Adobe Photoshop CS5 Software for Mac

Adobe Photoshop CS5 Software for Mac
Key Features
  • Robust Photo Editing
  • RAW & DNG Support
  • HDR Creation
  • Creative Filters
The Photoshop CS5 Image Editing Software from Adobe is the industry-standard application for editing photos. The software, compatible with Mac operating systems, gives you all the tools necessary to edit digital images.
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Photoshop CS5 Software for Mac Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Quick Image Corrections
  • 3Professional Color and Tone Control
  • 4State-of-the-Art Processing with Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 6
  • 5Intelligent Image Editing and Enhancement
  • 6Extraordinary Painting and Drawing Toolset
  • 7Advanced Compositing
  • 8Creative Tools and Content
  • 9Easy Access to Core Editing Power
  • 10Efficient and Flexible Work Environment
  • 11Streamlined Workflow
  • 12New Time-Savers
  • 13Powerful Extensibility

The Photoshop CS5 Image Editing Software from Adobe is the industry-standard application for editing photos. The software, compatible with Mac operating systems, gives you all the tools necessary to edit digital images.

Photoshop uses a powerful layer-based approach for image editing. Using layers allows you to make adjustments to images without modifying aspects of an original. You can modify layer opacity and order, aiding in compositing tasks. Photoshop keeps track of each change you make to an image, allowing you to undo actions with ease.

Photographers will appreciate Photoshop's robust photographic toolset and tight integration with Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom application. You'll be able to adjust image curves, remove noise from digital photographs, simulate film grain, add vignettes, and sharpen images. The software can open all types of images captured by digital cameras, including RAW images.

You'll also be able to correct lens distortions and image perspective. This is a powerful tool for architectural photographers who need to remove keystone effects from images and anyone shooting with ultra-wide angle rectilinear of fisheye lenses who would like to remove distortions.

Photoshop also supports the creation of High Dynamic Range (HDR) images. It can create an HDR image from multiple images of different exposures. It can remove ghosting created by slight camera movement between exposures, and you'll be able to tone images via intuitive slider controls.

Creatives will appreciate the tight integration with Adobe InDesign and Illustrator. Photoshop features a number of artistic image filters that can dramatically transform images. You'll be able to simulate different canvas types and brush strokes to create digital paintings. You can warp or stretch graphics, or move elements in images using the Puppet Warp tool.

Designers will appreciate the ability to isolate parts of images. You can cut out a model from a background with ease for use in a brochure. Photoshop is intelligent enough to correctly select complex parts of an image, including hair. You can go the opposite way as well -- you can remove a subject or object from an image and use the Content-Aware Fill to fill in the background with ease.

It is not without reason that Photoshop has become a verb in popular culture today. It's common to hear about someone who has "Photoshopped" a picture. Photoshop is the premiere application for image editing; it is a tool that every professional photographer and designer should have available.

Quick Image Corrections

Automatic Lens Correction

Save time with automatic correction of lens distortions, chromatic aberration, and vignetting. Adobe Photoshop CS5 uses an image file's EXIF data to make precise adjustments based on the type of camera and lens you used

Lens Correction Filter Improvements

Work more intuitively with the Lens Correction filter. The Grid display is now off by default, chromatic aberration correction sliders allow decimal point adjustments, a third slider has been added to correct common green/magenta aberrations, and more

Straighten Image Tool

Quickly straighten any crooked image. Simply drag a straight line from the Ruler tool onto your image, and the image will snap to the line

Gradient Tool Preset for Neutral Density

Use the Neutral Density preset to emulate a neutral density filter, clicking once to have the Gradient tool darken an overexposed patch of a photo while leaving the rest unaltered

Professional Color and Tone Control


Create either photo-realistic or wildly surreal high dynamic range (HDR) images with unprecedented speed, control, and accuracy. Get stunning results thanks to automatic ghost removal and greater control with tone mapping and adjustments

HDR Toning

Give any single-exposure image the photo-realistic or wildly surreal look of an HDR image. The HDR Toning feature offers an easy way to bring the rich aesthetic of high dynamic range to your 8-bit images

