Here at [Re]Encoded, we are frequently asked about image editing software. There are many applications to choose from with varying degrees of difficulty. The most popular, industry standard photo & image editing application is Adobe Photoshop. So, in a nutshell, why should you bother spending the time to learn this software? We’re going to go through the features and some beginner tutorials to help you answer just that. The reasons can vary, but it comes down to a few key thoughts:
- Photoshop is the premiere software for manipulating or creating raster based images.
- It can be used to design an unlimited amount of projects.
- If you are working with digital (or scanned) photographs, the filters and tools can enhance images far beyond most applications.
- Easily create backgrounds or images for your website or desktop publications
- Enjoy some of the most powerful 3D tools available
As I mentioned, Photoshop is not the only tool for these uses, but it is the most popular because it is so versatile. It is also the ‘industry standard’, meaning that if you were to work with digital imagery professionally, your employer would expect you to know how to use Photoshop. So there’s your second reason for learning it. Photoshop is versatile, powerful and popular. If it’s graphic design or digital imaging you’re after – it’s a great program to know.
What is needed?
What you need to start your adventure is a working copy of Photoshop. It doesn’t really matter what version you are using, but the tutorials are based on Photoshop CC. If you are using an older version, you may notice some differences, and there may be missing tools in your copy. Don’t fret, though – many of the tools haven’t changed in years. We use both the Mac and PC versions here at [Re]Encoded. Other than some minor shortcut key differences, like replace “Alt” with “Option”, most won’t notice any difference.
If you don’t have a copy of Photoshop, you can download a free trial from Adobe (the company that produces Photoshop and other fine programs).
Here is the link: http://www.adobe.com/downloads/ When you get there, look for this link and click on try or buy Adobe Photoshop CSS).
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