First Look: Inside Photoshop CS3

First Look: Inside Photoshop CS3

Filters with Brains (continued)

 

Better blending. If you've ever used the blending modes for layers, you're familiar with the degree of creativity that's possible when you combine images using these modes to produce effects that could never be achieved with any number of layer masks or alpha channels. The Smart Filters feature implements a longtime “secret” trick known to savvy Photoshoppers: allowing blend modes to be used for filtering operations. In order to access this hidden capability, press the Control key while clicking a specific filter in the filter stack, and you can see what happens, for example, when Gaussian Blur is applied to a layer in Color Dodge mode, a striking effect.

 

Any of the blending modes can be applied to the currently active layer, and you'll find both stunning (and frightening) results, depending on the combinations.

Even though Smart Filters might seem like the bee's knees, there are some limitations that might annoy advanced users. Regardless of the number of filters applied to a single layer, only one layer mask can be applied to the filter stack, hampering the common practice of applying different amounts of filtering to multiple regions of an image. That's yet another item to add to our wish list for Photoshop CS4.

 

 

 

 

Gaussian Blur filter with Color Dodge blend mode delivers glowing results.

 

 

BONUS TIP: Smarter Smart Filters

If you've been frustrated by not being able use the Shadow/Highlight tool in a nondestructive Adjustment Layer, you'll be totally stoked to find that in CS3, it can be applied to a layer as a Smart Filter.

 

Next: It's All Black & White

 

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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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climbonrock

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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