Photoshop CS3 vs CS4

Are there huge advantages between CS3 and CS4? I do alot of 3D animation and digital photo editing. I normally use Illustrator for Websites - and just love photoshop.

As far I know, there is nothing ground-breaking about Adobe Photoshop CS4.

However if you work with 3D, there are a number for features in CS4, for example, you can paint directly on 3D models, wrap 2D images around 3D shapes, convert gradient maps to 3D objects, etc.

This is what Wikipedia says…

Photoshop CS4 features additions such as the ability to paint directly on 3D models, wrap 2D images around 3D shapes, convert gradient maps to 3D objects, add depth to layers and text, get print-quality output with the new ray-tracing rendering engine, and enjoy exporting to supported common 3D formats; the new Adjustment and Mask Panels; Content-aware scaling (also known as seam carving[9]); Fluid Canvas Rotation and File display options.[10] On 30 April, Adobe released Photoshop CS4 Extended, which includes all the same features of Adobe Photoshop CS4 with the addition of capabilities for scientific imaging, 3D, and high end film and video users. The successor to Photoshop CS3, Photoshop CS4 is the first 64-bit Photoshop on consumer computers (only on Windows – the OS-X version is still 32-bit only.)

So on top of those 3D features mentioned by Avactis, it comes in 64bit flavours if you are running on a 64bit OS (so you may see a performance increase) :slight_smile:

Wow…didn’t know it was the first Photoshop to be 64bit, though I really wonder if there would be a big performance increase (perhaps with HUGE files it would cope better (eg, banners that are 6mx2m for example))…

…but for now, I think using it alongside Maya/3DSMAX sounds likable.

Thanks guys :slight_smile:

RWeb, I would guess on rendering it may be faster due to it’s ability to work with multiple cores (therefore distributing the load much better). :slight_smile:

I"m assuming your talking about graphical effects (eg. Blurs?). I generally dont hear about people putting the words Photoshop and Rendering together in one sentance :slight_smile:

RWeb, I was referring to the 3D aspects of photoshop, 3D work requires graphics rendering (though 2D art can take some churning if the image is uber huge), just look at a product like Maya or Cinema4D and you will see how demanding it can be on the processor :wink:

CS4 annoys me, I stick to CS3.

HI! Me too I’m using cs3 much more comfortable to use, if you are on 3d making why not try MAYA autodesk? hope this helps! :slight_smile:

I’m using CS3 its much more popular

than CS4 here on our place :smiley:

[FONT=“Georgia”]Never used CS4, but the tools of CS are good enough to handle everything I need to do.

Spare me the goofy effects. I never use them anyway.


Lol… I have the same with CS3 that’s why I use CS2 lol…