foreground and the background, with a smooth bokeh between!).  There’s a new option called “Seamless Tones & Colors” as well, it blends exposure data – imagine two shots, one taken with a flash, the other without – you can now quickly enjoy the benefits of both in one image!  As with Alignment, there’s no guesswork with the options, because Photoshop knows best, automatically, by default.

 

  • Content-Aware Scaling: You may have seen the wild demo-candy of sand and surf flying in and out of images as they’re dramatically rescaled, but you’re a serious shooter and you want to know what’s in it for you.  That full-frame 11×17, 8×12, 5×8 that needs to fit into the 11×14, 8×10 or 5×7 frame…Content-Aware Scaling.  That wedding photo for the groom’s iPhone rescaled without cutting his head off?…yep, CAS.  The fixed spot you have in the magazine layout that invariably loses an arm, a head or a loved one’s face – we have your feature!

 

  • Designed for multiple monitors: As many as 50% of professional photographers use more than one monitor, and CS4’s new interface is optimized for this.  For example, palette/panel groups can float and be minimized/expanded across monitors (screenshot).  With the new UI and workspace switcher, custom configurations have never been easier or more capable.

 

  • Print: With more resolution in still images than ever before, and panoramas being easier than ever, people are printing larger than ever – so is Photoshop!  Co-developed alongside the major print manufacturers, Photoshop’s print engine continues to grow more powerful and stable with CS4.  From gamut warnings to more powerful automation, we’ve been working hard to make printing work for you.  If you’re running OSX.5 and have a supported printer, you now have the option of printing 16-bit data – fine-art photographers rejoice!

 

Bridge CS4:

 

  • Auto-stacking and processing of HDRs and Panoramas: Instead of going through a shoot, manually identifying the sets of images that constitute panoramas and/or HDR merges, then handing off each set to Photoshop one at a time, let Bridge do the work for you.  Bridge can examine both image content and EXIF metadata to identify image groups, then automatically create stacks of images.  Once these stacks exist, you can hand them off to Photoshop to be batch processed into panos and HDR files.

 

  • Output: Bridge can now create PDF contact sheets or Web photo galleries.  Web galleries can use Flash or HTML, and Bridge can even upload them to your Web server via FTP.  PDFs can contain document security options (for example, disabling printing for a book of proofs).

 

  • Full-screen previews & Review Mode: Tap the spacebar to see any image in full-screen mode.  Click anywhere on the image to zoom in to 100% view (great for checking sharpness).  Meanwhile the new Review Mode (screenshot) makes it easy to cycle through images, rating & labeling while whittling down a selection by using the arrow keys to knock out shots that don’t fit. Both modes leverage your system’s GPU for smooth hardware acceleration.

 

  • Collections: In addition to the saved searches it has always supported (now dubbed Smart Collections), Bridge offers regular Collections as well–simple virtual folders into which you can drag images and other files. An image can exist in multiple collections at once, and you can generate a collection automatically when exiting Review Mode.

 

  • Video: As before you can preview and see still representations of the videos from your cameras (hmmmm D90 and 5D Mk. II!)

 

  • Adobe Camera Raw is just a click away: with a keyboard shortcut (R) from the new preview modes or with the click of the new task-based button, no more worrying about preferences.

 

 

Photoshop CS4 Extended:

 

Maybe you’re a student or have acquired Photoshop as part of a suite, if so there’s a good chance you have CS4 Extended. While we design CS4 to satisfy all of the needs of photographers, there are a couple of noteworthy features in CS4 that you should know about:

 

  • Video: CS3 Extended added support for the import and export of video (thinking back to the suite, if you had Flash on board we could even export Flash video content). CS4 adds a number of enhancements including sound and a much-improved display of non-square pixels. I mention this, because video is very quickly becoming a big part of pro shooter’s lives. I have a strong suspicion that the D90 and 5D Mk. II are just the start.

