The Wait Is Over

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There are some issues that Adobe didn't address with this update. For example, you still can't edit keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop, the program lacks a good red-eye reduction filter similar to the one in Photoshop Elements, and it has no resizable previews in filter dialog boxes (or in the Variations window). Photoshop's effects filters remain unchanged and static, despite the introduction of equivalent dynamic filters in Adobe After Effects several years ago. (As a result, a growing number of motion designers use After Effects for their still-image work.)

But in the end, most of these are quibbles for the hard-core Photoshop geek. For most users, Photoshop 7.0 offers enough new features--OS X support; the rewritten paint engine, with its innovative Healing brush and "natural media" feel; the integrated File Browser feature and new workspace tools; AppleScript support; and small but important Web-productivity enhancements--to make upgrading more than worthwhile.

This article appears in full in the April 2002 issue of Macworld. DEKE McCLELLAND is the author of the award-winning Macworld Photoshop Bible (Hungry Minds, 2000). He is also host of the 12-part video series Total Training for Adobe Photoshop (Total Training, 1999). KELLY LUNSFORD is a Macworld associate editor, and she teaches Web design at the University of California at Berkeley.

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