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  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 software redefines digital imaging with a focus on photography; breakthrough capabilities for superior image selections, image retouching, and realistic painting; and a wide range of enhancements.
  • Create and refine images using state-of-the-art photography tools that deliver superior results with unprecedented ease and in fewer steps than ever before.
  • Explore new creative possibilities with breakthrough tools that enable you to select, adjust, paint, and recompose images with tremendous precision and freedom.
  • Accelerate your workflow with fast performance on 64-bit hardware systems, smoother interactions thanks to GPU acceleration, and dozens of time-savers throughout the application.
  • Easily manage media with more flexible batch renaming, and access your assets in the context of what you're working on by using the customizable Adobe Mini Bridge panel in Photoshop.
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  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 17.8 x 4.6 cm ; 181 g
  • ASIN: B003B32B0U
  • Release Date: May 12 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #741 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Adobe Photoshop CS5 delivers breakthrough capabilities to help you create images with impact. Refine your images with reengineered photography tools for removing noise, adding grain, and creating high dynamic range (HDR) images. Get precise results when making complex selections. Remove any image element and see the space fill in almost magically. Paint with naturally textured brushstrokes and realistic color blends. Also work fast with cross-platform 64-bit support and dozens of other time-savers.

Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended provide unparalleled editing and enhancement control with powerful new selection-refinement tools that produce superior results with complex subjects and state-of-the-art noise removal, sharpening, and raw-image processing with Adobe Camera Raw 6. Click to enlarge.

Create powerful images with the professional standard

Easy access to core editing power
Get just the tools you need--exactly when you need them--as you perform common editing activities. Adjustments and Masks panels guide you in making precise adjustments and masks.

Extraordinary creative tools
Achieve realistic painting effects with the ability to mix colors on canvas and create natural brushstrokes. Merge multiple exposures into stunning high dynamic range (HDR) images. Move, remove, warp, or stretch any image element.

State-of-the-art photography
Easily merge multiple exposures to extend the dynamic range with more power, precision, and fidelity than ever before. Convert to black-and-white in new ways. And use Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools that intelligently preserve color and tone details.

Industry-leading raw image processing
Enjoy superior results when you convert raw images with the Camera Raw 6 plug-in, which offers support for over 275 camera models plus nondestructive editing so you can experiment without harming your original photo.

Automated compositing tools
Easily create a single image from a series of shots that have different focal points, smoothly blending color and shading and extending your depth of field. And take advantage of accurate, automatic layer alignment.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom integration
Enjoy tight integration with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software (sold separately), easily moving files from Lightroom to Photoshop CS5 to create HDR images, panoramas, and multilayered Photoshop documents. Roundtrip your files back to Lightroom.

Efficient media management
Manage your media visually with Adobe Bridge CS5 software. Enjoy more flexible batch renaming plus the ability to access files in the context of your work using the customizable Adobe Mini Bridge panel.

Powerful printing options
Get outstanding prints in less time with automation, scripting, and a print dialog box that's easier to navigate.

Broad file format support
Import and export hundreds of image file formats, including PSD, AI, PDF, NEF, CRW, TIFF, BMP, Cineon, JPEG, JPEG2000, FXG, OpenEXR, PNG, and Targa, and video formats including 3G, FLC, MOV, AVI, DV Stream, Image Sequence, MPEG-4, and FLV.

Extensibility
Personalize Photoshop and extend its capabilities with custom panels that developers create to accomplish specific tasks, the Adobe Photoshop Marketplace for third-party plug-ins and resources, and Adobe Community Help for tips and tricks.

The Edge Detection and Decontaminate Colors features help you make highly precise selections of complex subjects quickly and easily, enabling faster, more accurate compositing of multiple images. Click to enlarge.

Magically remove unwanted detail in your photographs with Content-Aware Fill. In this example, the boat has been removed from the photo by making a rough selection around the subject (left) and then filling the area with the Content Aware option selected in the Fill dialog box. Click to enlarge.

With new tone-mapping and alignment technologies, sophisticated controls, and an updated dialog box, HDR Pro helps you to produce a variety of creative outcomes from a single set of source files. Click to enlarge.