 

  • 3D: “What does 3D have to do with 2D”, you ask? CS4 Extended can now create 3D postcards from 2D files – essentially adding another axis to your image to enjoy real-time, non-modal 3D control of your image. For photographers this is similar to a quick WYSIWYG perspective control or even a really fast and fluid way to invert what you see.  It also makes it easy to add lighting effects in a highly editable, comprehensive way.

 

  • Spherical panorama editing: You can now wrap images onto a 3D sphere inside which you place your camera.  And why would you want to do that?  Simply put, you can now use all your Photoshop 2D tools and techniques (painting, cloning, healing, merging layers, etc.) to adjust the projected data, making it much easier to retouch the image in its final form, rather than trying to tweak the unwrapped 2D form.

 

 

-Bryan

Posted by John Nack at 8:58 AM on November 02, 2008

Comments

  • Trevor Morris — 9:52 AM on November 02, 2008

    Great list John/Brian.
    In my personal opinion, the enhancements and features added to Adobe Camera Raw 5 (ACR5) and Bridge CS4 make the upgrade to CS4 a total no-brainer for any serious digital photographer.
    These two applications alone have totally changed my workflow, allowing me to achieve better results, in less time — non-destructively. I’m absolutely amazed at what can be accomplished with these new tools!
    PS: Absolutely love Finnegan’s penguin costume! Priceless! “Just smile and wave boys, smile and wave.”
    [Heh–thanks all around, Trevor. –J.]

  • Ken — 10:54 AM on November 02, 2008

    Jack,
    Have not gotten CS4 as yet, but I have been learning 2.1 lightroom. WOW.
    I did a shoot for a University of Kentucky sorority. I had only one SB800 flash that I could use (night time). I decided to use lightroom and the “paint brush in exposure mode.
    I was thrilled with the results. Thank Adobe
    Ken in KY
    [That’s awesome, Ken; delighted to hear it. –J.]
    Anyone who has interest can link my web site above and look for the link UK

  • Benoît — 11:50 AM on November 02, 2008

    I vividly recall the release of CS3 when you explained that the extended edition was not a ploy to increase upgrades and that it contained no tools for photographers.
    [I never said that CS3 Extended didn’t contain additional tools that photographers could use. I said that it wasn’t *designed* as a way of withholding photographic functionality with an aim towards making PS Extended = PS Premium. There’s a difference. –J.]
    You actually sort of apologized when it turned out that some of those tools where actually useful.
    I understand from this note that Extended now is clearly geared towards photographers as well.
    [No, it isn’t. Again, Extended contains functionality that can be used in photographic ways, but that’s because in the course of developing features for other reasons, we found photographic applications for them.
    Ultimately we’d like to leverage both 3D and image stacks to deliver explicitly photographic features (as opposed to sort of creative, indirect hacks), and at that point I’d expect to put the features into both PS & PS Extended. –J.]
    What is the distinction between the two then? Who, as a team, are you aiming Extended at, as opposed to plain vanilla Photoshop?

  • A. Dias — 2:41 PM on November 02, 2008

    I am not sure that a CS3/CS4 upgrade is a no-brainer for a photographer, especially if one is already using Lr2.1. Lightroom is on par with ACR5 and the occasional trip to Photoshop may not need all the other goodies in CS5. Just another photographer’s perspective on CS4.

  • Klaus Nordby — 4:16 PM on November 02, 2008

    “No more jagged pixels at various zoom levels.”
    Uh-uh. So far, I’ve not yet found out if PS displays whole, uninterpreted pixels at the crucial integer values of 200%, 300%, 400%, etc. It would be dreadful indeed if these integer-steps had soft, blurred pixel values! Could you, John or Bryan, enlighten us here?

  • Craig Lewis — 4:38 PM on November 02, 2008

    Thanks, John. The changes are wonderful and welcome. For me, though, as a landscape photographer, there’s one huge disappointment: no change in Photoshop’s dreadful handling of HDR images.

