Review: Adobe Photoshop CS3
The floating palettes are also a bit different. An important one to note is the Brushes palette. It is now accessible (as are other palettes) by tabs on the palette dock along the side of the open palettes. You can detach any of the palettes as you wish or dock them along the right side of the workspace as usual. This new system makes tools easily accessible without taking up valuable workspace.
Inserting Images and Objects
The new Bridge makes it a snap to find and choose photos to add to your document. It loads much faster than the old version and has new features such as side-by-side viewing and the ability to zoom in on specific areas of a photo. I haven’t been a big fan of Bridge in the past, but it looks like this may be my new organizing tool. It’s worth a look.
Editing Images and Objects
One of the most significant changes for digital scrapbooking is the use of Smart Objects and Smart Filters. You can now insert any image into your document as a Smart Object. To do this, select Place from the File menu and select your image. By placing the object into your document, you can now apply re-editable filters and effects without changing the quality of the original image. Previously, if you inserted an object such as a brad and applied a filter to it, you could not adjust the effects of the filter. With Smart Filters, you can apply multiple filters, and you can always change your mind later. You can adjust or delete a filter completely while leaving others you’ve applied. And each filter has a layer mask, which means you can “paint” areas of the filter away and “paint” them back in.
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