Adobe Photoshop CS5

Adobe Photoshop CS5

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  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 software redefines digital imaging with a focus on photography; breakthrough capabilities for superior image selections, image retouching, and realistic painting; and a wide range of enhancements.
  • Create and refine images using state-of-the-art photography tools that deliver superior results with unprecedented ease and in fewer steps than ever before.
  • Explore new creative possibilities with breakthrough tools that enable you to select, adjust, paint, and recompose images with tremendous precision and freedom.
  • Accelerate your workflow with fast performance on 64-bit hardware systems, smoother interactions thanks to GPU acceleration, and dozens of time-savers throughout the application.
  • Easily manage media with more flexible batch renaming, and access your assets in the context of what you're working on by using the customizable Adobe Mini Bridge panel in Photoshop.


  1. Questor968 says


    Photoshop CS5 is Adobe’s anchor program for photographers of all levels. I started using Photoshop about 10 years ago as a hobby on a PC and began intensively using it about 2 years ago in version CS2. I now use a MacBook Pro (using Snow Leopard OS) with 4GB SDRAM and a Nvida GeForce 8600M GT which handles the program (a memory intensive program) with good speed–although I intend to add more memory shortly to maximize the program-computer utility. This new upgrade is more sensitive to input on my MacPro than the predecessor version and much faster in execution whether keyboard, mouse, or stylus pen on my Wacom Intuos2 tablet (the newer version is Intuos4). As another reviewer stated, the most usable new feature of this version is the Content-Aware filter which removes unwanted artifacts or objects with precision and ease. This feature is available as fill, spot-healing, or scaling. Another feature which has caught my attention is the addition of a new set of “artists” brushes which make the program usable for painting specificity, if that is your need (I use in retouching photographs!). There are a few other new features but this version to me concentrates on making what was there “better!” The program comes with another attached program named Adobe Bridge (as do all of the programs in Adobe’s suites). Bridge is fabulous for file and photo-organization as well as initial adjustment of exposure and texture for your photos. I would recommend that if you are a beginner to take a subscription with […] where you can learn with videos by Ben Long, Chris Orwig, Jan Kabili, Deke McCelland, and James Williamson, all experts in the photo-artistic-web fields. Best of luck.

  2. Rating

    Just the capability to use the “content-aware” fill is worth the upgrade. Photoshop has done it again.

  3. Gary M. Steele says


    Adobe does graphics like no one else…CS5 has not only made Photoshop more useful than ever, but easier to use as well. Lucky me that I switched from a Mac to a PC and had to get a new copy!

  4. Rating

    Great program worth 5 stars, but just a shame that Adobe don’t do a more reasonable price deal for non-professionals such as myself. I bought it via a friend in the US, as significantly cheaper than in the UK, (yet another gripe so I gave it only 3 stars). I already use lightroom 2.7 (which I think is great for photographers), and would have been much happier to see more of the Photoshop features incorporated in Lightroom.

  5. Robert Stout says


    If you’re familiar photo shop, CS5 is a little different from its predecessors. Mostly due to the ease of importing things like brushes through the program itself instead of having to manually install them. Many new features that are tucked away will surprise you. You may want to get a book to better equip yourself with this program.

    If your new to Adobe CS, you really need to build your PC around the program, not the other way around. Use a Quadro FX / Intel based system and the program will run like gang busters. DO NOT use a gaming card. This program was specifically engineered to use the Quadro FX cards.

    Windows 7 64-bit i5/760 based systems allow the program to open up its potential and multi-thread as intended. It takes about 3-4 seconds for it to start up on my current system. No lag, no stuttering, but then I did build a whole new system specifically for this program.

    I bought a legit copy for photography usage. Yes its pricey but for what I will be using it for, I need legitimate (licensed) software.

    Also, Intuos Pen Tablets work perfect with CS5. When building or buying a system, make no compromises. Buy the hardware that runs the programs you’re wanting to use.

    My system specs:

    EVGA P55 Classified 200 Mother Board (be warned, these use the good gold CPU sockets, cheaper boards do not)

    15 760 CPU

    Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler with Arctic Silver 5

    8 gigs of G-skill Ripsaw memory (2x 4 gig sticks) Graphics card reserves 3.6 gigs, so go overkill with your memory.

    PNY Quadro FX 1800 graphics card with 768 MB of memory (this is all you need for CS5) The newer graphic FX cards are designed to run Auto CAD and 3D Studio Max.

    2x Western Digital 150 GB Raptor hard drives striped in RAID 0. (I have backup of course)

    Corsair 800D Full Tower Case (Best case I have owned)

    Corsair 1000 watt modular power supply (Max usage is 150 watts under load, this is great for the PS)

    Intuos 4 Pen Tablet

    Windows 7 64-bit

    Now here is the meat. When the room temp is 78f, with CS5 running and when its working, rarely do any of the 4 cores go above 35c!! I tried CS 4 on a Pentium 940D running a Windows XP 32-bit and it did not work well. I was also using a Gforce 9800 GTX card which didn’t help much.

    Make positively sure your system is designed for graphics when using this program.

  6. P. McWhorter says


    This is the clear choice for professionals. At the same time, for the enthusiasts, it has features that you can not find in other programs. Yes, it is expensive, but as an enthusiast, I find it worth the money. There are features in it I will never use, but the ones I do use I now can not live without.

  7. Rating

    All I have to say is paired with Lightroom 3 Adobe Photoshop CS5 is the undisputed king of the hill. I figured after about 4 years learning the ropes using Elements 5.0 it was time to take it to the next level. The transition from elements to CS was painless one, having nearly mastered Adobe entry level editor I felt right at home with CS5. Now monsterous 30 layered projects are handled with such great ease I one can only smile with delight:). Yes its expensive, but giving whats at your command its easily worth the cash.

  8. Rating

    I am new to Photoshop and it is a whole new learning curve for me, but this is a very powerful tool for photographers and I love all the features and am anxious to see all that it can do for me. Great support is in place and lots of information available for areas of the program that may not be clear to the user.

  9. Vicky Welsby says


    As I was unsure whether I wanted to spend so much money on CS5, I’ve recently downloaded a trial version of it from the Adobe website. Will I be converting to the full version once the trial is up – ABSOLUTELY! I was using Corel prior to this, but I find Photoshop so much easier and much more user friendly. Editing photos is as easy as ABC. The brush, eraser and clone tools are all great tools to use to correct those little inperfections – no longer will my auntie have the drainpipe coming out of the top of her head! I also find the crop tool is great for adjusting your composition if you find it wasn’t quite right after all. There are several filter options, all of which can be applied at the click of your mouse and you can convert your photos to black and white or sepia with ease as well.

    It works in layers (which, for some reason, I never quite mastered in Corel) which, although you see the effects of your editing immediately on screen, don’t alter your original photo until you actually save it. Working in layers also means that you can go back to your original at any time by clicking on the icon to remove the effect of that particular layer. What this does is show the original photo without deleting your alterations. Simply click the icon again and your layer returns. CS5 also has the capability to save documents as JPEG, which I believe its predecessors didn’t, and it also works well with RAW files.

    There’s also great support from Adobe should you need it. Simply click the help button and it takes you to Adobes website where there’s a collection of video tutorials to show you how to do various things in CS5. I have to say, I’ve found this feature amazingly helpful while I’ve been learning to use CS5.

    Granted, Photoshop is a lot more expensive that its competetors, but it’s a much better programme and, for me, is worth paying the extra money.