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1. Adobe Photoshop CS2 Upgrade from
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3. Adobe Creative Suite Premium CS2
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1. Adobe Photoshop CS2 Upgrade from Photoshop [Any Version]
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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It's hard to imagine that Adobe can make Photoshop any better than this. Long considered the professional image-editing standard among graphic digital artists worldwide, Photoshop is certain to cement that reputation even further with the array of new features offered in the Adobe PhotoShop CS 2 Upgrade. Artists, creative professionals, photographers, and industry professionals will find that the workflow and image customization enhancements will be worth far more than the price of the upgrade.



Achieve amazing results in a fraction of the time with the groundbreaking Vanishing Point tool, which lets you clone, paint, and paste elements that automatically match the perspective of the surrounding image area.
Adobe Bridge (formerly File Browser)
Adobe Bridge software is the new-generation File Browser--Photoshop's navigational control center that allows you to browse, organize, label, and preview graphics and Photoshop files quickly and efficiently. Adobe Bridge takes File Browser, introduced in Photoshop 7.0, a step further by providing centralized access to your suite project files, applications, and settings. With Adobe Bridge, you can process multiple camera raw images at once; resize, rate and label thumbnails; review images in slide show mode; and more. With file organization and sharing, plus Adobe Stock Photos at your fingertips all the time, you simply search for the files you want to place using metadata--such as key words, colors or image resolution--and seamlessly drag and drop your filesinto Photoshop. You can even page through an entire Adobe PDF file right in the preview panel of Adobe Bridge. And with Adobe Bridge, you can also browse, search and purchase royalty-free images from leading stock photo agencies without ever leaving InDesign CS2. It's as simple as that.

Revolutionary Vanishing Point and Image Warp
Photographers will be especially amazed at the effects that Vanishing Point can bring to a project. Clone, paint, and paste elements that automatically match the perspective of the surrounding image area in a fraction of the time that it currently takes. With Image Warp, you can easily create packaging mock-ups or other dimensional effects by wrapping an image around any shape. Place yourclient's logo around a coffee cup, or stretch, curl or bend an image across the hood of a car or around the Space Shuttle, for that matter. The effects you can create with Image Warp will be limited only by your imagination.



Accelerate your raw file workflow with simultaneous processing of multiple images while you continue working.
Digital Camera Raw File Support
Accelerate your raw file workflow with simultaneous processing of multiple images while you continue working. With Photoshop CS2, you can import images into your choice of formats, including Digital Negative (DNG); enjoy automatic adjustments to exposure, shadows, and brightness and contrast; and much more. This exciting new enhancement provides fast and easy access within Photoshop software to the "raw" image formats produced by many leading professional and midrange digital cameras. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in--now available as part of Photoshop CS2--has been updated to support more cameras and include more features.


Spot Healing Brush and One-Click Red-Eye Correction
Never have touch ups been so easy. With the Spot Healing Brush, you can effortlessly retouch photos--including 16-bit images--in a single click. Red-eye Correction lets you instantly neutralize red eyes and also lets you set pupil size and darkening level.



Effective red-eye reduction is only a few clicks away.



Use the new multilayer select feature to more intuitively edit and control your work.

Other New Features
Photoshop CS2 offers a huge array of exciting new features designed to help artists and creative professionals in all fields stretch their imagination and increase their work and creative efficiencies:

  • Smart Objects: Perform nondestructive scaling, rotating, and warping of raster and vector graphics with Smart Objects. Even preserve the editability of high-resolution vector data from Adobe Illustrator software.
  • Multiple Layer Control: Select and move, group, transform, and warp objects more intuitively by clicking and dragging directly on the canvas. Easily align objects with Smart Guides.
  • Nondestructive Image Correction: Improve the color, contrast, and dynamic range of any image using a comprehensive set of professional correction tools and nondestructive adjustment layers, which display corrections while preserving the original.
  • Full 16-bit and New 32-bit Image Support: Work with absolute precision thanks to support for 16-bit images in all channels and layers. Create and edit 32-bit images, and take advantage of High Dynamic Range, 32-bit support.
  • Advanced Noise Reduction: Reduce noise and remove JPEG artifacts for cleaner images.
  • Customizable Workspaces and Menus: Get easier access to the tools you need with task-based presets, highlight new or commonly used menu items, and even set up and save custom menus and workspaces.
  • Web Animations: Quickly create dynamic GIF animations directly within Photoshop CS2 by taking advantage of the new Animations palette and layer palette animation options.
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Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars Sink The Bridge
Photoshop is absolutely the essential program for anyone who is serious about digital photography.Nobody ever completely masters it. It is an outstanding program.However, the addition of the "Bridge" was a bad idea. It is a complex new program that adds little to the file browser of earlier version (CS) and should either be vastly improved or dumped (preferably the latter).In addition, the Raw Image converter has been changed.I for one, am not pleased with it's saving in the background and remaining open.Otherwise, it remains a must.Not sure that it is much of an improvement over CS though.

4-0 out of 5 stars MAJOR upgrade
Version 7 to CS was a waste of money. CS2 is worth every penny. Why only 4 stars? I'm not too crazy about the "bridge". Maybe I'll get used to it but so far it seems kind of clunky.

