- Enjoy unlimited creative options
- Enhance your photography
- Create compelling Web graphics
- Automate repetitive tasks
- Enjoy precise typographic control
- Maintain colour precisely
With each new version of Photoshop Adobe never fails to come up with an awe-inspiring mix of great new features, productivity enhancements and tweaks and treats. Version 7 is no exception.
The major difference between this and earlier versions (for Mac users at least) is that Photoshop 7 is Mac OS X compatible. Other points of interest are a new healing brush that gets rid of facial wrinkles and other surface blemishes with incredible ease, a long-awaited file browser that allows you to view image thumbnails and metadata, enhanced Web features, automatic colour correction and even a spell checker.
One of Photoshop‘s many strengths is the versatility of its tools and this has been stretched to new limits. Filter previews are bigger, the liquify tool has been enhanced, brush parameters have been extended and commonly-used tool settings can be saved as presets. This means you can virtually do away with the toolbox – instead selecting tools with exactly the settings you need from the presets palette.
Image Ready, Photoshop‘s Web-authoring and export module remains a separate, linked application. Creation of rollovers is simpler and a new ‘selected’ rollover state takes some of the repetitive strain out of nav bar production.
New output options include Picture Package, which allows you to print multiple images on a single page, and new templates and security watermarking for web galleries.
All-in-all this is an upgrade guaranteed to keep Photoshop at the cutting-edge of professional image editing.–Ken McMahon