This is the first of a series of reviews that will cover what is contained in the Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) Master Collection. When Adobe released CS4 fall 2008, they not only released single version products, but also six separate suites of products. They are Design Premium, Design Standard, Web Premium, Web Standard, Production Premium, and Master Collection. You can go online to compare what is contained in each version. The goal of this series it to define what each product does and provide information on what the new version brings to the table.
What do you need to run Adobe Photoshop CS4? On Windows you need an 1.8GHz or faster processor, Windows XP SP2 or Vista; on Mac, a PowerPC® G5 or multi-core Intel processor, Mac OS X v10.4.11 – 10.5.4 (Leopard), 512 MB RAM, 1,024x768 display (1,280x800 recommended) with a 16-bit video card, 2GB hard drive space, and DVD-ROM drive.
Just like with the previous version of Photoshop, this latest version also comes in two editions: the standard version of Photoshop, and Photoshop CS4 Extended edition. The extended version is targeted to professionals in film and television, manufacturing, architecture, engineering, medicine, and science.
Photoshop CS4 is the graphics editor that is developed and published by Adobe Systems, the market leader for commercial bitmap and image manipulation. It was originally developed by Thomas Knoll, and later with the help of his brother John Knoll, it was first introduced in 1990. Photoshop CS4 is version 11.
Photoshop CS4 is a raster graphics editor. That is it is an editor that allows users to paint and edit pictures on a computer screen and save them in one of many popular raster file formats such as JPEG, PNG, GIF, and TIFF. The other popular image editing format is a vector format. Adobe Illustrator is a vector image editor.
So what is new with Photoshop CS4?
• Adjustments Panel – will save time when you are making non-destructive adjustments. The Adjustments panel eliminates the need to navigate through a dialog box maze of menus and it presents everything in one place. The Adjustments panel puts everything right at hand. It even contains the new Vibrance adjustment control that will give you greater control over your color saturation while still preserving your delicate tones. The panel also allows for modifiable preset for each type of change, including more than 20 preconfigured customizable starting points.