Upgrade to CS3 Question. Opinions Wanted!!!

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Steven Wandy, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. Steven Wandy

    Steven Wandy Guest

    I am currently using Lightroom and CS2 for my digital developing
    chores. I shoot 95% in JPEG and do 95% of my adjustments in LR.
    A close friend recently got CS3 (he was using Elements prior) and he
    loves it.
    From a photographers point of view, considering that I do most of my
    adjustments currently in LR, is the upgrade worth it? I have read some
    of the features and some sound very interesting. (Even played with the
    trial for a few days.)
    From what I have read elsewhere, many feel that if you are already
    using LR for most adjustments, the upgrade is not worth the cost of
    Thanks, Steve
    Steven Wandy, Aug 9, 2007
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    Somebody Guest

    I think it comes down to what do you want to do with your images. LR is
    capable of doing about 60% of the image adjustment. But, anytime you need to
    do something localized to a certain area of an image LR isn't going to do
    that. Lightroom lets you do the entire image and thats it. Photoshop
    provides a lot of flexibility in your image editing, something LR doesn't.
    Layers, channels, even some image adjustment functions that LR doesn't have,
    not to mention filters, actions and more. If you do Panorama images CS3 is
    awesome the new technology in it for that is in my opinion worth the cost of
    the program alone.

    Only you can decide if you want to do more with your images.

    Somebody, Aug 9, 2007
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    Skinner1 Guest

    Smart Filters is reason enough!
    Skinner1, Aug 10, 2007
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    Gary Guest

    Extended functionality

    Although there's not really that much talk about it, if you do any video at
    all -- any -- it would also be a good idea to look at the extended features
    of PSCS3. Specifically it has a timeline. Drag a movie onto a PS (Extended)
    icon and you'll see it unveil itself on a functional timeline ala Flash or
    After Effects. Filters? Put them on that timeline and you'll be surprised at
    the results. Extended functions also come with a set of measurement tools,
    which during the beta we the favorite of forensics people.

    LR is a encapsulated form of Bridge, PS and RAW data being put into a
    package more suitable and recognizable by professional or high-end amateur
    photographers. The learning curve for the PS/Bridge/RAW strategy makes using
    LR better for a lot of people. It's also a good place to determine whether
    you should move into PS for real.

    Poyssick in tampa, florida
    Gary, Aug 10, 2007
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