  • Kerry Garrison — 7:19 PM on November 02, 2008

    The speed improvements in Bridge are so dramatic this should be listed as a feature by itself.

  • Jerry Harris — 7:58 PM on November 02, 2008

    PS only applies filtering during display when the scaling is

  • Stephen Best — 9:26 PM on November 02, 2008

    Instead, what you see is what you get at any zoom ratio, from .07% all the way up to 3200% (and everywhere in between).
    I realize the logic path is likely different but there’s a big difference between the display at 25% and at 24.9% or 25.1%, with 25% being significantly crisper. Not what I expected from Adobe’s promotional material and your comments above. Open GL is enabled and the settings are at their defaults. Any thoughts?

  • Ramón G Castañeda — 9:29 PM on November 02, 2008

    Thank you for this list. It’s very helpful.
    I’m still waiting for the trial version. Yes, I know it takes a few months. :-)
    [Should only be about two more weeks, max. (I know the delay is a drag.) –J.]

  • Martin Bartly — 11:19 PM on November 02, 2008

    Thanks! But does it do seam carving? I heard that was going to be in CS4.
    [Yep: Seam carving = “Content-Aware Scaling.” We thought the latter term, if not perfect, was at least more descriptive (and more precise than just “Smart Scaling”). –J.]

  • Jerry Harris — 6:27 AM on November 03, 2008

    My reply was clipped for some reason. When there is not a 1:1 match from the cache (pyramid of scaled images) to the screen, filtering has to applied. Previously, PS would just snap to the closest pyramid level and point sample. The result of which are jaggies as well as dropout of fine details as the scale factor is reduced. When GPU rendering is enabled, CS4 applies bilinear filtering via the gpu when there is not a 1:1 match and the scale is less than 100%.
    PS has always snapped to most of these “crisp” zoom factors (i.e. 100, 50, 25, 12.5, etc), when the zoom in or out commands are executed.
    At some point in the future, both Apple and MS might impose resolution independence upon all the applications which might make it even tougher to achieve that 1:1 match. Both 10.5, and Vista provide such functionality, but currently the behavior is not enabled as a default.

  • Pat Bloomfield — 7:56 AM on November 03, 2008

    This is a great list of useful improvements for CS4. I’m still using CS2 but this sounds fantastic and well worth the upgrade.

  • David Terry — 8:02 AM on November 03, 2008

    So far… NOT liking the GPU enhancement on my laptop.
    Enabling hardware acceleration causes the painting cursor to all but disappear at any size larger than 200px. Turning it off causes other problems.
    [How does turning it off cause problems? –J.]
    CS4 doesn’t in any way appear to be faster (I probably have a slow built-in GPU so it’s really not doing me any good). Things like clone and heal are actually more troublesome than they were before.
    [You know you can turn off the overlay if you want to, right? –J.]
    The adjustments panel has added to my workflow, slowing me down rather than speeding me up.
    [How so? –J.]
    I’d like to just turn the thing off and work the way I’m used to (maybe I need to check out some training material to understand if this is possible). I wouldn’t mind being able to turn it on when *I* want it. I just don’t want it showing up on its own.
    Overall performance of CS4 appears to be WORSE than CS3 (scripts for resizing and adding a watermark and border are taking much longer than they did in CS3).
    [That’s not what we’re seeing internally when running benchmarks. Maybe someone from the QE performance team can follow up with you to determine what’s up. –J.]
    It looks like CS4 has a lot of new features to offer. Performance may be the price to pay. But I do wish I could turn off the GPU thing because it just doesn’t seem like having to buy a new laptop is the right answer when CS3 (and prior versions) worked perfectly fine on it.
    (and yes, I’ve updated my video driver, which actually made things worse)

  • JACK LARSON — 10:20 AM on November 03, 2008

    One of the best lists of CS4 improvements (brief and clear). I almost never used Bridge until now; what a nice bunch of changes.