Black-and-White Conversion

Explore an endless variety of black-and-white looks. Use the integrated Lab B&W Action to interactively convert color images, create gorgeous HDR black-and-whites with greater ease and speed, and experiment with new presets

Industry-Leading Color Correction

Use Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools that intelligently preserve color and tone details, Curves controls that let you make automatic adjustments with included presets or those you create, a histogram, color channel lines, and more

State-of-the-Art Processing with Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 6

Noise Removal

Remove the noise common to high-ISO images and consumer-camera shots while preserving color and detail. You won't need more than this reengineered noise removal technology to maintain a photo's natural look, avoiding an oversharpened feel as you maximize quality

Better Conversions with New Demosaicing

Process raw images with the industry-leading Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 6 plug-in, which offers new demosaicing technology for unmatched conversion quality

Support for More Cameras and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Enjoy tight integration with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software as well as support for over 275 camera models

Additive Grain

Make a digital photo look more organic or film-like by using a simple slider to add grain. Even save grain settings as presets that you can apply to other photos to achieve a consistent look

Post-Crop Vignetting

Enjoy more control as you perform post-crop vignetting, and save favorite vignette effects as presets

Intelligent Image Editing and Enhancement

Better Selections with Truer Edge

Get better edge detection and masking results in less time with the Quick Selection tool -- even when you're selecting the trickiest image elements, such as hair

Color Decontamination

Eliminate background color around the edges of your selection with the Quick Selection tool's automatic color decontamination capabilities

Selection and Mask Refinement Tools

Automatically vary selection edges and perfect masks using new refinement tools

Content-Aware Fill

Remove any image detail or object and watch as Content-Aware Fill magically fills in the space left behind. This breakthrough technology matches lighting, tone, and noise so it looks as if the removed content never existed

Puppet Warp

Precisely reposition or warp any image element. Swing a raised arm to a person's side in a photo, stretch text to create new effects, and more

Content-Aware Scaling

Automatically recompose an image as you resize it, smartly preserving vital areas as the image adapts to the new dimensions. Get the perfect image in one step without time-intensive cropping and retouching

Expert Retouching

Retouch images easily and precisely by previewing source pixels within the cursor of the Clone Stamp and the Healing Brush. Set multiple source points, scale, and rotate in the Clone Source palette

Perspective-Based Editing

Create packaging mockups and more with Vanishing Point, which lets you create multiple planes in an image, connect them at any angle, and then wrap graphics, text, and images around them

Smart Filters

Experiment by adding, adjusting, and removing filters from an image without resaving the image or starting over to preserve quality. Nondestructive Smart Filters allow you to see the changes without altering original pixel data

Smart Objects

Perform nondestructive scaling, rotating, and warping of raster and vector graphics with Smart Objects. Even preserve the editability of vector data from Adobe Illustrator software

Extraordinary Painting and Drawing Toolset

Mixer Brush

Define multiple colors on a single Mixer Brush tip to paint with realistic color blends. Or use a dry Mixer Brush to blend a photo's colors and transform it into a beautiful painting

Bristle Tips

Easily paint with lifelike, naturally textured brush strokes using defined bristle properties like shape, length, and stiffness, and experiment away by adding Bristle Tips to a variety of Photoshop brush tools

GPU-Accelerated Painting Tools

Click to smoothly resize brushes, adjust bristle hardness, or choose your color hue, saturation, or brightness from an onscreen color picker

Rich Drawing Contest

Create or modify images with a wide assortment of professional, fully customizable drawing tools

Advanced Compositing

Paste in Place

Paste an element into a Photoshop file in the same position it held in the original file, for example, when you create something on the wrong layer and need to move it to the exact same place on a new layer

Multi-Layer Opacity

Save time with the ability to adjust the opacity of many layers at once

Multi-Layer Fill

Save time with the ability to adjust the fill of many layers at once

Sticky Layer Styles

Save your individual layer-style settings as defaults

Auto-Blending of Images

Combine a range of images, each with a different exposure, color, and focal point -- with options to preserve tones and colors -- into a single, color-corrected image

