Note: Adobe Photoshop CS6 trial is currently only available with Adobe's download assistant (an installer and download manager).
If you've used pretty much any version of Adobe Photoshop before, you won't have any trouble getting around in this CS5 version, especially if you've used CS4 before. The same interface and design in Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended is used as it was in the earlier iteration of the Adobe services with CS4.
Photoshop CS5 has some surprises instore for users even familiar with CS4 including wet brushes, content-aware healling brushes, a smart selection tool and content-aware background filling.
As with previous versions of Adobe Photoshop, usage is streamlined and when you have an idea of what you're doing, CS5 improves on the already minimalist design of Adobe Photoshop CS4.
System Resource usage on CS5 is extremely well improved with their support of 64-bit operating systems. Though your system might be bogged down by having multiple windows open and especially working with a ton of layers, this version does improve on what CS4, CS3 and before that stumbled on.
With the menus have been changed slightly with CS5, it didn't take very long for us to get used to the new arrangements (which were actually minimal). Thankfully, keyboard shortcuts remain traditional to older versions. If you haven't used Photoshop before or you are not a seasoned user, we highly recommend getting used to some of the keyboard shortcuts as this can shave a load of time off of whatever task you're working on.
One thing about Photoshop CS5 Extended that we were impressed with was their improved handling of text. When comparing to older versions, it appears that rendering of fonts has become sharper and less pixelated than what we're used to with Adobe Photoshop versions before this.
While Photoshop isn't the easiest program to get used to, there is a steep learning curve involved but when you're past that, this is the best photo editing suite we've ever seen. The learning curve for Adobe Photoshop has become less stressful with this iteration as the menus and design has become more minimalistic. The online help available from Adobe.com certainly help new and seasoned Photoshop users.
As this software is rather expensive, Adobe offers a free trial download which is available as a link on this web page.
Photoshop CS5 is licensed as Shareware for the Windows operating system / platform from graphics editors and can be used as a free trial until the trial period ends (after an unspecified number of days). The Photoshop CS5 188.8.131.52 Extended demo is available to all software users as a free download (Shareware) with potential restrictions and is not necessarily the download of the full version.
Compatibility with this software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version may be available from Adobe.
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