I have used Photoshop since version 4.0 and like using it
on a day to day bases. An artist friend of mine once said to
me, if you want to master Photoshop you have to practice while
using it. Practice is the key to mastering any version of Photoshop.
If you are new to this program than you are in for a treat. If
you are an expert than this review can help you decide if this
latest version is what you need.
First of all you have to meet some requirements before you
can even consider using Photoshop 7. This version was intended
and developed to run on the Macintosh with OS 10 + and Windows
- However you can run using the very basics on a Macintosh
G3 or G4 or a dual G4 with OS9.1 or OS 9.2 and OS 10. A mere
320 MB of hard drive space with 192 MB of RAM.
- For Windows use will need a minimum and comparable to an
Intel Pentium III, or a Pentium 4 with Windows 98, Windows 98
second edition, Windows 2000 and XP. You will need at the least
280 MB of hard drive space and 192 MB of RAM
Okay let say you meet all the requirement is this a version of
Photoshop that you need to upgrade too? First of all if your
after speed you will be happy to know that version 6 is very
quick too. You will not see much of a difference unless your
using a dual processor. Advancement come with every new version
and there are improvements and added tools also. However not
all versions are created equal. Abobe and other manufactures
no that customer do not upgrade every year. If they did they
would stop upgrading and just buy a version possibly many years
later or never again. Manufactures allow for a year or two to
pass without the customer losing out on those incentive to upgrade
prices. This version of adobe Photoshop 7 costs about one thousand
dollars Canadian or $609 US and the upgrade is about $230 Canadian
and $149US. Which one would you pick?
If the customer is given the option to miss a year or so they
tend to stay loyal to that company. If they were to lose the
upgrade status cause thay did not want or need to upgrade yearly,
than they tend to buy other software that would come closer to
meeting their demands.
Here are the high light to what is new
- Computer with Mac OS X and Windows XP
- Paint Engine
- Healing brush tool
- Patch Tools
- File browser
- Enhanced Liquefy filter
- Picture package
- PIM Plug - in
What does this all mean? If you are new to Photoshop this version
is a great buy. Here are what these new features do.
Now I know why at times I favor using version 5.5 over 6
and that is five still had the paint brush. In version seven
Adobe brings the paint brush back
A redesigned engine adds multi new improvements. With an endless
option to create different size of brushes, styles and sensitivity.
This tool borrows from the technology once only obtain by using
a Wacom tablet, now incorporates a pen like pressure sensitivity.
Using this sensitivity allows for an endless array of fluid like
Much has been said about this tool the "Healing
Brush". Similar to the
rubber stamp tool the new tool will automatically preserve the
image's shading, lighting, and texture. This is all done at the
same time which at one time may have had to be done in four or
Ever wonder or had to resize an image
for printing now use can. You can do multi reseizing of images
ready to be printed.
Taken into the consideration of computers with multi
- processing capabilities. If you want speed here is where
you will see it. Bench mark testing a dual 500 Meg Hertz computer,
revealed that it will out rank a computer with 900 Mega Hertz
computer by as much as thirty percent. A difference of thirty
percent may make a difference to to you.
Network sharing is more common among muti - computer users and
office settings. Now by incorporating through the Acrobats 5
engine, you can use a PDF to create a passwords
that can be assigned to photo images thus restrict access to
anyone who does not have the right password. If you lose your
password - oops those files are hidden from you too.
A browser like recreation of images collected through out your
hard drive are gathered and displayed as thumbnails on a single
page. If a zip drive or Cd in the player has any images they
will also be include as a thumb nail. Included with each thumb
nail is information on color, size, date created, or date modified.
The exchangeable image file or EXIF is information gathered
when using a camera can now added to the information visible
to the user. In Photoshops browser
you can rename, sort, rank, and rotate your images with out altering
the original. This feature takes into account that your computer
has a lot of RAM installed.
If your using an Epson color printer via a plug - in you
can use the print image matching or PIM
technology. Images can now benefit by using Epson technology.
I never had any problems when using a color jet by HP.
As you can see there are many new feature which may suggest
upgrading to this version is a must. If you work with many camera
created images this maybe more than enough reason to move towards
this version. However if you need to upgrade to a new operating
system and you don't have a top end computer the added expenses
may stop you from buying this version. Version six is still satisfying
professional users around the world so your not alone if you
stay here another year. It is within your upgrading rights and
pocket book fiances to remain with the version you are presently
using. In other reviews read, it had suggested that with the
new tools many professionals are not making the jump to this
version. Adobe offers you a free trail of Photoshop 7 to download
to your computer. If you have the proper requirement than let
yourself be the final judge whether you need this version Photoshop
7 or not..