New details emerge as the release of Photoshop CS3 draws near

adobe.jpegFor graphic designers, like myself, the ONE thing that has kept us from getting Intel based Macs (besides cost, of course) is the fact that Adobe’s Creative Suite is not yet Intel native.

Well, that’s going to be changing soon because we’ll be seeing Creative Suite 3 in the second quarter of 2007 (March or April is the current rumored release date)
 Think Secret has some interesting details about the CS3 version of Photoshop that has this blogger EXTREMELY excited:

Photoshop CS3′s interface is said to closely resemble the look and feel of Adobe After Effects 7, with easy palette organization and brightness adjustment for the overall interface itself. Palettes can be moved, minimized, customized or collapsed down to a single icon with ease; even that familiar two-column toolbar can be converted into a narrower single column bar, if desired.

Another new feature substantially improving both workflow and raw performance is Live Filters, which effectively brings the dynamic editing features of Layer Styles to Filters. The pixel radius of a Gaussian Blur, for example, can be adjusted long after it has been applied with just a single mouse click. Sources report substantial performance improvements to the filters themselves, as well, and have speculated that Photoshop may now be tapping the GPU of the video card to help the CPU crunch filters.

With regard to non-destructive editing improvements, sources report that layers can now be saved as smart objects that the new editable filters can now be applied to.

With version CS3, Adobe seems to have improved on virtually every application Photoshop is employed to handle. Sources say that 3D objects can not only be imported now, but their textures can easily modified, as well. Video support has also been improved with Photoshop CS3, allowing a film strip to be imported and saved as a PSD file with markers that Adobe Premiere and After Effects can read. In addition, a new Analysis menu includes a number of measurement tools sure to please engineers and 3D artists, while the new built-in Device Library contains listings for virtually every phone and smart device in existence, allowing users to preview how their creations will appear on the screens of such products.

It has also been reported that this latest version of CS is faster and more responsive than ever.  We’ll be watching this closely as we get closer to release.

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