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Also, has anything changed in the interface or use of features/options? It took me a while to get a decent handle on this app, and I don't want to be forced to relearn any of it.
Sounds like if you're comfortable with vector graphics programs, 6.0 would actually be easier to use.
Anyone actually using 6.0 now? I'd love to hear for first-hand reports...
I'm planning on upgrading as soon as I make sure I can afford my first mortgage payment. ;)
It's integrated intuitively into the Photoshop GUI.
BTW, I totally dig the new text engine and GIF transparency handling. Also there are several sweet improvements to the selection tools (especially the lasso) and filters.
You could already do this with keyboard combinations on the regular lasso in 5.0. But the nice thing in 5.5 is, if you already have an active selection, you can hold down SHIFT or CTL when you start the point to point lasso and it will add or subtract to that selection with great precision. Couldn't do that in 5.0.
The magnetic lasso is better than in 5.0, but it still needs some clean-up after the initial selection is made, so I rarely use it.
Another really sweet feature is "Transform Selection". This lets you edit an already active selection by scaling, skewing, distorting, etc. -- only the selection itself (the marching ants outline) transforms, and not the pixels.
This lets you tailor elliptical selections, for instance, to the exact position you need, instead of going trial and error with the elliptical marquee.