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Being a designer, a program I use in my day to day job role is Adobe Photoshop CS6, I have been using this for years and each time it just keeps improving and it is so useful to know about. I have used this software on both Windows and Mac and it is great for all sorts of tasks, so many people use it now and Adobe's whole Creative Suite is fantastic but the downside of it has to be the cost. You can now buy it on monthly subscription though which is another way round buying the full amount upfront but because I have it in the office I don't have this worry. You can literally buy it on most online software shops and you can download from Adobe.
ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS6
Through the years Adobe have launched a number of different versions of Photoshop and CS6 is the latest one. It is compatible with both Windows and Mac you just have to make sure you buy the right version. For using it on Windows you need to make sure you have Intel Pentium 4 or above, 1GB of RAM, 2.5GB of available hard disk space, 1024 x 768 display, Microsoft Windows 7 or 8, most modern computers will cover all of this anyway though. If using on a Mac, you will need to make sure you have a Multicore Intel Processor with 64 bit support, 3.2GB of available hard disk space and 1GB of RAM as well as Mac OS X v10.7 or v10.8.
Once you have all of that sorted the next bit is installing it, this can take quite a while as it is a big bit of software but once it is done it should run quite well. It follows you through the process step by step and will ask you to put in Product Key's and register it so that you can keep on top of Adobe updates from time to time. Once this is all sorted you will know it is ready as it will tell you installation has finished, the blue PS icon will show on your computer and a fancy blue image will appear on the screen when you load up the software as this is what it does every time. It should open quickly, I have found it runs faster on Mac's compared to Windows.
Now, with Photoshop I could sit here and go through all of the effects you can do on this but it would bore a lot of people who don't really understand it. Basically the main idea of this software is that you can touch up images and edit and manipulate photos and a lot of editorials will use this as well as designers/photographers. You can edit photographs easily with different effects like lighting and photo filters as well as touching up the colour. You can also cut out images, completely distort and change the way they look. There are filters you can apply that give different effects too, these can be anything from pen effects to charcoal and lighting, it is great.
You can add photos in from your computer and stuff that you have designed on other bits of Adobe software will import into this. You can get rid of bits you don't want on photos, remove red eye, soften uneven tones, repaint on top of photos, as well as make images black and white instantly, you can design in Photoshop as well, I design websites in it, you can do e-newsletters also and then save it out for web. This is great for designers as if you want to use the slice tool it will help with the coding up process which is what makes it so much easier, it is so handy to have as you can literally do anything and make it look like a different image.
Say you had some photos but hated some bits in the background, you could remove it, there are tools to make picking out objects easy such as the Quick Selection Tool and The Magic Wand tool. One issue that can be quite annoying with Photoshop is the fact that it will sometimes crash unexpectedly, once I forgot to save something I had been working on for hours and it crashed and I lose everything, you just have to be careful but you can send a Crash Report. Another thing is that if you have too much going on, on your computer at the same time, it will slow down the speed of the software if you are loading a lot or using very high res images.
Really, I could go on for hours about it but I cannot say enough, in my job this software has been brilliant as I have been editing photography, there is so much to learn about Photoshop that I am constantly finding out new tricks. You just need to follow tutorials if you are not sure of how to use this and just have a play around and soon you will start to pick out things. You can install different brushes, colour libraries and fonts for this, there are a lot of things you can use to keep adding to it and making it different. Some photos can take hours to edit but even to do the most basic of editing is quite good once you know what all of the tools are for.
This software can be purchased on Amazon for the Photoshop program alone it is £607.49 for Windows on Amazon and for the Mac version it is £631.20. You can take up an annual plan which starts from £17.58 a month which sounds better and there are student and teacher editions which are cheaper too.
The official Adobe website is http://www.adobe.com/uk/.
Adobe Photoshop CS6the worlds best digital imaging softwaredelivers magic that helps you bring your creative vision to life. Edit raw image files and other photos with state-of-the-art photo editing. Create compelling HDR images, black-and-whites, and panoramas. Retouch images with astonishing ease and control. Design anything you can imagineat amazing speed. Paint and draw naturally and expressively. Even put your ideas in motion by intuitively creating stunning videos.
|Product Description:||Adobe Photoshop CS6 - version / product upgrade package|
|Subcategory:||Creativity - graphics & image editing, creativity - web design / publishing|
|Licence Type:||Version / product upgrade package|
|Licence Qty:||1 user|
|Upgrade from:||Adobe Photoshop CS5
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended
|OS Required:||Microsoft Windows XP SP3 or later, Microsoft Windows 7 SP1|