by February 4, 2007 0 comments

Adobe has launched the beta version of their famous image editing software,
Photoshop CS3. It can be downloaded from
The file size is 687 MB for Mac users and 337 MB for PC users. The trial period
is 2 days only but existing CS2 users can try it for up to 30 days. For this you
need the Photoshop CS3 serial number which can be obtained from,
after you enter your CS2 serial number.

The minimum requirement for running this beta version is: for MAC – OS
10.4.8, 320 MB RAM, 1.5 GB hard disk; and for PC – Windows XP, 320 MB RAM and
650 MB hard disk. Photoshop CS3 is supported on Apple’s Intel based machines

Tool bar and Palettes
When you open CS3, you are immediately awestruck by its new interface. The tool
box on the left has become single column, to create more space for working with
the images more efficiently. But if you think single column is a pain, CS3 lets
you convert it to a double column tool bar.

Here, you can
see a single column tool bar and palettes that are neatly placed one after
the other
Black bars on
sides represent hidden tool bar and palettes. For a quick view, hover the
mouse cursor over them

The software has a nice way of placing open palettes. Whenever you open one,
it is placed at the right end of the screen. The next palette is placed
automatically at the bottom of the first palette. At the top of each palette,
there is a double arrow icon. Clicking on that arrow, docks the palette without
completely closing it. When you open many palettes at the same time, your image
gets covered with these.

This is in addition to the area already hidden by the tool bar. This is
uncomfortable for the user and so we need to hide them. But in case of need, how
do you bring them back? In CS3, the hidden templates can be brought back on
screen temporarily. After they have been hidden, you’ll notice thin black bars
at the left and right sides of the screen. Moving the cursor on top of either
brings them back on screen.

Another new feature is ‘Maximized Screen’ mode in which images can
automatically be made to collapse and come back to normal size when palettes are
shown on screen or hidden respectively. This allows you to scroll through the
complete image without having to hide palettes again and again.

Look at the new RGB and CMYK curves. You can see colored curves and histogram representing different color components Left: Normal grayscale mode change. Right: You can adjust the darkness according to color intensity

New features in Curves
For color correction of scanned or digital camera images, the best way is to use
Levels or Curves. In Curves window you have tools such as Channel Overlays,
Histogram, Baseline and Intersection Lines. The Curves window has colored curves
representing different color components, referenced against a baseline. Using
these tools, you can get an idea as to what color needs to be increased or
decreased. Whenever you pull the color curve up and down, a 90 degree angle line-Intersecting
line-which shows you the input and output levels.

There’s also a Smart Filter feature that allows you to apply filters
non-destructively. This means that even after applying a filter to an image, you
can go back and make changes. You can edit the filter settings as many times as
you want. We’ll talk more about Smart Filters in the next issue.

Black & White effect
Another new feature is the Black & White Command. This allows you take a
color image and quickly convert it to a black & white photograph. In older
versions, an image was changed to black & white, as per the Photoshop
formula. You can customize your image with the help of sliders that control the
conversion of each color.

You can also change the intensity of black according to original colors. For
example, suppose you want to increase the intensity of lipstick in the resultant
black image; increase the RED slider value. Here we can also change the Hue
& Saturation levels and the image to duotone, tritone or Quadtone.

Bottom Line: With the new interface and added features, CS 3 not only
looks wonderful but is also more useful.

Price: Not available
Meant For: Graphic designers, photo developers
Key Specs: New user interface; Better curves; Quick select
tool; Smart Filter
Pros: Edit image filters as many times as
you want
Cons: None
Contact: Adobe Systems India, Noida
Tel: 2444711 E-mail:

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Jose PM

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