Photoshop 5.5 - Giordan on Graphics | 3
Photoshop 5.5 lets you cut better masks with 2 new tools: the Magic Eraser and the Background Eraser.
The Magic Eraser works kind of like the Paint Bucket in that you click
a pixel and adjoining pixels are erased based on a tolerance setting. The
Background eraser lets you erase background areas by dragging the tool across
an area. This action samples the range of pixels in the area and deletes
them. Live Picture used to have a feature similar to this, and I can tell
you its a godsend. There is also an Extract Image command that
allows you to work with hard to mask areas, cleaning up edges for seamless
The new Art History brush lets you brush a painterly effect into an image.
In my opinion its easy enough to apply a filter and then selectively
add it with the standard History Brush, but this just allows a variation
with slightly different controls. The Art History brush lets you control
the amount of effect with each brush stroke, determining whether the effect
is a subtle or dramatic variation from the original.
This summary of new features is just that: an overview. There are dozens
of actual feature changes within this revision and they promise to make
image creation and Web development much easier. Some of you may remember
my review of Photoshop 5.0, which we published
in May of last year. Although the individual features do not appear as dramatic
as the 5.0 rev, I think people will find Photoshop 5.5 will save them time
and enhance their creative control even further.
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Created: June 28, 1999
Revised: June 28, 1999