Photoshop 7 vs. PSCS--unusual question
I have run across a very odd problem that I have not seen described on any forum. We have noticed in my shop that the same file opened in Photoshop 7 looks and prints far better than the same file opened in Photoshop CS.
We shoot Nikon D1x's, raw, in Adobe 1998. The color settings & policies are the same for both versions of PhotoShop: Adobe 1998 workspace. We output our files to Noritsus via "Print Preview" with a custom printer profile. We work on Windows XP pro machines, 2 gigs of ram, etc., and have calibrated Eizo coloredge monitors. The raw conversions are done in Nikon's software. We removed Adobe Gamma loader from our machines.
The same file opened and edited in PhotoShop 7 is sharper, cleaner and the transitions from highlight to shadow are smooth as compared to the same file opened in PSCS. Nikon D1x files tend to have noise in the shadows (amount depending upon sensitivity file was shot at) but CS exaggerates the artifacts in a way version 7 does not. Version 7 seems to handle highlights, such as reflections off of glass and metal surfaces far better than CS. In CS these highlights will go lime green and posterize. In CS we see colors cross over that we never saw in the same file opened in version 7.
We have also tested files using the Camera Raw plugin to make the raw conversions. We have found it doesn't matter: the files opened in Photoshop 7 look and print better than the same file opened in CS.
Are we doing something wrong? Has anyone else noticed this? What changed between version 7 and version "8" (CS)?
Many thanks to all for any suggestions!