Photoshop CS3 – Worth the Upgrade?


So Adobe has come out with another upgrade – Big deal, you say – Why should I upgrade to CS3? Is it worth the extra expense? The answer is a resounding “yes”! .

Here are five excellent reasons to upgrade (There are lots more, but I’ve found these to be the most useful):

1) New RAW converter – To me, this new feature alone is worth the price of the upgrade. You now have so much control with new tonal and color features such as “Recovery”, “Fill Light”, “Blacks”, “Clarity”, “Vibrance” and “Tone Curve”. For more information, please contact me for a more detailed outline on this from my upcoming E Book.

2) “Refine Edge” – This is a dramatic improvement from the “Feather” function in CS2. After making a selection, you can not only feather, but you can control so much more, and preview the effect.

3) Black and White Conversion – With this adjustment, you can make strikingly strong black and white images from your existing color images.

4) Quick Selection Tool – Think of this new tool as the Magic Wand tool on steroids.

5) New “Curves” Functions – Simply put, the new “Curves” is a vast improvement over the old version, with lots of new and useful functionality.

So, if these new features intrigue you, don’t just take my word for it – You can download a 30 day free trial from Adobe here and find out for yourself.

Cheers! 🙂

John Watts


1 thought on “Photoshop CS3 – Worth the Upgrade?

  1. Hi John, I just ran across your latest blog entry. You just answered my question about the upgrade to CS3 before I could ask.

    Upon researching whether or not to upgrade to CS3 from photoshop elements 3.0 using a Mac computer (10.3.9), I have read from Adobe’s webpage that OS 10.4 or 10.5 is required.

    Do you think Photoshop CS3 will work with 10.3.9? I am reluctant to keep throwing software at my 3 year old computer especially a new operating system.

    I am considering buying Photoshop CS2 since it is compatible with my existing computer now and grow into CS3 with my next computer.

    Is my thinking flawed, or do you have any tips?

    I am interested in taking your photoshop course to learn how to properly use photoshop and my printer to get the most that I can out of it.

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