Adobe Photoshop is hailed as a necessity, a must-have, for any professional photographer, as well as anyone with a digital camera and the desire to manipulate or edit their photos according to their liking.
The software started out for that very purpose. Today, it has become the single most versatile and expansive photo editing software in the world. It is being used by a range of individuals, across an even bigger range of applications and has emerged as the ideal solution for anyone who wishes to retouch a photo.
However, with that versatility comes an increasingly complicated and extensive list of things you can do to a photo. In the past, all you could do was crop a picture or re-align it or at most, adjust the layers or transform an image. Today, you have the capability of radically manipulating and modifying an image, vector graphics, and even to a limited extent, videos.
Following are some of the capabilities of Photoshop that you can take advantage of.
· Polish an image to your liking, and add that touch of perfection.
· Create an image using both live imagery and graphics, and come up with a masterpiece.
· Edit your image using a vast array of filters and adjustment options.
· Move or replace the objects within your image, in order to achieve a better composition.
· Combine 2 or more photos to create superimposed images.
· Transform an ordinary image into a veritable work of art.
In addition to that, you have the Adobe Camera Raw, which is now available as a filter, instead of simply being a format, and later, a tool for reading and retouching raw image files.
The immense potential for creativity brings with it complication, thus increasing the need for a guide for people who wish to explore the possibilities of photo editing.
Following is just such a guide. This guide has been constructed, keeping in mind both the beginner as well as the intermediate level photographer. There are even some tips for the advanced professional who wishes to add that extra edge to their editing.
So without further ado, let’s look at what you as a photographer can do with Adobe Photoshop, and how you can improve you editing as well as photography skills.
Brushes The Brush tool basically works as a real paintbrush, in the way that it lets you ‘paint’ on a layer. You have a multitude of brush settings at your disposal, making this one of the most versatile tools in the entire software. What makes the Brush tool even more special is the fact that […]
Additional Layer Application As we learned before, the Layer tool is quite expansive and versatile, and can be used in a variety of ways other than the basic adjustments. Here we will look at some additional, more advanced ways to use Layers. Layer Opacity Each layer that you make over an image can have its […]
Saving an Image When you have finished editing a photo, you will have several options regarding the format in which you wish to save the image. The most common formats are JPEG and PNG however a variety of other formats can be used as well. Some of them are explained below. Photoshop Documents (PSD) This […]
Loading Images If you are using Photoshop for the purpose of editing images, you will be selecting your file from a list of existing images. Your selected file can be of a wide range of formats including but not limited to JPG, PNG, PSD (Photoshop document) or camera-specific formats such as NEF(Nikon Electronic Format). To […]