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Okay, youse guys. I'm seriously considering updating from my old PS7 to a CS version. Firstly, does anyone know if I can upgrade PS right to a CS version? Or do I have to buy a full install? And secondly, which CS does everyone like best? Lay it on me!
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Onnagata-stock Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
I just jumped from PS7 to the trial version of CS6. For the most part, it's not too bad. The biggest changes for me so far were:

1) Losing all of my brushes, including my Wacom presets. Still haven't dug them all up and added them back, so I don't know how well they will work or not. :S
2) Interface options: The default is now a dark grey, but you can select from four different shades. Makes things a little easier on the eyes, I suppose.
3) 3-D and warping tools: They look promising. Haven't had a chance to really dig into them yet, but they look like they'll come in handy.
4) Some of the "standard" effect brushes (such as 2B pencil and Soft Fan Brush) bog down a bit, even with my machine running 8Gb of RAM. This vexes me, so I avoid using them.
5) UNBLUR FILTER. Yes, you read that right. CS6 has a filter that will try to re-sharpen blurry images. Still a bit hit or miss (compared to the alpha version of a similar filter we'll see down the road), but cool nonetheless.
6) Text clipping along a path: The difference this makes in trying to layout posters, magazine pages, flyers and so forth is huge. If you work with text much, CS3 or higher will spoil you and you'll wonder how you survived in the savage days of earlier versions. I speak from experience there.
7) Paired with my new Intuos5 tablet, I can now rotate my images as I work on them. It's like having a desk with an animator's "lazy Suzan" on it, and it is absolutely wonderful. Not convinced it's $700 worth of wonderful, but... still nice.
8) Subscription option: Adobe will now let you lease a license for Photoshop for $20-30/month (depending on if you commit to a year sub, or go month-by-month). This is to encourage people to get on board their new "Creative Cloud" model, essentially making CS6 the digital artist's version of "World of Warcraft." Only unlike in WoW, you can actually use CS6 to make money. :P

So, there's my two cents' worth, with a bit of extra. Like other people have, I'd suggest downloading the 30-day trial version first, to see if it's worth investing in for you. :salute:
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome input! (I'm not on dA much anymore so I apologize for the late reply.) I do love my old brushes so it'd suck to lose them. I still haven't upgraded and man, I dunno...I may not until it DIES. I'm so old-school.

Hope all is well with you! :tighthug:
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fantasio Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I would recommend the CS6 right away. Have tested the beta which was buggy but promising and will do the update next year. having this said, they have limited update possibility for uses with CS versions older than CS5. Basically this means buying CS2 or CS3 might be not such a good idea if you plan to update to CS6.7 or whatsoever in the near (or far) future, because the update wonīt be possible then, which makes things more expensive.

One big reason (and for me the only one) for upgrading to CS6 is the dark user interface, for someone working by day and as much at night the dark UI is a must have. Besides that the CS6 has auto save function a feature I have waited for ages. Brushes from older versions are supported too.

But I recommend upgrading the computer too, you wonīt have much fun with CS 2-6 with less than 4 GB of RAM ;)
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012   Digital Artist
Why don't you download trial from Adobe site and try yourself? I always install trials when they appear. I feel the newer versions are better, but as someone commented below switching from good old PS7 (IMO faster than some CS versions) might be irritating ;) You also need more memory for those.
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Capital idea! :highfive:
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
CS5 is REALLY annoying if you're jumping from PS7. Trust me. It took forever to figure out how to do the usual things I would do in 7 / CS2. There are a lot of settings that they ASSUME you want that are either impossible to turn off, or very hard to. It's also laggier than older programs, which is normal, since it requires far higher specs than what is needed for someone like you (and me, basically) who just wants to paint and do basic things. I totally recommend CS2. It fixes a few of 7's annoying quirks (like can't resize / zoom at the same time!) and is a little more sleek looking, while being basically the same thing. If I were you I would NOT BUY CS5 without using a trial first! I personally hate it. Yep.
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
That is SO good to know. I wasn't really looking at updating as far as 5, but CS2 is tempting the hell outta me. BUT! Do you think it's worth updating to CS2 from PS7? Do you recall what the big improvements were?
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
The whole transform and zoom at the same time thing was the big one, also transforming is more precise, ie it won't accidentally distort stuff. Making your own brushes etc is easier. Selecting all on the background and deleting is somehow better, iirc, I think that feature didn't exist in 7. I dunno. xD As a primarily painty person, not a photomanipper, I just know I liked the change better. CS5 made me want to throw a computer out a window. There were lots of screaming fits when I had to use it at my old work. LOTS.
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keight Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
I went from PS7 to CS2, and had to do a full installation. The reason for I couldn't just upgrade was change in the way the CS engine works. I'm currently using CS4. As Coty said, the way you select and use the tools hasn't changed that much, the way the tools work is smoother. I use XP on my tower, with dual monitors and no problems, and love the double window capability. I have Win7 on my laptop, and have had no problems; except the smaller screen area :D, and needing to get a new Intuos 4 (small & on sale) because my old Intuos 2 seems to have issues with the Win7 engine.
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Interesting! Thanks for the info, Keight. I'm only running one monitor currently, but a second is high on my list of 'wants'. I just bought a Bamboo tablet (med. size) and I kinda adore it! (I was using an old Graphire4.) I love the Bamboo's matte surface; feels more like paper. Do you know if CS can run PS7 brushes?
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keight Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
As far as I know, I just checked to make sure; and I've saved my favorite PS7 brushes, and used them with the newer versions, they are and work even better. Of course, I'm not sure I'd want to use some of those PS5 brushes I've stashed away. :D
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annecain Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm running CS5 and it is pretty sweet. Faerywitch might be on to something--if you know someone who is in school as either a student or faculty/staff, they might be get you the design premium collection for a significant discount. And unless Adobe's changed their policy, the student edition is clear for commercial use. (Unlike Corel, they seem to understand that art students might need to take on a design project here and there to make a little money to help fund their education.)
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Anne! I think my biggest concern is I have this selection of custom brushes I use pretty frequently; do you think PS7 brushes can be loaded into CS? (I know the reverse isn't true...)
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annecain Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes! For the most part, they should be. I have a custom cloud brush that I made when I still had PS7 and I've been able to use it in the CS version. The interwebs also says that older PS brushes work in CS5 too, so I think you'd be okay. :D
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh, YAY! That was honestly my one sticking point! I think I start modestly with CS2...
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engelszorn Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
If you're going for a new version, then CS 5 is hands down the best version so far and very stable. Not so sure about CS 6, seems that's it's rather a small update unless you're a photographer or working with movies... and I don't know if it's stable.

