Photoshop CS4 vs CS5 Speed Comparison for Tablet PC Artists
I made this video expressly for others who are also exploring the whole digital art. . , movement? I think we can call it that. Draw-on-the-screen tablets are game changers, and it's possible with these older tablets to experiment with these remarkable tools for not very much $$.
This drawing demonstration was done on a 1.7 Ghz Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet PC running a comparison between Photoshop CS4 and CS5, testing for speed and stylus responsiveness.
I should note that I turned off all the bells and whistles, and did everything to maximize performance on the trial version of CS5 I was using in this comparison. In spite of this, CS5 = Fail, whereas CS4 continues to impress me. This doesn't mean that the latest Photoshop is a dud; it's not. It's a fine piece of software, but it just doesn't run smoothly enough on older hardware.
I should also note that the reason I'm using an old tablet like the Toshiba in this video is, very simply, that they just don't make 'em like they used to. That is to say, the screen size and pixel density are bigger numbers than can be found today in more modern machines. The problem is that, being an older tablet, the Tecra M4's processor is also slower, a single core chip, and the memory is limited to a maximum of 2 Gigs. This doesn't mean that the computer is useless; far from it. The Tecra is an excellent art machine capable of pro-level work, but it does mean that you have to choose your software with its limits in mind, and Photoshop is just such a case.
I hope this video proves useful to anybody else out there who is experimenting with Photoshop and digital comics on an older machine. The older machines are a low-cost way to experiment with digital art, but if you use the most current version of Photoshop, you'll be disappointed in the results.
Please let me know your thoughts or if you have any questions, please post them either in the YouTube comment section or over on the Tablet PC forum.
July 27th, 2011