Guest Author - Leena Kothari
Whether you prepare images for print media or the Internet, Photoshop should be included in your tool chest of graphics applications. Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard image editing software. It is a truly vast program with many features. Adobe Photoshop is considered by many web developers and graphic designers to be the be-all-end-all tool when it comes to creating and editing graphics and photos.
Photoshop has got many feature the most prominent among them are:
Easy Consistent Design Tools: From the moment you install Adobe Photoshop and its advanced Web graphics component, Adobe ImageReady 2.0, you'll experience extraordinary consistency. These programs share common commands, tools, palettes, and keyboard shortcuts for a more efficient workflow.
Integrated Adobe User Interface: Photoshop integrates tightly with Adobe's full line of professional publishing and dynamic media tools. Whether you're producing printed pages or moving images, you can work more efficiently and produce better results because of this smooth integration across applications.
Web Optimization: Adobe Photoshop includes comprehensive optimization features for producing the highest quality Web graphics with the smallest possible file sizes. To precisely balance image quality and file size, compare an original image side by side with optimized versions.
Precise Masking: Add transparency to images more intuitively with the new Magic Eraser and Background Eraser tools. Use the Magic Eraser to erase similar pixels on a layer with the click of your mouse. Drag the Background Eraser across an image to dynamically erase pixels on a layer, creating transparency.
Art History Brush: Paint stylized strokes on an image, much as you would brush paint onto a canvas, with the new Art History brush. Simply move the Art History brush around on the image, interactively creating realistic paint strokes. Then fine-tune the look you're creating by adjusting the size, fidelity, tolerance, and paint style controls. This versatile new brush opens a world of creative possibilities for your Adobe Photoshop artwork.
Layer Effects: Adobe Photoshop supports layer effects, so you can quickly add drop shadows, inner and outer glows, bevels, and embossing to layers. When applied, these effects remain live, so they update automatically when you edit the layer.
Photoshop Creative Suite is no doubt the most significant Photoshop move towards digital photographers. Although this upgrade also provides exciting new features for general users, web designers, and even video editors, this article will focus on some of the exciting new features most useful to digital photographers. Get ready to experience this amazing software with a 30 day free trial. So just download and start your first venture!