Adobe Photoshop

What is Adobe Photoshop® CS5 Extended?

Adobe Photoshop’s® 12th major release since its launch, Adobe Photoshop® Creative Suite 5 (CS5) is available in two editions – Adobe Photoshop® CS5 and Adobe Photoshop® CS5 Extended. Photoshop® CS5 was launched on April 12, 2010. As the name suggests, Adobe Photoshop® CS5 Extended contains added features for advanced digital imaging. Essentially, Adobe Photoshop® CS5 Extended edition offers everything in Photoshop® CS5 as well as some cutting-edge tools for 3D image (creation, editing, and painting), rich motion graphics (editing) and powerful image analysis.

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Some Technical Stuff

For the uninitiated, Adobe Photoshop® is the most popular digital image creating and modifying software for the Web, print, and other media. Due to its powerful features, the latest edition – Adobe Photoshop® CS5 Extended – requires fast processing environment. Therefore, it will be a good idea to upgrade your system (if it’s not up to the mark!) to Pentium 4 or higher or at least Athlon 64, assuming you are already using Win XP SP3 or higher Windows version. 1GB of RAM and an equal amount of free hard-disk space should be sufficient for optimally running Adobe Photoshop® CS5 Extended on your machine. 1024×768 display with OpenGL graphics card and QuickTime 7.6.2 software for multimedia features are some of the other vitals you need to extract maximum out of Adobe Photoshop® CS5 Extended. Mac users should switch to Multi-core Intel processor along with Mac OS X v10.5.8 or higher and at least 2GB additional free hard-disk space for installation

Top Features of Adobe Photoshop® CS5 Extended

Although Adobe Photoshop® CS5 Extended is loaded with stunning features but Content-Aware Fill takes the cake. CS4 users may recall Content-Aware Scaling feature, which enabled resizing of images to reduce dead space while at the same time preserving the content you needed. So, what more does Content-Aware Fill achieve? Apart from removing the unwanted content from the image, it will ensure that the space left behind is filled with matching lighting, tone and noise so that you are left with an image, which appears as natural as the original one.


Adobe has also made complex selections in the image easier in its Photoshop® CS5 Extended with improved edge detection and masking by intelligent Refine Edge tool. Often, you need to modify a tricky aspect of the image, for instance, hair strands or fur. With Refine Edge tool, selection of such complex content is simplified and you can easily eliminate background color around selection edges or improve the selection with the painting tools.

3D features of Adobe Photoshop® CS5 Extended are a marked improvement from its previous versions. Adobe Repoussé technology used in Photoshop® CS5 Extended makes 3D extrusions from the images simpler. It enables you to convert 2D artwork into 3D objects, create 3D logos and artwork from any text layer, selection, path, or layer mask. You can also play around with your 3D designs with features like twist, rotate, extrude, bevel, and inflate. With powerful 3D editing capabilities, you can paint directly on 3D objects, animate your objects, add 3D objects to your designs and even illuminate your scene with real lighting.

Apart from these potent features, Adobe has also made some low-level enhancements that make Adobe Photoshop® CS5 Extended a complete imaging solution.

For instance, measurement and counting tools are included in order to extract quantitative information from images. You can analyze your image with in-depth data information.

Adobe Camera Raw 6 plug-in, which supports more than 275 camera models, is included to effortlessly remove image noise and applying new effects, like vignettes, grains and sharpening, while preserving color and other details.

Cross-platform 64-bit support fully exploits your hardware capabilities and offer faster image tasking and processing speed.