I'm not so sure it's "any version" however. If you have a version lower than 5.5, they tell you call them. And according to Adobe, "this upgrade does not apply to Adobe Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Album, Photoshop Limited Edition, or PhotoDeluxe licensed users." To upgrade these, Adobe has a verion on their site for $499.



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2. AutoCAD LT 2006
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Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Autodesk PSG
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AutoCAD LT® 2006 software improves efficiency with full DWG file format compatibility, improved dimensioning, customizable tool palettes, and an enhanced user interface. Everyday tasks are streamlined with just one thing in mindyour productivity.

No matter what phase of the 2D design process you're working in, AutoCAD LT® 2006 makes it more productive. From drafting to publishing, new tools and features focus on getting you through your everyday tasks quicker and with fewer errors. Simply put, you’ll create, collaborate, and deliver more efficiently than ever.

Features:

  • Efficient drafting means across-the-board improvements so the time-consuming tasks that you do every day won’t slow you down.
  • Easy file sharing leads to fast, secure collaboration among team members no matter where they arebecause the sooner you share, the quicker you finish.
  • Simplified plotting means less time spent on plotting and more time for design.
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3. Adobe Creative Suite Premium CS2
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Features

  • New power for vectors in Adobe Illustrator CS2
  • Rich, versatile layouts with Adobe InDesign CS2
  • Unified design environment
  • Simplified file versioning
  • Greater control over images in Adobe Photoshop CS2

4. Apple Final Cut Studio Upgrade from Final Cut Pro (Mac DVD)
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Manufacturer: Apple Computer
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Features

  • Edit with Final Cut Pro—The scalability, performance, and workflow of Final Cut Pro make it the first choice of professional editors everywhere.
  • Create Audio with Soundtrack Pro—Soundtrack Pro revolutionizes the way audio and video professionals edit and design sound.
  • Make motion graphics with Motion—Apple's real-time motion graphics software Motion is the easiest way for artists and editors to animate text, movies, and graphics.
  • DVD Studio Pro—From DVD dailies to highly interactive commercial titles, DVD Studio Pro is the easiest and most popular way for professionals to author SD and HD DVDs.

5. Adobe Creative Suite Premium CS2 Upgrade
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Manufacturer: Adobe
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Adobe Creative Suites Premium 2.0, Upgrade ... Read more

Features

  • New power for vectors in Adobe Illustrator CS2
  • Rich, versatile layouts with Adobe InDesign CS2
  • Unified design environment
  • Simplified file versioning
  • Greater control over images in Adobe Photoshop CS2

6. Adobe Creative Suite Premium CS2 Upgrade from Photoshop [Any Version]
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Asin: B00080DPO0
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1259
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The complete design environment for print Web and mobile publishing.Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium software is a unified design environment that combines full new versions of Adobe Photoshop CS2 Illustrator CS2 InDesign CS2 GoLive CS2 and Acrobat 7.0 Professional software with new Version Cue CS2 Adobe Bridge and Adobe Stock Photos. Delivering the next level of integration in creative software Adobe Creative Suite 2 enables you to realize your ideas anywhere -- in print on the Web or on mobile devices.To install this upgrade successfully you will need a licensed version of Adobe Photoshop CS or Photoshop 7.0 or earlier on the same platform as this purchase. Each upsell sku has the full installer for the new products and only an upgrade for the qualifying product. User will have to have an existing copy of the qualifying product installed for the upgrade portion of the program to install.-- NEW FEATURES --* Image editing with Adobe Photoshop CS2 - Revolutionary Vanishing Point Achieve amazing results in a fraction of the time with thegroundbreaking Vanishing Point which lets you clone brush and pasteelements that automatically match the perspective of any image area. - Multiple layer control Select and move group transform and warp objects more intuitivelyby clicking and dragging directly on the canvas. Easily align objectswith Smart Guides. - Smart Objects Perform nondestructive scaling rotating and warping of raster andvector graphics with Smart Objects. Even preserve the editability ofhigh-resolution vector data from Adobe Illustrator software. - Multi-image digital camera raw file processing Accelerate your raw file workflow with simultaneous processing ofmultiple images while you continue working. Import images into yourchoice of formats including Digital Negative (DNG); enjoy automaticadjustments to exposure shadows and brightness and contrast; andmuch more. - Image Warp Easily create packaging mock-ups or other dimensional effects by... ... Read more

Features

  • New power for vectors in Adobe Illustrator CS2
  • Rich, versatile layouts with Adobe InDesign CS2
  • Unified design environment
  • Simplified file versioning
  • Greater control over images in Adobe Photoshop CS2

7. Apple Final Cut Studio (Mac DVD) [Final Cut 5, Motion 2, DVD Studio Pro 4, Soundtrack Pro]
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Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 226
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Features

  • Edit with Final Cut Pro—The scalability, performance, and workflow of Final Cut Pro make it the first choice of professional editors everywhere.
  • Create Audio with Soundtrack Pro—Soundtrack Pro revolutionizes the way audio and video professionals edit and design sound.
  • Make motion graphics with Motion—Apple's real-time motion graphics software Motion is the easiest way for artists and editors to animate text, movies, and graphics.
  • DVD Studio Pro—From DVD dailies to highly interactive commercial titles, DVD Studio Pro is the easiest and most popular way for professionals to author SD and HD DVDs.

