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Top 10 Favorite New Features in Photoshop CS

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Adobe Photoshop offers more non-destructive ways of working than any other photo editor, and Adobe is always adding enhancements to help get the job done faster and with less frustration. The latest version, Photoshop CS (or Photoshop 8, if you prefer), offers improvements for everyone, but photographers will benefit most from this upgrade. Here are my picks for the top ten new features in Photoshop CS. Click the headings below to learn more about each feature.

1. File Browser Improvements in Photoshop CS

The Photoshop CS File Browser is much more useful than previous versions. Take a look at many of the improvements including quick access to automated tools, bigger thumbnails, more flexible viewing, and metadata editing.

2. Photomerge Feature in Photoshop CS

Previously introduced in Photoshop Elements, the Photomerge features has been brought over to Photoshop CS and enhanced to accomodate much larger images. Photomerge automatically arranges and seamlessly combines multiple images to create a panorama.

3. Custom Keyboard Shortcuts in Photoshop CS

Photoshop users can now create custom keyboard shortcuts, add new keyboard shortcuts, save and share shortcut sets, and print a reference chart of their shortcut keys. Learn all about this new feature introduced in Photoshop CS.

4. The New Filter Gallery in Photoshop CS

Photoshop CS has a new addition under the filter menu--the Filter Gallery. Not only does the filter gallery give you a more visual way of selecting effects filters, it lets you stack multiple filter effects and apply them in one step.

5. Keep Track of Editing History in Photoshop CS

The new History Log in Photoshop CS can help you remember how to repeat a technique, record time-tracking information for client work, create a legal record, and is also useful for training purposes. Disabled by default, learn how you can take advantage of this new feature.

6. Text on a Path or in a Shape in Photoshop CS

Finally, Photoshop users can put type on a path or into a shape. Learn how to use this new feature of the type tool in Photoshop CS.

7. Live Histogram Palette in Photoshop CS

In previous versions of Photoshop, you could open the histogram in a dialog box, but you couldn't keep the histogram on-screen to see how the graph changed as you made edits, except in the levels dialog. Now in Photoshop CS, we have a live histogram that updates in real time as we make edits to our images.

8. Customize Picture Package Layouts More Easily in Photoshop CS

In previous versions of Photoshop, you had to go through a somewhat non-intuitive process if you wanted to customize the default layouts in the picture package feature. Fortunately, Photoshop CS now offers a dialog box for visually editing and creating new picture package layouts. I'll walk you through using this feature to create a layout for 3 4x6 prints on a page.

9. New Ways to Share Your Photos in Photoshop CS

Photoshop CS has several new ways photographers can share their photos both for professional feedback, or among friends and family. Learn about the PDF Presentation, Web Photo Gallery, and Online Services features in Photoshop CS.

10. New Scrubber Controls in Photoshop CS

Photoshop CS has a new type of user interface control called "scrubbers" which are easily missed because they are not obvious. If you tend to use the mouse more than the keyboard, you're going to love these--now you can enter numbers without ever taking your hand off the mouse.

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