By Michael Burns | on June 02, 2005
Price When Reviewed: 445 . 119 . 705 . 895
Pros: Enhanced image-fixing and special effect tools, Vanishing Point, Smart Sharpen and other new filters, enhanced integration, HDR and Camera RAW support
Cons: More complex workflow in some new filters.
The new version of Photoshop is the best reason to buy Adobe Creative Suite 2, as it has the pick of the best features among the updated packages. If you’re a photographer, you’re in for a treat, but other digital creatives will find something new here too.
There is much greater integration with the rest of the new suite, which you can pick up for twice the price of the standalone product. Links with Illustrator are especially tight this time around. Between the two you can create Smart Objects, which are rich vector objects from Illustrator that remain live and scalable in Photoshop. Edits applied in Illustrator are updated automatically in Photoshop and, like Symbols, you can edit a series of linked copies of Smart Objects by working on only one.