Nov 08 2008

Adobe Photoshop

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Photoshop – Adobe Style

In the history of photography, there has never been a time that we can achieve such phenomenal results, as has happened in the digital age. There many resources and tools to choose from on the internet that are now available for people to use in enhancing their photo images, however, the most popular one that people use the most because of it’s many features is the Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop, has become equal in thought to editing and creating new effects and people use the term; “to Photoshop” to describe editing or enhancing a picture image.

There is also the option to, “Photoshop in”, where you can add new items; accessories or even people to a picture and that was something we could not do before.

Let’s say you want a picture of you shaking hands with the president, well you don’t have to go to Washington anymore to get it, you can just “Photoshop” it in, so it will look as if you were really there.

In the same way we can Photoshop out things we no longer want to have in our pictures.

So if you have a physical flaw, that can be removed. You can even remove a distracting person from the background of the shot. The program is so sophisticated that these images are possible and you really cannot tell the alteration has been made.

Actually now, Photoshop has become the basic standard for new businesses with a photography studio, however for home use then, just like Microsoft word or PowerPoint, you will need to purchase the software for your computer. Since this software is so popular, you can find it in most retail stores in the computer section. If you are not familiar with computer software, it should be no problem to find someone already familiar with Photoshop that can help you get it set up and get started with it, and maybe even show you how the basic features work.

However, Photoshop did not always dominate in this field. The program was created in 1989 by two brothers, John Knoll and Thomas Knoll. As they worked to creat3 Photoshop, the brothers wanted to use it for some custom projects, but it wasn’t long before they realized it’s marketing potential. So, being smart entrepreneurs, John and Thomas founded a little company called Adobe and began operations in 1990.

Their success was a brilliant example of how people can achieve success in this day and age of computer technology. It’s popularity has grown rapidly and internet users are very familiar with 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, used to read PDF files.

To really become skilled at using Photoshop, the first thing to do is probably find a copy to experience with. 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, by using the same menus you were just tinkering with.

This little Saturday afternoon experiment could turn you into a Photoshop addict forever.

After that, you would do well to download a copy for yourself. If you want an evaluation version, you will get many of the basic features. But you really only need that if you are not sure if you are going to buy a copy. Since Photoshop dominates this market, you most certainly should buy a copy, this will help save some frustration, so it’s a good idea to purchase a licensed copy right away. Now, you will probably find yourself playing with the software for long hours just having fun and that’s great. If you want to increase your skills, they you can sign-up for some Adobe Photoshop classes that are available in your local area. Often, these classes will help you learn different techniques and shortcuts in using the software.

From there on out, your imagination is the only limit to how you will use this tool to make your photographs better for your customers. So, the next time someone asks if you can help them and ’Photoshop it and fix it’, you can say with confidence, “Absolutely”.

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