Adobe CS3 Roadshow: Melbourne

Adobe came to Melbourne today, and a good day it was.

Sure, I already have CS3 on my computer but there is nothing like a roadshow to find out what the really cool features are.

These are the events where the product makers try to woo and wow the audience into buying their product. Today there were a whole lotta woos and wows to be heard.

There was a LOT to find into one day, they showed off pretty much the whole range of apps. Features which stood out the best in Photoshop for me were (I’ll do the other apps over the weekend, there was just so much).

  1. Stackable images – Merging multiple photos into a single file as separate layers with the click of a button
  2. Non-destructive filters – Do what you want to the image and never affect the original, better yet, did you just add a blur but wish you hadn’t made it quite so blurry? Well just open the blur options and modify it. In the past you’d have to go back in your history and run the blur again. This feature is going to save heaps of time.
  3. Auto-align – Got two images of the same scene, but both have a little something wrong with them? Stack’em and use Auto-align then a simple eraser tool will let you remove the elements you don’t like.
  4. Auto-blend – Create a great panorama (like the one above) with by stacking -> auto-aligning and then apply and auto-blend. Sweet.
  5. Quick select tool – does what would take a long time with either the magic wand or using your pen tool to create a path around the object you want to select. Just grab the quick select and draw over all of the areas you want to select and it will automatically select the adjoining areas. This one has to be seen to be believed.
  6. Camera RAW files – They can now be opened directly as Smart Objects by holding down the “Shift” key and clicking open image in the RAW file processing dialogue box.
  7. Zoomify – Export your photos using Zoomify and you can display high-resolusion photos on the web (though a Flash viewer, which is auto created for you).
  8. Measurements – Working with Architectual images and need to know how big an area is? Set your scale then select an area… Photoshop will tell you how big the area is.
  9. 3D images directly in Photoshop AS 3D IMAGES – To be moved around and manipulated on any axis. Get your3D models from your favourite modeling program and put them in a photoshop layout.
  10. Black and white adjustment layer – now lets you work with pure black, not a greyscale creation of CMYK – true black and white images.
  11. Improved brightness and contrast adjustment layer – take a look at it, you’ll see what I mean.
  12. Open Quicktime movie files directly in Photoshop for manipulation – In the past you’d have to save all of your frames out… do frame by frame manipulation, then put them all back together again in your video editor. Now you can do it all in Photoshop.
  13. Clone stamp – You can now set up to 5 sources for your clone stamp. You can also set a source from any other open file!

That’s not a comprehensive list and the other apps have just as exciting features (some even more so), but as I kind of previously panned Photoshop and said it had only one new feature that I could find, I thought I’d best give it a bit more coverage, now I know better.

Oh but the things you can do with Illustrator… and InDesign… and Device Central… and Flash. I think I’m in love with my computer all over again, though it is being replaced in a couple of weeks.

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