Choices, Choices: Photoshop CS4 Standard versus Extended versus the Creative Suite Options

In the beginning, Photoshop was just Photoshop    there were no "editions" and there were no "suites." The introduction of Photoshop CS gave us a handful of "Creative Suite" options a few years back now and as of CS3 Adobe split Photoshop itself into the Standard and Extended editions. CS4 continues that pattern making the upgrade options less than simple for many of us....

GPU Acceleration: A Killer Reason to Upgrade to CS4

Upgrading versions of Photoshop isn't cheap and some people may be wondering whether skipping a release might be a good way to save money. If you've been trying to decide whether to spring for the CS4 upgrade I'd advise you to carefully review the new features on Adobe's website. But one new feature that is hard to fully appreciate without seeing it in action is the use GPU and OpenGL acceleration to speed up screen redraws....

The Missing Photoshop Help Manuals

Way back when, Photoshop came with printed manuals. Once we got to the Creative Suite days, the standalone version of Photoshop still included one, but the suite versions dispensed with printed manuals and included only a PDF file of the relevant documentation. If you've upgraded to one of the CS4 suites, you've no doubt noticed even that is gone, replaced only with links to Adobe's website. If you long to have a real manual again, there is an answer....

A Circular Polarizer Doesn’t Doesn’t Have to be Round, and Vice Versa

By cutting haze and cutting down on reflections, a polarizer is one of the most useful filters for outdoor photography. But not all polarizers are created equal. Most modern cameras require what is known as a "circular polarizer." And I can hear at least some of you saying to yourself "aren't all polarizers round?" Ah, but in the world of polarizers "circular" doesn't mean "round."....
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