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Adobe Photoshop CS3 [OLD VERSION]

by Adobe Systems
Windows Vista Home Premium / Vista Business / Vista Enterprise / Vista Ultimate / XP
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Technical Details

  • Builds on Photoshop CS2 with dozens of improvements
  • Boost your productivity with a streamlined interface, enhancements to raw-image processing and asset management workflows, and more
  • Experience unrivaled editing power with nondestructive filters, more precise color-correction controls, and more powerful cloning and healing tools
  • Easily create rich composites using new tools for automatically aligning and blending layers and making quick selections
  • Ideal for photographers, graphic designers, Web designers, and print service providers
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Vista Home Premium / Vista Business / Vista Enterprise / Vista Ultimate / XP
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Adobe Photoshop CS3 software accelerates your path from imagination to imagery. Ideal for photographers, graphic designers, and web designers, Photoshop delivers new features such as automatic layer alignment and blending that enable advanced compositing. Live filters boost the comprehensive, nondestructive editing toolset for increased flexibility. And a streamlined interface and new timesaving tools make your work flow faster.



Photoshop CS3 boosts your productivity with a streamlined interface.


The Loupe tool in Adobe Bridge CS3 lets you easily zoom into the fine detail of any image.


Photoshop's new overlay preview and Clone Source palette let you preview, transform, and precisely position cloned areas in a single fluid process.


Zoomify export allows you to efficiently display even the highest resolution imagery over low bandwidth web connections.

Work more productively
Take advantage of a wide range of Photoshop CS3 improvements designed to boost your productivity. Experience native performance on Intel-based and PowerPC Macs and on Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista systems. Photoshop maximizes your workspace with a streamlined interface, letting you process raw images with increased speed and quality, and manage assets more efficiently in the revamped Adobe Bridge CS3. And enjoy complete compatibility with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software (sold separately), so the changes you make to an image in Photoshop will automatically appear in Lightroom, and vice versa.

Edit with unrivaled power
The comprehensive image-editing toolset in Photoshop CS3 lets you correct and enhance your images with unmatched creative control. Experiment more freely with nondestructive filters. Manage and correct color more easily, and convert color images to rich black-and-white with one click. Retouch images with more powerful cloning and healing tools. And count on higher fidelity conversion when you merge a series of exposures into a 32-bit high dynamic range (HDR) image.

Composite with breakthrough tools
Photoshop CS3 offers a wealth of features that make compositing multiple images easier than ever before. Create more accurate composites with new tools that automatically align and blend layers or images based on similar content. Make an image selection with one brush stroke. Perfect any selection edge in an easy-to-use, intuitive dialog box. And merge multiple photos into a panorama with superior results.

Photoshop CS3 highlights

  • Boost your productivity with a streamlined interface, enhancements to raw-image processing and asset management workflows, and more.
  • Experience unrivaled Photoshop editing power with nondestructive filters, more precise color-correction controls, and more powerful cloning and healing tools.
  • Easily create rich composites using new tools for automatically aligning and blending layers and making quick selections.

Audience benefit

Professional photographers--With Adobe Photoshop CS3 software, you can perfect all of your images with nondestructive filters and more powerful color-correction, cloning, and healing tools, and you can create sophisticated composites more easily than ever with breakthrough tools for automatically aligning and blending layers, making quick selections, and more.

Serious amateur photographers--Adobe Photoshop CS3 software delivers everything you need to edit images with professional-quality results, and offers a simplified user interface that makes learning and working in the program easier.

Print and web designers--Adobe Photoshop CS3 software delivers unrivaled power to edit images, breakthrough capabilities for creating sophisticated image composites, and the ability to output your final files to a broad range of formats for print and the web.

Photography students and educators--From raw-image processing, retouching, and compositing to final image output, professional-standard Adobe Photoshop CS3 software offers a powerful solution for digital photography workflows.

Work More Productively

Efficient and flexible work environment

Streamlined interface and palette management
Maximize screen space for editing while keeping essential tools accessible. Photoshop CS3 palettes are now arranged in convenient, self-adjusting docks that can be widened to full size or narrowed to icons or even a thin, self-revealing strip at the edge of your monitor.

