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Photoshop 7 or CS2?
Dan at 7:51PM, Dec. 21, 2005
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I just wanted to know whether if Adobe Photoshop CS2 was better than 7.

I looked in a couple (2) Reviews and their ratings were pretty high on Photoshop CS2. But I didn't bother reading reviews for Version 7.

And even if CS2 was better than 7, is it worth paying every dollars for it, or does it make a little difference between CS2 and 7? Because I really doubt that a cost over $500 isn't really affordable for a 13-year-old student with absolutely no money at all of his own (Heh, I used to, but I blew them all on Half-Life 2, which I never play anymore. But I don't want to be reminded of paying 80 bucks CND for it.) And even if I ask my parents for it… I really don't think it'll be worth it, even if my parents are likely to get me one.

And if CS2's features are complicated, how much difference are there between it and Version 7? Because I'm getting pretty near to getting used to what Version 7 has.

First person to answer this with useful information gets a pie- just kidding. Thanks in advance.
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skoolmunkee at 5:30AM, Dec. 22, 2005
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Unless you are a professional digital artist, you will generally find no difference between CS2 and PS 7. There may be some differences as far as menus and things, but for most amateur users the two programs do exactly the same things.
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ccs1989 at 7:44PM, Dec. 23, 2005
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CS is more polished. I've grown to like it a lot more. But 7 was a really good program when I was using it. I actually still have it installed just in case.
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mykill at 10:13PM, Dec. 23, 2005
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If you can afford CS2 then cool. Otherwise don't stress it. I have cs1 and it's nicely integrated with other adobe apps, but nothing revolutionary.

Now, hard question - what kind of computer are you using? If you do not have a late model computer maxed out with ram - stick to photoshop 7 even if you have the money for cs2. The latest software has more features - and demands more resources. If you computer isn't up to snuff - your artwork will suffer using the new software.

A computer that is too slow is a reason for shaky pixellated looking lines in photoshop - and this is more likely to happen with cs2 than photoshop 7. What happens is the processor and ram cannot keep up with your drawing hand - so the software “fakes it” and guesses where your hand went. - the result can be very pixellated looking.

If you want to see if I'm right - open a new image and set the resolution impossibly high - and try to draw quicky in the file. CS2 will give you this result with a smaller resolution. I have both photoshop 7 and CS. I use 7 to draw my comics.
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Anonymous at 6:04AM, Dec. 24, 2005
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Well, my computer specs are Intel Pantium 4, Windows XP Home Edition (But I think my dad changed it to Professional.), ATI Radeon 9200 128MB, and 512MB PC-2700 333Mhz DDR. (Reading it off from the label on the Processor.

Well, since you mention about its requirements on CS, I think I'll stick with 7.
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Ian Jay at 7:30AM, Dec. 24, 2005
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Yeah. I have Photoshop 7 on my machine. So far I can't think of anything that CS could do that I can't already do with 7.

…Does this mean I'm getting… old?!?

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mykill at 9:17AM, Dec. 24, 2005
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The goodies in photoshop cs and cs2 are primarily important for production artists and photo retouchers. If you are one of those 2 things, Photoshop CS is something you'll appreciate.

Those pc hardware specs seem pretty decent, photoshop cs should be fine.
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Anonymous at 5:26AM, Dec. 25, 2005
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The goodies in photoshop cs and cs2 are primarily important for production artists and photo retouchers. If you are one of those 2 things, Photoshop CS is something you'll appreciate.

Those pc hardware specs seem pretty decent, photoshop cs should be fine.
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AlmightyNam at 9:36AM, Dec. 25, 2005
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And just remember, No matter how expensive something is, you can get it off of Ebay for 1/10 of it.
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ozoneocean at 11:33AM, Jan. 4, 2006
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yeah, the differences are pretty gimicky. I think the real reason for new versions of PS is just to make Adobe a pile of extra cash when people feel moved to upgrade…

Save your money and stick with version 7.
 
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Hawk at 12:58PM, Jan. 4, 2006
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7 marked a big step up in interface and usability. If you were looking at Photoshop 6 I'd say don't take it. But there's been only minor changes between 7 and CS2.
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ozoneocean at 1:20PM, Jan. 4, 2006
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Hey, that's right actually! I started with 4 and even the change to 4.5 was pretty big. All the way up to 7, all the changes were fairly signifigant…
I remember now.

But these CS versions are just 7+tweaks and gimicks. I remember how they made that bandaid thing such a huge selling feature :lol:
-yeah, it's moderately useful if you're a really lazy, inept bastard… I'm ashamed every time I use it :oops:
 
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Enef at 1:20PM, Jan. 4, 2006
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i have 7 on one computer and CS2 on another and i notice no difference, it doesn't make that much difference for artwork, but for making sigs etc i can tell.
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marine at 8:23PM, Jan. 8, 2006
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skoolmunkee at 12:00AM, Jan. 9, 2006
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7 marked a big step up in interface and usability. If you were looking at Photoshop 6 I'd say don't take it. But there's been only minor changes between 7 and CS2.

I would disagree with the 7 being an upgrade in usability from 6. I find 7 much harder to use than 6 was (or even 5.5) because of the brush system. It's much more annoying to change brush qualities and size in 7 than it was in 6 - using the arrow keys to make the same brush bigger or smaller while you were using it was one of my favorite features in 6, but the only way to change brush size in 7 is to go up into the brush palette and click on things. Also, 7 seems to have a problem (on my computer anyway) remembering my pressure sensitivity settings. Every 3rd or 4th time I use it, it stops being pressure-sensitive and I have to go into things and reset them. It's really annoying, I wish I had 6 back. :(
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ozoneocean at 3:04AM, Jan. 9, 2006
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I had the same trouble with the preasure setting being forgotten…
I can't really remember how I solved it.
I think I ended up just making custom brushes with all the features that I wanted, so instead of adjusting properties like I would in 6, I just change brush entirely.
that trouble is fixed up a bit with CS, but it's still better to have custom brushes as well.

Another thing I remember having trouble with that affected my brushes and tablet settings was the Wacom software: They release their stupid updates every year, claiming they work with this and that model… Well it turns out that they don't work that well with all the models, no matter what they say, (I should have known better, I know :roll:) .
My Intuos worked best with the older software.
 
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CORY at 9:46AM, Jan. 9, 2006
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I use CS over CS2 primarily for the single reason of being able to Ctrl+Click/Alt+Ctrl+Click whatever layers I need to to select them.

If I didn't have my ctrl+clicks, I'd implode. Implode with flameballs. Of fire. And Flame.
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