Adobe Photoshop Essay

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PS is a "bitmap" image processing and manipulation program. It's ideally suited for creating, modifying and outputting digital images of a photographic nature, which share a common fundamental structure: pixels in a bitmap. Simplified, but primary operations would be: * Access / acquisition of digital graphics photographic in nature * Add, subtract, modify, colorize, pixels in the images

* Produce digital files where the whole image is part of a "fixed" pixel structure (the "bitmap") * Prepare complicated color/BW images for further processing in page layout programs for high resolution printing Fundamental difference: Photoshop manipulates individual color pixels within a fixed bitmap Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator is a vector-based postscript drawing program. It functions by generating curved paths (Bezier curves) connected by modifiable anchor points. These anchors, with their handles are ultimately editable, and never "leave" the structure of the file.       A vector based drawing program creates the various elements of the image as individual vector objects which retain their characteristics and do not become part of a "bitmap". Fundamental difference: Illustrator generates "vector objects" which are not part of a "bitmap"

photo shop is a computer pixel drawing program used mainly to create images that have complex texture and shading such as photographs and paintings - the other type of computer drawing program is line and shape based (vector drawing) and is better for drawing high precision images with lines and areas of flat color - photo shop can also do vector like drawing but it takes more time, is less precise, has fewer vector drawing tools and cannot be scaled up or down without damaging the image at least a little - photos and paintings in photo shop can be scaled up as much as 10 to 20 percent without noticeable damage but do that to a line drawing in photo shop and it looks horrible - photo shop is very intuitive and a natural drawing environment and so takes a lot less time to learn than a vector drawing program major uses for photo shop:

photograph manipulation
painting + drawing
graphic design + illustration + page layout
animation cells, sprites, and gif animations
web images

If you are a freelancer or a media arts student trying to get your digital feet wet, it's best to know the basic parts of Photoshop that stand as a foundation for the rest. The Photoshop Interface

We will explore the parts of the Adobe Photoshop interface in this tutorial for those of you who may not quite know where to start with this popular image editor. Photoshop has a vast array of tools and so much to offer as an industry standard image editor. Where does one begin? What are the primary parts of Photoshop? Photoshop has what we call a GUI setup. That is a Graphical User Interface. This allows the user to interact with Photoshop's primary tools via visual graphics. Photoshop is a photo and image editing software application that was created by photographers for photographers, as well as for graphic designers and other visual artists. This industry standard software has been used for a multitude of purposes – including creating magazine layouts, flyers and brochures, motion graphics for broadcast, and the list goes on. Let's start with the basic tools that every designer uses on most projects. The Menu Bar

The Photoshop menu bar is on the top left corner, once you open the program. The menu bar is the standard place where you will find the File, Open, Close and Save Commands. This bar is your primary navigation around Photoshop. You will want to familiarize yourself with each of the primary menus that you will be using often. Here are some of the primary tools that visual artists use on almost all projects. The menu bar consists of nine...
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