Faster, more flexible asset management with Adobe Bridge CS3
Organize and manage images more efficiently with Adobe Bridge CS3 software, which now delivers improved performance, a Filter panel for easier searching, the ability to group multiple images under a single thumbnail, the Loupe tool, offline image browsing, and more.

Custom menus, shortcuts, and workspaces
Set up and save custom menus, keyboard shortcuts, and workspaces in Photoshop for quick access to what you need.

Streamlined Workflow

Better raw image processing
Process raw images with increased speed and superior conversion quality using the Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in, which now adds support for JPEG and TIFF formats; new tools including Fill Light and Dust Busting; compatibility with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software; and support for over 150 camera models.

Enhanced PDF support
Work more easily with Adobe PDF-based content. Precisely control the size of PDF pages opened in Photoshop; add security controls and metadata, such as copyright and exposure details, to images within PDF presentations; and create a richer image display in PDF presentations and documents.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom support
Jump from Photoshop Lightroom software to Photoshop CS3 in one click for advanced editing of your digital photos. Lightroom (sold separately) offers an efficient, powerful way to import, manage, and present large volumes of digital images.

Improved printing experience
Photoshop helps you experience better control over print quality with color management, a larger print preview window, and more controls in one place so you can print in fewer steps. Improved printing controls, co-developed by Adobe and HP, make printing easier and more predictable, and streamline setup options via integration with select printers from HP, Epson, and Canon.

Photoshop presets
Make sophisticated color adjustments automatically with one-click presets in Curves, the Channel Mixer, and the new Black and White conversion dialog box.

Peak performance
Experience native performance on Intel- and PowerPC-based Macintosh computers, and on Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista systems.

Automated production
Automate common production tasks in a variety of ways with Photoshop. Set up event-based scripts, record a series of steps as an Action for efficient batch processing, and design repetitive graphics faster with Variables.

History palette and Edit History log
Photoshop helps you undo and redo any set of editing steps in an open image with the History palette, and automatically track all editing steps within your files with the Edit History log. Export steps to a text file or save them as part of image metadata for easier documentation of your work, file audits, and more.

Wide range of supported formats
Import and export a wide range of file formats, including PSD, BMP, Cineon, JPEG, JPEG2000, OpenEXR, PNG, Targa, and TIFF.

Adobe Device Central CS3
Create compelling mobile content, such as wallpapers and screensavers, and then visually preview how it will render on mobile devices using the built-in Adobe Device Central CS3. Tune your designs for mobile screen sizes and lighting conditions.

Zoomify export for high-resolution web display
Take advantage of Adobe Flash and Zoomify technology to export high-resolution images to the web for viewing through Adobe Flash Player software. Flash Player displays your image quickly and efficiently, letting viewers zoom in on details with minimal delay.

Third-party solutions and resources
Take advantage of a wealth of additional resources--including software plug-ins, books, and training--from the longstanding community of expert Photoshop developers, authors, and trainers.

Auto-Align Layers can automatically connect a series of photos into a panorama (left). Auto-Blend Layers can then seamlessly blend lighting and texture to complete the perfect composite image (right).

Edit With Unrivaled Power

Nondestructive editing

Photoshop Smart Filters
Add, adjust, and remove filters from an image without having to resave the image or start over to preserve quality. Nondestructive Smart Filters allow you to visualize changes without altering original pixel data.

Photoshop Smart Objects
Perform nondestructive scaling, rotating, and warping of raster and vector graphics with Smart Objects. Even preserve the editability of vector data from Adobe Illustrator software.

Professional color and tone control

Color-correction enhancements
Take advantage of precision color correction made faster and easier in Photoshop CS3. Brightness/Contrast now provides better results from the same intuitive interface, and enhanced Curves controls let you make automatic adjustments with included presets or those you create; convert to black-and-white with point sliders; and use a histogram, color channel lines, and a clipping preview.

Black-and-white conversion
Easily convert color images to rich black-and-white and adjust tonal values and tints with a new tool. Experiment with the included black-and-white presets, or create and save your own custom presets to achieve the best results.