  • Dror Eyal — 11:37 AM on November 03, 2008

    A quick question, how is the optimization different from CS3 or CS2 or even photoshop 7?
    [Sorry, what kind of optimization do you have in mind? –J.]

  • Ken — 11:39 AM on November 03, 2008

    Where’s the Adobe Photographers Suite? A Lightroom, Acrobat, CSx combo would be really nice…

  • Stephen Best — 12:34 PM on November 03, 2008

    Jerry Harris:
    When GPU rendering is enabled, CS4 applies bilinear filtering via the gpu when there is not a 1:1 match and the scale is less than 100%.
    This doesn’t explain why the rendering changes dramatically when moving from 64.8% to 60.28% (the resolution of my scroll wheel). Clearly Adobe had an expectancy that it was supposed to work so maybe a fix is on the way (either to my ATI HD 3870 driver or Photoshop).

  • Zach V — 2:52 PM on November 03, 2008

    Jack, 2 things that didn’t get added that I was really looking forward to:
    1) The processing presets from Lightroom should be in Bridge. It seems crazy for me to fork out $300 for basically that one feature that PS/Bridge doesn’t have. I know I can copy and paste develop settings, but it is NOT user or speed friendly. I imagine LR is for the photogs that need to process but don’t want to invest in PS because they’re not going to go crazy with the editing. But for those like me that like to do a bit of editing, I’m penalized for getting the “bigger” package. Please add it in an update!!!
    [It shouldn’t be hard for someone to export the LR settings so that they can be used in ACR. We just don’t happen to ship the same ones in the box. –J.]
    2) Why can’t I maximize the Raw editor?!?!?!
    [You can: just hit F for Full Screen mode. That’s been there for a while (CS3 or earlier). –J.]
    You rock.
    Thanks,
    ~Zach

  • Eric — 10:37 PM on November 03, 2008

    I’m liking Bridge and Photoshop CS4 so much that I’m using Lightroom (and Aperture) less and less. Yes, I’ve used both Lightroom at work and Aperture at home. Neither program gives me what Photoshop does with Bridge CS4.
    I remember editing my film next to Cliff Schiappa, the AP Bureau Photo Chief in Kansas City at a Chiefs game. I noticed I’d shot a lot more film than he had, and when I pointed that out he said, “If I shoot it, I have to edit it.”
    I like to live by those words. Digital encourages people to overshoot, they need these programs to help them get their heads around massive numbers of photos.
    If I shoot it, I have to edit it. I need to remember that when I shoot. Still, when I’m on the road to Colombia, Brazil, Africa or India I shoot about 16 gigs of photos a day. The perfect situation for Lightroom on the laptop.
    But when I sit down to put together a group of photos for a book, every single photo is touched by Photoshop. So I guess I’m going to continue to use both Lightroom and Photoshop!
    And I still plan to use Aperture at home because of the way it integrates with OS X. Mostly for books and calendars. But it’s nothing not without Photoshop and Bridge CS4.

  • eSeM — 10:25 AM on November 04, 2008

    Liking CS4 so far, Took a bit of getting use to the new UI but all is well

  • joseph — 7:23 PM on November 05, 2008

    Is there any ‘help’ for ACR? I’m not ‘getting’ the overlays for the heal/clone brush.

  • Scott Graham — 2:38 AM on November 06, 2008

    Surely PS, and CS4 in general, did not ship without any useful HELP. Surely not.
    The help on the web is sort of novel, but hardly useful (slow, and even slower if you don’t have web access).
    The “How to…” at the bottom of the help pulldown is VERY limited.
    So where is the help? Yes, I am downloading the “printable” version, and for Bridge at least (small test download) it seems pretty helpful as a manual, which is great.
    But where is “Help”?
    am I doing something wrong? I feel like an idiot here.
    HELP

