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Increase your productivity with CS5

Added on Thursday 15th of July 2010 06:11 am EST
 

Application:
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Operating Systems:
Macintosh, Microsoft Windows

 

As with any software upgrade, Photoshop CS5 comes packed with new features. While a few bells and whistles have received all the hype, plenty of the lesser-known changes Adobe made to the software are worthy of mention.

 

If you recently upgraded to Photoshop CS5 you probably can’t wait to get your hands wet learning some of the hot new features like the Mixer Brush and Content-Aware Fill. But before you do, check out some of the numerous smaller-scale changes that will increase your productivity and ease your workflow.

 

Highlight the new features

 

You don’t need to fumble around in CS5 to find out what’s new. Let Photoshop tell you! The Essentials default workspace is great, but as you get acclimated to the new version it might help you to have the new features highlighted. Simply choose Window > Workspace > New In CS5, as shown in Figure A, and Photoshop highlights all the new features in the menus, as shown in Figure B.

 

 

 

A quick trip to the Bridge

 

If you use Adobe Bridge to manage your image files, there’s now a new way to access it. Sure, you can continue to launch Bridge manually, or you can choose File > Browse in Bridge. New to CS5 is the option to Browse In Mini Bridge. Powered by Adobe Bridge, when you choose File > Browse In Mini Bridge, Photoshop activates the Mini Bridge panel, shown in Figure C. (Other ways to launch Mini Bridge include choosing Window > Extensions > Mini Bridge, or clicking the Mini Bridge icon on the Application bar.)

 

 

In the panel, click the Browse Files icon and Adobe Bridge launches. But instead of switching over to the Bridge interface, you can browse through your files directly from Photoshop, as shown in Figure D.

 

 

You do need to have the full version of Bridge CS5 installed for this featu...