Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended & Adobe After Effects CS4 9.0.2 Professional

Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended

  • Quick specs
  • Price: Free to try (30-day trial); $999.00 to buy
  • Operating system: Windows XP/Vista
  • Date added: January 19, 2009
  • Total Downloads: 13,108,222
  • Downloads last week: 36,304


CNET editors’ review

Reviewed by: CNET Staff

Photoshop is the professional standard in digital imaging, with an endless selection of drawing tools, filters, and color-adjustment capabilities for manipulating items in almost any way. Originally designed for bitmap images, Photoshop lets you create eye-catching typography by placing text on paths or within shapes, perform shadow and highlight correction, explore expanded color-matching features, parlay efficient layer comps, and preview, search, and share images. Oh, and it’s also the premiere program for managing home digital printing.

CS3 Extended includes support for rendering and integrating 3D images into 2D composites and video layer editing. There’s also a greatly modified help menu to take the edge off your learning curve, with built-in how-to’s on Preparing Art for Other Applications, Printing Photos, Working with Color and Type, and more. From simply lightening dark photos to improving color and contrast, to adding objects or people that weren’t originally in the picture, Photoshop is an excellent tool whose innovative features meet any professional need.

Though it’s an excellent software tool, the trial version demands a lot of download time, hard drive space, and RAM for rendering and other heavy tasks. However, the trial is fully functional, letting you edit, save, print, and export files, making it easier to assess this expensive product. Keep in mind that Photoshop has a steep learning curve, so great results take time and training.

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Publisher’s description

From Adobe Systems :With Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended, you get: Unrivaled editing power. New Adjustments and Masks panels slash the time it takes you to make nondestructive color and tone adjustments, and to create and re-edit feathered, density-controlled pixel and vector masks. With on-image controls and presets, there’s less time mousing between settings. Fine modifications are faster and easier with additions like the new Vibrance adjustment layer and enhanced Color Range mask creation. And Content-Aware Scaling is the revolutionary new feature that automatically recomposes an image as you resize it, smartly preserving vital areas as it adapts to the new dimensions. Work more efficiently and naturally with fluid, natural canvas rotation, enhanced pan and zoom tools, and effortless large-image navigation. Vastly improved Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools let you intelligently and accurately adjust the exposure and color of image areas using simple brush strokes. Photoshop CS4 tools combine increased power and finer control with easier, more naturally controlled effects to boost productivity, no matter how you work with digital images. Breakthrough 3D, motion graphics, and image analysis capabilities. In Photoshop CS4 Extended, you can now work with 3D objects and video frames as easily as with any traditional image. Paint directly on 3D objects. Combine 2D layers and video files into 3D layers. Easily convert any image into a 3D object or volume. And do it all with a brand new 3D engine that provides dramatic performance and capability improvements. In motion graphics, single key shortcuts let you move through and edit video layers faster and more precisely than before, and new controls enable you to preview and export audio tracks as well. Image analysis improvements include multiple counts with the Count tool and volume rendering of DICOM files. See what’s possible, with Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended.

What’s new in this version:

Version CS4 features revolutionary 3D painting and compositing, adds 3D object and property editing and fluid canvas rotation.

Adobe After Effects CS4 9.0.2 Professional

altCreate motion graphics and visual effects with the industry standard! With Adobe® After Effects® CS4 software, you can create compelling motion graphics and blockbuster visual effects with flexible tools that help save you time and deliver unparalleled creative power. Design vector graphics, create more organic movements, and expedite delivery with new integration and collaboration features. Use QuickSearch to instantly locate any element or even missing footage in a comp or project; navigate quickly between nested comps using the new Mini-Flowchart. Import 3D models from Adobe Photoshop® CS4, and then bring them into After Effects to composite them with other elements, adjust lighting, and more. Adobe provides end-to-end software solutions to deliver compelling experiences on film, video, DVD, the web, and mobile devices. Adobe® After Effects® CS4 software is a must-have release that helps make you more productive. Searchable timelines and projects, expanded 3D compositing options, included Mocha for Adobe After Effects software, and numerous enhancements streamline almost everything you do.

Bring your vision to life with blockbuster visual effects and compelling motion graphics in Adobe After Effects Professional software. Work with sophisticated tools and enjoy tight integration with Adobe’s leading design applications while you deliver stunning Work to virtually any media type. Design from scratch or jump-start projects from hundreds of fully customizable presets and templates – all from within a streamlined interface.

• Import of 3D layers from Photoshop
Import 3D models from Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 into Adobe After Effects® CS4 to composite them with other elements, and more.
• Searchable timelines and projects and easier nested comp navigation
Locate any element in a comp or project with the new QuickSearch. Quickly navigate between nested comps with the new Mini-Flowchart.
• Compositions exported as layered projects
Export compositions as layered, XFL format projects that can be opened and edited in Adobe Flash® CS4 Professional software. Many After Effects assets such as text and Adobe Illustrator® artwork are preserved as vectors.
• Integrated workflow for mobile device authoring
Select devices in Adobe Device Central and automatically set up an After Effects project that targets those devices, with settings that match the targeted devices and the Render Queue setup to output to the proper codecs and resolutions.
• Numerous interface and workflow tweaks
Work more efficiently with dozens of user-requested changes, including the new Auto Resolution setting that only renders visible pixels when zooming in and out of a comp view, streamlined memory and multicore processing preferences, and more.
• Dynamic Link between Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Soundbooth
Using Adobe Creative Suite® 4 Production Premium software, now link Adobe Premiere® Pro sequences to an After Effects composition and After Effects comps to Adobe Soundbooth® with Adobe Dynamic Link.
• Independent keyframing of x, y, z values, plus 3D compositing improvements
Composite in 3D space more easily: Keyframe x, y, and z position values separately, and use the new unified camera, which makes the After Effects camera tool work more like those in 3D modeling applications.
• Cartoon effect
Instantly give live footage the look of cell animation. Stylize video by reducing the color palette of a clip and by emphasizing edges.
• Mocha for Adobe After Effects from Imagineer Systems
Use this powerful 2.5D planar tracking application from Imagineer Systems to track the motion of elements — even in challenging shots where elements move offscreen or where there is motion blur or excessive grain.
• XMP metadata for asset intelligence
Now retain asset metadata while you work in After Effects. Add new project-, comp-, and layer-level metadata to streamline project tracking, and automate asset auditing and many other tasks.

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