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Should I Buy CS5 ?


Should I buy CS5? Is Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 or Photoshop CS5 Extended worth the price?

Adobe Photoshop CS5 has many new features for general users and for photographers in particular.
See: Adobe Photoshop CS5 What Are the New Features for Photographers

But, are these new features worth the cost of upgrading to you?

My conclusions are below.

 

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The answer of whether a CS5 upgrade is worth the price to you will depend on several points you must answer for yourself:

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  • What version you have now?
    • CS4 – There are significant and minor changes from Photoshop CS3
    • CS3 – Major changes from Photoshop CS2
    • CS2 – So many major improvements from CS
    • CS – Very significant changes from 7 – almost a different program
    • 7 – Wow! You should really consider upgrading now.
    • Pre-7 versions – This is like sooo last millennium.
    • Photoshop Elements (any version)
    • No Photoshop version
  • How many hours do you spend on Photoshop?
    • Do you open Photoshop once in a while?
    • Use Photoshop several times a month?
    • Do you use Photoshop every day?
  • Do you use Photoshop for work?
    • At a job?
    • As an independent contractor
    • In a design field?
  • How soon do you plan to use the new features?
    • In a few weeks
    • For the Fall 21010 semester
    • After I finish a few more projects
    • Immediately

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Conclusions:

  • If you are a professional photographer, image maker, artist, or designer of any kind
    • You should definitely upgrade to CS5 for the following benefits:
      • Improved workflow features
      • Better performance
      • 64-bit support
      • Enhanced ACR 6 RAW processing
      • Lens Correction Lens Profiles
      • Content-Aware Fill
      • Painting + Brush improvements
      • HDR Pro
      • Refine Edge revisions
      • GPU Graphics processor improvements

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  • If you are serious about your digital photography
    • You should seriously consider the CS5 upgrade for pretty much the same reasons as above
      • Enhanced ACR 6 RAW processing
      • Lens Correction Lens Profiles
      • Content-Aware Fill
      • Painting + Brush improvements
      • HDR Pro
      • Refine Edge revisions
      • GPU Graphics processor improvements
      • 64-bit support

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  • If you are a hobbyist
    • This is less clear. The learning curve is still very steep
      • You will learn with the latest technologies
      • Sooner or later you will want these features anyway
      • >If you spend much time at Photoshop you will at least be in the current loop
      • The new features make your images better, faster, with less work

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  • If you are a Digital Artist
    • You will benefit greatly from many of Photoshop CS5’s new features
      • The Painting + Brush improvements are massive over previous versions
      • Content-Aware Fill can save you a lot of time
      • GPU Graphics processor improvements accelerates the visuals
      • The other feautre of benefit to photographers may help you as well

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  • If you are a student now, or a teacher
    • Buy an Educational or Academic versionwhile you are a student, or teacher
      • You can still use it after you finish classes
      • You can use it now or then for commercial work
      • You can upgrade in the future with no penalty as if it isn’t an academic version

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  • If you won’t be using the program right away
    • Wait
      • In the digital world things change all the time
        • If you won’t be using a camera, computer, software right away
          • It will be cheaper eventually (Photoshop is generally an exception, price drops are rare)
          • May have better features when you decide to buy

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