Adobe Photoshop CS5 update 12.0.4

Updates and bug fixes to the popular image-editing software that also allows use on smartphones

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Adobe Photoshop CS5 update 12.0.4
Adobe Photoshop CS5 update 2014

Adobe Photoshop is image editing software that Mac OS and Windows users can utilize to manipulate photographs or graphics. Although Photoshop CS5 was released in 2010, it is still very relevant today, especially for users using older versions of Windows that need powerful image editing capabilities.

Adobe CS5 Features

Since the release of CS5, Adobe has moved toward a subscription service, which eliminates the need to pay one lump sum for the program. For a low monthly fee, a user has full access to Photoshop CC, which also includes updates so that the software is never obsolete. However, subscription services aren’t for everyone and that’s why there are users that prefer the full version of CS5. Users can carry out a wide range of editing tasks because Adobe Photoshop CS5 gives users the following features:

  • Image handling – An advanced feature that reduces noise and corrects lens aberration problems.
  • Puppet Warp – Enables photographed elements to be subtly repositioned.
  • Faster selection tools – Easier manipulation of images.
  • More advanced text engine – Create ligatures, kerning, leading, and high-grade lettering.
  • Code snippets – Incorporate code snippets where needed.
  • Better cropping tool – The cropping tool uses the “Rule-of-Thirds.”
  • Roto Brush – Mask objects quickly instead of frame-by-frame.

CS5 possesses 40 more features than the CS4 release. These are features that are still very relevant to today’s image editing standards, which is why they are still available in Adobe Photoshop CC. However, there are system requirements that must be met to ensure CS5 is useful.

System Requirements

Because Photoshop CS5 is a 64-bit program, it performs best on systems with a high amount of Ram. You want at least 1GB of Ram and 1 GB of available space on your hard drive. You can also run CS5 on Windows Operating System versions ranging XP Service Pack 3 to Windows 7 or Mac OS X v10.5.7 or v.10.6. If installing CS5 on a Mac, you will need 2 GB of available space on your hard drive.

As for the graphic requirements, you will need to have at least 256 MB of VRAM. Whether running a Windows PC or a Mac, a 16-bit OpenGL graphics adapter will give you the performance you need. If the computer doesn’t meet these requirements, Photoshop won’t work correctly.

The Takeaway

Overall, Photoshop CS5, despite its age, will give you what you need. In fact, it can be too much power for some users that need it for simple photo editing projects. Nonetheless, it is best to have too much power than not enough. If you need advanced photo editing capabilities, CS5 is adequate or you can opt for the Photoshop CC subscription option, especially if you are running a Windows OS higher than Windows 7 or a Mac OS higher than v.10.6. If you are running compatible operating systems, then this graphics suite will give you what you need to get the job done.


  • High dynamic range
  • Easily accessible and intuitive toolset
  • Smooth workflow
  • Better potential for creativity
  • Masking and cloning takes less time than in CS4 release
  • Content-Aware tool is very effective


  • There is a learning curve
  • Not compatible with Windows 10
  • The program is heavy, so it requires a capable computer

The Adobe Photoshop 12.0.4 update for Adobe Photoshop CS5 is a program that applies a number of fixes to the program.

This update allows for interactivity with apps on smartphones and tablets in the Edit menu under Remote Connections. These apps are available in the Adobe App store, They are Adobe Eazel, Adobe Color Lava and Adobe Nav.

This update also fixes performance crashes, particularly with the liquify function. Security vulnerabilities are closed off, Sharpen and Quick Selection have been modified to avoid crashes, and a File Info issue with The Orphea Studio has been fixed.

Before installing this update, please make sure to disable all of your virus protection programs. The folder on your hard drive that contains Photoshop must be named "Adobe Photoshop CS5." If the updater cannot find the application, you may have to uninstall and reinstall CS5.

This update is not compatible with beta versions of CS5.

CS5 offers a number of fantastic new features, particularly for those who use it for image manipulation or digital painting with a WACOM tablet.

Content-Aware Fill is a new feature that can more or less remove a person from an image and fill in the background with almost no assistance. There is a little cloning cleanup involved, but overall it is pretty amazing.

Enhancements for digital painters are introduced. CS5 added a workspace toggle that allows the used to put the program into a "paint mode." This enables the user to utilize texture brushes, pressure sensitivity and other features for those who create art on drawing tablets.

The Camera Raw 6 plugin is improved. It supports over 250 raw formats and offers refined control over sharpening and more intricate control of noise reduction. The Merge to HDR command allows the user to align images and combine them with almost no blurring effect.

The Puppet Warp tool is a handy grid which can be overlapped on an object and can then be stretched and skewed. This tool is especially useful for altering a photo slightly while maintaining a realistic look. It also is quite effective in warping text in interesting ways.

Masking has been refined in CS5. Quite a bit of time in Photoshop is spent making a mask. These improvements speed up the process. Refine Edge helps when the user has to select a tricky edge, like fur or spiked hair. Refine Radius and Erase Refinements will eliminate the tedium.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 makes leaps in convenience with a host of new refinements and time-saving features, particularly in the masking department. If you are a digital painter, this is the version to get as well. Download the patch to avoid crashes and to make the experience complete.


Using Photoshop on your tablet or smartphone is insanely great

No more liquify crashes!

Support for digital painting


You may have to uninstall and reinstall CS5, which is a major pain.

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