8. Adobe Creative Suite Standard CS2
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Features

  • New power for vectors in Adobe Illustrator CS2
  • Rich, versatile layouts with Adobe InDesign CS2
  • Unified design environment
  • Simplified file versioning
  • Greater control over images in Adobe Photoshop CS2

9. AutoCAD LT 2005
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Asin: B0001M93DW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Autodesk PSG
Sales Rank: 284
Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Easily create, plot, publish, and share 2D designs
  • Boost productivity with streamlined plotting interface
  • Create tables efficiently with a one-step process
  • Better manage large groups of layers; easily control layer visibility
  • Instantly distribute multiple DWG files in a single step

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars WHICH OPERATING SYSTEMS?????
I know it will not run on win98 or ME,somebody better change that.

1-0 out of 5 stars Product is good, the customer service at amazon is lousy!!
I bought autocad lt 2005 from amazon.com. It arrived when it was supposed to. I downloaded the rebate form from amazon.com and upon reading it, it said that the invoice must have the serial number on it. My invoice from amazon has everything except the serial number on it.

After 3 e-mail attempts to amazon to get an invoice with the serial number on it, I have given up. The response on all 3 was the rebate is between you and autocad, contact autocad. I contacted autocad and they said they can't accept an invoice with out the serial number. So, if you think you are going to get a rebate after you buy from amazon, think again. There is no telephone number listed on the website, so you can't actually talk to anyone, All you can do is exchange e-mails with someone in a foreign country who doesn't understand much english.

If I had it to do over again, I would buy this from another retailer.

2-0 out of 5 stars Some nice upgraded features, but major headaches added
A little known aspect of this product is the fact that Autodesk will only allow LT to plot one drawing at a time (except for dwf files). This is a MAJOR hinderance. The layer command is slow and sheetsets and fields are unable to be created. The old LT versions were basically 3d disabled, now the drafting features are being removed/disabled as well. If your going to spend the money get autocad full or look for another product, we are very unhappy with this change, especially how it was not very well publicized and we didn't find out until we purchased enough for multiple offices and had it installed. ... Read more


10. Adobe Photoshop CS2
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Manufacturer: Adobe
Sales Rank: 469
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Strong technology, lousy support
Considering how much talent Adobe puts into product development, it amazes me how user-hostile their service is.I bought CS2 last week and cannot get Adobe Bridge to start.This is a critical problem since Canon RAW files (.CR2) from my 20D are not visible in the File/Open box.My fiancee spent three hours on the phone to Seattle today to try to get help, and when she finally got through, they wouldn't deal with her since she was not the registered user, even though she had the licence information.There is no information on Adobe's site regarding Bridge bugs.I don't know if this is also a problem on the Mac, but if you are an XP user, HOLD OFF ON CS2 until Adobe fixes the production bugs in its Bridge software, and gets a better handle on both its arrogance and quality control.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Features but Still a Flawed License Manager
My experience with Photoshop CS2 has been limited thus far, but it does appear to offer some nice new features, particularly to the enhancement in Adobe Camera Raw, the Spot Healing Tool, and possibly Adobe Bridge as I explore it more. A major drawback to me personally, is that changes have been made in the user interface that conflict with the old Extensis PhotoTools plug-in, namely in that the PhotoBars component which provides a customizable toolbar ehancement will no longer work.Although Extensis no longer supports PhotoTools and deleted the PhotoTools component when Photoshop 6 was issued, I have been involved in maintaining PhotoBars so that it would work on the PC platform in Photoshop versions 6, 7, and CS.The customizable toolbars added a wonderful extension of usability to the Photoshop interface, and the loss of that capability due to changes made in Photoshop CS2 is very unfortunate.

Of great interest to me was to see how Adobe has changed License Management, i.e., product activation in Photoshop CS2.While the license manager does appear greatly improved in terms of not being as likely to have errant reactivations arise due to use of the System Restore utility in Windows XP, hardware changes, etc., it still manifests the same critical flaw as existed in Photoshop CS.Namely, Adobe has not provided any grace period at all for the instances when reactivation is prompted.So, if you are someone perhaps travelling with a laptop computer and are ever at a remote location where telephone or internet access is not readily available, you are at risk of fully losing use of Photoshop CS2 in the event of an errant reactivation prompt arising.The odds of this occurring do appear greatly reduced due to changes made in the triggers affecting a reactivation, but the risk is there nonetheless.Adobe should have implemented a short-term grace period of continued use following a prompt for reactivation, so that a user would not unexpectedly be faced with denied access at a critical time.The only alternative in this situation is to have a backup copy of an earlier version of Photoshop installed for use until Photoshop CS2 can be reactivated or, to employ the use of software hacks that defeat the license manager.The preferred solution would be for Adobe to provide an update that incorporates a reactivation grace period, but they seem to be ignoring the problem.I had hoped that the new Transfer Activation process in Photoshop CS2 might allow a user to export activation state data to removable media which, if an errant reactivation prompt arose, could be used to re-establish the valid activation state on the PC.Unfortunately, the Tranfer Activation process requires an internet connection and thus is again useless if one is at a remote location.

