23 September 2008

Adobe CS4 News Today

Adobe is releasing info about it's next CS4 today. I am VERY interested to see what new they are offering. What caught my eye when reading about it was the 64bit support. I now have a Vista 64 bit machine with 6gb of ram. This makes my workflow so quick and I love how seamless I can edit from lightroom to photoshop on it.

From Adobe's site these were the features that got me most excited:
Industry-leading color correction enhanced
Enjoy dramatically enhanced color correction with reengineered Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools that now intelligently preserve color and tone details.

Adjustments panel new
Simplify image adjustment by easily accessing every tool you need to nondestructively adjust and enhance the color and tone of your images; on-image controls and a wide variety of presets are also included in the new live and dynamic Adjustments panel

Masks panel new
Quickly create and edit masks from the new Masks panel. This panel offers all the tools you need to create editable pixel- and vector-based masks, adjust mask density and feathering, easily select noncontiguous objects, and more.

Auto-blending of images enhanced
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.

Auto-alignment of layers enhanced
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.

Extended depth of field enhanced
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.

There is probably more for me to love about it but I'll wait until I can try it out. I think the great thing about the 64 bit support is it's ONLY available to windows users, yeah that's right MAC peeps.....I said windows ONLY....hehehhehe. Love it. Anyway, it's a cool and cloudy day and I wanna go crawl back in to my warm bed instead of going off to work.

I must add NHL 09 for my xbox is awesome. Love playing it and have not had this much fun playing video game hockey in ages. Go OILERS....love that there is a new 3rd jersey design for them this year. I can't wait to see what it looks like.


Hope Walls said...

I'm old school, and mac...

I went to CS3 earlier this year and frankly I'm not really all that impressed with it or CS4 - it seems like a dozen new toys that complicate the already cluttered menu. Most of the processing I do can be done with four or five sticky keys that have been in effect since the days of yore. There's a part of me that wishes I was still on PS 2.0. If they announced they made a 2.0 skin as one of the new trinkets, I'd be all over CS4 lol

And mac doesn't need 64bit support for seamless processing, because, well - it's mac. Pbbt!!!

I'm assuming you're upgrading, R - you'll have to give me an honest opinion on whether it's really worth the investment. I'm not sold.

Randy said...

Every version of photoshop improves on the previous one and adds new features. It's up to the photographer to learn them. New features won't do much for you if you're only used to the four or five sticky keys. It's like anything, if photoshop 2.0 worked great for you then u never have a need for more. However with HDR and new digital techniques the software will evolve and so must the photographer. The old school peeps won't like it for sure but I am all over it. :) If you've tried lightroom 2 you'll realize that change is a GOOD thing.