In this newest version of Painter, users will see a marked increase in speed along with 40 new Natural-Media brushes, more intuitive brush customization, resizable Colors and Mixer palettes, PNG support, and a ton of other time-saving features.
With the workspace overhaul and speed increase, Bridge CS4 is a real joy to use. The ability to quickly zip through the images on your hard drive is very satisfying, especially for those who have a lot of imagery in their lives. The new Output module is handy for exporting PDFs and Web galleries, but the inability to save your settings as a preset is bone-jarring.
All of the changes in Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Extended CS4 add up to a friendlier, more accessible interface. The changes may take some getting used to, but in the end, you’ll come to appreciate the more streamlined and uncluttered experience.
Photoshop CS3 arrived on the scene in the spring of 2007, so the newly announced CS4 version of Adobe’s image editor can’t contain that many new features, can it? In her first look at Photoshop CS4, Lesa Snider King says there are plenty of notable enhancements and additions in this version.
Users who want to learn image editing and start creating fun projects with their photos will enjoy Photoshop Elements 6. The much-anticipated image-editing program will also appeal to users of the previous version, who will discover a significant number of new features that make upgrading worthwhile.
Adobe has unveiled the latest Mac version of Photoshop Elements. And while Mac users have had to wait a long time for this update, Lesa Snider King discovers in her first look at Version 6 that many of the additions and enhancements are well worth the wait.
If you’re the least bit creative, Painter Essentials 4 could be the most fun you’ve had in front of a computer in years (though you’ll want to spring for a graphics tablet). It’s affordable and the new interface makes it an absolute joy to use.
If you’re an artist, using Painter X is natural and intuitive. For the aspiring artist, Painter is a great way to learn—the digital advantage being that every canvas, brush, and tube of paint is free.
If you long for simplicity in photo editing in an un-bloated piece of software, give LightZone 3.0.6 a try. Its unique visual approach to editing, time-saving Styles, and well-designed help system will aid the learning process.
When it comes to showing off photos, FotoMagico Pro 2.0.1 is a photographer’s dream come true; and it’s packed with enough functionality to impress most presenters.
If you spend serious time in Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign CS2; require precise tool control; and make repetitive trips to the toolbox, menus, or options bar, the customizable and highly configurable NuLooq navigator & tooldial is definitely for you.
If you’re interested in saving time or achieving frustration-free color correction, iCorrect EditLab Pro 5.0 will be a worthy addition to your Photoshop bag of tricks.
Both photographers who need a simple sharpening solution and those who need precise control should give FocalBlade 1.0 a spin. With multiple techniques suitable for almost any image, FocalBlade could quickly become your one-stop answer for image sharpening and blurring.
If you’ve ever wanted to play in the image-editing sandbox, this software is for you. Both powerful and affordable, Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 provides even more bang for your buck than previous versions.
Articles by Lesa Snider