The first step toward mastering Photoshop is to learn its interface. I describe the Adobe Photoshop interface in Chapter 3 and show the various tools in Chapter 5.
Next, you need to understand how layers work. Layers are sometimes called _stacks_ in a Photoshop document, and some Photoshop users refer to them as _bands_. Layers are a feature unique to Photoshop. (See Chapter 4 to get to know layers.) In this chapter, I show you how to create and edit layers, and then explain how to work with them in the rest of the chapters.
In this book, you’ll learn about some of the best options for working with layers. Photoshop’s various Layers palette, for example, is discussed in detail later in this chapter. But you can also work with layers in a number of other ways. For example, you can use layer masks to select areas for a layer from another layer. And you can delete a layer, or delete all layers in the document, with the Erase command. (A discussion of layer masks is provided in Chapter 5, and you can find more on the Erase command in Chapter 8.)
You may hear Photoshop referred to as a _raster_ editor, because most of the images in the world today are made up of pixels, or digital points, the building blocks of raster images. (See Chapter 2 for more information.) Pixels are little chunks of color used to display digital photos, drawings, and Web graphics. Although Photoshop uses digital points to create images, you don’t technically manipulate pixels; rather, you manipulate the points within each pixel, the way you might manipulate the small plugs of color in an antique oil painting.
Before you move on to the basics of layers, turn to Chapter 4 to learn about the Photoshop Layers palette, and Chapter 5 to see the tools that are used most frequently to manipulate images. Although working with Layers is a big part of Photoshop, you can also use the Undo and History tools — and even the Ruler — to assist you with your work.
Despite its name, Photoshop doesn’t work by modifying pre-existing photos. You don’t create photos in Photoshop; you create things called _images_. If you’ve ever created an image in any other program, then you know that the process is much different. Photoshop works with layers to create a new layer on top of an existing layer, which creates a composite image. You can arrange and edit layers to alter a photo or create a new
It is also known as Photoshop Express, Photoshop MAX, Photoshop to MS Word, Photoshop Cleaner, Photoshop Basic, Photoshop Lite or Photoshop Kids.
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What is Adobe Photoshop Elements?
As its name suggests, Adobe Photoshop Elements is the entire Photoshop collection for beginners. Whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional, Photoshop Elements is a great way to take your photo editing to the next level.
Its emphasis is on the basics but it also comes with a few extra features that expand its use beyond the average beginner.
Adobe Photoshop Elements enables you to edit your images with a cleaner interface than Photoshop, and the extension means it is easier to use than its more expensive counterpart.
It comes with the usual collection of tools that create fantastic photos, like resize, crop, rotate, adjust and sharpen. You can also work on layers and smart objects.
Adobe Photoshop Elements makes it easy to increase the quality and complexity of your images. Photo editing with Photoshop Elements and Photoshop is near identical, with only a few minor differences. For example, you can only edit files in a single location in the ‘photo library’ at a time.
You can also edit your images right in your browser – without switching to the photo library.
The top menu bar allows you to edit a single image or batch resize multiple photos at once.
If you’re a pro, Photoshop Elements can also convert between different file types and formats. It’s also got a professional-level selection tool to cut unwanted parts of your picture out.
Pros of Adobe Photoshop Elements
Easier to use. Instead of having to deal with the complicated menus, page layouts and boring presets, you get a more streamlined approach with Photoshop Elements.
Easier to navigate. Its emphasis on the basics means that you won’t need to consult a manual or work on complex presets. You can just browse through your images, select what you need and go.
Affordable. This edition comes with a lot of features but the price is low compared to a full-blown version. You can actually get a more powerful version for less than the price of Photoshop.
Home of most of the features of professional Photoshop. This version covers what you need for basic photo editing. Not only is it cheaper and easier to use,
The healing brush uses the Clone Stamp to smooth over scratches and other imperfections.
The Gradient Tool is used for drawing lines, gradients, and creating soft-edged objects.
A Pencil allows you to draw on images, adding arrows, lines, and other shapes.
The Pen Tool lets you draw freehand lines and curved shapes.
The Rectangular or Magnetic Lasso Tool lets you select a rectangular section of an image.
The Selection Tool lets you select and manipulate shapes and areas on an image.
The Zoom Tool enlarges or shrinks an image. It can also magnify the area that you’re editing.
The Eraser tool allows you to wipe out unwanted parts of an image.
You can also use the new Shape tools, which give you extensive options for drawing and transforming layers.
The latest version of Adobe Photoshop is now available. I decided to do a quick review of the new features and compare it to its predecessor. The release announcement post on Photoshop’s website states that the major changes are:
The most notable change is the new name: Photoshop CS7, which takes advantage of the trademark change to the rather awkward “CS” name system. They also mention that the new name was “a reflection of the product’s engineering achievements and core capabilities”. So that’s code for: «Let’s not let our marketing guys screw this one up by calling it something like “Photoshocs 7” or some other stupid name.»
The Photoshop 5.0 was released in 2003 and became famous for bringing the concept of the layer under Photoshop’s hood. It was also the first version to introduce the Smart Objects which were later to become much more important and common in Photoshop.
It’s almost like the first release of Apple’s iPad 2, a device whose name is meant to mean nothing. Sure, it’s kind of cooler than the original, but just like the iPad 2, it only does a few things very well. Which is exactly what Microsoft is planning to do with the new version of Windows: let it be a full-fledged workstation.
For the more than a year now, I’ve been mulling over a question. On the one hand, I understand the design and psychology of the Mac interface: it’s the only one that’s even remotely familiar to Windows users and it’s
Optical rotation studies on (2S,4R) and (2R,4S)-2-hydroxy-4-phenyl-2-methyl-pentan-3-one.
The optical rotation of the -(+)-enantiomer of (2S,4R) and (2R,4S)-2-hydroxy-4-phenyl-2-methyl-pentan-3-one was measured. Both compounds have been reported to occur in all members of the Asariaceae, including the long-time host plant, Musa sapientum L. The values for (2S,4R) and (2R,4S)-2-hydroxy-4-phenyl-2-methyl-pentan-3-one are +81.4 and +30.1 degrees, respectively. Neither of the (2S,4R) nor the (2R,4S)-2-hydroxy-4-phenyl-2-methyl-pentan-3-one enantiomers, however, could be found in the fibrous roots of M. sapientum.In a move that confirms rumors about what we already knew, ASUSports.com has confirmed the signing of North America’s first Amateur Goalie, Austin Smith. The freshman spent the last two years playing Junior under the coaching of John Hegarty at the ANCHOR Baseball Academy in Dallas.
The 6-foot-2, 178-pound lefty is committed to defending collegiate opponents. According to ASUNews, the Omaha native will redshirt as a true freshman and be eligible to play immediately as a sophomore. It’s hard to be mad at that, or that he has a commitment to Omaha’s Bishop Heelan HS.
Smith has already had a great effect on the game of goaltending. A product of the U-16 and U-18 developmental programs with the Arizona Stars, the talented clogger has garnered All-USA (West), All-Arizona, and All-Arizona Player awards for his play in goal.
Smith is the 15th overall recruit in the class and is a bit more of a gem than most. His size, shot-blocking ability, and desire are special. It will be interesting to see how much playing time he gets in his first season at the college level.
In five seasons with the Stars, he has a 2.28 goals against average and.924 save
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