Recreate the look of your favorite film with the new Grain feature. Left: Original photo. Right: After grain has been applied.

Top new features of Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended

Intelligent selection technology
Photoshop CS5 takes the time and frustration out of making precise image selections and masks, providing you a faster way to extract subjects from their backgrounds and create realistic composites. New intelligent selection technology offers better edge detection and faster, more accurate masking results of complex subjects, like hair. Automatic color decontamination helps you eliminate background color around the edges of a selection, resulting in more seamless compositions when placing extracted subjects on new backgrounds.

Experienced Photoshop users know that the best
selections are created by constantly adapting the selection technique for differences in the subject's edges--one method for hair and another for the edge of a building. With Photoshop CS5, you can produce highly accurate masks and selections faster and more simply than before with a set of new adaptive selection-edge modification controls. Smart Radius automatically matches the best selection approach with the subject's changing edge characteristics, and the extra view modes assist you in previewing the quality of your selections. The Refine Radius and Erase Refinements tools customize your masks and selections as you make them. These tools, in combination with the color decontamination settings, help eliminate any residual background color from around the edges of your selections.

Content‐Aware Fill
One of the most exciting new features in Photoshop CS5 is the remarkable ability to remove an image element and magically replace it with details that match the lighting, tone, and noise of the surrounding area so that it looks like the content never existed. Now, you can make substantial changes to photo composition quickly and easily, as even large complex subjects can be seamlessly erased.

You can use Content-Aware Fill with the Spot Healing Brush or as an option of the Fill feature to replace content in an active selection. Selecting the Content-Aware setting with the Spot Healing brush changes the way the tool fills in the areas you paint. This retouching approach is designed to account more fully for the structure and detail of the image elements that surround the painted area, providing a near-invisible result when removing unwanted objects. Alternatively, you can select the object to be removed, and then replace the area with synthesized details from the area surrounding the selection, simply by using the Content-Aware option in the Fill dialog box.

HDR Pro for creativity and precision with the next generation of high dynamic range imaging
With just a few clicks, you can go beyond the capture capabilities of your camera by combining multiple exposures into a single high dynamic range (HDR) photo that preserves the full tonal range of a scene with high contrast. Photoshop CS5 introduces HDR Pro for more control over the HDR merging process and greater adjustment power over the mapping of tones and the styling of HDR output, resulting in images that range from photorealistic to highly surreal.

HDR Pro offers extended controls, an enhanced dialog box, and improved image processing. New algorithms enable more accurate alignment of source files and automatically deghost any problem areas that occur when trying to merge source photos where subjects have moved during capture. You can even select a source file to be used as the sole reference for any ghosted areas or allow the feature to do this automatically for you.

New tone-mapping tools and adjustment controls give you the power to implement your own HDR vision, producing photos that range in style from fully textured images of high-contrast scenes to wildly hyper-realistic creations. Save your favorite styles as presets and apply them to multiple groups of source files to provide a common look and feel to your HDR photos. And for times when you don't have multiple source files, create the look of an HDR-processed image from a single photo with the new HDR Toning feature that allows you to mimic the tone-mapping results traditionally achieved in high dynamic range photos.

Together with the existing Photomerge feature (which allows for image stitching), the exposure-merging capabilities of HDR Pro can add up to high-bit-depth, 360-degree panoramas ideal for composite photography, video, and beyond.

The Auto Stack Panorama/HDR files option in Adobe Bridge CS5 and the new panelized Mini Bridge groups source files together into stacks for quicker creation of HDR images in Photoshop CS5. You can even start the creation of an HDR file by choosing Tools > Merge To HDR from the Mini Bridge panel inside Photoshop.

State-of-the-art raw-image processing
The Adobe Camera Raw 6 plug-in, which ships with Photoshop CS5, now supports more than 275 camera models as it continues to provide you with the industry-leading conversion of raw files. In addition, the utility provides advanced, nondestructive image editing and enhancement for raw files, as well as for other standard formats, including JPEG and TIFF. Now you can remove noise, achieve better quality sharpening, and creatively apply new styles of vignettes and film-like grain.

