Huge assortment of new tools including Content Aware Fill and Puppet Warp.
Content Aware Fill can't handle crowded backgrounds; non-upgrade version is very expensive.
After 9.5 versions of Photoshop (Windows wasn’t supported until
) it’s easy to become jaded about Adobe’s stalwart photo editor. Fortunately, Photoshop CS5 gives us something to get worked up about all over again.
Packing more than 250 new features, Photoshop CS5 is an amazing upgrade capable of performing a wide range of tasks we’ve never seen before, while simultaneously simplifying the trademark tasks we’ve come to know and love.
Case in point: the Content Aware Fill tool, a hybrid between the Clone Stamp tool and the Patch tool, that allows users to selectively remove any part of an image and replace it with a suitable, blendable background. Using a newly developed algorithm that can stitch together multiple parts of a surrounding background image, Adobe has developed a groundbreaking tool that can make objects in an image seemingly disappear into thin air. When it works, it’s truly a sight to behold.
Content Aware Fill, a new addition to the Spot Healing Brush, can quickly and easily remove parts of a photo and replace those parts with a blendable background.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work all the time. Complex or layered backgrounds tend to generate some iffy results, but these minor miscalculations can usually be tended to with a little touch-up work with the Clone Stamp tool.
Additional new features include an updated brush system offering more customizable options, including brush shape alterations and brush tip options—a major plus for graphic designers. Puppet Warp, a new addition to Adobe’s transformation toolbox, consolidates a ton of transformation tools into a workable, grid-based interface that allows you to place points (or strings, if you will) of articulation anywhere on an image and drag and pull along those predefined points. You can even add points of articulation to an image of a person or animal and move its limbs realistically, as long as you’ve isolated the subject onto its own layer.
Responding to complaints about CS4’s subpar high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities, Adobe has revamped its HDR features with a new system known simply as HDR Pro. HDR Pro can hastily compile and create impressive HDR renders using multiple images, in conjunction with a refined set of Vibrance, Exposure, and Detail settings for added depth and color. On the simpler side, CS5 offers a new feature known as HDR Toning, which allows the user to create a realistic-looking HDR composite out of a single image by tinkering with some new color-treatment settings.