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aliciasuggs
01-17-2006, 12:24 AM
Yes I am am getting into visual effects and i need to to buy Adobe Photoshop. But it seems alot of people do not like the CS2 version but rather use CS which would you recommend?

Whipyo
01-17-2006, 02:52 AM
I would definitely recommend CS2 over CS1.

They are both pretty similar but CS2 has quite a few extra features like:

Timesaving file handling with Adobe Bridge

Simplify file handling with Adobe Bridge, the next-generation File Browser, where you can process multiple camera raw images at once; resize, rate, and label thumbnails; quickly review images in Slideshow mode; search metadata; and more.

Multitasking

Take advantage of compact floating mode in Adobe Bridge to process images while simultaneously working in Photoshop CS2 or other CS2 applications.

Viewing options

Easily browse your Adobe Creative Suite and other graphics files in Adobe Bridge; present your images with features like Slideshow and Filmstrip mode; scale thumbnails to any size using a slider; and view and edit metadata.

Automated batch processing

Automatically process batches of images in Adobe Bridge to rename, convert format, adjust exposure, create a web gallery or Adobe PDF Presentation, and more.

Rating and labeling

Quickly rate and label photos in Adobe Bridge so you can instantly bring up your best shots.

Sophisticated search

Easily find any image using sophisticated search capabilities in Adobe Bridge that let you specify a variety of parameters. Save searches as Collections that you can recall anytime.

32-bit High Dynamic Range (HDR) support

Create and edit 32-bit images, and combine multiple exposures into a single, 32-bit image with expanded range—from the deepest shadows to the brightest highlights.

Shadow/Highlight correction

Quickly improve the contrast of over- or underexposed areas of an image, including CMYK images, while preserving the overall balance of the photo.

Revolutionary Vanishing Point

Achieve amazing results in a fraction of the time with the groundbreaking Vanishing Point, which lets you clone, paint, and paste elements that automatically match the perspective of the surrounding image area.

Image Warp

Easily create packaging mock-ups or other dimensional effects by wrapping an image around any shape or stretching, curling, and bending an image using Image Warp.

Spot Healing Brush

Effortlessly retouch photos—including 16-bit images—in a single click with the advanced power of the new Photoshop CS2 Spot Healing Brush.

One-click red-eye correction

Instantly neutralize red eyes with the one-click red-eye correction tool, which supports 16-bit images and lets you set pupil size and darkening level.

Optical lens correction

Easily correct common lens distortions, such as barrel and pincushion, and fix chromatic aberrations and vignetting.

Smart Sharpen

Easily counteract common image blurring with fine correction control based on the specific blur types: motion, lens, and Gaussian.

Camera raw workflow enhancements

Process an entire photo shoot in a fraction of the time by simultaneously adjusting color, curves, cropping, and more—and continue working in Photoshop! With support for a comprehensive range of digital cameras, Photoshop CS2 lets you automatically adjust settings, convert to Digital Negative (DNG) format, and apply nondestructive edits to batches of images.

Advanced noise reduction

Polish digital photos with advanced noise correction in high-ISO shooting plus JPEG artifact reduction.

Special effects filters

Achieve amazing results with more than 95 special effects filters. Easily preview and apply more than one filter at a time from the Filter Gallery.

Web animations

Quickly create dynamic GIF animations—using one or more images—directly within Photoshop CS2 by taking advantage of the new Animations palette and layer palette animation options.





I don't know why anyone would prefer CS1 over CS2.

The only negative I can think of with CS2 is not photoshop related but with Indesign (which is part of Creative Suite 2). We send electronic ads to newspapers and the software which actually sends the data is not compatible (yet) with CS2 Indesign.

Whipyo

Dusan
01-17-2006, 06:01 AM
I like Photoshop CS2 much more than CS. A lot of improvements!
The one I like most are probably Smart Objects. Very useful.

Elsie
01-17-2006, 01:32 PM
The one thing I would die without in CS2 is the way layers are now managed with linking etc and selecting multiple layers. The spot healing brush is wonderful too - one of the better upgrades IMHO.

spmonahan
01-17-2006, 06:23 PM
Originally I didn't much like CS2 because it ran slow on my computer (3GHz HT P4, 1GB ram, scratch disk) at work. Then I got a new computer (3GHz HT P4, 2GB ram, scratch disk) and every thing is just peachy.

If you have a slower computer CS2 may be a bit slow because all those cool features that people mentioned use a lot of computing power.


The only negative I can think of with CS2 is not photoshop related but with Indesign (which is part of Creative Suite 2). We send electronic ads to newspapers and the software which actually sends the data is not compatible (yet) with CS2 Indesign.

Out of curiousity: is it not compatible with Indesign files? Why not just export PDFs and send those?

Whipyo
01-17-2006, 09:33 PM
Out of curiousity: is it not compatible with Indesign files? Why not just export PDFs and send those?

We use software made by a company called quickcut. It enables you to send ads to any newspaper in Australia, New Zealand and Europe directly from quark, indesign and illustrator. Internally it uses a PDF workflow but it uses a database system where you can actually send a single file to multiple newspapers. Here in Australia, it has become the industry standard and is the only way newspapers will accept digital files. They won't accept PDF via email.

At present, the software does not work with CS2 indesign but will soon.

With the CS2 vs CS1 issue, I would also like to ad that being able to have layer groups inside other layer groups is invaluable.

Whipyo

wueste
01-17-2006, 10:10 PM
Yes I am am getting into visual effects and i need to to buy Adobe Photoshop. But it seems alot of people do not like the CS2 version but rather use CS which would you recommend?

Take the 7er Version. Its very cheap and absolutely more than enough for a beginner. Later you can upgrade to Photoshop 10.

cheers

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