You can now shoot at higher ISO settings with confidence, because the updated controls in the Adobe Camera Raw 6 plug-in remove the noise common in such high-ISO images (as well as in photos captured with long exposures and pictures from consumer cameras) while still preserving excellent color and detail.

New controls for adding grain and additional post-crop vignetting settings join many creative options already available in this utility, such as the Adjustment Brush and the Graduated Filter. For the first time, you can add grain-like texture to photos as part of your nondestructive editing workflow. Adjust amount, size, and roughness of grain to easily give composites a more natural, seamless appearance by matching levels of grain across all source images--or simply use the feature to make a digital photo look more organic or film-like.

Updated post-crop vignetting options offer more creative control over the corner darkening and lightening process, and your favorite vignette effects can be saved as presets for quick application across multiple files.

Upgraded sharpening options produce clearer photos with fewer artifacts while providing better control over key details, especially when working with high-resolution pictures produced by multi-megapixel cameras.

Extraordinary painting effects
With a new Mixer Brush, a Bristle Tips feature, and a new mechanism for blending colors, Photoshop CS5 redefines the way you paint. You can take advantage of more natural and realistic painting effects, making it easy to take your imagery and designs in new artistic directions.

The Mixer Brush lets you define multiple colors on a single tip, and then mix and blend them with the underlying hues on your canvas, achieving creative results that rival traditional painting media. When starting with a photo original, you can use a dry, empty brush to blend the existing colors while at the same time adding a painterly effect to the image. Mixer Brush settings provide extensive control over the wetness of the canvas colors, the load rate that determines amount of paint loaded on the brush, the mixing rate between brush and canvas colors, and whether the brush is refilled, cleaned, or both after each painting stroke.

In conjunction with these new mixing features, Photoshop CS5 incorporates unprecedented control over stroke characteristics of its painting tools with Bristle Tips. Bristle Qualities define key bristle properties such as shape, length, stiffness, thickness, angle, and spacing, which affect how the color is laid on the image as you paint.

The Bristle Brush Preview feature provides a visual representation of these changes, and you can save your tip configurations for future use, allowing you to build a customized collection of Bristle Tips to experiment with when using Photoshop brush tools.

The Adobe Camera Raw 6 plug-in includes new features for better sharpening, adding grain, removing noise, and producing creative vignette effects. Click to enlarge.

You can use Puppet Warp to interactively reposition, reshape, and transform key objects in your photos. In this example, rose photos, like the one above, were twisted and layered to form a wreath and the letters in the center of the composition (left).

The Lens Correction feature located in the Photoshop CS5 Lens Correction filter provides camera- and lens-specific correction for three of the most common lens-related aberrations.

Black & White Technique action both converts and tints color photos to produce sophisticated monochrome images.

Puppet Warp
Puppet Warp gives you more freedom when pushing and pulling elements within an image. The feature lets you recompose an image to make it more appealing, or to fit a specific layout, by allowing the precise repositioning of any element within a Photoshop document, or selection, by simply clicking and dragging. After you reposition an object, Photoshop adjusts the rest of the image to account for the shifted pixels.

After choosing Edit > Puppet Warp, click on your image to drop pins establishing anchor points where you want image parts not to move, and handles that you can use for warping. Then drag any of the pins to reposition the picture elements. Use Puppet Warp to swing a raised arm to a person's side, warp and stretch text to create new effects, or reposition intrusive objects in a photo to create a more pleasing composition.

Automated lens correction
The Lens Correction features in Photoshop CS5 create better quality captures by removing or correcting the three most common lens-based errors: geometric distortion, chromatic aberration, and vignetting. This means you can use a wider range of lenses with the confidence of producing images of the highest quality. With the aid of the Adobe Lens Profile Creator (available separately as a free download from labs.adobe.com) you can produce custom profiles characterizing the optical aberrations of your camera lenses. When installed and selected in the Lens Correction filter in Photoshop CS5, the profile automatically removes or corrects the three types of distortion.

