First Look: Inside Photoshop CS3

First Look: Inside Photoshop CS3

Photoshop interface image

Photoshop's interface has been updated, but the biggest improvements are under the hood and nestling in tool palettes.

 

The people on the product team for Photoshop haven't been getting much sleep. We can only imagine how much Red Bull and coffee they consumed in the process of taking Photoshop CS2 to CS3, which Adobe released as a downloadable public beta back in December. The biggest cause for celebration - at least for creatives who bought new Macs in the last year or so - is that Photoshop CS3 runs natively on Intel-based Macs. And, of course, it won't come as a surprise to anyone if, once Photoshop CS3 ships, Apple sees a spike in sales of Mac Pros and MacBook Pros.

 

Whether or not you've downloaded and started working with the CS3 beta, there are likely some features you haven't had the time to try - or simply didn't know existed. To help you merge into the fast track, we offer a guided tour of CS3's most compelling new features: how they work, what they're good for, and in some cases, why we wish Adobe had taken them just a little further. We give you what you need to put CS3 through a more rigorous battery of tests, so you can decide if you want to step up for keeps - or not.

 

Next: The Face of Photoshop

 

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bilogic

I agree with both camp on the subject of breaking pages. May be a extra option to chose between long or short pages would please both sides..

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rmyslewski

The main reason that we run multi-page articles when the pages are image-heavy is to ease the page-load times for those poor folks who are not yet on broadband. We purposely use fairly large images to make sure that our articles are well-illustrated, but we don't want to strangle slow dial-up connections. Hey, if you're on broadband, what's a few extra insta-clicks between friends..?

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If I am on a slow connection I would rather wait for 2-3 long page loads than 15 medium-long page loads. It is much less frustrating to wait 2 minutes 2-3 times than to wait 30 seconds, read, click, wait 30, read, click, wait 30, click.....you get my point.

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Anonymous

it's not about giving you the best reading/user experience. This is about ads paying the bills. It's not about quick loading times either. There's a business side to all this creativity as well. Revenue. You wankers, stop wining about the ads between the free review or go somewhere else where you can pay to get the same information without the advertisement interruptions. To all others - keep up the creative work in this hard business world ;-) Cheers. M.

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Anonymous

Seriously? If you really cared about dial-up users as your excuse for short annoying pages, then would you really have all those ads.. those ads are probably 3 - 4 times as large as your article pages..

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Realist

Hey, anonymous, get real. If there are no ads, there would be no web site -- and then where would you complain?

In any case, back to the main reason for these comments: The really good Photoshop story. Does anyone know when we'll be able to get our hands on the final version? What it'll cost? If we can just buy Photoshop without having to buy everything else?

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S. Mahrer

Yes, you can buy Photoshop as an individual package! The upgrade from earlier versions is around $200. It's supposed to be available in April.

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Jack B Nimble

Brekaing up an article over 15 pages was really annoying, especially since they were short pages. It would have been nice to have 2 or 3 pages.

Good review though. It will be nice to see what else CS3 has in store.

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Jim Stone

David, your peek under the hood is well-timed and VERY appreciated! Test-driving the CS3 beta didn't really get me going, but now I am actually excited about upgrading. Can you do a follow-up on Illustrator, please?

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Carl Hudson

Wow. Thank you for a well written article with a lot of coverage of what's new in Photoshop CS3. Adobe (& the old macromedia ppl) have been very busy making this a significant upgrade. I personally am looking forward to seeing how much of this translates into the new Adobe Dreamweaver CS3. C'mon Adobe, make your announcements! :)

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MediaRoots

Looks like you covered pretty much everything! Good job, not covered the stuff about photoshop extended though, go video!

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eri

re "C'mon Adobe, make your announcements!"
well they have, sorta. CS3 announcements were made on the 22nd March but it was in a whisper room at webDU. Sorry, can't share they made everyone in a jam packed room sign NDAs. Think the official announcements are due tomorrow.

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