I HAVE a friend who’s into graphics and photography and uses Photoshop 7. This version is from way back in the late 90s before the CS and CC versions. He said he doesn’t need any of the new features and all the tools that he needs is there. True, in my use of Photoshop, the essential tools are normally enough for me, but I also take advantage of new features that can speed up my task.
Some photographers that I know use Photoshop exclusively only as a base application for third-party filters. The moment the file opens, they just dive into the world of filters and plug-ins. No quarrel about that — it’s always the final result that matters.
I’m not a heavy user of third-party filters since I do my correction using the conventional tools. But sometimes, there’s that magic that only a filter can offer. Although, professionally, I know that third party filters are using the same conventional tools under Photoshop, the algorithm they use is sometimes beyond your reach.
Did you know that Nik Software can be downloaded for free? This third-party software is one of the most popular and quite expensive filters you can buy. Somehow, Google purchased the software and later gave it to the public for free. It cost around $300 before, but now you can download it for free and use it as a plugin for Lightroom and Photoshop.
If you didn’t know that Refine Edge is now nonexistent in Photoshop, chances are, you have not updated lately. It’s now called Select and Mask. Of course it’s a lot better than its previous version, but sometimes you just gotta hold on to what you’re used to. There’s that Face Aware that’s cool, too, although I haven’t really used it except for fun.
What I love most about all the recent updates is the Camera Raw Filter. It’s something that is very essential to my workflow. I’ve been using Photoshop for about 20 years now and since they created LR and Camera Raw, my workflow is very much attached to the way these applications are designed to tackle adjustments.
With this new feature under filters in Photoshop, you can now call Camera Raw as a filter. It’s the actual application that is being called as a floating dialog box where you do your adjustments and other tools available in the application. When you press OK, you’re sent back to your canvas in Photoshop.
Just like any other filter, you can apply it to Smart Object so you can keep the file open for adjustment without permanently applying it. Photoshop updates is sometimes too much to keep up with. Often times, the updates are not relevant to your workflow. However, if the new feature can speed things up, why not?
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