Creative Suite 5, the twelfth major release in the best-selling
series of image editing software, will air April 12, 2010.
It's expected to bring a number of advanced technologies, like three
dimensional brushes and warping tools. It also is expected to
bring more aggressive use of the GPU, including improved utilization
of the CUDA
GPU computing technology found on NVIDIA graphics cards (CS4
was the first Adobe Creative Suite to utilize CUDA).As if
that wasn't enough to tempt users to update, the company has aired
a video previewing a new feature which it calls
"Content-Aware Fill". The feature allows the user to
fill in a selection based on the surrounding regions.Graphically,
the results are stunning. In one demo Bryan O’Neil-Hughes, a
product manager on the Photoshop team, used the tool to first remove
lens flare, turn rough litter-strewn grass into a perfectly manicured
lawn, and even remove trees seen in the distance.In the next
demo he removes a dusty road from a desert scene. The tool
automatically fills the replacement area with appropriate ground and
shrub cover. Finally, he takes another desert scene -- a cloud
sky with bits on the top and bottom missing. The tool replaces
these bits seamlessly.At first glance the results are hard to
distinguish from an unaltered photo. That's exciting news for
professional designers. Its also exciting news for amateur
photoshoppers, who enjoy an occasional session of "put one
person's head on another person's body."The feature
looks like it will reduce what might have once been hours or days of
work down to a few seconds of wait time.
quote: Resynthesizer is a Gimp plug-in for texture synthesis. Given a sample of a texture, it can create more of that texture. This has a surprising number of uses:* Creating more of a texture (including creation of tileable textures)* Removing objects from images (great for touching up photos)* Creating themed images (such as the Resynthesizer logo above)
quote: 8/10/2009: I haven't really been keeping up with API changes in the GIMP, or with emails people send me. If you emailed me and I haven't replied, I'm sorry. If you want to take over as maintainer of this project, email me. Other emails will probably continue to sit unread in my inbox.
quote: At first glance the results are hard to distinguish from an unaltered photo.