Question by X: What are the major differences between Photoshop 7 and Photoshop CS4?
I’m going to make a shit fromm working with version 7 to CS4. But before I do, I wish that someone could inform me on the major differences between the two different versions. And also I wish that someone could also tell me the pros and cons of using CS4. So really I’m asking two questions.
Answer by nthkl
The same core tool set is there with vast optimizations and efficiencies allocated to each tool. But beyond the core basics, there aren’t many new tools. Also, the latest version of the Adobe suite has been created for the latest 8-core macs and 64 bit OS environments (64bit Windows too). Unless you have the latest tower, upgrading may not be the best idea. It could chug.
Adobe integrated 3D, but it’s a 2 Dimensional version of 3D. Not true 3D like Maya, C4D, 3DSMAX, Houdini, zBrush, MudBox, etc. Also, the performance of the 3D option is tremendously slow, and I’m on the latest 8-core 2.25 with an nvidia gtx 285 and the apps running from a solid state drive with a spare cache drive installed.
Regarding the improvements to the toolsets, take the rubber stamp tool for instance. The core function is similar but now there is a live stamp preview of what you are about to clone, without a click. You can also hold shift or control to align the stamp perfectly to assure the clone is precise. This is a tremendous help when creating textures. It is estimating and masking a preview before you execute the clone method.
Also, the workflow between flash and after effects has been improved since Macromedia was bought out by Adobe. The Flash team has integrated import and blend mode features from After Effects into Flash, so importing a PSD into Flash is nearly as easy to do as importing a PSD into After Effects. Though, it’s a bit clunky and could use some help.
Other apps have been integrated into Photoshop such as Imageready and it’s splicing options and animation options. So there is no need to launch an additional app when saving for web.
The updates since V7 have been geared towards optimizing your workflow, mostly items that alpha and beta users have been complaining about for years. Before spending the cash, try the free trial version at http://www.adobe.com/downloads/ I’d say the jump from Version 5.5 to 7 was a big upgrade, but the CS line still feels similar to 7 if you ask me.
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