Improved Channel Mixer
Take advantage of new functionality and a host of presets that make the Channel Mixer easier to use for black-and-white conversion.

Enhanced 32-bit high dynamic range (HDR) support
Create and edit 32-bit images and combine multiple exposures into a single, 32-bit image that preserves the full range of a scene--from the deepest shadows to the brightest highlights. New image processing and alignment algorithms deliver superior results in Photoshop CS3.


Maximize screen space for editing while keeping essential Photoshop tools accessible.

Intelligent Image Editing and Enhancement

More powerful cloning and healing tools
Experience greater Photoshop control when retouching images with cloning tools and the Healing Brush. See source pixels under your tool or brush for more precise positioning; preview changes to source content live; and set multiple source points, scale, and rotate in the new Clone Source palette.

Rich painting and drawing toolset
Create or modify images in Photoshop with a wide assortment of professional, fully customizable paint settings, artistic brushes, and drawing tools.

Enhanced Vanishing Point
Take perspective-based editing to a new level with the enhanced Vanishing Point, which lets you create multiple planes in an image, connect them at any angle, and then wrap graphics, text, and images around them to create packaging mock-ups and more.

Composite With Breakthrough Tools

Easy compositing and selecting

Advanced compositing
Create more accurate composites by automatically aligning multiple Photoshop layers or images based on similar content. The Auto-align Layers command quickly analyzes details and moves, rotates, or warps layers to align them perfectly, and the Auto-blend Layers command blends the color and shading to create a smooth, editable result.

Improved Photomerge technology
Take advantage of refined Photomerge technology, which uses new layer-alignment and layer-blending capabilities to let you automatically stitch horizontal or vertical photos into seamless panoramas.

Quick Selection and Refine Edge tools
Make selections in a snap. Loosely draw on an image area, and the Quick Selection tool automatically completes the selection for you. Then fine-tune your selections with the Refine Edge tool.

Flexible layers
Composite images, text, and effects on hundreds of layers for extraordinarily sophisticated results. Organize layers with up to five levels of nesting, and save in different combinations as Layer Comps.

Which edition of Photoshop CS3 is right for you?
Photoshop CS3 is available in two editions--Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended--to meet the diverse needs of professionals in a wide range of fields.
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended
Builds on Photoshop CS2 with dozens of improvements
Increased productivity with a streamlined interface, Camera Raw enhancements, next-generation Adobe Bridge CS3, and Zoomify export
Unrivaled editing power with live filters, more precise color correction, easier black-and-white conversion, and more powerful cloning and healing tools
Breakthrough compositing with automatic layer alignment and blending capabilities, easier selections, and improved Photomerge® technology
3D and motion support with the ability to edit 3D content and incorporate it into 2D compositions, paint and clone over multiple video frames, and more
Comprehensive image analysis with new image measurement and counting tools

Product Description

Adobe Photoshop CS3 software accelerates your path from imagination to imagery. Ideal for photographers, graphic designers, and web designers, the professional standard delivers new features such as automatic layer alignment and blending that enable advanced compositing. Live filters boost the comprehensive, nondestructive editing toolset for increased flexibility. And a streamlined interface and new timesaving tools make your work flow faster.

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1.0 out of 5 stars A big problem April 11 2014
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When I tried to upgrade to a newer version, I was told I could not do it because this version was not valid. I had to buy the new PS version in full price. I was NOT happy!
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  32 reviews
308 of 316 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The biggest and best... as long as that's what you need May 1 2007
By Joseph Boone - Published on Amazon.com
If you're looking at the full version of Photoshop, I assume that you have not yet taken the plunge into the big leagues of editing programs. Maybe you've tried Elements or a program frpm a competitor of Adobe but either the price or the sheer overwhelming complexity of Photoshop (or both) have kept you from pulling the trigger. In my enthusiasm for this program, I could tell you to buy without reservation, but that isn't necessarily good advice.