Easier Layer Management

Drag and drop a file onto an open PSD document to create a layer, nest up to ten layers, move a selection while the active layer is hidden, and delete all empty layers with one command

360° Panoramas

Count on Photomerge technology to automatically stitch horizontal or vertical photos to create amazing panoramas -- and even 360° spheres

Auto-Alignment of Layers

Create accurate composites with the Auto-Align Layers command, which lets you move, rotate, or warp layers to align them accurately. Or use spherical alignment to create breathtaking spherical panoramas

Extended Depth of Field

Create an image from a series of shots that have different focal points with the Auto-Blend Layers command, which smoothly blends color and shading and even extends your depth of field, automatically correcting vignettes and lens distortion

Creative Tools and Content

New Shapes, Swatches, and Gradients

Give your images and designs fresh looks using a variety of custom shapes, color swatches, styles, and gradients

New Actions and Brushes

Quickly try out different editing effects and techniques using new Actions for black-and-white conversion and surreal Stars effects, and paint with a new set of brushes

Easy Access to Core Editing Power

Adjustments Panel

Use the convenient Adjustments panel to easily access every tool you need to nondestructively adjust and enhance color and tone. Open the On-image Adjustment tool with a keyboard shortcut

Masks Panel

Quickly create and edit masks from the Masks panel. This panel offers all the tools you need to create editable pixel- and vector-based masks, adjust mask density and feathering, easily select noncontiguous objects, and more

Efficient and Flexible Work Environment

Faster Performance Across Platforms

Speed up day-to-day imaging tasks and process very large images up to ten times faster by taking advantage of cross-platform 64-bit support
Requires a 64-bit-capable computer with a 64-bit version of Mac OS, Microsoft Windows 7, or Windows Vista. Actual performance varies depending on amount of RAM, driver types, and other factors

Efficient Tile Sizing and Caching

Easily control tile size and use presets for simultaneously setting cache and tile size based on whether your output is for print or web

Adobe Bridge CS5 and Adobe Mini Bridge

Easily manage media with more flexible batch renaming, and access your assets in the context of what you're working on by using the customizable Adobe Mini Bridge panel in Photoshop

Workspace Switcher

Use the new, collapsible Workspace Switcher to quickly navigate and choose among your favorite user interface configurations

Live Workspaces

Let Photoshop automatically record changes you make to a task-specific user interface so that if you switch to a different configuration and then switch back, your panels will be exactly where you left them

Powerful Printing Options

Get outstanding prints in less time with automation, scripting, and a print dialog box that's easier to navigate

Smoother Cropping

Crop with Rule of Thirds or Grid layouts, which draw smoothly thanks to GPU acceleration

Fluid Canvas Rotation

Just click to smoothly turn your canvas for nondestructive viewing at any desired angle -- no more tilting your head when painting and drawing

Smooth Panning and Zooming

Gracefully navigate to any area of an image with ultrasmooth zooming and panning. Maintain clarity as you zoom to individual pixels, and easily edit at the highest magnification using the Pixel Grid

Panel Management

Maximize screen space while keeping essential tools accessible. Arrange panels in convenient, self-adjusting docks that can be widened to full size or narrowed to icons or even a thin strip at the edge of your monitor

File Display Options

Easily work with multiple open files by using tabbed document display or n-up views

Customized Workspaces

Set up and save custom menus, keyboard shortcuts, and workspaces for quick access to exactly what you need

One-Click Adjustments

Make sophisticated color adjustments instantly with one-click presets in Curves and the Channel Mixer

Multi-Touch Support on Mac Laptops

Pinch, swipe, and rotate images using the Multi-Touch trackpad on newer MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops (requires Mac OS X v10.5 or later). And now, easily turn off Multi-Touch support if you wish

Profiles to Support the Color-Blind

Design with sensitivity for color-blind individuals by creating soft proofs of your images using built-in Color Universal Design Organization profiles

Streamlined Workflow

Streamlined Creative Reviews

Use Adobe CS Review, part of new Adobe CS Live online services, to initiate a more secure review without leaving Photoshop. Reviewers can add comments to your images from their browsers, and you see the comments appear automatically on your screen. CS Live services are complimentary for a limited time

