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Adobe Photoshop CS2 - has anyone tried it yet?
« on: May 25, 2005, 05:05:52 PM »
Just wondering whether it's worth checking out bearing in mind I don't use RAW. The vector stuff looks good, but are there any other good features for a photographer?
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2005, 02:46:55 AM »
I have, and so far it seems faster than its predecessor, as well as having some useful tools, my favourite has to be the Spot Healing Brush which is excellent for quickly removing minor blemishes like dust spots etc.

Another useful item is Adobe Bridge, if for nothing else it enables you to edit the Exif info en masse for items such as copyright etc., although why it can't be done in the camera easily I don't know (another thing for KM to sort in a future firmware update hopefully).

Check out the videos HERE for more insight into the new stuff

As for not using RAW, do all your pics come out perfect then?  :D
There's so much more flexibility to be had using RAW.
For RAW editing RawShooter Essentials is hard to beat (better than all the others IMHO).

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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2005, 02:47:45 PM »
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As for not using RAW, do all your pics come out perfect then?


I don't use raw... because I can't. I don't actually use the dynax 7 digital as I could not afford one. It was all set to be bought to go with all my lenses and accessories, then for one reason or another I had to give up on the big outlay and have had to sell all minolta stuff. I use a digital point and shoot at the moment that's why I can't use raw  :D
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2005, 08:25:02 PM »
ah, that would explain it, hope you can get one ASAP then  :D

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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2005, 09:03:44 PM »
won't be for a while yet, but maybe i'll wait for the pro-slr that's due early in 2006!!!
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2005, 12:42:10 PM »
Other good feature: High Dynamic Range, or HDR.

So you can take 10 exposures for a particular image and combine them to produce one 'good' image, if you will. I've seen recent examples of people getting great photographs from a 10 stop range.
There are other programs out there which supposedly work better, but I doubt those will prove to be too popular, since most people prefer to work with one sole program.

A couple of interesting links, if anyone's interested:
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/hdr.shtml

http://www.hdrsoft.com/images/cs2/comparison.html
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2005, 01:56:52 PM »
that Photomatix Tone Mapping looks a bit good too! quite impressed with the results of that by the examples shown
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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2005, 02:04:35 PM »
yeaaa but those examples wont be that easy to emulate.

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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2005, 03:00:10 PM »
true, but it still looks good.... not that i'll ever probably want to use it. good to see what's possible though
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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2005, 03:23:09 AM »
After having used CS2 regularly for a while now, I can say this much:

It's about half as fast as CS. Still runs all right on my machine, but it's ridiculously slow if you plan to run it on an older machine. I have an AMD 64-bit 2800+ with a gig of RAM, and that makes it tolerable. I tried running it on a P4 1.8 /w 512 MB RAM ...ugh. Painful.
The RAM really helps more than anything else, I think. In fact, I purchased another 512 MB just after installing CS2 and there's been a significant difference after doing so.

A quote from their "New Features -At a Glance" pdf:

"Photoshop CS2 features memory management enhancement that breaks through the 2 GB RAM barrier. Now, devote up to approximately 3.5 Gigabytes of RAM to every Photoshop CS2 session."

Is it just me, or is that another way of saying, "Hello. Our application is a RAM hog. Buy more RAM, idiots!".

The new features are excellent, in my opinion.
Adobe Bridge is also kind of slow, but very helpful. The Batch renaming utility is very useful, since you now have the option of copying files to another folder and renaming them, rather than just renaming and moving or just renaming.

High Dynamic Range is another nice feature. I've found it more useful on landscape and interior shots than on, say, product shots. You do have to tweak it here and there to get the contrast you want, the auto settings always seem to suck somewhat.

The reduce noise feature is also quite good. It's not as good as Neat Image or Noise Ninja (so I hear, I haven't tried either of them), but it serves its purpose. I've always found it odd that Photoshop has had a filter all this while for adding noise with no filter or plug-in to remove it. I've never understood "Dust and Scratches", nor ever seen a good example of its use. High time they came up with it, if you ask me.

Incidentally, the Photomatix HDR was better than CS2s HDR. I downloaded the trial version. It's really good. Try it even if you don't have Photoshop.

I haven't experimented with red eye reduction (supposed to be better and now has a tool dedicated to it), but once I do, I'll post here with samples.

Smart sharpen pretty much sucks. USM is still the way to go as far as I'm concerned.

The new spot healing brush tool is quite useful for smaller irritants on photographs. Removing smaller CCD dust patches is easier. I mostly still use the patch tool for CCD dust, however. Just a personal preference.
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