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Adobe Photoshop CS5 is graphic editing software most big businesses have it but it is extremely expensive. The possibilities are endless with many things you can do from creating logos to HD screen savers it is the industry standard for professional graphics design.
My favourite tool is the puppet warp tool where you can warp a photo for example you could move someone's arm higher up or move someone's leg to the right.
The one thing on Photoshop that you need to be able to create good graphics is brushes you will need quite a lot of brushes these are available on the internet some are for free but the better ones you will have to pay for. you will also need a fair amount of fonts.
Another good thing about Photoshop is its easy keyboard short cuts:
V= Move Tool
Z= Zoom Tool
C= Crop Tool
H= Hand Tool
these are just a few of the many hundreds of short cuts
I feel that all big businesses should have a copy you can literally do anything the only down side is the price and it is not that easy to get to grips with as there are so many buttons it can be a bit confusing at times.
I've been using Photoshop for a number of years both commercially and for my own pleasure, and have used CS5 for two commercial projects so far and numerous personal endeavours.
Photoshop has long been the exception to the industry-standard software rule, being a pleasure to use and not merely the standard because it has the most dominant publisher or had the most money thrown at it. Sadly Adobe still know that there's no real competition, and the package remains almost prohibitively expensive.
CS5 doesn't make any dramatic changes to the concept of the package, or change the work environment much, but there are some nice little additions that make life easier.
Given the nature of the stuff I do I haven't fiddled with all the new bits, but I'll review the ones I have used.
Straighten image. - This is quite useful if you have a diagonal element in your image and you want to warp it so it looks orthogonal. Using the rulers that surround the main work environment window you can drag lines into your image that will create constraints for the distortion of the image. It works very intuitively and I only needed to try it a few times without reading the manual to work out the basics.
HDR Toning. - You could already simulate HDR in previous versions of photoshop using multiple layers set to overlay with varying levels of gaussian blur, but now there's a special tool to simulate this in the Image menu. Using this you can control the HDR effect through slider bars to get a great image.
Mixer Brush. - This is a fantastic tool to use in conjunction with a drawing tablet, you can define two colours and paint with them simultaneously. You can also select different brush shapes to change the way the colours mix together. I've used this while painting along to a Bob Ross video and it really helps simulate traditional oil painting techniques.
RAW files. - The cameras that all the professionals seem to be using these days save their data as RAW files. These are massive files with a huge chromatic range. Not only can you open them in CS5 but you can fiddle about with them in the RAW plugin, altering the colour range much in the same way the existing colour balance options work. Photographers and clients can be very funny about exact colour matching, and RAW files help out with this with their greater range.
The RAW files were my main reason for upgrading to CS5 - if I'm going to continue scoring work I have to be able to interpret and manage these types of files.
64 Bit. - CS5 is a 64-bit application which means it can process information through several cores instead of just one so tasks can be completed faster. I don't always push the package to its absolute limit so it's hard for me to judge this one, but there seems to be fewer times when Photoshop is playing catchup when I've performed a paticularly taxing operation.
I'd like to start off by saying that Photoshop is probably one of the best art programs ever, in my own opinion.
I got interested in it a while ago and downloaded a free trial for CS4, but thought it was too complicated and so I deleted it off my computer.
But yesterday, GIMP was going a bit funny so I closed it to let it rest for a bit, but I really wanted to edit. I decided to download a free trial of Photoshop CS5 Extended.
The download was a bit tricky and complicated but I managed to get the program running in the end.
At the beginning, I found it very complicated as I had never used it before. But I started to explore the program and I searched and viewed some Photoshop tutorials which helped me greatly. In just a day I seemed to become more familiar with Photoshop, but now still I haven't gotten entirely used to it.
In my opinion Photoshop is an amazing art program and after I get used to it more I probably will buy it. I would recommend this to a friend who's interested in art and likes editing photos and drawing things.
This is probably the best photo editing/paint software you can possibly get for PC. The options you get are limitless and what you can do is amazing. Take a picture of a tree, then put it in a hill, clone the tree, then start to make a forest. Paint the trees pink, whatever you want. Whatever you want to do with a photo, you can do it. You want to make yourself look younger or older in a photo, no problem, you can do that! At first, it may seem daunting all the different controls and options and hundreds of brushes but after a while you get used to it.
It's also a great paint software for creating paintings from scratch. You can make posters and a lot more, make GIF images( animations) and a whole lot more. It's easy to work when you get into it and some of the tools let you take total control of your picture.
You can change paper size and change image extension when saving and a whole lot more of other important settings. You can make banners and a lot more! Make your drawing's come to life with new tools to texture, and make objects 3D. This is an amazing bit of photo software to use.
I have tried different photo software before but nothing can compete with this, this is the best you can possibly get and even although the high price, worth it in the end. At first, you may not be able to do a lot, but you will pick tricks up when you mess around on it.
You can make photos look like anything. Take a picture of yourself in your house, remove the background, get a picture of a landscape, landmark, e.g..London eye, and put yourself in a little carriage going up it. Why not put some nice light effects in too to make it look better?
The possibilities with photoshop are limitless and you can have so much fun with animations and more! Kids will pick up on it easy too so get yourself this software to create amazing artistic drawings and edit photos to the perfect picture you have got in your mind, because you can do it, with just a few clicks!
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Photoshop is a photo and image editing program from Adobe. Photoshop CS5 is the 12th release of Photoshop and it is currently the leading image editing software. It is meant to be almost impossible to learn every tool and trick that photoshop give you I have been learning for about three years now and I still learn new things every time I use it and by researching online I always seem to find a much simpler way of doing something I have been taking hours to do when really it can take five minutes.
I couldn't possibly list all the things you can do with photoshop so I will just tell you bout a few.
When working with photography CS5 just blows me away these are a few of the things you can do are really amazing...
Selecting parts of an image...
Say you have a photo of some flowers but you want to pick out just one using the cleaver quick selection tool you can select how many pixels you want to select in a area and click on your image and move the curser over and the selection tool will find the edges and get magnetically drawn to them and then you can isolate the edges from the rest of the image.
You can remove image detail or an object you do not want with the spot healing tool with the content- aware box clicked paint over the unwanted object and it will just seem to disappear with photoshop taking into account the surroundings of the detail/object and it will just blend it out this works well with small objects and details like stray hairs or unwanted thing in the background but not so well with large objects.
You can remove red eye in seconds with the read eye tool just click on the eye and magically red eye is gone just like that.
You can automatically correct distorted photos if your photo looks warped and the perspective is off with one click automatic correction fixes this.
Restore old photos there are lots of options to do this depending on your needs from changing the hue/saturation and brightness/contrast there is also a option to do these things automatically which work surprisingly well.
You can also drop pounds or get a nose job instantly with with very brilliant liquify filter you choose how big of an area you want to warp and just click and move the area inwards or upwards how ever you wish it is very effective and with practice know one will ever no! (within reason of course)
I could go on and on there really is so much you can photoshop is a brilliant bit of software and you don't need to be a industry professional to use it. The downside is it is very expensive to buy a whopping £953 from adobe! But rest assured if you shop around you can get it for half this maybe even less... If you want to just give it ago you can get a free 30 day trial from the adobe website with no obligation to buy.