  • Jeff Huehn — 4:11 PM on November 08, 2008

    How about the broken print dialog for Canon large format printers and the serious reduction in the number of files that can be open simultaneously?
    [There’s no reduction in the number of files that can be opened simultaneously. Due to the way graphics cards work, there’s a limitation (based on your card & display characteristics) on how many can be opened at once with the new GPU features enabled. That’s not a step backwards (i.e. you’re losing nothing that used to exist); it’s a limitation in the size of step forward.
    As for the Canon printer issue, I’m not aware of any problems, but I’ve pinged the team for more info. –J.]
    That’s all there in CS4 as well. Bridge CS4 is vastly improved (worth the $200 upgrade by itself IMO) but despite all the neat, new features, Photoshop CS4, for me, is a big step backwards. Makes me wish Bridge was a stand alone program that could be updated independently. I’d love to have Bridge CS4 running with Photoshop CS3.

  • Jeff Huehn — 10:50 AM on November 09, 2008

    John,
    Thanks for replying but there is an issue with the number of simultaneous open files in CS4 and it’s independent of whether the OpenGL is turned on or not.
    I routinely used CS3 as a light box to open 100-120 files at the same time to do final selection, cropping and run a batch action to send different versions of the file to different places (a tiny JPEG for copyright submission, a 400×600 JPEG sharpened for the web and a full size JPEG sharpened for print for the client, and the original uncropped TIFF). With CS4 I can’t get more than 30-35 files to open without Photoshop crashing and when I submitted the problem to Adobe Support I was told “I understand that when you have thirty to forty files open in Photoshop CS4 the program crashes. Photoshop was not designed to handle these large numbers of files being open at once. If you would like to see this functionality added or improved in a future version or update please fill out and submit our product request form.”
    It happens whether I have the Enable OpenGL Drawing checked or not and on the few (and I mean few) occasions that I have been able to get more than 50 files open PS still won’t open more than 50 windows, anything beyond 50 files start opening as tabs in the 50th window.
    I have lost something that used to exist in CS3 that, quite honestly, I would really like to have back.
    The Canon printer issue is that when “Photoshop manages colors” is selected in the CS4 Print dialog box it forces the Canon/Apple driver to Colorsync which uses whatever profile is selected in the Colorsync utility effectively double profiling the print. CS3 also forced a selection in the Canon/Apple driver but it forced “No Correction” which is what you want if PS is doing the translation from working space to printer profile. Fortunately the Canon plug-in works but it’s not nearly as convenient as using the PS print dialog.
    Thanks for the ear and the Blog. It’s fantastic to get a little insight into the development at Adobe.
    Jeff Huehn

  • Phil Brown — 4:45 AM on November 10, 2008

    Jeff – not withstanding that Bridge might be a better solution as a lightbox than PS (the new Bridge is much faster), I just opened about 250 jpegs (over a gigabit network from a RAID 5 NAS device if it matters) into PS CS4 Extended (64bit under Vista 64) without any problems. They’re only small (about 1MP equiv.)
    Also I have a heap of windows open – seem to be able ot display them in a variety of manners.
    So if that’s not working for you, I’d submit another bug report ’cause it seems fine here.

  • Herbert Heim — 12:24 AM on November 17, 2008

    Hello to all. That CS4 is announced as THE update for photographers. What is with us designers? CS3 was announced as the update for Leopard. It took several months for Adobe to get all the major bugs out of the software. It was then not bugfree, but it ran so far so good for spending nearly 1000 Euros for an Update. Now 3 months later the bugs wich was left in CS3 (especially Indesign) are still there (and will be left there). If I’d would like to have this bugs fixed, I have to spend another 1000 Euros for the Update to CS4. 2000 Euros for Adobe Software within a few Months – fine. I’m a freelancer ….
    At the moment I’m totally disappointed. Indesign and Acrobat crashes several times a day and makes my working days much longer. Giving my customers an extra Adobe charge in due of 10% of invoice amount would be a solution !?!
    Im working with Mac and Adobe since 1992, but this is the worst time I’ve ever had.
    Sorry for this black thread …
    Herbert

  • Mark Rutherford — 4:34 PM on December 20, 2008

    Hi John,
    Mark from sfdig here.
    I’ve got a bug when working with two displays under Open GL.
    The correct display profile is only referenced on the primary display.
    With Open GL turned off, both displays present properly.
    I’m running a NVIDIA GeForce 8600M, which is listed as compatible with Open GL on the Adobe site.
    Anyone else seen this?

