By Vlatko Juric-Kokic
You've simply got to love the Internet. I watched the worldwide CS5 launch on the Adobe website. Yes, it was basically a 45-minute long advertisement for Creative Suite (I wonder whether the presenters were all instructed to wear black), but it did show what Adobe considers pertinent new features of the programs. Of course, Photoshop is what should interest photographers the most.
Yeah, the content-aware fill is in Photoshop. You can erase awkward things from your photos. And the warp puppet is in, so you can adjust the pose of your models in post-processing. It was interesting to note that they presented the features in the part of the presentation for "designers." Adobe has either intentionally closed their eyes to the implications for photography or they really didn't think about them.
Speaking about photographic features, there's better HDR creation with quite a nifty ghosting removal. You know, when stuff moves between one exposure and another. Now you can—apparently easily—remove ghosts of moving tree branches or something similar. They also added faux-HDR creation from a single exposure without the need to develop the photo twice, and they added some HDR presets.
They added a more elaborate noise removal and vignetting control in Adobe Camera Raw, as well as an ability to add grain to the photos directly in ACR. Inside Photoshop itself, Lens Correction filter gets a database of cameras and lenses, as well as an ability to upload your own lens profiles online for others to use. (The filter features both distortion and chromatic aberration corrections.)
Finally, mini-Bridge might prove to be the most welcome workflow addition. It seems you don't need to run Bridge and Photoshop concurrently anymore, because the mini-Bridge works as a panel inside Photoshop and you can see RAW photos without switching between the programs.
You can find out more at Adobe.
All in all, it looks like a worthy upgrade. I can't wait to get my hands on it.
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Featured Comment by Dave Polaschek: "One thing that hasn't gotten much play yet about content-aware-fill is that it is a great tool for removing dust, hair, water spots, etc. from scanned negatives / photos. Much quicker for me than the healing brush ever was, and cool enough that I bought a tablet to use with it.
"Disclaimer: I'm part of the Photoshop team. I didn't work on that feature, but have had some time to play with it, and am convinced that it's finally time to go back and re-scan all those old family photographs since I can actually get them cleaned up for printing this time around."