May 22 2009

Adobe Photoshop CS4 Review

Published by at 10:18 pm under General

There has never been a time in the history of digital photography editing software when we can achieve such great results in editing since we entered the digital age.Of all the programs and tools available on the web to change and enhance digital images, there is none that compare to the popularity and power of Adobe Photoshop.This digital photographyhas become so synonymous with photo editing that the word “Photoshop” has become a verb meaning to enhance or alter an image.

We can “Photoshop in” new outfits, accessories or even people to a shot where it was just not possible before.  So if you want a picture of you shaking hands with the president, you don’t have to go to Washington to get it, just “Photoshop” your image into the image of the president and it will look as real as if you had been there.

You can “Photoshop” something out of a picture you don’t want and you won’t see it anymore.  So if you have a physical flaw, that can be removed.You can even remove your noisy brother in law from the background of the shot.You can make alterations to images and not even be able to tell it because this digital photography editing software is so sophisticated.

Photoshop has become such a de facto standard for photo processing that if you are setting up a photography studio or business, a copy of the software is as necessary as Microsoft word or PowerPoint.  The good thing about this software is that it is readily accessible and a lot of people know how to use it.  So if you feel insecure about learning yet another computer application, you can probably find a college student, someone at the high school or maybe the junior high that knows Photoshop in and out and can help you jump start your use of the software as well.

The dominate software has not always been Photoshop.Two brothers, John and Thomas Knoll created this program in 1989.the market became aware of the potential of this software shortly after the brothers created it for their person use.John and Thomas were pretty smart so the founded a company called Adobe in 1990.

Adobe has been a shining example of how to achieve success in the age of the Internet.I don’t know of anyone today is not aware of Adobe.  You probably cannot find a personal computer that uses the Internet that does not have a free copy of the Adobe reader on it to read PDF files.Another example of how this little company has taken over a particular market is found in a program format they own called PDF.

To get good at Adobe Photoshop you might want to find a copy and play with it a bit first.  Like most computer applications, you can probably find a copy on a friend’s computer just to tinker with it and get a feel for the controls.  Then if your friend is a wizard at Photoshop, let him or her show you some of the real “wiz-bang” things they can do with Photoshop using the same menus you were just tinkering with.  This little Saturday afternoon experiment could turn you into a Photoshop addict forever.

Afterwards you will need to buy a copy yourself.You can get and evaluation version to show what all the features of Photoshop are.Only if you are not sure you want to buy a copy, will you really need this.Photoshop dominates this market so you will want to buy a copy but make sure you get a licensed copy to avoid some frustration.It is OK to just play around with the software and I know you will be doing that for hours at a time because it is just so much fun.There is value in taking some organized classes in Photoshop that you need not overlook.There are shortcuts you can use to get the most out of the software that these classes will show you.

After you learn this great software program the only limit you will have is your imagination in using this tool to make pictures better for your customers.  And you will be able to respond enthusiastically when someone says, “that’s OK, you can just Photoshop that and fix it right up.”

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