  • Michael Hendry — 4:09 AM on January 07, 2009

    Hi John,
    Michael at a photography studio in Scotland here. I’ve got a brand new quad core pc running XP pro. 4gb ram, OpenGL graphics card (Geforce 9800GTX), and a bare WD Raptor as a scratch disk. and have used CS4 for a few weeks now. I’ve been working on a montage document with about 15 layers. It’s not huge, about 130 Mb, yet while selecting a layer and trying to move, or scale it, I get a delay of around four seconds before anything happens, during which time, I can’t do ANYTHING. I’ve checked the performance in Task Manager, and noticed that only one processor core is doing all the work. How can this be?! In the end, I gave up, went back to my three year old machine that runs CS2 and had no problem finishing the job. I’ve checked the performance in other programs, and the spread between processor cores is much more evenly spread, even in Bridge (although Bridge has a [different] dominant core too). Yet Photoshop uses only one core for these intensive tasks! What’s going on, has anyone else had any problems like this?
    Thanks, Michael
    [Michael, let me see what I can find out about this. –J.]

  • Howard Jenkins — 7:03 AM on January 14, 2009

    I just acquired PS CS4, and have what is no doubt a stupid question. When I open a second image file, it opens directly over the first, which disappears. If I close the second file, the first reappears; How can I view both images on the same screen ?

  • David — 8:46 PM on January 28, 2009

    Hi John,
    I am trying to figure out which edition of CS4 to use – standard or Extended. The key decision point (I think) is going to be the ability to edit 32-bit (HDR) images.
    I saw in another topic that Adobe’s assumption was that photographers would merge multiple images, then convert to 16-bit, but I want to edit in 32-bits to preserve the detail as long as possible before tone mapping down to 16-bit for printing, etc.
    Do I need PSCS4 standard or PSCS4 Extended?
    Many thanks, …David
    [To do painting/layering in 32-bit, you’ll need PS Extended. –HTH, J.]

  • boudoir photographer essex — 1:06 PM on February 24, 2009

    Excellent posts – was putting off getting the software. Now I have some really good reasons to get it ASAP. Thanks

  • Joetta Hartan — 10:36 PM on April 03, 2009

    photoshop, hi,I had recieved cs3 design suite a year ago with Photoshop extended. I have yet to master cs3, now cs4 has come out. Right now, I am trying to concentrate on all aspects of photoshop cs3 extended, but not really attemping video as yet. At first, cs4 sounded as a must have, especially since cs3 isn’t handled by tech support no longer since the upgrade and cs3 free tutorials have been removed. I have tried the trial download, however it wouldn’t open, and after reading all the frustration of advanced professionals, I am wondering that maybe I should steer clear. I wouldn’t be interested in anything other that photoshop and possibly illustrator, but right now a Photoshop upgrade. I have not able to advanced in photoshop at the rate I was hoping since there is so much to learn and its mainly practice thats needed and really the last thing I need is add’l frustration, I already have many compuyer issues, what would you suggest. I am still determined and not giving up. thanks, Joetta

