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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

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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

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

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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 CS5 Extended

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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