Important updates to Photoshop CS5

Adobe have today released two updates:

  1. An update to Bridge (bugfixes)
  2. Camera Raw 6.1 – now includes built in lens distortion correction, a bug fix for Mac users and better interface performance for both platforms.

If you have Photoshop CS5 installed then close Bridge, open Photoshop and select the menu item: Help:Updates…

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2TB drive for £76+vat

Clients running a little low on internal storage space may want to consider an offer thats good for this weekend only at scan.co.uk.

This eco disk costs that less than 0.00005 pence per megabyte (my first 32mb hard disk cost £150 some £4.68/mb which is 93,000x more expensive!).

It is only a 5,400rpm drive rather than the faster 7,200rpm type but for holding large collections of images it will be fine.

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Download available: Default Photoshop CS5 settings action

Because Adobe need to please as many people as possible Photoshop doesn’t come setup with the best defaults for working on large photographic images.

After many years of working with Photoshop I have honed down a series of settings that make using Photoshop quicker and more accurate.

Normally I do this work on client machines and leave them with a archival copy to ensure they can reset their system if they need to such as when reinstalling Photoshop etc.

I have now produced a generic version of this action for free download to help the community. It is available from the Downloads section

Naturally my paying clients actions are better tied into their machines/workflow but I do hope this action will make a good starting point for you.

Stephen

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New functionality for CliveNichols.com

I integrated a full searchable image database on http://www.clivenichols.com/ some years ago now but just this week I was asked to add the feature of a screen resolution popout when mousing over thumbnails.
Javascript is outside my remit but I was very pleased to introduce Edward Leigh of Excogitate (http://excogitate.co.uk/)  to Clive and and help him to add the function.

You can see the results here: http://www.clivenichols.com/cgi-bin/stephen_johnson/database/imageFolio.cgi?&bool=or&search=48k

Edward and I have a small network of specialists who can help out on various projects and allow us to take on larger consultancies whilst providing backup for each other.

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contact update

Most clients know to phone me first on my landline number but as from now you can also contact me on my mobile if you wish. Having been told off for not using my mobile when in the office I’m now switched on all day.
I’m on a pretty comprehensive tarrif so don’t be shy to ask for a callback
The number is 07776 448621

Stephen Johnson
Copyrightimage Ltd
Tel 01263 825277
Mob 07776 448621
http://www.copyrightimage.com/

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Photoshop CS5 part 2

1. Workplace layouts are crisper and less liable to move about than in CS4, selecting a preset or custom made workspace layout switches the workspace instantly – unlike CS4 that took ages.

2. Working in CS5 is definitely snappier than in CS4 on the same setup, things seem a little more solid. Having said that there are a few none critical bugs to do with selecting images to copy then paste over other images, sometimes when this is attempted it doesn’t work (or pastes another image from earlier working and not the last one selected and copied). This is the kind of bugette that is removed by a 0.1 release within a few months.

3. CS5 now supports the IPTC extension standard which are extra metadata fields for things like model/property releases. Not too sure if Getty or anyone else support metadata in these new fields yet but I would imagine they could in the future (and simplify their upload process which is very tedious).
You can read more about the metadata extensions here:

 http://iptc.cms.apa.at/cms/site/index.html?channel=CH0099

Stephen

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Photoshop CS5 part 2

1. Workplace layouts are crisper and less liable to move about than in CS4, selecting a preset or custom made workspace layout switches the workspace instantly – unlike CS4 that took ages.

2. Working in CS5 is definitely snappier than in CS4 on the same setup, things seem a little more solid. Having said that there are a few none critical bugs to do with selecting images to copy then paste over other images, sometimes when this is attempted it doesn’t work (or pastes another image from earlier working and not the last one selected and copied). This is the kind of bugette that is removed by a 0.1 release within a few months.

3. CS5 now supports the IPTC extension standard which are extra metadata fields for things like model/property releases. Not too sure if Getty or anyone else support metadata in these new fields yet but I would imagine they could in the future (and simplify their upload process which is very tedious).
You can read more about the metadata extensions here:

http://iptc.cms.apa.at/cms/site/index.html?channel=CH0099

Stephen

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Photoshop CS5 initial impresions with release code

Installed and running today here are some initial thoughts on CS5

1. content aware fill works great on low res images but needs more effort to work on high res images

2. Speed of opening images / moving around images seems improved, this is not what usually happens with a new Photoshop release so very pleasantly surprised.

3. Resizing and brush softness controls with Wacom tablets has been subtly altered so that the same shortcut key changes size when the pen is moved left/right and softness changes with up/down pen movement. An improvement in some regards but will take getting used too as arching the pen away from these axis stops the change.

4. Zooming using keyboard shortcuts and either the mouse or Wacom tablet has changed dramatically. Instead of a bounding box to define the area to be enlarged the image zooms in dynamically by mouse or pen movement. It has the potential to be quicker/more flexible than the older method but it will take some getting used too! Update: This new way of zooming is called “scrubby zoom” If you dont want to use it then you can go back to the older method by pressing Z for zoom and unchecking the Scrubby Zoom box.

Not had too much time to play with Bridge yet but sad to report that Adobe still don’t allow the appending of text to existing unique descriptions when applying metadata to images. This is a little sad as Adobe have done the code for Lightroom which has the capability…

Overall though I’m intrigued by the new release.

I suspect many more subtle changes will surface with further play / real work, will update any facts relevant to the Photoshop retouching methods I promote for Photographic use.

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More on Photoshop CS5

I have just ordered an update to my Adobe design standard suite (CS4) to CS5.

I noticed that the receipt given at the end mentions an availability date of 30th April, not too clear if this is a shipping date or a delivery date.

As in the past I will be up to speed on the new Photoshop within a week or two and will be ready to support it amongst my clients. I will also continue to support fully the last 2 releases (CS3 and CS4).

I can of course offer advice and guidance on CS2 and earlier to clients but will not be running these systems myself.

The stage is set for Apple to refresh the MacPro line of workstations which are currently looking a little long in the tooth, I know lots of people waiting for 64bit Photoshop CS5 to use with a new 6 or 12 core 64 bit Mac.

There is no love lost between Adobe and Apple at the moment however and I wouldnt put it past Apple to cut off their noses and not play along with the game, its been a while since Apple needed Adobe to sell their kit and make a profit, Apple have lots of money from consumers at the moment and thats where they are focusing their attention.
Stephen

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