IN THIS TUTORIAL
Getting familiar with Photoshop CS
Benefiting from Photoshop CS
Limitations of Photoshop CS
Exploring the new features of Photoshop CS
Adobe Photoshop is the granddaddy of all image-editing programs or a digital image-editing application. Photoshop provides the standard color– and lighting-correction capabilities historically associated with photo editing, but it also provides filtering, painting, masking, layering, and many more tools that allow you to take image editing to the next level. So It’s the Big Cheese, the industry standard against which everything else is measured.
Photoshop comes in two versions. The standard Photoshop edition provides all the functionality you need to create, enhance, and correct digital images. The extended edition, which costs more, provides additional functionality to work with 3D objects,
video, and digital animation. Photoshop has so many tools and so much power that it can do an unlimited number of things.
- Photo corrections
- Photo enhancements
- Photo compositions
- Artistic effects
- Creating vector artwork
- Adding text to images
- Creating web images
- Print preparation
- Creating 3D objects
- Adding textures to 3D objects
- Video corrections
- Animating images
Understanding the limitations of Photoshop
Believe it or not, Photoshop is not designed to do everything. Photoshop is not designed to function as a word processor like Microsoft Word, to create charts and graphics in presentations like Microsoft PowerPoint, or to lay out brochures, magazines, or books like Adobe InDesign. For the following tasks, you would use another application:
- Word processing
- Business graphics
- Page layout
- Vector art
Looking at What’s New in Photoshop CS
Adobe has added several great new features to Photoshop CS6 that make tools easier to use, extend capabilities, and add a lot of justification for upgrading.
- Dark user interface (UI)
- Changes to the Crop tool
- Adjustments to Aspect Ratio tools
- Auto Curve adjustments
- Auto Level adjustments
- Improved lighting adjustment in Camera Raw
- Layer filtering
- Blur tools
- Wide-Angle Correction
- Content-Aware patch
- Erodible brush tip
- Airbrush brush tips
- Deco patterns
- Vector layers
- Type styles
- Liquify now uses the GPU
- Faster rendering and better placement of 3D files
- New 3D interface
- Improved look of the ground plane in a 3D scene
- Picture in Picture window for 3D scenes
- Audio has been added to the Timeline panel
- New look and new features of the Timeline panel
- Video drag-and-drop transitions
- Animating transformations
- Animating 3D elements
The Blur Gallery provides a new panel along with on-image controls that give you direct control over the blurring effect.
What’s you learning outcome?
- Photoshop can be used to edit, enhance, and create images in several ways.
- Photoshop CS6 includes new sliders that make Camera Raw a more powerful tool, as well as a new blur gallery that allows you to apply several new special blur effects.
- Adobe has improved the set of 3D tools that allow you to apply the editing capabilities of Photoshop to 3D objects.