On December 15 Adobe released a free beta version of Photoshop CS3. Because I'm a Photoshop geek, I was one of the first to down load and install the new beta version. I've been using it for all my work since Dec 15 and I like it a lot. Come to think of it, I can't imagine a version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements that I wouldn't like! This is the first time that Adobe has released a beta version of PS. They must like the way things are working with the Lightroom beta process.
Just today I discovered two great new features in CS3 that will help those of us that do panoramas and multiple exposures to battle burned out windows. The first feature is "auto-align" here's a effective little demonstration video of how the new feature works. If you've ever taken multiple exposures of interiors to combine good window exposure with good interior exposure you will immediately see that this will save you a bunch of time.
The second feature is"auto-blend" which blends two adjoining, overlapping photos just like those of us that make panoramas need to do when we repair stitching defects in Photoshop. Hans Nyberg, a noted panoramic photographer has posted a comparison of how this new CS3 feature works compared to other auto-blending options. A tutorial on how to use auto-blend and auto-align by Russell Brown.
I'm hooked already. I can't live without Photoshop CS3.