Anyone who can help me please leave a comment or a suggestion. I would gladly appreciate it!!
I am starting a Digital Media class in college and CS5 is what is setup on the computers and textbooks are also about CS5 as well. They haven't upgraded to CS6 yet. I am mainly doing Photoshop, Flash Professional, and Illustrator in this class. The first program we are using is Photoshop. I have just paid for and downloaded the Creative Cloud and everything pertains to CS6.
My question is should I stick with using Photoshop CS5? Or can Photoshop CS6 be used as long as I don't use the newer parts of the program?
Also will there be compatible issues in say for instance I am doing a project and going back and forth from my computer at home (with CS6) to working on it at school (with CS5)?
As long as you enable the "Maximum Compatibility" option, you will always have data to work with. Of course some features will not be available, but that should not be that big an issue. I'd rather be concerned about Flash and Illustrator, which are much more prone to converting data into non-editable stuff when saving from a newer version to an older version....
Yes, of course. CS6 would open CS5 files without it, but due to changes in the rendering pipeline the result might show differences still. Enabling maximum compatibility embeds rendered pixel information even for parametric stuff and ensures consistent appearance.
gw, be aware that Maximize compatibility is not a magical item, it will save a flattened copy of the file, so that it is possible to get the pixels as they look on the version that saved them. But the upstream and downstream compatibility is quite good. Try to save a file with layer styles on a group in CS6 and open it in CS5 (that does not allow it)