I upgraded from version 6 to CS, but that was a looong time ago and Adobe changed it's upgrading policy since then.
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Stability is KEY. (Though honestly, I've had very few issues with PS7.) Thanks for the info!
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engelszorn Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, PS 7 was good, but CS 5 has a lot of features I don't want to miss anymore :)
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nathie Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think you canīt update from pre-CS versions. :( I can recommend CS5 with the new brush engine, it emulates better the traditional media look IMHO.
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oooh, that's traditional media info makes it way more tempting. I've not tried to re-install my Painter 9 yet. I should do that first...
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nathie Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yes, it is a huge improvement. before CS5 I used painter too, and now only photoshop. I would never go back to pre CS5 versions anymore.
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vulgardragon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am running CS2 on Windows 7, 64 bit. No issues at all...everything works smooth as a baby's butt.
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
And baby's butts are hella smooth. :XD: Thanks for the info!
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NicoleCadet Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think it's -3 versions on the upgrade path so I don't think you can do a straight upgrade. I went from 7 to CS2 to CS5. There are some nice features in the newer CS versions (I don't remember a huge difference between 4 & 5) - I like the way you can window things across monitors, duplicate windows, and I think the editing tools are a bit nice, but I also have a few compatibility issues with hardware with CS5 on Win7, things like twain support & my GFX card getting muddled when I have two monitors running. I think they've just bought out CS6 (or about to), but I'm not particularly interested in the cloud features that come with it
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Eeeeenteresting. Did you notice any compatibility issues with CS2? I used to have WinXP but I just got a new tower, tablet and table, and I'm running Win7 this time.
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NicoleCadet Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
And definitely run the 30 day trial. I vaguely remember feeling lost for the first few weeks when first moving to CS2, plus you should see any compatibility issues with the trial
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the lowdown! Now that I have everything up to snuff again, I'll definitely test the trial before I change. I'm really trying to figure out if PS is even worth upgrading...
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NicoleCadet Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
If what you have works then there's no real reason to upgrade :)
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NicoleCadet Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think I ran CS2 on vista and windows7 (32 bit) with only a few minor twain issues (special resource bundle from Adobe fixed that - my Epson scanner is special :( I had to buy VueScan to get it to run in a 64bit OS, but my scanner is nearly 10 years old, and Epson suck for drivers in general). I think I upgraded from Vista to 7 without reinstalling ... let Windows work out the compatibility issues.

I now run CS5 on win7 64bit... it is a lot more responsive (though my machine also has higher specs), the main drag being my gfx card uses Nvidia Optumus technology, and gets confused whenever I load PS with a second monitor plugged into my laptop. All the windows are greyed out. Remove the plug, photoshop is fine, then reinsert and it's happy days (Nvidia Optimus/ Synergy has 'smarts' which is supposed to kick up the GFX card to use dual core when it's under load ... have not been able to find a fix for this issue *sigh*)
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faerywitch Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I jumped from PS7 to CS5 because the university I was working for was offering a crazy price for it. I could not upgrade, I had to do a full installation. I have not tried other CS's so I am not of much help on that, but CS5 is not too different in the everyday things (brushes, selecting tools) but it has some awesome added features (more natural brushes, cool extra selecting tools, etc.) I did have a little bit of a transitional period to figure some things out, because, well, it was a big leap. My husband has CS5.5 in his work computer and he can't figure it out much, but he is not a PS user, I might be able to see it if he bring the laptop home for me to help him do some PS work in it (I am his tech support person in all things design and art) :)
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Coty! I appreciate the feedback. :highfive:
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