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Wondering how the new features of Photoshop compare to the old versions? Here is a comparison chart of the features in Adobe Photoshop versions CS6 CS5 CS4 CS3 Extended.

It’s useful to compare the new features in recent versions of Photoshop when deciding of the upgrade is worth it to you, and your workflow.

PhotographyUNcapped has collected information from several Adobe sources to compile this chart.

Note: Below this big chart is a breakdown of the new features, in each new version, going back through all the Photoshop CS incarnations: CS6, CS5, CS4, CS3, CS2, CS

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Photoshop CS4 Extended

Photoshop CS3 Extended

——————————-  Imaging Magic – Maximum creative impact  ——————————-

Content-Aware Patching yes - - -
Advanced Crop Tool yes - - -
Skintone-Aware Selections + Masking yes - - -
Updated Auto-Correction Settings yes - - -
Advanced Lens Correction yes - - -
Truer Edge selection technology yes yes - -
Color decontamination for selections yes yes - -
Selection and mask refinement tools yes yes - -
Content-Aware Fill yes yes - -
Mixer Brush yes yes - -
Bristle Tips yes yes - -
Puppet Warp yes yes - -
Additive grain in Adobe Camera Raw yes yes - -
Automatic lens correction yes yes - -
Straighten Image tool yes yes - -
GPU-accelerated features enhanced yes yes yes -
Content-Aware Scaling yes yes yes -
Extended depth of field yes yes yes -
Post-crop vignetting enhanced yes yes yes -
-ise removal in Adobe Camera Raw enhanced yes yes yes yes
HDR imaging enhanced yes yes yes yes
B&W conversion enhanced yes yes yes yes
Creative content (shapes, styles, swatches) enhanced yes yes yes yes
Motion-based content editing yes yes yes yes
Industry-leading color correction yes yes yes yes
Auto-alignment of layers yes yes yes yes
Auto-blending of images yes yes yes yes
Quick Selection tool yes yes yes yes
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Photoshop CS3 Extended

——————————-  Creativity Production Improvements + New Tools  ——————————-

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Adobe Camera Raw ACR 7 yes - - -
Oil Painting Filter Set yes - - -
Layer Search yes - - -
Blur Gallery yes - - -
Video Editing + Creation within Photoshop yes - - -
Newly Modified Design Tools yes - - -
Brushes which Erode yes - - -
Painting Presets Additions yes - - -
Pattern Scripts yes - - -
64bit Lighting Effects Gallery yes - - -
OpenEXR Transparency Support yes - - -
Selection Tools Improved yes - - -
Photoshop Apps Support yes yes - -
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Photoshop CS3 Extended

——————————-  Performance Improvements  ——————————-

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Save in Background yes - - -
Mercury Graphics Engine yes - - -
Presets Saving – Sharing – Migration yes - - -
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Photoshop CS3 Extended

——————————-  Productivity boosts  ——————————-

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Adobe Mini Bridge new yes yes - -
Adobe CS Review, Adobe CS Live online services yes yes - -
Paste in place new yes yes - -
64-bit support yes Mac OS and Windows® Windows only -
Multitouch support yes Mac OS only Mac OS only -
Custom panels enhanced yes yes yes -
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® integration enhanced yes yes yes yes
Powerful printing options enhanced yes yes yes yes
Broad file format support enhanced yes yes yes yes
Mobile device support yes yes yes yes
High-resolution web display yes yes yes yes
Powerful extensibility enhanced yes yes yes yes
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Photoshop CS4 Extended

Photoshop CS3 Extended

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In-context, 3D Controls yes - - -
Reflections + Draggable Shadows yes - - -
Easy Alignment + Distribution of 3D Objects yes - - -
3D Performance Boost yes - - -
Enhanced 3D Animation yes - - -
3D Stereo Viewing + Printing yes - - -
Adobe Flash Professional 3D Export yes - - -
3D Sketch + cartoon Presets yes - - -
Adobe Repoussé yes yes - -
3D materials library and picker yes yes - -
Depth of field for 3D yes yes - -
Easy-to-use shadow catcher yes yes - -
Image-based lighting yes yes - -
3D object painting enhanced yes yes yes yes
Adobe 3D Forge engine enhanced yes yes yes yes
2D and 3D compositing enhanced yes yes yes yes
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Photoshop CS3 Extended

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Dicom Directory Support yes - - -
Quantitative data extraction yes yes yes yes
Scale markers yes yes yes yes
Count tool yes yes yes yes
Edit tracking yes yes yes yes
DICOM volume rendering and file support yes yes yes yes
MATLAB support yes yes yes yes
Image Stacks yes yes yes yes

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Adobe Photoshop CS6 (version 13)

  • Video creation + editing
  • Smart Cursors HUD (Heads up display) - one of our faves
  • Layer Search
  • ACR 7 – Adobe Camera Raw 7 - one of our faves
  • Lens Correction New Lens Profiles + Improved Features
  • Blur Gallery
  • Brushes which erode
  • Airbrush brush tips
  • New Painting presets
  • Oil Painting filter
  • Scripts for Pattern making
  • Content-Aware Patch – one of our faves
  • Auto-correction enhancements
  • Skin tone masking and selections
  • Mercury Graphics Engine
  • 3D cartoon presets
  • Background Saving - one of our faves

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Adobe Photoshop CS5 (version 12)

  • Improved workflow features
  • 64-bit support
  • Enhanced ACR 6 RAW processing
  • Lens Correction Lens Profiles (one of my fave new features)
  • Content-Aware Fill
  • Painting + Brush improvements
  • HDR Pro
  • GPU Graphics processor improvements
  • Refine Edge revisions
  • Improved Performance

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Adobe Photoshop CS4 (version 11)

  • OpenGL display GPU acceleration in Photoshop
  • Improved RAW processing with Adobe Camera RAW CR 5
  • Canvas rotation with OGL
  • Panels for Adjustment and Masks
  • Extended Depth of Field (one of my fave new features)
  • Layer Auto-Alignment
  • Tabbed Document Windows
  • Adobe Bridge CS4 with improved file management
  • Support for 64-bit in Windows Vista x64
  • Auto-blend

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Adobe Photoshop CS3 (version 10)

  • New User Interface (UI)
  • Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) improvements
  • Quick Select tool (one of my fave new features)
  • Black and White Adjustment (one of my fave new features)
  • New Curves Adjustment Layer dialog
  • Smart Filters (non-destructive)
  • Save for Web and Mobile Devices improvements
  • Cloning and Healing with preview
  • HDR new support in 32-bit with Layers

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Adobe Photoshop CS2 (version 9)

  • Adobe Camera RAW ACR 3
  • Deeper Layer nesting structure
  • Red eye tool (finally)
  • Lens Correction (one of my fave new features)
  • Image warp
  • Spot Healing Brush tool (one of my fave new features)
  • Smart Sharpen
  • Vanishing Point
  • Selection of multiple Layers

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Adobe Photoshop CS (version 8 ) [this is when 'Creative Suite' was added to the names]

  • Shadow/Highlight image adjustment (one of my fave new features)
  • Adobe Camera RAW 2
  • Match Color
  • Lens Blur Filter
  • Histogram with real time updating
  • Scripting capabilities

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