Adobe Photoshop - Part 3 - Photoshop Family & Specific Features

Photoshop Family

There are eight different products in the current Photoshop family.

Photoshop CS3
Photoshop CS3 Extended
Photoshop Elements 6.0 for Macintosh
Photoshop Elements 6.0 for Windows
Photoshop Elements 6.0 & Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0
Photoshop Express beta
Photoshop Lightroom 2
Photoshop CS4 (Stonehenge)

Internationalization and localization

Language availability

Adobe Photoshop CS3 is available in the following languages:
Arabic (Middle Eastern version), Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew (Middle Eastern version), Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish

Specific features for Arabic and Hebrew languages

The Middle Eastern/Hebrew and the Middle Eastern/Arabic versions are specifically developed for Arabic and Hebrew languages.

Text Settings

Photoshop Middle Eastern versions come with special settings for typing and laying out Arabic or Hebrew text, such as:

  • Possibility to use Arabic, Persian or Hindi digits
  • Use kashidas for letter spacing and full justification
  • Set vowels/diacritics positioning
  • Ligature option
  • Justify text in three possible ways to get the results you want (Standard, Arabic, Naskh)
Additional fonts

Photoshop Middle Eastern versions support most fonts shipped with the OS as well as a large number of third party fonts widely used by graphic designers in the Middle Eastern regions. Photoshop Middle Eastern versions install one additional font that facilitates your work in Middle Eastern languages: WinSoft Pro, which is available in four styles: Medium, Medium Italic, Bold and Bold Italic.

Bi-directional text flow

In Photoshop Middle Eastern versions, the notion of right-to-left behaviour applies to several objects: Paragraph and Character. You can easily mix Right-to-Left and Left-to-Right Words and Paragraphs in a document.

Dictionary and hyphenation module

Photoshop Middle Eastern versions come with a comprehensive dictionary for Arabic allowing you to spell check Arabic text with a choice of rules, like Strict Aleef Hamza, Strict Final Yaa, both or none. Photoshop Middle Eastern version comes with a Dictionary and Hyphenation Module for Hebrew.


You can search for and change specific occurrences of Middle Eastern text. Photoshop Middle Eastern versions include an "Ignore Accent" option. When checked, the user can search for a string of text whether it contains some accents or not.

Save for Web

Special encodings have been added to allow this option to work with Middle Eastern languages.

Contact Sheet II / Picture Gallery / Smart Quotes

These options have been adapted to work correctly with Middle Eastern languages.

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