The question, then, is whether Photoshop CS3 makes more sense than competing products. Ironically, Adobe itself makes what is probably the biggest competition in Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Elements is quite a competent photo editor for roughly one fourth the price of Photoshop. If editing photos is an occasional venture for you then you may well be better served to stick to Elements. It isn't the best but it is good and the tools available can give you outstanding results. For the majority of photos, I doubt anyone could tell the difference which program produced the results assuming a competent user was at the controls. The two main drawbacks to Elements are that it lacks some of the more powerful tools unique to CS3 and that some methods of achieving the same results will take more time. That's a key point, so I'll repeat it. For most of your photos, you can achieve virtually identical results in Elements... but it will take more time to do it.

Beyond the cost of your time, let's consider the problem photos that you may not be able to fix properly in Elements. Most of the time, if a shot didn't turn out well I just ignore it and move on. I'm not a big fan of spending hours on every photo and a well-shot image requires very little editing. But some of those duds represent something that I particularly wanted or needed a print of. Perhaps a key landmark from my last vacation, or a visiting relative who you photographed and promised you'd send a copy to. Whatever it is, when these shots come out poorly, you have to do whatever possible to salvage it and this is where Photoshop CS3 starts to earn its pay. For example, you open the file in Camera Raw and take advantage of a new feature that allows you to reclaim blown highlights even while increasing the exposure meter to bring in shadowed highlights. Right out of the gate, you're starting with an easy and powerful tool to fix one of the most common (and most destructive) image problems. And there is a whole laundry list of features after that... just read the lengthy product description that Amazon has posted from Adobe. Compare this feature set to Elements or any other program and you'll realize that the others simply can't compete.

Quite simply, if you are serious about editing and printing top-notch photos, then you need to use Photoshop CS3. If you don't, you're spending more time than you should be and leaving unfulfilled potential in your images. If you are a casual or occasional shooter, than you should probably stick with the less extensive products like Elements. It's cheaper, at least somewhat easier to use, and capable of generating quality work. Just remember that the photos that you most need to improve are the very ones where Elements may fail you. When you're really desperate to save a photo that you failed to capture well in-camera, that's when you need all the tricks and tools that only Photoshop has to offer.

Finally, for those who can't get past the hefty price, here is a little tip. If you buy an older version of Photoshop, it can often be had for a fraction of the current version. In turn, this will allow you to buy the upgrade version of Photoshop for one-third the price of the full version. This is legal and does not violate the Adobe license agreement in any way. All you need is a valid license for a full version of Photoshop 7.0, CS, or CS2 and you can purchase the upgrade with a combined cost well under the full version of CS3. If you attempt this, I would strongly recommend buying from a reputable dealer to make sure you get a valid license. For example, if you buy at a certain well-known auction site, make sure the seller has a high feedback rating.
84 of 90 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wait for CS4 May 30 2007
By Joe reader - Published on Amazon.com
I guess the folks at Adobe paid their staff to write some Amazon reviews....

I've been using Photoshop since version 2 and have been teaching Photoshop classes for over 10 years, and this is the worst upgrade ever (two stars since, well, it IS Photoshop afterall).

Photoshop's most touted new feature--non-destructive filters--is implemented very poorly. Rather than working like adjustment layers currently work, SmartFilters, as they are known, convert the underlying Photoshop layer into a SmartObject and places the SmartFilter on top. You CS2 users know that you can't edit a SmartObject in Photoshop--you have to go to the object's native application. So to edit the image under a SmartFilter, Photoshop opens it in a new document window (meaning you can't see its interaction with layers underneath as you edit it, and can't see how the various SmartFilters make the changed composition look until you save and return to the original document, and you can't see the effect of the SmartFilter as you edit the underlying art.

Adobe quietly retired ImageReady, so there is now NO way to open an animated GIF and edit its multiple frames in Photoshop CS3!

I've summarized the dissapointing bugs in a review of the whole Creative Suite (type "cs3" in the search field).
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Significant reasons to upgrade March 31 2008
By J. Decelles - Published on Amazon.com
I am a professional Graphic Designer, with a degree in Fine Arts & Graphic Design. I am sure most people who would pay for Adobe Photoshop (or any of the Adobe Suite Programs) are designers/artists.

