What is Adobe Photoshop & How to use it?



Adobe Photoshop is a Modern Image Editing & Manipulation Program.

This programs dominate the Market by large margin that any other software is finding it difficult to be competent to stay in market & compete against it.

With Photoshop CS5, It now supports 3D. It has plugin supports. So Versatility of Photoshop has evolved around by big radius. Now photoshop is utilized by Photographers, Digital Painters, 3D Artists, Web Designers, Video Editors.

Photoshop Story
Photoshop Story is interesting that all it started with concept of GUI – Graphical User Interface with Macintosh & it was revolutionary. As Wikipedia States – In 1987, Thomas Knoll, a PhD student at the University of Michigan began writing a program on his Macintosh Plus to display grayscale images on a monochrome display. This program, called Display, caught the attention of his brother John Knoll, an Industrial Light & Magic employee, who recommended Thomas turn it into a fully-fledged image editing program. Thomas took a six month break from his studies in 1988 to collaborate with his brother on the program, which had been renamed ImagePro. Later that year, Thomas renamed his program Photoshop and worked out a short-term deal with scanner manufacturer Barneyscan to distribute copies of the program with a slide scanner; a “total of about 200 copies of Photoshop were shipped” this way.
During this time, John traveled to Silicon Valley and gave a demonstration of the program to engineers at Apple and Russell Brown, art director at Adobe. Both showings were successful, and Adobe decided to purchase the license to distribute in September 1988. While John worked on plug-ins in California, Thomas remained in Ann Arbor writing program code. Photoshop 1.0 was released in 1990 for Macintosh exclusively.

Photoshop is raster based program. Photoshop is based on concept of Bitmap i.e. Pixel. It’s Resolution Dependent program. Image Resolution i.e. DPI (Dot Per Inch) depends on Image is prepared for Print or web. For Print normally Resolution of 300 DPI is Used & for Web 72 DPI is Ideal. To know photoshop completely you also need to familiarize with the concepts of color theories of RGB (Red, Green, Blue) for web, CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) for print & HSB (Hue, Saturation, Brightness) for Screen or monitor.
There is another concept called PPI i.e. Point Per Inch which is used in Printing Industry.

How to use?
This questions arises when for what type of work you are utilizing photoshop for. Actually photoshop is vary easy to use but on other hand it is vary processor & memory intensive program so if you have slow machine then just don’t think of photoshop anymore as requirement of installing photoshop is minimum 64bit processor & minimum of 1 GB RAM. Photoshop takes much more time to install it irritates when Mac OSX support drag & drop installation but to install photoshop you have click many more times on ‘next’ button while going through installation & it’s no different on Windows. Mainly Adobe Photoshop has ‘No’ Support for Linux operating systems. Sometimes photoshop way of working creates irritation in your mind because of it’s sluggish behaviors of processing. But you have no choice to use photoshop.

Photoshop Titles
Photoshop Titles differs in following programs:

  1. Adobe Photoshop Express
  2. Adobe Photoshop Elements
  3. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  4. Adobe Photoshop Touch
  5. Adobe Photoshop
  6. Adobe Photoshop Extended

It is quite expensive for some people to have PC App that costs around $699 for Regular Photoshop without 3D Support & $999 for Photoshop Extended with every feature it has to support.

Alternatives Applications
Photoshop has alternative OpenSource clients like GIMP. But GIMP pretty-much moderate application for day to day use.

Piracy is main threat to company like Photoshop as they say 40% to 20% users use Pirated versions on their PCs. So it is big loss for them to lost so much well deserved revenues.

So Price Matters with Features it gives…

Thanks & Regards
Mandar Apte

Published by Mandar Apte

Mandar is a Mumbai-based multi-disciplinary designer with UX/UI, Logo, Symbol, and Brand Identity design expertise. He currently runs his Mudrkashar Linguistic Apple iPhone, iPad, and Mac app business in the heart of Mumbai city.

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