Investing in Adobe Photoshop to Edit Digital Images

Adobe Photoshop is the digital image-editing program everyone respects. Photoshop allows you to manipulate your digital photos in just about every way. You do have to figure out how to use Photoshop’s many imaging tools, but the effort gives you ultimate control over your digital photos. This figure shows a photo being edited in Photoshop.

Here are some of the pros of using Photoshop:

  • Contains many features: Photoshop’s feature set includes tools for doing retouching, compositing, complex color correction, and even Web design.

  • Works with a variety of file types: Photoshop is a nimble, cross-platform, cross-application tool. It can read, write, and manipulate all the industry-standard file formats, as well as many nonstandard file types.

  • Accepts third-party tools: Adobe designed Photoshop to accept filters and plug-in program extensions provided by third-party suppliers.

Photoshop does have its downsides:

  • Photoshop has media limitations. It doesn’t do natural media well (as shown in this figure); that is, it has trouble mimicking various types and styles of brushes, pens, and other tools needed to paint original images.

  • Photoshop isn’t cheap. The latest version costs around $650.

  • Figuring out Photoshop takes time. Although you can pick up the basics in a few weeks, if you really want to master every nuance and trick, be prepared to spend a lot of time.

  • You must make a commitment. Photoshop is definitely not a program you can use once a month. If you invest all that time figuring out how to use it, you don’t want to forget everything you know.

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