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Upcoming Photoshop CS5 Content Aware Fill takes photo editing to the next level

photoshop-cs5-content-aware-fill-2For years Photoshop has been king of photo editing and anything related. You know a program is popular when people refer to its name as a verb just like Google. You “google” something to search for it via google.com and you “photoshop” something to edit an image using the application Adobe Photoshop. This is a very simple concept but there is not much that is simple about the power harnessed in the upcoming Photoshop CS5 with an awesome new feature called Content Aware Fill In.

The internet has been buzzing with the demonstration video for Photoshop’s new Content Aware Filter function. Basically, Content Aware Fill In is a new “quick and easy” fix for retouching an image just by using the selection tools. CS4 already had Content Aware Scaling but CS5 is to take this action to a new level making it easier than ever to retouch a photo. If you do not know or understand what I am talking about, then check out the demonstration video below of the filter in action. The video below is narrated by Bryan O’Neil Hughes who happens to be the product manager at Adobe. Three examples of retouching are demonstrated.

The question I have to ask you now is, what does a tool like this do for photography? Will we see more “lazy” photographers now that Photoshop can virtually take your photo to the next level without any professional photography skills?

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Literally Reshaping the Photo World: Adobe Photoshop Turns 20 Years Old

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Have you ever “Photoshoped” an image? Chances are, if you are a photographer, work on websites, work with publications, like to retouch or edit photographs, then you have worked with Adobe Photoshop before.

In the past 20 years, Adobe Photoshop has literally reshaped the photo and graphics world as we know it. Just like the common nomenclature of “Googling” something online, the word “photoshop” has become a verb in our language that most of us understand as a specific computer function of editing an image. Up until today I did not know that Adobe strongly discourages the use of the term “photoshop” as a verb. Be that it may, photoshop, invented by Thomas Knoll, a University of Michigan PhD student encouraged to further develop the software by his brother John who worked for Industrial Light and Magic, has made its mark in history as one of the most popular image editing applications.

Adobe Photoshop has gone through the very first version 1.0 in 1990 to the most recent version Photoshop CS4. to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Photoshop, Gizmodo has posted an excellent timeline demonstrating the photoshop application changes through the last 20 years as shown in the image below.

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With the introduction of image layers functionality in Photoshop version 3.0, it enabled artists to reach new heights and paving the way for future versions of Photoshop that allow artists to create some of the most astonishing images in the world. Newer versions of Photoshop have pushed the envelope even further enabling just about anyone with a computer and a copy of Photoshop to deceive, amaze and even please the most critical personality.

adobe-photoshop-cs4Visit the official Adobe Photoshop 20th anniversary web page here.

What new features and advancements do you expect in future versions of Adobe Photoshop? Do you use other Photoshop alternatives? If so, which image editing tools do you primarily use?

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