With regard to the 1st review posted here, installation of Photoshop CS2 is permitted to two computers under the normal single-user license.The only restriction defined in the license is that these 2 installations cannot be used concurrently.The license specifically reads as follows:

"2.4 Portable or Home Computer Use. The primary user of the Computer on which the Software is installed may install a second copy of the Software for his or her exclusive use on either a portable Computer or a Computer located at his or her home, provided the Software on the portable or home Computer is not used at the same time as the Software on the primary Computer."

1-0 out of 5 stars support leaves a great deal to be desired
Unfortunately Adobe with its Photoshop product has made it increasingly difficult to install or to use on more than one computer. Like many people I have a desktop PC and a laptop. With CS1 I could install on both. Now I have to buy 2 copies at $1400 to have the program on both PCs. Even worse trying to install CS2 on a machine that already has Photoshop CS 1 installed, the install program can't find the version already installed in the default directory and so it fails. After 40 minutes with level one tech support I still was unable to install theCS2 upgrade. Calling back to talk to level 2 tech support I was told I would have to pay $39 for a support call.
This is the last time I purchase Photoshop. Adobe has gotten too big and too arrogant for me. ... Read more


11. Adobe Photoshop CS
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Asin: B0000DBOAX
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 155
Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Improved file management, new design possibilities, and a more intuitive way to create for the Web
  • Support for 16-bit images, digital camera raw data, and non-square pixels
  • Create or modify photos using painting, drawing, and retouching tools
  • Customized workspace; save personalized workspace and tool settings; create customized shortcuts
  • Unparalleled efficiency--automate production tasks with built-in or customized scripts

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another Homerun for Adobe!
Adobe continues its tradition with an industry-leading product in Photoshop CS. Photoshop has long been the industry standard in graphics and photo editing. With the introduction of Photoshop CS, the product has gotten even better. What's more, Adobe listens and is uniquely in tune with the needs and requests of Photoshop users. They have listened and added the most requested enhancements to this product.

Many new enhancements are added. For example, the color replacement tool. This wonderful tool allows you to choose a color on a photograph that you would like replaced, pick the color you would like to replace it with (even between images and layers!), then easily highlight and replace the offending color. This saves so much time and effort when editing and correcting photographs.

Photoshop CS has also picked up new things from it's cousin Illustrator. You can now to text on a line with ease. This has been a standard feature of Illustrator for a long time. However, it did not come in Photoshop. Now, rather than hassling with drawing the curve and using warp or some other technique to "wrap" the text onto the line, Photoshop CS can do it in one easy step.

As a Web Designer, I cannot say enough about all of the features available in this program. ImageReady has been enhanced to include improvements in the user interface. You can now create and modify web designs faster with multiple object selection, object grouping, and smart guides. There are also great improvements in image slicing, which is very important. You can now slice complex, layered images and apply appropriate format and compression settings to each area before exporting as an HTML table.

Another enhancement for Web Designers is that Photoshop CS can export as a Macromedia FlashÓ (SWF) file. Now you can use ImageReady CS to create FlashÓ animations that include the vector artwork and variable text. This enhancement really helps when compressing images and vector art for inclusion on a webpage or into a FlashÓ presentation.

Since I also occasionally work with video in Adobe Premiere, I can also really appreciate the enhancements that they have included in Photoshop CS for 16-bit and video production. The square to non-square pixel issue has always been a problem when taking images to video. Adobe has once again listened to the users and improved the non-square pixel support. Now we can create and work with non-square pixels with different aspect and not have to worry about distortion.

In summary, this is another homerun for Adobe with a product that far exceeds its competitors-bar none. The new enhancements, plus the ability to extend Photoshop CS exponentially with third-party plug-ins makes this program a must-have for any serious photographer, graphics designer or web designer.

Way to go Adobe!

1-0 out of 5 stars Bloatware at its best
Adobe is a big company and has tons of money, so why are they charging us an arm and a leg for bloatware that runs very slow? Launching the program takes half a minute on my 6-month-old PC with 512 mb RAM. A lot of things are hard to understand, which means you'll need to shell out more cash for a learning book, and Adobe wants you to buy their expensive books! Get jasc or other better products from independent software publishers. There's even a decent open-source (and free) image editing program.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most influential inventions in history.
Everybody talks of Photoshop simply as software. But it's implications in the modern day digital world are huge. Photoshop as an invention has been as influential as the light bulb, because it has changed our perception of reality. Today, every time we look at an image, say it's on a website, a magazine, television or any printed media, we wonder or contemplate the posibility of how much "Photoshopped" the image is. In the popular realm Photoshop can create crazy aberrations that are at times fun, and to the trained eye you can detect just where the editing took place. But in the hands of experts, we can just wonder how much media images have been manipulated without us ever noticing. What Photoshop has done over the years is to democratize digital image editing, something that was one time limited to high end image labs and pros. Photoshop has no real learning curve, because it's progressive. The thing is that if you're intrested, go for it, there are hundreds of learning resources available (tutorials included with the software are complete and comprehensive). Photoshop is a must have tool.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Advice for Beginners
I totally agree that Photoshop is an excellent software to use in editing images and making original art from scratch. This version of Photoshop, CS, brought with it many new improvements and enhancements that have already been taken up by previous reviewers. What I don't agree with is that most people say it is difficult to learn when in fact, it isn't! Those of you who wanted to own Photoshop and not afraid of experimenting, this is the perfect time to buy Photoshop and be counted as one image editing savvy person!