The Lens Correction filter in Photoshop CS5 is redesigned to include manual adjustment controls under the Custom tab, and settings for locating and applying custom Lens Correction Profiles (LCP files) under a new Auto Correction tab. Installed profiles that match your camera and lens combination are used to apply precise distortion corrections to your photos. Suitable profiles can be located easily based on the EXIF data automatically recorded with the image, and if a suitable profile is not present in the Lens Correction filter, then with a single click within the dialog box, you can search online for the correct profile to meet your needs.

Individual error types can be selected in the filter's settings, as can options for handling any transparent areas that surround the corrected image.

User-inspired productivity enhancements
Photoshop CS5 helps boost productivity and creativity throughout the editing workflow with dozens of enhancements inspired by Photoshop users. Some of these include:

  • A neutral-density preset for the Gradient tool
  • The ability to save 16-bit Photoshop documents in 8-bit JPEG format in a single step
  • An option for reversing the clone source using the flip buttons in the Clone Source panel
  • A Don't Show This Message Again option when saving files with maximum compatibility
  • Default value for Shadows/Highlights changed from 50% to 35%
  • The ability to move a selection while the active layer is hidden
  • An on/off option for trackpad gesture support on Mac and in Microsoft® Windows® 7
  • A new layer command for deleting all empty layers via scripts
  • A Straighten button on the Ruler tool options bar
  • A Close All Open Images Without Saving option
  • A Save As option for always defaulting to the folder to which you last saved an image
  • The ability to drag and drop a file onto an open Photoshop document to create a new layer
  • Multiple improvements in Lens Correction filter options, including:

    • Grid Display is off by default
    • Show Grid, Grid Size, and Grid Color settings are now sticky
    • Default grid size is increased from 16 to 64 pixels
    • Decimal point adjustments are allowed as values for the Chromatic Aberration sliders
    • A third Chromatic Aberration slider enables the correction of green/magenta fringing
    • The Background Color Edge setting is replaced with the Black Color entry
    • A White Color option is available in the Edge menu
    • Reset options are changed so that only the calibration settings are reset, not the Grid options

  • A new Cache Tile Size control in the Performance section of the Preferences dialog box
  • Zoom in and out with the new scrubby zoom tool
  • Presets for setting Cache Tile Size and Cache Levels simultaneously
  • The ability to use keystrokes to set values in the Adjustments panel text fields
  • Performance increases of up to 50% when importing OBJ files
  • Sample colors faster using the new on screen color ring built into the eyedropper tool
  • Customizable default values for Layer styles
  • New creative resources, including actions, tools, presets, brushes, swatches, shapes, gradients, styles, and tool presets
  • Window and Door shapes added to list of meshes that can be created from a layer
  • An option for changing the opacity of multiple selected layers
  • The ability to create a mask from the transparent areas of a layer
  • Pick colors faster using the new on-screen color HUD
  • Print settings saved with the image file, allowing one-button printing with user-selected values
  • Selecting a printer automatically lists the profiles installed for that printer at the top of the profile list
  • Printer-specific profiles are selected automatically when choosing a printer
  • Customized print settings can be recorded as part of a Photoshop Action
  • An overlay grid can be displayed when using the Crop tool
  • Layer groups can be nested more than five levels deep
  • New Paste Outside and Paste Inside commands, along with the previously existing Paste In Place option, are included in a new Edit > Paste Special menu

Streamlined creative reviews through integration with Adobe CS Review
Collaborate with colleagues and seek client comment quickly and easily with Adobe CS Review, a new CS Live online service* designed to simplify and accelerate the design review process.

With CS Review, you can avoid the hassles of large email attachments, logon problems with FTP servers, and time-consuming next-day air deliveries usually associated with client reviews by instead initiating a secure, shared review. Comments are displayed in near-real time and in context, providing convenient feedback on your images and designs. You can access the CS Review service from within Photoshop CS5.

