Adobe announces Creative Suite 4

Adobe has announced Creative Suite 4 on September 23!

New features in Photoshop CS4 of interest to photographers include:

Completely revamped interface
The Photoshop interface has had a major overhaul this time. Palettes has been replaced by tabs and panels, which you can group as you like. The GUI is accelerated by modern GPUs in a number of ways, and non-destructive adjustments now has its own panel. Flash-based panels are possible, among the included examples are the Kuler application for color harmonies. Image zooms at odd intervals, such as 66,6% and 33,3% are now sharper and less ‘pixelized’.

Photoshop CS4 interface

Photoshop CS4 interface

Content Aware Scaling
You can now scale an image, and intelligent code will ‘invent’ new data for enlargement or remove data intelligently for reductions, without altering important elements of your photo.

Camera RAW 5.0
Camera RAW 5.0 has many improvements. Of most importance are the new and improved color profiles for all cameras. It is now possible to choose color profiles that closely match that of your camera vendors, such as Canons ‘picture styles’. Adobes own color profiles has been updated to give more accurate and pleasing color. Local corrections are now possible via brushes or gradient masks, and most of the image editing options of Lightroom has now made its way into ACR.

Non destructive masking
PSCS4 has a new Mask panel for non-destructive masking. You can control feathering and density, and use the Refine Edge technology of CS3, all non-destructively.

Improved stitching and blending
Photomerge has been further developed, and now also feature lens distortion correction. A new feature is focus blending for extended depth of field from several source images.

64bit support
On the Windows platform, you can take advantage of the larger RAM address space in 64bit.

Bridge CS4
Bridge is now faster and more useful than ever. Task-based workspaces increases efficiency, and new web galleries and PDF contact sheets are welcome additions. Auto-stacking analyzes and sorts your images in sequences for HDR or panoramas.

… And much more. Visit Adobes website for more juicy details.



  1. Nick Decker said,

    September 25, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Hey Mat, congrats on the new blog. I’m bookmarkin’ it!

  2. Dwight said,

    September 26, 2008 at 7:04 am

    I was fascinated by the content aware scaling. The way it was presented it looked like the software could divine what was important in an image. Pretty fancy software for it to do that. Smart enough to make you feel guilty shutting down, like you were killing someone.

    I presume you indicate the important content and the code maintains proportions in that area. Bet my ancient computer would choke on CS4.

    Anyhow, congrats on the new blog, Mat. Happy sailing!

  3. imagingpro said,

    September 26, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Nick! Thanks!

    Hey Dwight!

    Content Aware Scaling works all automatically, not much need to define important areas, although it is possible via an alpha channel.

    The thing with CAS is, when are one actually going to use it? First of all, photographically it’s dishonest to invent data in your images. Secondly, when I scale something, usually it is because I want things to be bigger or smaller in the image. CAS doesnt do this, although you can set it up to balance a global scale with Content Aware Scaling. I currently have a hard time finding real world applications for this tool. Any takers?

  4. Nick Decker said,

    September 26, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Mat, the first thing that occurred to me as a use for CAS is when you’ve, let’s say, shot a portrait or group shot too tight to crop to an 8×10. Just stretch things to the needed dimensions. If it works as advertised, the only thing that would be changed would be the background/foreground or areas to the sides of the subject.

    For photojournalism, I agree with you about it being dishonest to invent. But there are a lot of other areas of photography where it’s done every day. (Since this is a discussion of the mechanical capabilities of PS CS4, let’s not even go there. 🙂

  5. imagingpro said,

    September 27, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Ofcourse you are right that so many photographs are ‘photoshopped’, and I guess its just my purist mentality shining through here. My thoughts go to those famous doctored pyramids on the face of National Geographic 🙂 I’ll find a use for it, I’m sure, its just not one of those tools I’ll be using very often, I think…

  6. Cat said,

    September 28, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    You’re off to a great start here, Mat. Keep it coming … .

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