For newcomers and prospective buyers, don't let the "steep learning curve" routine preached by other folks discourage you. Photoshop is no more difficult to learn than any other software like Paintshop or PhotoImpact. I have tried all three and settled on Photoshop as THE EASIEST! All you need to have to learn it is a desire to improve your digital images, the knack to experiment, and a good book to guide you along (if you're learning on your own, like myself.)

Open Photoshop and you will see an almost unremarkable, unassuming interface which belies its true power. But this is a good thing because Photoshop functions can be simple or sophisticated as you like. It has a much neater interface compared to the above other softwares which means you can open functions only when you need them.

Get a good book that starts with simple concepts and go one step at a time. The beauty of going from simple tasks first (like how adjustment layers work) to more complicated ones (like layer mask compositing) is that you gradually develop your confidence. Pretty soon you will begin to discover on your own! Practice with you own photos and see the results immediately! Who said you have to be a professional to use a professional caliber software?

I agree on the saying that Photoshop is difficult to learn BUT only on the concept of making art. Not everybody have that eye. If you want to create works of art, then it only follows that you invest time in learning how, steep learning curve or otherwise. But this applies not only to Photoshop but to other softwares you might be using!

Now if most of your editing consists of uploading your digital images from camera to PC, enhancing exposure, cropping, framing, optimizing for email, boosting resolution to uncover detail for printing, how difficult can Photoshop be? It's easy! It's specifically designed for these tasks! Of course, other software can do this too at a much lesser price but I am assuming you want the top gun. With Photoshop, you can totally, CLEARLY do loads of other things. Because when you're ready to do more elaborate compositions, Photoshop will be there with even more specialized tools at your disposal.

If you like all the good things that you've heard about Photoshop, if you want a totally flexible, CLEAR tool to use in editing your images where all the non-destructive adjustments are right there at your fingertips CLEARLY laid out for you to turn on or off or adjust so you can instantly see how they affect your image, then do yourself a favor and buy a copy.

Just about the only reason I would recommend Paintshop or PhotoImpact (respectfully capable softwares, too) over Photoshop is the high price of Photoshop. On the other hand I understand you can take Photoshop classes and get BIG student discounts on Photoshop saving you hundreds of dollars. Read the reviews on beginning books on Photoshop and select one you believe will suit your taste. I strongly suggest one with practice images on CD and color pictures in the book itself.

Good luck and have fun!

5-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal, but not for everyone
This is more than a mere software application; Photoshop is a multifaceted platform for creative expression. You can of course use this program to perform routine tasks such as cropping and touching up photos. However, you can also use it to design complex works of digital art. The top Photoshop gurus can create original photorealistic artwork that is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.

Photoshop is used to create print ads and logos, and the program even has its place in the creation of special effects for film. If you want to do professional-grade graphic design work, then you will want to buy this program. It simply has no competition at the higher end of the design spectrum.

Nonetheless, there are a few caveats to consider. Photoshop has a hefty price tag. It is priced for professionals, not for hobbyists. Before you spend the money, ask yourself if you really need all the features that Photoshop has to offer. If you simply want a program that will allow you to retouch and crop personal photographs, then either Photoshop Elements or PaintShop Pro will be more than adequate, and much cheaper.

Photoshop also has a steep learning curve. Casual users will likely be overwhelmed by the interface, with its multitude of tools, commands, and palettes. Don't expect to produce great results the first time you use PS. However, if you decide to commit yourself to learning Photoshop, there are plenty of tools on the market that can help you. An entire cottage industry is devoted to teaching neophytes and advanced users alike about the intricacies of alpha channels, layers, clipping masks, etc.

Finally, Photoshop requires a powerful computer in order to run efficiently. Before you buy it, make sure that your machine exceeds the minimum hardware requirements specified by Adobe. If you are using the same computer that you bought three or four years ago, then you will likely be looking at an additional hardware investment before you can take advantage of Photoshop.

In summary, this is a phenomenal program, but look before you leap. The investments of time and money needed to purchase and learn to use Photoshop are substantial. However, the results that a dedicated user can achieve with this program are truly amazing. If you are serious about graphic arts and/or photography, then Photoshop is a must-have piece of software. ... Read more


12. CorelDraw Graphics Suite 12
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B00014TCTA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Corel
Sales Rank: 769
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Produce creative, accurate shapes and objects with new smart design tools
  • Advanced features that increase productivity, such as real-time visual feedback
  • Keep your workflow smooth with industry-standard file compatibility
  • Integrated applications for vector drawing, page layout, digital imaging, and more
  • 10,000 clipart images, 1,000 TrueType and Type 1 fonts, 1,000 photos and objects

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing product with unbelievable low price
I am new in vector drawing. I've tried Adobe illustrator first, I cannot quite understand why I have to go through so much trouble to do simple things like draw a line. I decided to give coreldraw a try. Now I am hooked. Coreldraw shows that you can get into vector drawing and still keep your common sense. Coreldraw is so easy to use! After a few months, I can do very sophisticated drawing now.