Adobe PDF File Support

Precisely control the size of PDF pages opened in Photoshop, add security controls and metadata, such as copyright and exposure details, to images within PDF presentations, and create a rich image display in PDF presentations and documents

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Integration

Enjoy tight integration with Photoshop Lightroom (sold separately), easily moving files from Lightroom to Photoshop CS5 to create HDR images, panoramas, and multilayered Photoshop documents. Roundtrip your files back to Lightroom

Automated Production

Automate routine production tasks in a variety of ways. Set up event-based scripts, record a series of steps as an Action for efficient batch processing, and design repetitive graphics faster with Variables

History Panel

Undo and redo any set of editing steps in an open image with the History panel

Edit History Log

Let Photoshop track all editing steps within your files with the Edit History log. Export steps to a text file or save them as part of image metadata for easier documentation and file audits

Image File Format Support

Import and export hundreds of image file formats, including PSD, AI, PDF, NEF, CRW, TIFF, BMP, Cineon, JPEG, JPEG2000, FXG, OpenEXR, PNG, and Targa

Video File Format Support

Work with video files thanks to support for 3G, FLC, MOV, AVI, DV Stream, Image Sequence, MPEG-4, and FLV formats

Mobile Device Support

Create compelling mobile content, such as wallpapers and screen savers, and then preview how it will render on mobile devices using built-in Adobe Device Central CS5. Tune your designs for mobile screen sizes and lighting conditions

High-Resolution Web Display

Take advantage of Adobe Flash and Zoomify technology to export high-resolution images to the web for viewing via the Adobe Flash Player runtime. Flash Player displays images quickly and efficiently, letting viewers zoom in with minimal delay

New Time-Savers

16-bit to JPEG Conversion

Let Photoshop CS5 automatically downsample your 16-bit image files so you can save them as 8-bit JPEG files

File Closing Enhancement

Save clicks with the ability to close all open images without saving

Saving Shortcut

Add a preference that helps ensure you'll save all open images to the last folder to which you saved an image

Easy Reversing of Clone Source Images

Clone any image element, and then click once to reverse the cloned element so it faces in the opposite direction

Shadow/Highlight Default Change

Get more natural-looking results from the Shadow/Highlight command's default setting, which now decreases shadows by 35% instead of 50%

Maximize Compatibility Dialog Box Improvement

Check the "Don't show this message again" box to avoid repeat appearances of the Maximize Compatibility dialog box

Powerful Extensibility

Adobe Configurator

Get and share custom panels that developers create to accomplish specific tasks -- and easily create your own panels of tools, menu items, actions, and more -- with Adobe Configurator software

DNG Profile Editor

Create your own color profiles using the publicly available DNG Profile Editor

Adobe Pixel Bender

Develop and/or share filters with publicly available, GPU-accelerated Adobe Pixel Bender technology

Adobe Photoshop Marketplace

Explore Adobe Photoshop Marketplace for a huge range of third-party plug-ins and resources

Adobe Community Help

Access the power of an online search engine from within Photoshop, but with more targeted results. Searchable content includes the in-depth Photoshop Help, plus additional Adobe and third-party content chosen by Adobe and community experts

Adobe ConnectNow from

Share ideas and discuss project details with clients and colleagues -- all online -- using Adobe ConnectNow, an web conferencing service. is part of CS Live online services

Photoshop CS5 Software for Mac Specs

System RequirementsComputer: Multicore Intel Mac
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5.7, 10.6
Memory: 1GB
Hard Drive: 2GB for installation; Additional free space required during installation; Cannot install on removable flash-based storage devices
Display: 1024 x 768 (1280 x 800 recommended) with qualified hardware-accelerated OpenGL graphics card, 16-bit color, and 256MB of VRAM; Some GPU-accelerated features require graphics support for Shader Model 3.0 and OpenGL 2.0
Hardware: DVD-ROM drive
Software: QuickTime 7.6.2 required for multimedia features
Broadband Internet connection required for online services and product activation
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