Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Mac is one of the most popular and innovative graphic editing programs ever developed. It’s constantly being updated, and always has the newest tools and technology for you to use in your creative work, whether your area of interest is photography, marketing, web design or pure art. Even if you’re not a professional and just more of a hobbyist, you’ll still enjoy the features that Adobe Photoshop offers in picture editing, enhancement and creation.
The installation of CS5 is quick and painless. Once it finishes uploading, you can start creating right away! The interface looks very professional and is full of great options, but it can be quite hard to figure out what does what straight away. In fact, if it’s your first time with Photoshop, don’t shy away from going through the tutorial and help guide. If you purchased the software in a box version, it comes with a printed version of instructions, which might be convenient for some, but if you downloaded it from Adobe’s website, you definitely want to follow the tutorials included in the program - or the ones available online and made by Photoshop users.
Photography editing and retouch is CS5’s primary order of business. The features available offer basically limitless possibilities for creative minds. Apart from the standard brightness/color/contrast adjustments and the default filters, you can enrich your tools with endless user-made plug-ins (brushes, filters, shapes etc.) available on the web, as well as make use of many different shading and lighting libraries.
When it comes to artistic design, you can e.g. upload a scanned or photographed hand-drawn picture to add inking, shading and color to it, or you can work from scratch with a pen tablet. With its 64-bit support, you are given exceptionally fast performance, as well as GPU-features. Even Adobe Photoshop’s printing options come with the best of quality, which means your work will look as good on paper, as it does digitally.
It’s highly recommend to purchase the expansion packs for Adobe Photoshop to go along with the program, such as Adobe Lightroom. The only downside to this program would be the price: CS5 is going to cost you $699 for the basic version, and $999 for the extended one.