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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 won´t 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 won´t 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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