  • Joetta Hartan — 10:37 PM on April 03, 2009

    photoshop, hi,I had recieved cs3 design suite a year ago with Photoshop extended. I have yet to master cs3, now cs4 has come out. Right now, I am trying to concentrate on all aspects of photoshop cs3 extended, but not really attemping video as yet. At first, cs4 sounded as a must have, especially since cs3 isn’t handled by tech support no longer since the upgrade and cs3 free tutorials have been removed. I have tried the trial download, however it wouldn’t open, and after reading all the frustration of advanced professionals, I am wondering that maybe I should steer clear. I wouldn’t be interested in anything other that photoshop and possibly illustrator, but right now a Photoshop upgrade. I have not able to advanced in photoshop at the rate I was hoping since there is so much to learn and its mainly practice thats needed and really the last thing I need is add’l frustration, I already have many compuyer issues, what would you suggest. I am still determined and not giving up. thanks, Joetta

  • Ankit — 4:31 AM on April 07, 2009

    I think, what David cited is pretty much the same problem, which i just faced. Working on about 74 layer document, i figured exactly the same slow rendering problem.
    Though i use a core-2 duo, with 2gb of RAM, the symptoms were nearly same, with only single processor utilization and that too went upto 85% while working !
    The problem needs to be reckoned.

  • elizabeth ortiz — 4:56 AM on April 30, 2009

    when i had to re-program my computer I put everything on a exterior hard drive. I had the acrobat cs4 and photoshop running on my computer but now it is lost. how do I get it back, is there a formula I have to use? There is no way i can afford I can afford to buy it. I share my computer with my son his email is hogsoey or hogssoey@yahoo.com (not sure of spelling of hogssoey). vincent ortiz is what the program is under.

  • Carlo Emanuele Boeri Bona — 3:58 PM on May 04, 2009

    Can I upgrade an Italian photoshop CS3 with an American english CS4?

  • Debbie Brinkley — 5:24 PM on May 05, 2009

    I have an old version of Photoshop 7 of my daughter’s. It works fine on Vista 32 bit. Will it work on Vista 64 bit. My husband is buying me a new computer. Can someone help or give me some valuable info. If it won’t, then what is the least I need to buy for my Vista 64bit. I use a digital camera, and absolutely love editing pictures and have even done some professionally. I loved Photoshop 7, it was easy to use and made great pictures. I have tried to find away to contact Adobe about Photoshop and Vista 64 and can NOT find an email address to do so.
    Thank you,
    debbie

  • loriza — 10:15 PM on June 09, 2009

    can i have the full version of adobe photoshop cs4 for free,cause this is our business that’s why i need it.
    [Wow. You wouldn’t be the same brainiac who wrote this, would you? (Via Torben Brams) –J.]

  • Joey's Photography — 5:30 AM on June 12, 2009

    Thanks for info, this post plus all the questions and answers has make my mind up to upgrade to CS4!!

  • Lee Klopfer — 12:17 PM on June 13, 2009

    Can I get a free copy too? Oh crap, I already paid for it. Often wonder how many people swipe my images with no idea what goes into them and that I actually try and make $ from them.
    Love your blog. Don’t know where you find some of that crazy stuff.
    Lee

  • Eric — 10:35 PM on June 13, 2009

    Give it to one thief, and then every thief is going to want it for free. You could put thieves out of business!

  • Wedding Photographer Essex — 2:50 AM on July 30, 2009

    Awesome blog post, so many questions about CS4 I had and all of them with great answers, thanks.

  • Denver Photographer Dave Z. — 6:39 PM on August 22, 2009

    This is an excellent summary and VERY helpful. I purchased CS4 months ago and have yet to get my hands around it. This points me in the right direction. -dz

  • Norfolk Wedding Photographers — 4:20 PM on October 26, 2009

    Excellent review which has helped me to decide that I do need to upgrade toCS4 just to get proper support for multiple monitors – Please keep up the excellent blog
    Tim

  • Norfolk Wedding Photographers — 2:06 PM on November 02, 2009

    Really useful information on differences in CS4 – Thanks

  • Ian — 12:06 PM on February 07, 2010

    Thank you very much for this post, I now know I must upgrade.

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