Graphics Editors (Adobe Photoshop Macromedia Fireworks)

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What is a graphics editor? A graphics editor is a computer program that allows users to compose and edit pictures interactively on the computer screen and save them in one of many popular "bitmap" or "raster" formats such as TIFF, JPEG, PNG and GIF.

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Two major graphics editors are Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Fireworks.

Adobe Photoshop is a bitmap graphics editor published by Adobe Systems. It is the market leader for commercial bitmap image manipulation. It is usually referred to simply as Photoshop.

As with most of other Adobe's applications, Photoshop is available for Mac OS and Microsoft Windows; versions up to Photoshop 7 can also be run under operating systems such as Linux with an emulation program such as CrossOver Office.

Fireworks is developed by Macromedia and is bundled as of the Studio MX suite. This program is built to allow web designers the ability to manipulate vector and bitmap graphics. It is often compared to likes of Adobe's Photoshop, even though the functions are very limited and less sophisticated. It is perfect for editing graphics in web site design templates. View our web site design templates.



Popular Graphic Image Formats

Two popular graphics image formats are JPG and GIF.

In computing, JPEG is a commonly used standard method of compressing photographic images. The file format which employs this compression is commonly also called JPEG; platforms with short file extensions may use .JPG or .JPE to identify this format.

The name stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group. JPEG itself specifies only how an image is transformed into a stream of bytes, but not how those bytes are encapsulated in any particular storage medium.

JPEG/JFIF is the most common format used for storing and transmitting photographs on the World Wide Web.

GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) is a bitmap image format that is widely used on the World Wide Web, both for still images and for animations.

"GIF" is often pronounced giff with a hard g (that is, like "gift" without the final t), but the correct pronunciation as specified by the creators of the file format in the official documentation is jiff. Arguments over the proper pronunciation of GIF have become a popular stereotype of computer geek society.

GIF was introduced in 1987 by CompuServe in order to provide a color image format for their file downloading areas. Fairly large images could therefore be downloaded in a reasonable amount of time, even with very slow modems.

You can often find graphics editors software like Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Fireworks at a discount on eBay. A software store may have gotten surplus copies of graphic editing software and wish to reduce their graphics editing software programs due to an updated version and will sell new copies of graphics editor programs at a reduced cost.

Following are graphics editing software auctions on eBay.

Freeware Graphics Editors:

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