I have been using Adobe CS3 (mostly Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign) for the past 4 months or so. I have been using Photoshop itself, since version 4.

In a sentence, Photoshop CS3 is good, but if you already are using CS2, there is no real reason to upgrade.

The added features are OK, but not worth paying for really and I have had stability issues with this newer version of Photoshop that I have not had in CS2. The two most annoying problems are: If I have a non-postscript printer set as a default, Photoshop will ALWAYS crash when I open a 2nd document (blank or otherwise). The other issue (which is also shared with InDesign) is that if I have been using Photoshop for a few hours, and switching between programs, Photoshop will vanish. It will not show up in my taskbar (WinXP SP2) nor in the running apps list in Task Manager. I need to terminate the process from the Task Manager process window, and then restart of course losing all unsaved edits.

I do not have these issues with Photoshop CS2.

Also the installation process was a real pain in the neck. It was much longer (about 25 minutes) than previous versions of Photoshop. It took me 4 days (almost 30 hours altogether) to get the suite installed on my laptop due to the activation process freezing after I entered my software key. I also had to uninstall all of my CS2 programs before I could get CS3 installed. I also needed to download Adobe's CS3 "Cleaner" utility and run it several times. It was not worth the trouble, especially considering how much I paid for the software.

Once I got it installed it worked fine (aside from the two bugs listed above). I was able to reinstall CS2 as well.

Like I said earlier the new features are just OK, not worth the trouble I went through with installation. Also the new palette system is kind of annoying. When I work I am constantly going back and forth between palettes making adjustments. The new palette dock minimizes them to a button, but you cannot have 2 open at the same time using this system. When you open one palette, the one you were previously working on closes. You can float them, but then that doesn't take advantage of the improvements of CS3. In my case I just ended up using the "legacy" pallette set up, which made my palettes work the way they did in CS2.

Adobe Photoshop is the "standard" for photo editing software, but the hard install, high price and lack of any really useful new features makes it hard to recommend this version of Photoshop over previous versions which installed easier and work faster with less resources.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it--and no bugs! Jan. 8 2008
By P. Sherman - Published on Amazon.com
Based on these reviews, it would seem that there were bugs in the versions sold in June and earlier. I just bought my upgrade (in December) and it works fine, as other later reviewers commented. (I don't think Adobe has to put fake reviews on Amazon to sell their product, as one reviewer suggested. They offer automatic free updates...use the service, eh?)

I was using CS and heard that the "File Browser" had been replaced by a stand-alone application. I loved the file browser and used it heavily to organize and flag my photos so this is why I waited so long to upgrade. It turns out that once you learn how to configure Bridge, the SA app, it is far superior to File Browser. As for the rest of the program, I can't say enough about Adobe Camera Raw 4, another application that comes with CS3--it is fantastic, AND it works on jpg files as well as RAW! Sure, maybe not with as much finesse as it can apply to a RAW file, but it still works! And the main Photoshop program is of course superior to all others on the market.

I heartily agree with the reviewer below who suggested buying an early legal version of Photoshop and then buying the upgrade to CS3. This will definitely save you some bucks! And then carefully read the reviews of instruction books to find one (or more...) that will teach you what you need to know for your particular style of photography.

Yes, the upgrade from CS to CS3 is definitely worthwhile, and from what I gather from reading various books, even CS2 to CS3 is something to seriously consider.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great product, nightmarish activation system March 20 2008
By Matt Bamberger - Published on Amazon.com
It's pretty simple: if you're serious about photo editing, Photoshop is by far the best and most capable product out there. There are plenty of products that are good enough for casual use, but nothing matches Photoshop for raw power.

Be aware, however, of the baggage that Adobe forces on you when you buy one of their products. They use an online activation system to prevent you from installing on too many computers at once, which is eminently reasonable. The activation system, however, is buggy and temperamental. For example, when I installed the SP1 upgrade to Vista (which every Vista user will need to do), the activation system thought I had moved Photoshop to a new computer, and locked up the software. I eventually ended up on the phone with customer support, who finally agreed to re-activate my software (but only after chastising me for not de-activating Photoshop before installing SP1 and re-activating it afterward).
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