Faster performance with cross-platform native 64-bit support
Tight deadlines and large file sizes make performance a high priority for many Photoshop users. Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended deliver cross-platform 64-bit support, allowing you to perform day-to-day imaging tasks up to 10 times faster. Video and photo professionals, especially, benefit from the extra performance, as gains are even greater if you regularly work with very large files, where processing can be up to ten times faster when you take advantage of higher addressable RAM amounts--limited only by what your hardware accommodates.

To help you tweak the performance of your setup, Photoshop CS5 lets you adjust history, tile, and cache controls in combination.

Greater access to key resources via flexible custom panels
Photoshop CS5 offers easy ways to integrate and extend your workspace with customized panels. With the aid of the Configurator 2.0 panel utility (available separately as a download from labs.adobe.com) you can produce your own panels, bringing together your most used tools and menu selections and incorporating your favorite web feeds or video tutorials.

Stay connected to the greater Photoshop community and all facets of your digital life directly from within Photoshop CS5 by using panels you create or those produced and distributed by other users. You can access anything that lives on the web--favorite blogs, video content, even your email--with these integrated panels. You can even expand content beyond a panel's standard viewing area when you need a magnified view.

Easier interface management with Live Workspaces and Workspace Switcher
Creating dedicated, task-specific workspaces that mimic your individual workflow increases productivity and efficiency by hiding the features you don't use and exposing the ones you do. New Live Workspaces auto-save any changes you make to a task-specific workspace, so that if you switch to a different workspace and then back again during an editing session, your panels remain exactly where you left them. The number of entries displayed in the collapsible Workspace Switcher can be altered, and the position of each workspace can be rearranged. This provides quicker navigation between frequently used setups.

Superior black-and-white conversion
Photoshop CS5 continues to support the tradition of producing finely crafted monochrome photos with the inclusion of new ways to explore an endless variety of black-and-white looks. You can use the integrated Lab Black & White Technique action, located in the Default Actions group of the Actions panel, for an easy and interactive way to convert color images. Create gorgeous HDR black-and-whites with greater ease and speed by taking advantage of the new and updated features in HDR Pro. Take your monochrome creations in new directions with conversion presets in the Black & White panel.

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Expand your creative possibilities and turn your vision into reality with the comprehensive, state-of-the-art image editing tools in Photoshop CS5. Manipulate images with pixel-level precision and control. Create dazzling image composites, beautiful panoramas, and stunning high dynamic range images. Move, warp, or stretch any part of an image, or remove image elements and see the space fill in like magic. Do it all faster and more efficiently with 64-bit cross-platform support and more GPU-accelerated features.

The lab black-and-white technique action both converts and tints color photos to make beautiful black black-and-white images. Click to enlarge.

The Edge Detection and Decontaminate Colors features help you make highly precise selections of complex subjects quickly and easily, enabling faster, more accurate compositing of multiple images.Click to enlarge.

By making a quick selection and choosing the Content-Aware option in the fill menu, it’s easy to remove the boat and watch the background fill in like magic. Click to enlarge.


Refine, adjust, and enhance your images with powerful photography tools.

Easy access to core editing power
Get just the tools you need--exactly when you need them--as you perform common editing activities. Adjustments and Masks panels guide you in making precise adjustments and masks.

State-of-the-art photography
Easily merge multiple exposures to extend the dynamic range with more power, precision, and fidelity than ever before. Convert to black-and-white in new ways. And use Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools that intelligently preserve color and tone details.

Industry-leading raw image processing
Enjoy superior results when you convert raw images with the Camera Raw 6 plug-in, which offers support for over 275 camera models plus nondestructive editing so you can experiment without harming your original photo.

Explore new creative possibilities with unprecedented precision and freedom.

Extraordinary creative tools
Achieve realistic painting effects with the ability to mix colors on canvas and create natural brushstrokes. Merge multiple exposures into stunning high dynamic range (HDR) images. Move, remove, warp, or stretch any image element.

Automated compositing tools
Easily create a single image from a series of shots that have different focal points, smoothly blending color and shading and extending your depth of field. And take advantage of accurate, automatic layer alignment.

