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Adobe Unveils Creative Suite 5 Software Family for Every Creative Workflow

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Creative Suite 5 Software

San Jose, CA—Adobe Systems announced Adobe Creative Suite 5, the next-generation release of the industry-leading design and development software for virtually every creative workflow.

The lineup is headlined by Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection, which includes, in a single package, all of Adobe’s Creative Suite tools: Photoshop CS5; Illustrator CS5; InDesign CS5; Flash Catalyst CS5; Flash Professional CS5; Dreamweaver CS5; Adobe Premiere Pro CS5; and After Effects CS5. The products are also available separately or in one of the five Creative Suite editions: Creative Suite 5 Master Collection; Creative Suite 5 Design Premium; Creative Suite 5 Web Premium; Creative Suite 5 Production Premium; and Creative Suite 5 Design Standard; as well as 15 point products, associated technologies and integration with new Adobe CS Live Services (CS Live Services are complimentary for a limited time).

Focusing on interactivity, performance and maximizing the impact of digital content and marketing campaigns across media and devices, the Creative Suite 5 product line brings full-version upgrades of flagship creative tools while delivering workflow enhancements. Additionally, a brand-new component, Adobe Flash Catalyst, joins the suite, ushering in the ability to design interactive content without writing code.

“While Creative Suite 5 continues Adobe’s storied history of delivering astonishing new creative features, this release first and foremost addresses the challenges facing publishers and creatives worldwide—how to build profitable businesses around digital content,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO. “By coupling sophisticated online business analytics with dazzling creative tools, we’re ensuring that publishers, designers and marketers can create, deliver and optimize beautiful, high-impact digital experiences across media and devices.”

Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended

Adobe is calling Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended software “must-have releases of the professional industry standard for digital imaging.” Packing in more advancements from Adobe Labs than any other release and incorporating enhancements to everyday tasks requested by the Photoshop community, the software has greater intelligence and awareness of the content within images, allowing for complex manipulation in a few clicks.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended delivers everything in Photoshop CS5 as well as advanced tools for 3D. Photoshop CS5 and CS5 Extended will be available as stand-alone applications or key components of the Adobe Creative Suite 5 family.

Now a native 64-bit application on Mac and Windows platforms, Photoshop CS5 offers tools and creative controls to aid users in performing advanced image manipulations and compositing with ease. Image intelligence behind Content-Aware Fill removes any image detail or object, examines the surroundings and fills in the space left behind. Lighting, tone and noise of the surrounding area are matched, so it looks as if the removed content never existed.

Additionally, a new Refine Edge tool makes “nearly-impossible image selections possible,” according to Adobe. The technology was developed to detect and mask the trickiest types of edges, such as hair and foliage, while eliminating background color contamination.

For photographers, Photoshop CS5 now offers next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities. When combining multiple exposures into a single HDR image, Photoshop CS5 preserves the full tonal range of a scene. The new HDR Pro offers ghost artifact removal and greater tone mapping and adjustment control. With HDR toning, users can emulate the look of an HDR image with any single-exposure image.

New painting capabilities include a Mixer Brush that blends an infinite combination of colors onto a single paintbrush tip, and Bristle Tips that offer lifelike brush strokes. Puppet Warp gives users the power to reposition or warp any image element, such as straightening a bent arm in a photo or manipulating the landscape to generate a new perspective.

In addition, more than 30 features and enhancements requested directly by the Photoshop community have been added to this release, including automatic image straightening, rule-of-thirds crop tool, color picker and the ability to save 16-bit images as JPEGs. A customizable Adobe Mini Bridge panel is also available directly in the software for faster file browsing and management. 

Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CS5 Extended are scheduled to ship within 30 days. Estimated street price for Adobe Photoshop CS5 is $699 and $999 for Photoshop CS5 Extended. Upgrade pricing and volume licensing are available. Estimated street price for the suites: $2,599 for Master Collection CS5; $1,899 for CS5 Design Premium; $1,799 for CS5 Web Premium; $1,699 for CS5 Production Premium; and $1,299 for CS5. htpp://www.adobe.com/go/photoshop

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