Adobe Photoshop 7.0 & 7.0.1

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What is Adobe Photoshop 7.0 & 7.0.1?

Everybody knows what Adobe Photoshop is, but Adobe Photoshop 7.0 is the last version that could run under Mac OS 9.  Since Adobe Photoshop 7 was Carbonized, it was also ready to run under Mac OS X.

Photoshop 6 addressed nearly all of the classic image editor’s long-running problems; it was perhaps the most satisfying Photoshop version to date. But life and software must go on, and Adobe has released Photoshop 7. Is it worth the upgrade?

For serious graphic artists, the answer is: well, maybe. Yes, Photoshop is finally native for Mac OS X, which means increased stability and speed, especially on a multiprocessor G4. But printing may be a problem, as some legacy printers and RIPs still lack OS X drivers. And as of this writing, quite a few of your OS 9 filters and plug-ins don’t work in OS X, either (such as Andromeda’s collection and Alien Skin’s Xenoflex, although the Eye Candy 4000 package does). Similarly, most colorcalibration tools won’t work under OS X — GretagMacbeth’s Eye-One... is one that does. These issues aren’t Adobe’s fault, but they do powerfully affect Photoshop 7's usability in OS X. In the near term, sorry to say, you may well find yourself running Photoshop 7 in OS 9.

Whether you run it in Mac OS 9 or OS X, however, you will discover that although this upgrade is not as great a leap as version 6 was, Photoshop 7 certainly has some useful improvements. The major new features are File Browser, the healing brush and patch tool, the beefed-up paint engine, and PDF-handling and -printing improvements.

The File Browser takes a good first swipe at what Photoshop has long needed: an integrated image browser, file cataloguer, and batch-processing tool. You can view entire folders of images in large thumbnails (though not at full size), while seeing detailed info on file type, pixel ratio, color profile, EXIF info, and more. You can sort and rank images according to a variety of criteria, including rank number and keyword. The File Browser also features some batch-processing abilities, such as batch renaming and batch rotation. But it doesn’t function as a full-blown cataloguer; you can’t use it to maintain a master catalogue of images spanning all your storage media.

The new paint engine provides control of many more brush parameters, such as tilt, jitter, texture, color dynamics, and shading. Managing the new brush capabilities is a more centralized task with the revamped, more comprehensive Brush palette. Creating custom brush presets is now easier — any image can act as a brush, appear in the Brush thumbnails, and have any brush attribute.

Photoshop 7 also supplies more types of natural-media brushes than before, and they work more like the real things. With the watercolors brush presets, for example, overstrokes edge-blend into understrokes in a plausibly watercolorish way. But Photoshop 7 still has a way to go to match Procreate Painter’s highly evolved natural-media effects. Conspicuously missing is any way to simulate a traditional ground (like canvas, watercolor paper, charcoal pad, and so on) as an underlayer and to have the paint strokes interact with the ground’s texture. And brushstrokes sometimes redraw with painful slowness, depending on the brush size and other attributes you apply and your Mac’s speed (our dual G4 1GHz lagged only a little).

If you publish PDFs or use them internally in your organization, you’ll appreciate Photoshop 7’s new security features. You can encrypt PDFs with 128-bit RC4 and require different passwords for various levels of security — viewing an image could require one password, printing it another. You can also edit the original Photoshop file’s annotations in the PDF. Printing enhancements in the PicturePackage feature include preset standard photo sizes and multiple images on a single page — great for yearbook pictures or corporate ID badges.

The healing brush is our favorite new toy. It works like the familiar clone tool, but takes the additional step of modifying the color and tonal qualities of the cloned pixels so they blend naturally into the destination area. It’s perfect for quick and seamless touch-ups — just the ticket for portrait photographers and assistant art directors. If the area you’re repairing is large or requires multiple operations, select the area and use the patch tool; It has the same touch-up technology but works on selections instead. These kinds of simple but useful tools really do make your life easier.

But simplicity is not the dominant trend in Photoshop’s development. The program’s increasing complexity is outpacing — and compromising — the slowing advance of its functionality. When you’re facing the menu bar with its submenus and subsubmenus, the toolbar with its subtools, the options bar (contextual menu) with its suboptions and minipalettes, the major multitabbed palettes, the individual palettes with their unique fly-out menus and submenus, the innumerable check boxes, the teeny-weeny widgets stashed around the edges of everything, and the custom folder structures for your own libraries of presets (tool, brush, color, and so forth), beginners will be hard-pressed to know just where to start. Proswill use Photoshop’s Tool Presets to streamline the interface, and thank Adobe for adding the Save Workspace command — finally, we can save specific palette arrangements for different types of projects.

You’ll notice that if you open any file in a color profile not the same as the one embedded in the file, Photoshop now asks you to save changes when you close it. This gets annoying when you’re opening many files from different sources for a quick look — a task service bureaus and art directors do everyday. Of course, the File Browser can save you from some of this drudgery, but its thumbnail previews aren’t big enough to show much detail.

Overall, Photoshop 7 is a conservative and reasonably solid release with a handful of welcome new features, such as the File Browser and healing brush, that you’ll use every day. But despite the fact that Photoshop remains the essential image editor — and as longtime Photoshop partisans we never thought we’d say this — it’s not a must-have upgrade. If you are a busy service bureau, professional photographer, or deadline-driven art director, you might do better staying with Mac OS 9.x and Photoshop 6 until other tools of the trade (namely QuarkXPress and some scanners and printers) make it to OS X.

Anzovin, Steve. (July 2002). Photoshop 7. MacAddict. (pgs. 46-47).

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System Requirements

From Mac OS 9.1 up to Mac OS 10.1

Compatibility notes

Architecture: PPC (recommended G3 233 MHz or faster) (Carbonized for OSX)

At least 128MB of RAM

Mac OS 9.1 - Mac OS X 10.1.3 or newer

A monitor supporting 16-bit mode (thousands of colors)


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