The hills are alive with the sound of Photoshop…

The Internet is abuzz with the details of the soon to be released Adobe Photoshop CS3. Coming right on the heels of Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CS3 is supposed to offer even more to photographers than previous versions. Some of the big new features, besides offering support for the not yet widely accepted Windows Vista, are:

Black and White conversion.
More RAW support
Enhanced 32-bit high dynamic range (HDR) support
Performance enhancements to Adobe Bridge
Smart Filters and improved selection tools
New UI

Quite frankly it sounds pretty exciting and impressive. I haven’t had a chance to see any Beta versions since you need a current version in order to download it, but the new specs and features have my curiosity piqued. The main thing that’s kept me out of the Photoshop arena is the price. I need to sell a lot more pictures before I can justify the price of such big league software. However, with a change in cameras it might be time for a change in software.

The Adobe site is showing it as a pre-order, but I would expect that within the next day or so there will be a trial version to download. I am definitely going to give it a try and see what all the big kids are working with.

For more on the new version go to:

http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/photoshop/

And speaking of new Adobe products I have just downloaded, but not yet installed the new Lightroom. I always find it amusing when a well established company releases a 1.0 product. I’ve been reading in all the usual places that this is the “Photoshop Killer”. Kind of an amusing take on things since Adobe makes both. But, I’m wondering if Lightroom is my stepping stone to the full fledged Photoshop.

Lightroom seems to offer a lot of the same editing tools as Photoshop, but in a much more streamlined UI. Color balance, saturation, etc are the staple functions of this version rather than the 10,000 tricks Photoshop can pull off.

With this one-two punch from Adobe, my Corel Paint Shop Pro is seeming rather anemic in features. Now, don’t get me wrong, Paint Shop has done right by me and I have no thoughts of just kicking that app to the curb. However, these new tools have hypnotized me and beckon me to try them out.

Stay tuned for me to either be jumping for joy, or frothing at the mouth… :)

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