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8 CS3 interface changes you don't want to miss

Added on Tuesday 16th of October 2007 06:10 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS3

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


Aside from an abundance of new features, there are many smaller scale interface changes in Photoshop CS3 that will certainly affect your workflow. From the minor changes to the welcome improvements to the downright annoying, we’ll reveal eight of CS3’s new changes that you should know about.



When you upgrade to a new software version, there’s always an acclimation period when you find yourself fumbling around. Realizing that you don’t know as much as you used to is a humbling experience. You wonder if you’re missing something when you can’t seem to find what you’re looking for, and the help files are anything but helpful. Don’t worry, we’re in this boat together—we’ll share with you some of the tidbits we found along the way!


1. User Interface dilemmas


In past software versions, Macromedia sported panels and Adobe had palettes. Well, now it’s just a big smorgasbord across the Creative Suite. Most of the interfaces among the different Creative Suite applications have switched to referring to these units as panels. However, Photoshop still refers to them as palettes.

From an end-user’s perspective this might not make much of a difference, but if you’re reading our publications, you’ll want to know what we’re talking about. Luckily not much in Photoshop has changed, but we do have one minor change. What we used to refer to as the Toolbox; we’ll now call the Tools palette. If there are any late breaking updates to Photoshop palette naming conventions, we’ll be sure to fill you in!


2. Move the close box!


This new interface change is just downright annoying. The fact that the palette interface resembles a Windows platform now isn’t the problem, it’s the fact that the close boxes are on each individual palette tab, even when multiple palettes are stacked.

We understand the logic—now when you have a group of palettes, you can either close one of them or all of them. If you want to close one palette only, simply click the “X” to the right of the palette’s name, as shown in Figure A. If you want to close the whole palette set, click the X in the grouped palette’s top right corner, also shown in Figure A. The annoying part is that sometimes when you attempt to activate a palette in a group, trigger-happy fingers close out the palette instead.





3. Smarter resizing


When resizing an image in Photoshop, you’ve always been presented with options such as Bicubic Smoother, Bicubic Sharper, etc. And for many Photoshop users, it has been a best guess attempt remembering which one is the right choice for the situation, since none of the names are intuitive as to what they do. Well the Photoshop engineers have made our lives easier! Now when you choose to resize an image, the dialog box also displays which option is best for which resizing situation, as shown in Figure B.






4. Layers style icon change



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