Complex selections made easy
Select specific areas within an image in fewer clicks. Easily select intricate image elements, such as hair; eliminate background color around selection edges; and automatically vary selection edges and perfect masks using new refinement tools.

Content-Aware Fill
Remove any image detail or object and watch as Content-Aware Fill magically fills in the space left behind. This breakthrough technology matches lighting, tone, and noise so it looks as if the removed content never existed. Accelerate your workflow with fast performance and enhanced versatility, thanks to 64-bit support, more GPU-accelerated features, and more.

Efficient media management
Manage your media visually with Adobe Bridge CS5 software. Enjoy more flexible batch renaming plus the ability to access files in the context of your work using the customizable Adobe Mini Bridge panel.

Accelerate your workflow with fast performance and enhanced versatility, thanks to 64-bit support, more GPU-accelerated features, and more.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom integration
Enjoy tight integration with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software (sold separately), easily moving files from Lightroom to Photoshop CS5 to create HDR images, panoramas, and multilayered Photoshop documents. Roundtrip your files back to Lightroom.

Powerful printing options
Get outstanding prints in less time with automation, scripting, and a print dialog box that’s easier to navigate.

Broad file format support
Import and export hundreds of image file formats, including PSD, AI, PDF, NEF, CRW, TIFF, BMP, Cineon, JPEG, JPEG2000, FXG, OpenEXR, PNG, and Targa, and video formats including 3G, FLC, MOV, AVI, DV Stream, Image Sequence, MPEG-4, and FLV.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on Feb. 4 2012
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The software is great, I have the trail version currently. It has endless possibilities and works wonderfully. But I, as many others, can't afford to spend 800 dollars on software. I am currently in a class learning the program, and no one can afford to buy it. Everyone said if it was maybe 150, even 200, they would buy it for sure. I think Adobe would probably make more money if it was cheaper, because then waaaaay more people would purchase it. $800.00 for software is absolutely ridiculous.
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I have to agree totally with Melissa's review. the program is great but the price is outrageous. If Adobe lowered their price they would sell a lot more. its very disappointing because on a student budget or otherwise who can afford that.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
CS5 rocks my boat! July 25 2010
By J. Omohundro - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: Mac Disc Verified Purchase
I've been using Photoshop Elements for a few years now, and it was okay, but I upgraded my camera a year ago and started using Adobe Lightroom (another product that rocks my boat!), and I wanted to use a product that was well-integrated with Lightroom; Elements just wasn't there. Enter CS5.

I forgot to mention, too, that I recently made the switch to a Mac at home, so I needed to buy new licenses for everything anyhow. Not only was I looking for a photo editor and a DAM (digital asset manager) tool, I needed a panorama stitcher and an HDR tool. Lightroom is taking care of DAM, and CS5 is taking care of the rest.

PRO's:
* Everything is integrated under one roof for me -- basic image editing, HDR, panorama generation.

* If you have used Elements in the past, you already know part of the program...stuff is basically in the same places, and there's more features to do almost anything imaginable.

* Content-aware fill is almost unbelievable!

CON's:
* Price. Even at Amazon's lower price, it ain't chump change.

* Learning curve. Even though I've used Elements for a while, there is so much to this program that I need to learn. Guess I better buy some books from Amazon and get cranking!
51 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Artist beware... Sept. 14 2010
By C. MacTavish - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: Mac Disc
This is a lovely piece of software. It's got some great new features, there's no new interface to learn, and it can switch between 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Granted, this is a major pain when you have the audacity to want to add some lighting effects and have to close the program down, adjust the settings to 32-bit, then restart it and do what you want to do, before closing it, resetting it to 64-bit, and getting back to what you were doing.

So why, aside from those irritations, am I giving a program with 4-5 star features a paltry 2 stars? (4-5 star functionality, I should note, for my PERSONAL needs. There are scads of problems with CS5 borking printer and scanner drivers, and producing inconsistent prints that are simply unacceptable for those who do lots of printing work. I don't. Your needs and mileage may vary.)

Because even though it is a Mac program, it doesn't really play nice with Macs. At least, it doesn't play nice with NEW Macs. So, with that in mind...

