Friday, May 6, 2011

Photoshop CS5 Extended first impressions

Photoshop CS5 Extended and the external hard drive arrived yesterday!

Still waiting for the new computer, but curiosity got the best of me. I installed the CS5 Extended tryout on my old notebook because I didn't want to waste a product activation on the old hardware. I had a bit of a play around with the new 3D features--as expected, the poor dear doesn't have the graphics horsepower to make full use of these new features, but it wasn't completely unusable.

That image above is 100% Photoshop--I didn't even fire up Carrara or anything like that. I imported the Despoiler as a 3D layer, set it up to use image-based lighting, and then grabbed some cheesy overcast sky background off the Internet and dropped that into a layer below it. I'm actually surprised it turned out okay. I still prefer Carrara 8's renderer for box art and promos, but Photoshop's renderer is easily good enough for instructions and Workbench snapshots.

I did another quickie test to see if PSD files with embedded 3D content would still load in

And they do! That'll simplify instructions quite a bit. It'll be nice not to have to fire up Carrara just to do instructions.