Playing with Photoshop on a Friday night

I spent Friday night playing with the new Photoshop CS5 because the trial was released that afternoon
and this application is the place where I spend the most time.

I love Photoshop, even though I wish the interface would evolve more.
In fact, I wrote about this very topic four years ago and I’m surprised that most of my wishes are coming true… with the iPhone OS.

First impressions?

  • Photoshop seems snappier all around. Must be the 64-bit support or something.
  • Upgraded painting tools make me long for a pressure sensitive tablet.
  • The new selection tools are pretty dang nifty. In fact, the new Content-Aware fill is how I made yesterday’s photo of the tractor more palatable. (view before & after – is it a perfect job? No. But it was FUN to do! Also related: my thoughts on altering photos.)
  • Lens Correction now can utilize EXIF data and automatically suggest adjustments for specific lenses.
  • Not many of the features I’d have liked to seen were added, but the new tools and speed improvements are very welcome.

What’s new in Photoshop
Download trial versions of the Creative Suite