Photoshop CS vs. 7.0

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  1. bigboy99 macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2005
    Deep in the Heart of Tejas
    Are there any significant differences between these two versions? I mainly work with digital photos.
  2. maya macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2004
    somewhere between here and there.
    I prefer both PS 7 and PS 8 (CS v1). I found no significant reason to upgrade to CS 2 (PS 9). :)

    CS 1 (PS 8) has the "healing brush" which I find rather useful. There are some other benefits, however its a personal call. :)
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Of particular interest for photographers:

    • The file browser is significantly better than under PS7
    • Improved support for 16-bit images
    • Camera RAW plugins

    Plus a number of new and improved tools... I won't go on because I just found this article which goes into far more detail than I ever could.
  4. G5Unit macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2005
    I'm calling the cops
    I have PS 7 because the higher the versions go, the more ram they hog. I stick with PS 7 and After Effects 6.5 because I can have them both open at the same time without slowdowns. The reason I upgraded to 6.5 from 6.0 was because of some cross platform problem and they didnt have 6 no more so I bought 6.5 from 99 bucks. I think you should only get CS 2 if there is a feature you really need to make your productivity better.
  5. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Oneida, NY
    Is there anything in 7 that you need to do that you can't? If not, there's no point in wasting money on an upgrade.

    I use CS and have no reason to upgrade to CS2 because CS has more features than I use already.
  6. xsedrinam macrumors 601


    Oct 21, 2004
    I've just installed CS2 ( PS 9), benefit of xmas gift, so haven't had a chance to compare (vs. 8,7), but the "healing brush" seems to have added a couple more features "red eye" among them which has been over due, imo, though iPhoto and other apps have addressed this to a degree.
  7. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    From what I've heard, CS2 doesn't offer much over CS1, so there's no point in upgrading there if you don't want to.

    I've found CS to be much cleaner than 7, and there are several improvements, one of which being the healing brush (very useful in touching up portraits), and some other basic interface and file management stuff that just makes the whole process smoother.
  8. Flying Llama macrumors 6502a

    Flying Llama

    Aug 4, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Isn't there the healing brush in PS7?? :confused:

    I've been using PS7 for the past four years and plan to upgrade to CS2 soon...
  9. Chacala_Nayarit macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2005
    Lakewood, Washington
    I have compared 7 and 8. Version 8 has some cool filters and improved file browser, but no reasons for me to upgrade. I mainly work with digital photos for the Web.
  10. Dafke macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2005
    well, i did notice that, when doing the 'Apple Mac Hardware - Photoshop Test' CS was 19% faster than 7 doing the motion blur test.
  11. dhracer88 macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2005
    The interface is more user friendly in CS than 7, in my opinion. We use PS 7 at school, but I've worked with both CS and CS2 at home.

    What CS has that 7 doesn't (things I notice and use often):
    -Type on a path - draw a path and place type on it. 7 can't do this.
    -Filter gallery makes things a lot easier.

    CS2 seems to provide more filters and better RAW handling. Plus, Adobe Bridge is a lot faster than the File Browser.
  12. MRU macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    I've upgraded my photoshop since Ver 5.

    The big difference fo me in 7 - CS(8) was things like the filter browser. It's handy.

    The interface and layer options have some enhancements.

    Admtedly there isn't a giant leap but 8 is very good and stable. I like File Browser. Its really useful fast and responsive.

    CS2 sucks ass. They ruined photoshop, it seems to have memory holes, is sluggish.

    With both 7 & CS I hardly ever saw the spinning wheel of death, even when a project amassed a large number of layers.

    With CS2 it stops up on you and SPOD is seen very often, even when selecting somthing fairly simple like a text layer.

    After paying for the upgrade from CS - CS2 I feel really pis*ed off at Adobe. Even fantastic FileBrowser from CS has been replaced with Adobe Bridge 1. An extremely slow and labourious program. The benefit of file browser was its speed, take that away and over complicate somthing unecessarily and hey presto you have Bridge.

    Also Version Cue sucks ass, its like spyware attaching itself to the top menu bar and monitoring you. What a waste of resources.

    7 - 8 worth it. 7 or 8(CS) to 9(CS2) CRAP.
  13. xsedrinam macrumors 601


    Oct 21, 2004
    What exactly is Bridge supposed to benefit and "improve"? It's annoying, but I'm thinking I haven't quite found out what it will do. That's why I've kept PS 8 and VersionCue 1 on hand just in case I want to dump PS 9.
  14. ATD macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2005
    I have used all the versions of PS (from 1 to CS2) and my long time favorite was PS7. Now with a Quad, PS7 runs like crap so I'm using CS1 which I find to be great also. There are some features in CS2 that I like a lot, namely HDR editing, the Warp Deformer and Smart Objects. But to me CS2 does not seem as stable as PS7 or CS1 so I will more than likely use CS1 most of the time.

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