$599; Educational price $299.
Licensed users of any previous version of Photoshop can upgrade for $149. Adobe Photoshop CS2 is also available as part of Adobe Creative Suite 2.
Adobe Photoshop continues to reign supreme as the image editor of choice for professionals and serious amateurs. Photoshop CS 2 gains several new image editing features and adds a version of Adobe Bridge, CS2’s new file browser and management system. It’s a robust upgrade, and a worthy purchase for users whose needs go beyond what Photoshop Elements can supply.
The most impressive new feature of Photoshop CS2 is Vanishing Point. Found under the Filters menu, Vanishing Point lets you paint, clone or paste image elements that automatically match the perspective of the surrounding area. By mapping a grid on the perspective you want to match, then drawing or editing on that grid, you can make a building taller, extend the line of a wall or use the Clone tool to remove distracting elements, all while maintaining perfect perspective. It takes a little practice to get the hang of it, but the results are amazing.
Tip: For a quick orientation to this and other new features, take a look at Adobe’s web-based QuickTime videos they’re accessible through Photoshop’s Welcome Screen (What’s New In Photoshop > See it in Action (video clips) or at http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/newfeatures.html
Photoshop CS 2 adds Image Warp, which lets you wrap an image around a shape, one click Red Eye correction and a Spot Healing brush. The new Smart Objects command (chosen in the Paste dialog box) lets you resize, rotate and warp raster and vector graphics without losing detail or introducing “jaggies.” For photographers working in Camera Raw format, CS2 speeds image processing by allowing you to batch process multiple Camera Raw images in Adobe Bridge. CS2 also features advanced noise correction, to reduce JPEG artifacts.
Like all of the components of the CS 2 suite (Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, GoLive CS2, InDesign CS2, Acrobat 7 and Bridge) Photoshop CS 2 runs natively on PowerPC processors and uses Apple’s built-in Rosetta emulation system on the new Intel-powered Macs. Adobe has stated that they are moving Macintosh software development to Apple’s XCode, which will enable them to create Universal versions (compatible with both PowerPCs and Intel Macs) of upcoming versions of their applications. Currently shipping applications will not be rewritten as Universal versions. Learn more about Adobe support for Intel Macs at http://www.adobe.com/products/pdfs/intelmacsupport.pdf.
Adobe Photoshop CS2
Adobe Photoshop CS2 includes Adobe Photoshop CS2 software, Adobe ImageReady software, Adobe Reader software, Adobe Bridge software, royalty-free stock photographs, sample Actions, sample art files and printed user guide.
Requires PowerPC G3, G4 or G5 processor, OS X 10.2.8 through 10.4 (10.3.4 through 10.4 recommended), 320MB of RAM (384MB recommended), 750MB of available hard-disk space, 1,024x768 monitor resolution with 16-bit video card, CD-ROM drive. Internet or phone connection required for product activation.