Adobe Photoshop is one of the world's leading
graphics editing programs, developed by Adobe
Systems. Available on Mac OS or PC, Photoshop
is used as one of the leading image design programs
for the World Wide Web. The most recent version
of Photoshop, or Photoshop CS2, "bridges"
between other Adobe products such as Image Ready,
Illustrator, Premiere, After Effects, and Encore
DVD to produce professional videos and DVDs. Photoshop
uses a file format called a .PSD or .PDD to store
multiple layers of an image. Recently Adobe released
a program called Photoshop Elements in order to
give a less expensive version of Photoshop with
many of the same features. Although Adobe Photoshop
is used primarily in doing touch-up for digital
photos, it is also used for creating designs for
web pages and professional companies.
Adobe Photoshop was originally created as a convenient
and powerful way to retouch photos. Its most basic
features include easily cropping and straightening
photos that were either scanned ore taken with
a digital camera. Under- or overexposed photos
can be easily rescued with the retouch power of
the Camera RAW and other plug-ins. Photos taken
in difficult lighting situations can be perfected
by a few clicks of a mouse. Filters and plug-ins
can be used to make the picture seem old or change
to black and white.
Many web and graphics designers use Photoshop
to create and design company logos and advertisements.
Built in Photoshop effects and filters can make
designing professional logos or advertisements
a quick and simple process. With the power of
layers and opacity, pictures can be blended together
and effects such as shadows, blurs, etc. are made
possible. And, for those who desire to return
to the finger painting days of their youth, Photoshop
has a paintbrush tool with countless brush shapes
and textures for anyone who just needs to let
out their creativity.
Text editing has also become easily accessible
because of Photoshop. Perspectives, shapes, and
type on a path are just a few examples of the
tons of amazing text effects that are available.
Slimy, dripping letters or cloud-writing in the
sky are made easy from filters and text effects
built into Photoshop.
Web designers thrive on Photoshop for making
animations using Photoshop with other Adobe products.
The things that can be done with Photoshop are
literally endless. This is truly and amazing program.
About the author:
Jeff OReilly is an author of several books on
many topics and a leader in seo and website production.
>> Return to Web
Design Article Knowledgebase Index