By buying CorelPainter 8 and CorelDraw 12 Upgrade, I've spend only a fraction of the cost of any Adobe product to get EVERYTHING I need for computer graphics at professional level. Adobe products maybe powerful, but compare to what I got from corel, they cannot justify their unreasonable price tags. Also I think Adobe illustrator and photoshop have unnecessarily complicated and cumbersome interfaces, whoever designed them should be fired!

5-0 out of 5 stars In response to objection about the PhotoPaint
I am upgrading from version 10, and version 10 already has a way to make your default units in Photopaint Pixels.

There is also one user that has reviewed this three times with a bad review. C'mon, now.

Just press Ctrl-J and change the default units to pixels. Simple.

One of the greatest things about CorelDraw is the active help you can get from expert users at http://www.egroups.com/community/cdug

If you had posted this question there, we would have shown you how to do this 3 years ago.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good bang for the buck...
I am an amature photographer and painter. And I love using photoshop too. But I can't afford photoshop. Adobe makes great products but they are overpriced. This is why I got Corel Graphics Suite. It supports all the plug-in's for photoshop, does pretty much everything photoshop and illustrator can and all for a cheaper price. If you are just starting out with computer graphics this is a good alternative to Adobe. Or if you are a student with little or no money and need a legit image suite this is the way to go.

3-0 out of 5 stars Photo-Paint 10 User looking for Upgrade
I have a 5MP DSC camera and use Photo-Paint 10 for all my digital photo work. I am continually irritated by the inability to set default values for the ruler. To edit EVERY photo using pixels, the process is Tools : Options : Units : Pixels ; OK - FIVE clicks for EVERY photo. I thought this would have been fixed in Photo-Paint 12 since the issue is continually brought up in Support. I downloaded the trial version of CorelDraw 12 from corel.com and alas it has not been fixed. I would pay the upgrade price for this feature alone.

2-0 out of 5 stars crash city
I upgraded from v10 hoping to see a lot of new features. CorelDraw in itself is a very valuable program - I have used it for years.

However v12 does crash and it does crash often, and for this reason alone it is extremely dissapointing. I don't think it was worth the upgrade, there just aren't enough new useful features to offset the frequent crashing / memory leak problems.

Basically what you get is some spiffy modernized graphics and icons, no significant improvement to the UI. The word on the street has it that there are some new features however I haven't explored enough to find them. I suppose the masking is a bit better. They still haven't added a curve smoothing option to the path tool in photopaint, this was a feature I was hoping I would see in v12. ... Read more


13. Adobe Creative Suite Standard CS2 Upgrade from Photoshop [Any Version]
list price: $499.00
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Asin: B00080DQF8
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1070
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Product Description

Adobe Creative Suite Standard CS2 Upgrade from Photoshop .The Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 brings together full new versions of Adobe's latest print and Web publishing tools in a comprehensive design environment. In addition to the new features of each component product noted below, the Creative Suite offers integrated file-management and workflow benefits designed to let you focus on your creativity. The Creative Suite Standard edition combines the full versions of Photoshop 9.0, Illustrator 12.0, and InDesign 4.0 also supported by Version Cue file-management features, an Adobe PDF workflow, and training resources, for a comprehensive publishing solution.Adobe Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 FAQ ... Read more

Features

  • New power for vectors in Adobe Illustrator CS2
  • Rich, versatile layouts with Adobe InDesign CS2
  • Unified design environment
  • Simplified file versioning
  • Greater control over images in Adobe Photoshop CS

14. Adobe Creative Suite Standard CS2 Upgrade (Mac) from Photoshop [Any Version]
list price: $499.00
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Asin: B00080DQAS
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1052
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Product Description

Adobe Creative Suite Standard CS2 Upgrade for Mac from Photoshop .The Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 brings together full new versions of Adobe's latest print and Web publishing tools in a comprehensive design environment. In addition to the new features of each component product noted below, the Creative Suite offers integrated file-management and workflow benefits designed to let you focus on your creativity. The Creative Suite Standard edition combines the full versions of Photoshop 9.0, Illustrator 12.0, and InDesign 4.0 also supported by Version Cue file-management features, an Adobe PDF workflow, and training resources, for a comprehensive publishing solution.Adobe Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 FAQ ... Read more


15. JASC Paint Shop Pro 9
list price: $129.99
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Asin: B0002W2UMW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Jasc Software
Sales Rank: 25
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Features

  • Digital Camera Noise Removal Filter scans photos and removes image noise while intelligently preserving image textures.
  • Create masterpieces using realistic Art Media tools include Oil Brush, Chalk, Pastel, Crayon, Colored Pencil, and Marker.
  • Text Options in the print layout make it easier than ever to add captions and titles to photo layouts.
  • Fill Flash Filter corrects the underexposure of shadows and Backlighting Filter compensates for overexposed areas.
  • Powerful Selective Undo functionality allows users to easily undo any individual editing step in a document’s history.

