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The creative possibilities that this software offers are endless. Really, it is mind-blowing.
I've dabbled with photoshop a little over the years, previously owning elements 8. Lightroom has always been my go-to for basic image editing. But I wanted to start getting more creative and after years of deliberation I took the plunge and purchased CS7, which was the current version at time of purchase.
It is quite daunting even with a basic knowledge of what many of the tools do. If you do not have much photoshop experience then I highly recommend you purchase a couple of books relevant to your creative goals. There are also a number of excellent online courses available, plus numerous youtube videos offering tutorials and demonstrations. It seems such a waste to dive in blind, thus not using this amazing software to its full potential.
So if, like me, you are a bit of a photoshop newbie, expect to put in some work and do a lot of studying.
I can't comment on any upgrades from previous versions as I've not used them. But I find that it is very user friendly. You can customise just about anything it would seem. Setting up your custom desktop makes the learning process easier as you can choose to hide the tools that you know you won't need. You can tell that a lot of effort has been made to make this software enable efficiency when working on a project so that you can just focus on the art with minimal faffing about.
There are many websites where you can download brushes and images to use as backgrounds and for layers. Plus presets. Be careful to check the copyright info of course but these are good to use while learning the ropes.
Photoshop uses a lot of RAM. I suppose it goes without saying when purchasing any software, but make sure that yourcomputer specs are capable of smoothly running photoshop and upgrade if not!
Overall, amazing software with endless potential. Just make sure that you know what you are doing so that you get your money's worth!
As a person deeply interested in Art and Graphics, I decided to purchase Adobe Photoshop CS6 for my 64-Bit Windows 7 laptop. It was all I wanted it to be and even more! Even though at first I was using it lightly because my computer couldn't handle some of its graphics and RAM would fill easily, but now with 8 GB of RAM I am able to use Photoshop to its full potential and it is exquisite. The possibilities on what I can create are endless! I now use Photoshop regularly for various projects I am working on, either for school or personal, the clean interface and GUI Photoshop offers, I made images and other graphics I believed I would never be able to do. This way I can now test and even surpass my limits and skills which can even help me with my future career.