Adobe Photoshop CC For Dummies
The sky's the limit for stunning photos and innovative images when you have Photoshop CC For Dummies, 2 nd Edition in your design toolbox! Peter Bauer is highly respected Photoshop instructor and author. He has been honored with membership in the Photoshop Hall of Fame and was named a Pioneer of Photoshop by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (now KelbyOne.com). He has written more than a dozen books on Photoshop, digital photography, and computer graphics.
Adobe Photoshop CC For Dummies
Welcome to Photoshop!
IN THIS CHAPTER
What Photoshop does very well, kind of well, and just sort of, well ...
What you need to know to work with Photoshop
What you need to know about installing Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop is, without question, the leading image-editing program in the world. Photoshop has even become somewhat of a cultural icon. It's not uncommon to hear Photoshop used as a verb ("That picture is obviously Photoshopped!"), and you'll even see references to Photoshop in the daily comics and cartoon strips. And now you're part of this whole gigantic phenomenon called Photoshop.
Before I take you on this journey through the intricacies of Photoshop, I want to introduce you to Photoshop in a more general way. In this chapter, I tell you what Photoshop is designed to do, what it can do (although not as capably as job-specific software), and what you can get it to do if you try really, really hard. I also review some basic computer operation concepts and point out a couple of places where Photoshop is a little different than most other programs. At the end of the chapter, I have a few tips for you on installing Photoshop to ensure that it runs properly.
Exploring Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop is used for an incredible range of projects, from editing and correcting digital photos to preparing images for magazines and newspapers to creating graphics for the web. You can also find Photoshop in the forensics departments of law-enforcement agencies, scientific labs and research facilities, and dental and medical offices, as well as in classrooms, offices, studios, and homes around the world. As the Help Desk Director for KelbyOne (formerly the National Association of Photoshop Professionals), my team and I solve problems and provide solutions for Photoshop users from every corner of the computer graphics field and from every corner of the world. People are doing some pretty amazing things with Photoshop, many of which are so far from the program's original roots that it boggles the mind!
What Photoshop is designed to do
Adobe Photoshop is an image-editing program. It's designed to help you edit images - digital or digitized images, photographs, and otherwise. This is the core purpose of Photoshop. Over the years, Photoshop has grown and developed, adding features that supplement its basic operations. But at its heart, Photoshop is an image editor. At its most basic, Photoshop's workflow goes something like this: You take a picture, you edit the picture, and you print the picture (as illustrated in Figure 1-1 ). (Of course, many images never make it to paper - they are only shared on social media.)
FIGURE 1-1: Basic Photoshop: Take photo, edit photo, print photo. Drink coffee (optional).
Whether captured with a digital camera, scanned into the computer, or created from scratch in Photoshop, your artwork consists of tiny squares of color, which are picture elements called pixels. (I explore pixels and the nature of digital imaging in-depth in Chapter 2 .) Photoshop is all about changing and adjusting the colors of those pixels - collectively, in groups, or one at a time - to make your artwork look precisely how you want it to look. (Photoshop, by the way, has no Good Taste or Quality Art button. It's up to you to decide what suits your artistic or personal vision and what meets your professional requirements.) Some very common Photoshop image-editing tasks are shown in Figure 1-2 : namely, correcting red-eye and minimizing wrinkles (both discussed in Chapter 9 ); and compositing images (see Chapter 10 ).
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FIGURE 1-2: Some common Photoshop tasks.
Photoshop works with actual vector shapes, such as those