16. Adobe Creative Suite Premium 1.3
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Asin: B0006J2PTO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1651
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Features

  • Create and publish content for print and the Web
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and GoLive
  • New Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional software
  • Create reliable Adobe PDF files; streamline review cycles
  • Innovative file management with Version Cue

17. Adobe Illustrator CS
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B0000DBOCN
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1026
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Cross-media publishing; publish your artwork to any delivery medium you like
  • Includes 3D graphics effects, character and paragraph styles, and innovative text composition controls
  • Enhanced support for Adobe PDF, expanded print capabilities, faster performance, and more
  • Timesaving tools include dynamic data-driven graphics, robust scripting support, and Action Sets
  • Create logos, illustrations, packaging, maps, posters, Web graphics, and more

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars For serious illustrators only
First I would like to explain why I gave it four stars instead of five...it does have a couple bugs that need to be fixed.
Overall, if you are a serious computer artist this program is what you will want. I horsed around with several free trial downloads from various companies and only Adobe has what a professional needs. All other illustrating programs, including Jasc's Paint Shop Pro, are only great if you're looking for a computer toy.
Adobe Illustrator does take some learning though. Don't expect to load the program up and be able to use all of it's features. But once you do learn how to properly use all the tools, you will be glad you bought this and nothing else.
Go to the Adobe website and download their free 30 day trial.

2-0 out of 5 stars Adobe Illustrator CS
I just installed Illustrator CS today and have discovered several bugs. One file became so unmanageable, I had to start completely over (I was unable to assign a color and stroke to a shape). I tried to save a brush, but the settings I tried again and again to save would not stick, so that my efforts were useless. I have used Adobe products for years and was one of the earliest users of Illustrator. I have always loved Adobe's reliability and thought that the ease of use justified the high price. After all this is a professional product. This time Adobe failed to get the bugs out, and I can't think why anyone would put up with so much frustration. I recommend you don't buy this version.

3-0 out of 5 stars Major Bugs Remain
I have been using Illustrator professionally since version 6 was cutting edge. I like the product and understand how to use the various tools, how to place images, and basically WHY the thing costs $500. This is a marginal upgrade over 10 in many areas, a downgrade in terms of back-compatability, and a major upgrade in terms of additional filters and effects. Overall, about what you would expect for a version upgrade. Not nearly as major as the difference between 8 and 9, but substantial enough to warrant the upgrade price.
But there are some major bugs that have been in place for months now. They have been noted in the Adobe forums, with no response from Adobe or indication that they have any intention of repairing them. I recommend that you don't buy this product until Adobe releases their next upgrade.

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent Product. HORRIBLE support.
This may be one of the better vector graphic programs, but does not appear to have been tested. I will update this review more as I use the program more. But today is day one, and it has one MAJOR bug already.
You know how much Photoshop CS costs. And you know how much Illustrator CS costs.
So imagine buying the full Illustrator CS. You install it. And it will not open ANY JPEG pictures taken by certain SONY DIGITAL CAMERAS. The program just bombs out every time. To work around this bug you have to open the pix in any other program, like Photoshop CS, and resave them. Nor will it load TIFFs from these SONY cameras. But every other program will including Adobe Photoshop. So when I call support, with a product that is only 1 hour old, they want a credit card number in case they decide to charge me $39.
I dunno. I hope these CS products last me a long time. Because I don't think I'll buy more Adobe. They charge way too much money to treat customers like this.

5-0 out of 5 stars A worthy upgrade if you upgrade to PS CS.
Illustartor is a great program, it has a steep learning curve but once you start to get over it you can produce great pro illustrations. Few programs compare and one of them is defiently not Paint Shop Pro 8. Whenever I see someone compare a Adobe product to that crappy, slow, dumbed down program, i feel compelled to write back.

I am waiting for my copy of CS to arrive in the mail, for now I use Illustrator 10. The features in that fill my needs and beyond. I won't go on about it. The biggest selling point for me is its seemless intergration with other Adobe products. ... Read more


18. Adobe InDesign CS
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B0000DBOC8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 2238
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Intuitive creative toolset helps you refine design ideas rapidly
  • Ability to import native Photoshop, Illustrator, and PDF files saves significant production time
  • Integration with other Adobe applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and GoLive
  • Publish content to multiple channels more easily with enhanced XML support
  • Produce pages quickly and reliably; get accurate, consistent results when you print

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great upgrade to InDesign
As a long-time user of Adobe PageMaker and as a person who preordered InDesign 1.0, I can easily recommend InDesign CS to anyone who needs a well-thought out, superbly engineered page-layout program. InDesign 1.x's typesetting power was the product's initial selling point. To that Adobe has added nested styles in release 3.0, a capacity that can eliminate hour's of busywork performed by those working with long and complex documents.

One caveat: InDesign's users want footnoting! Better table handling would also be much appreciated! Please!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Quark: move aside...
InDesign CS is perhaps the application that benefited most from the most recent upgrade that Adobe made to its key applications, bringing a load of useful and highly expected features. I'd like to stress ONE feature, though, that blew me away... two words: NESTED STYLES. If you have suffered through the painful process of laying out a document where more than two styles are required in a particular content block, you will shed tears of joy when you see this at work!

You are bound to also find very handy the enhanced table features such as automated running headers and footers for tables that run across multiple linked text frames. Printers (people in the printing industry) are also going to be happy (or so Adobe wants) with the features that have been included in InDesign CS for them.