A WORD OF WARNING -- do NOT upgrade yet if you have a computer that uses an i-Series processor! There are known incompatibilities between this processor series and CS5, which the latest patch/update has done NOTHING to fix (though it did smarten up the ridiculously laggy Liquify tool a little). I have a 2.66GHz MacBook Pro with an i7 processor and 4GB of RAM, with Photoshop being given a separate 1TB scratch disk. There is no reason why this system should not be able to handle a program like Photoshop CS5, especially when it's the only program running save for iTunes and Safari. AND YET...

Every. time. I use CS5, it ends up lagging not only Photoshop, but EVERY other program on my computer, necessitating mass Force Quits and a complete restart (sometimes cold, because the system refuses to respond to anything else). "It might be something else!" I hear you cry. Well, this ONLY happens when Photoshop CS5 is running. It does not happen at any other point; the system handles beautifully, so long as CS5 is not involved.

Unfortunately, Adobe is not exactly fast about getting this compatibility issue fixed. I would recommend that users with i-Series processors hold off on this upgrade until the company actually does something about it; CS3 was really the last build that worked on an i-Series processor without a host of issues. It has, however, been reported to work fine on the Core 2 Duo machines of builds past, so it may be worth a try there.

But if you have an i-Series, I strongly recommend you obtain a trial version of the software first, to see if the (absurdly) high price tag is still acceptable given the low performance.
26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Not compatible with Mac Snow Leopard Dec 20 2010
By Mandon Gale - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: Mac Disc
I had my Snow Leopard system installed by Apple. I have successfuly installed every program on my computer until I got to Photoshop CS5. With PS CS5 I got an error message saying "Installation to case-sensitive drives is not supported." I contacted Adobe support who knew nothing about this and said the problem was with Mac and that I needed to contact Apple. So basically "Photoshop CS5 for Mac" is not compatible with Mac. I contacted Apple customer support and talked to a helpful technician who basically had to go on to Adobe's site and forum boards (where this is apparently a very common problem). It is astonishingly unbelievable that I got better Adobe customer support from Apple than I did from Adobe.

After repairing permissions etc., the Apple technician determined the problem with the installation is sloppy scripting from Adobe programmers. The only workarounds are to completely reformat my hard drive and make it case-insensitive (which is not how it came) or to do what some kid did which is write a scripting program that changes the Access File Log's capital letters to lower case. This is a little over my head, but the Apple technician said to call Adobe and see if they could help me with that. They couldn't.

All in all, I paid several hundred dollars for a program that doesn't work on new Mac Book Pro and for a company that pushes away its customer support to Apple, who seemed remarkably 100 times more qualified to diagnose Adobe's scripting problems than Adobe itself.

It is unconscionable that Adobe Photoshop cannot provide support for its own product. Like I told the Adobe rep., I have installed a lot of professional grade software on my Mac without encountering ANY problems and the fact that the only problem I have is with Adobe Photoshop seems to indicate the problem is with Adobe and not Mac. Nevertheless, he told me my only solution was to contact Apple.

What a waste of money and time. Time to move on to Aperture.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
CS5 is easy to use. June 15 2010
By D. C. Spaulding - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: Mac Disc Verified Purchase
I upgraded from CS to CS5. CS5 loads on my MAC mush faster and many of the tools are easier to use. Such as dragging
an image onto your work for a composite. Also, there are more fonts to choose from in the text tool. I have been using CS5 for
a month and worked on three projects. I have had no problems. I like it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Blinding fast on OSX Lion... Aug. 2 2011
By Randall G. Neighbour - Published on Amazon.com
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I had no choice but to upgrade my copy of Photoshop CS to CS5 when I installed Lion a few days back. Boy am I glad I did!

This version boots in a fraction of the time of the version I was using. I used to wait and wait for the splash screen to come up and then disappear. Now? Now waiting. Double click on the program icon and BLAM! I'm editing pix.

Lots of new features too. I'm giving this version two thumbs up and five stars.

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Platform for Display: Mac Disc | Edition: null