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07.28.07         photography  

Initial Photoshop CS3 Review


I like to spend at least an hour each morning sharpening the saw, usually either on Photoshop or Dreamweaver. I have been using Photoshop CS3 for about a week now and have two contradicting thoughts about it:

1. Photoshop is getting so thick that a non-photoshopper wouldn’t be able to learn the program’s full capabilities before the next version was available. I can’t see how anyone who hasn’t used photoshop for a few years can appreciate the things it can do, especially some of the new things. In this sense, Adobe maybe making a product too powerful. It has taken me years to learn how to understand how to manipulate layers. The conceptual part of Photoshop is still very, very deep and I have much to learn.

2. Some of the new tools are incredible. I have been particularly impressed with the new quick selection tool. Having used it recently on the mattress project, I had the urge to send Adobe a check for $100 just because this tool is so sweet. Photoshop’s tools are getting easier to use.

Finally, I realized that unless I had spent the last 8 years using the other awkward selection tools, I couldn’t appreciate the goodness of something better.

Life is like that….I think sometimes we go through really crappy things in order to learn to appreciate the good things. If bad things didn’t happen to us, we couldn’t be grateful for the good.
This is my new hero....the Photoshop Quick Selection tool....its incredible!

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