“What we’re seeing in the marketplace has been accelerating in recent years,” said Kevin Connor, senior director of product management for digital imaging at Adobe. “Photoshop is being used in a much broader spectrum of workflows, so Photoshop has been pushed to do more in those areas.”
The new markets that Adobe is targeting with Photoshop Extendend are professionals in architecture, engineering, medicine and science. Photoshop CS3 Extended includes the same tools as Photoshop CS3, plus a number of unique capabilities.
Photoshop CS3 Extended includes support for the most popular 3-D formats, allowing users to render and incorporate 3-D content into their 2-D compositions, including editing textures in 3-D models. The application also uses an Enhanced Vanishing Point, providing designers with the ability to measure in perspective and to export a 3-D model from the vanishing point.
For video post-production, Photoshop CS3 Extended includes support for video format layers so that video can be edited frame by frame. The resulting video can be exported to a wide variety of formats, including Flash. The dimension palette can calculate a range of values from an image; while the scale feature allows adding a scale graph to any image, and the new Count tool offers measurement capabilities for any image by simply clicking on them.
Photoshop’s additional 3-D features don’t mean it’s morphing into a full 3-D editing product.
“We know our place in video and 3-D workflows,” says Connor.
While Photoshop Extended is an important application for Adobe’s future markets, the company doesn’t forget about traditional designers. Photoshop CS3 also incorporates a good number of new features aimed at that these users can improve their productivity.
For example, the new automatic layer alignment command takes care of analyzing the details of an image, as well as moving, rotating, and warping the layers to align them perfectly. Similarly, the automatic layer blending command takes care of blending the color and applying shadow to create a smooth image that retains its editing characteristics.
Photoshop also incorporates support for more than 150 RAW, JPEG, and TIFF formats, as well as other new tools such as fill light and dust cleaning. The applications are also Universal binaries, thus running natively on Intel-based Macs.
Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended will be available in early April 2007 for users in the United States and Canada. Adobe Photoshop CS3 will have a guide price of $ 649; and Photoshop CS3 Extended for $ 999.
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