All in all, if I were Quark, I'd be shaking because InDesign is not going to stop until it takes over the current market share that QuarkXpress has... it's just a matter of time and perhaps a version or two more. But try CS now: I think you will love it! ... Read more


19. Adobe Illustrator CS2 Upgrade
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Asin: B00081G4Q0
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Sales Rank: 414
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20. AutoCAD LT 2006 Upgrade from LT 2002
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Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Autodesk PSG
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With the 2006 version of AutoCAD LT, Autodesk offers a more flexible and intuitive application designed to make professionals more productive than ever. Key features like more flexible hatching, improved dimensioning, and user-friendly text editing make AutoCAD LT 2006 a worthy upgrade from previous versions. Autodesk has also improved the user interface, enhanced the editing toolkit, and more--again, with the goal of increasing productivity for 2D drafting and detailing.


Dimension with greater ease: New arc length and large radius dimensioning.


Reduce waiting time: Plot jobs and spend more time drafting with background plotting, which allows you to continue working in the drawing editor while AutoCAD LT plots in the background.


Mark up: Easily coordinate projects throughout design review with the markup and redlining functionality of AutoCAD and Autodesk DWF Composer.


View DWF files: The free downloadable Autodesk DWF Viewer enables you to view DWF files that preserve design intent without requiring the original design application.

AutoCAD LT is aimed at design professionals in all industries who require full DWG file format compatibility but do not require 3D capabilities or advanced customization of their software.

Enhanced User Interface
New drafting features in AutoCAD LT 2006 make it easier than ever to get fast results. A new pointer input enables you to launch commands, read prompts and enter values right at the graphics cursor. This keeps your attention focused on your design, rather than on the command line. Meanwhile, the dimension input shows dimension values, such as length and angle, on the object being created or edited. New values can be entered and changed dynamically in the graphics window, which makes interacting with your design dynamic and allows you to explore alternatives "on the fly." There's also a new "Quick Calculator" that makes it easy to perform calculations, units conversion, and derive values from drawing entities all from within AutoCAD LT. This gives you the power of the CAL command without the complex command syntax required in previous versions.

Another user interface improvement, rollover highlighting, helps you avoid time spent selecting wrong objects in a drawing by dynamically highlighting objects in your drawing as you roll over them with the graphics cursor. The new interface also allows for easy customization of menus and toolbars, and automates migration of custom toolbars and menus for future releases. What's more, you can easily customize tool palettes for storing frequently used blocks and hatches. This feature is great for draging and dropping content directly into your drawing. It also makes it easy to quickly find and insert frequently used content, hatches, and solid fills. You can now pre-assign tool properties, as well, such as layer, color, and scale. Properties are automatically applied as you insert content into your drawings.

Text and table handling is dramatically improved in AutoCAD LT 2006, with a focus on intuitive WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) interaction. Insert standard WYSIWYG tables with in-place editing and intuitive keyboard functionality, similar to that of Microsoft Word. In addition to standard grip editing, table editing options are available through the context-sensitive menu, and the properties window. Meanwhile, text is created and edited so it will appear exactly as it does in the drawing. Easily view, size, position, and edit text relative to nearby geometry, while adjusting text properties such as style and font as needed using familiar tools common in other text-editing applications.

Better Dimensioning
Drafting just got a lot easier with AutoCAD LT 2006's new dimensioning tools. First, variable dimension line types allow you to select different dimension and extension line types by using the dimension style or properties dialogs. This lets you to give your dimensions exactly the line type you prefer without spending the time to explode and edit them. Next, new arc-length functionality avoids current time-consuming work-arounds by directly dimensioning the length of an arc. You can also dimension large radii curves quickly and easily. This function creates a jogged radial dimension line to indicate the radius of an arc or a circle that is too large to fit on the drawing. Finally, moving dimension arrows manually is a thing of the past, as new flipping dimension arrows allow you to flip an individual dimension arrow from inside to outside of the dimension line and back.

Simplified Plotting
AutoCAD LT 2006's enhanced plot user interface conveniently places all page setup controls in one location, with the most commonly used controls on the left side. The preview option provides a full preview of how the current plot settings will be applied when you plot the drawing. You can also now enjoy the benefits of background plotting. Whether you publish your designs to DWF files or plot to paper, you can continue working in the drawing editor while AutoCAD LT plots in the background. You'll receive an unobtrusive notification when a plot job is completed, and you can follow the link to view the plot and publish details in the plot and publish details dialog box.

Easy Sharing with DWF
Getting your DWF files out to clients and colleagues is easier than ever with AutoCAD LT 2006. Publish intelligent design data with Autodesk DWF (Design Web Format) file format, and save time by simplifying collaboration with your design team. Because it can create files that can be one-tenth the size of files created in other formats, the DWF format is the fastest, easiest way to communicate design information while ensuring secure and efficient sharing at any stage of the project lifecycle.

Mark up designs and easily coordinate projects during the design review phase by replacing the paper process with Autodesk DWF Composer. Use DWF Composer to mark up drawings with comments, sketches, dimensions, text, and stamps before sending them on their way. You can also view DWF files with the free Autodesk DWF Viewer, which presents intelligent data preserved with accuracy, including drawing scale, coordinates, assorted views, hyperlinks, and more. Print to scale, fit to page, tile, or selectively print a variety of sheets from a DWF sheet set.
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