Product Type: Adobe in Image & Photo Editing
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The Art of Photoshopping
Adobe Photoshop CS3
Member Name: Larrabee
Adobe Photoshop CS3
Advantages: Sophisticated, great range of tools for every purpose, good compatibility.
Disadvantages: A bit complicated for beginners, takes a long time to get the hang of it.
'Photoshopping' has become part of the language over the last few years, the way its talked about when it comes to airbrushing celebrities or faking dramatic images you'd think it was as easy as a few quick clicks to 'photoshop' something and get a great result. Sadly this is not the case, Photoshop is quite a complicated design programme and takes a lot of practice to get to grips with, but its definitely worth it and in my opinion is the best photo editing software out there.
I don't use photoshop professionally, so my review will be about its uses for hobby and home users rather than design professionals or serious photographers. Its quite expensive to get the latest version, but CS3 is a few years old by now and is good as a cheaper alternative while still being a sophisticated and incredibly useful bit of software. You can get it on ebay, or second hand on Amazon marketplace, probably on places like Gumtree.
Photoshop is designed to help you work on, edit, adjust and improve photographic images. Its not a drawing programme, although there are some drawing elements. There is a huge range of tools to help you achieve the results you want and the toolbars containing them can be a bit confusing at first, you'll need to spend a fair amount of time experimenting and getting the hang of all the different options. The menus are very user friendly luckily and you can arrange your 'workspace' to suit you, keeping only the windows and tools open that you need and want rather than having a crowded, confusing, complicated screen to deal with! You can add more tools and palettes as you feel more comfortable.
The help menu is actually really helpful, it can be a little hard to navigate as there's a heck of a lot of information in there, but it will tell you pretty much everything you need to know about what the various tools do and how to achieve the results you want.
The options for what to do with your images after you've edited them are great. You can save in a huge variety of file formats in any size so that you can use the image pretty much anyway you choose. Photoshop images are also completely compatible with all the other programmes in the Adobe CS3 suite such as Illustrator or InDesign, you can even drag and drop between the programmes.
Photoshop is great for anybody who wants the ability to 'mess around' with their digital photos, scanned photos and other images. You can do everything from just getting rid of 'red eye' or covering up a spot to creating whole new images using the parts of the existing ones you've got.
Here's a little tip, once you've got the hang of Photoshop and are enjoying using it, pay a visit to a website called 'photoshop disasters' to get a hilarious insight into what NOT to do!
Summary: The best photo editing programme out there, if a bit complex for beginners.
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